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Archive for September, 2013

Funeral services for Juanita Nell Shipley, 81, Dora, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 18, 2013, at Ball Church of Christ, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Shipley died September 14, 2013, at her home.

She was born June 10, 1932, at Tecumseh, Missouri, to Leonard and Nellie Anderson. She graduated from Bakersfield High School and on January 2, 1950, she was married at Salem, Arkansas, to Amon Judson Shipley, who preceded her in death on June 11, 2012. She had worked at Baxter Laboratories. Mrs. Shipley was a member of the Church of Christ and attended Ball Church of Christ.

She is survived by three children, Steve Shipley, wife, Sherray, Mountain Home, Arkansas, David Lee Shipley, wife, Jeanie, Dora, Missouri and Mike Judson Shipley, wife, Sherry, Dora, Missouri; ten grandchildren, Jeff Shipley, Tracy Evans, Travis Shipley, Sarah Shipley, Becky Grisham, Teresa Evans, Joni Brege, Kendra Wells, Michele Byram and Matthew Causey; twenty great-grandchildren; and one sister, Lola Magathon, Willow Springs, Missouri.

Her parents, husband, one son, Kenneth Edward Shipley, three sisters and one brother, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Ball Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Fair Haven Children’s Home, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Graveside services for Nora Taylor Bench, 91, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, September 19, 2013, at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Aldrich, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Bench died at 8:38 p.m., Friday, September 13, 2013, at Brooke Haven Health Care.

She was born April 2, 1922, at Koshkonong, Missouri, to Vernie Clay Johnston and Minnie May Madden Johnston. On September 28, 1940, she was married to Oren Alva Taylor, who preceded her in death on November 8, 1982. On February 28, 1987, she was married at Tulare, California, to Lawrence (Larry) Bench, who preceded her in death on January 25, 1989. Mrs. Bench worked as a nurses aide and had operated Wonderland Daycare for several years. She loved to play the piano in church. Mrs. Bench had been a member of Calvary General Baptist Church for many years.

She is survived by her son, Lawrence Eddie Taylor, Lower Lake, California; one step-daughter, Joyce Wallis, Tulare, California; two grandchildren, Lora Jones and Marilyn “Suzy” Taylor; three step-grandchildren, Kenny Dearmore, Timmy Dearmore and Mickey Bench; eight great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, including, Vicky Guffey, husband, Clinton and Wayne Jones; and special friend, Ann Zimmerman, West Plains, Missouri.

Her parents, husbands, daughter-in-law, Sandra Lee Taylor, one great-grandchildren; step-son, Darrell Bench, step-daughter-in-law, Dorothy Bench, three sisters, Marilyn, Lola and Lillie and two brothers, Virgil and Ralph, precede her in death.

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Catherine Louise Pluff, age 93, daughter of Francis and Mary (Stein) Pluff was born September 20, 1919 in St. Louis, MO. She passed away September 13, 2013 at the Texas County Memorial Hospital.

Catherine was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Arnold Pluff; two sisters and their spouses: Dorothy and George Wright and Marie and Joe Meinkoth; two nieces: Colleen Meinkoth and Polly Pluff and two nephews, Gary and David Pluff.

She is survived by one sister-in-law, Mildred Pluff (Ward) of Carrollton, Texas and her grandchildren John, Karen, and Amy and families; one nephew and spouse Rick and Jennifer Meinkoth of Millstadt, IL and their family Joshua, Michelle and Lorelei Hill; one niece and spouse, Mary and Doyle Henken of Houston, MO and their family James, Rachel and Gus Henken and Amy Henken and Charlie Reid and many friends.

Catherine grew up in the metropolitan St. Louis area, graduating from St. Teresa’s Academy in E. St. Louis, IL in 1939.

She worked in many places in her career, including the Public Library of E. St. Louis, IL, the City Directory Co., of St. Louis, International Shoe CO and Tober-Saifer Shoe CO.

When vacation time allowed she traveled to many places including Hawaii. She went to New York City several times and saw Broadway plays while she was there.

Catherine moved to Houston, MO in 2000 and was a member of St. Mark’s Catholic Church. She was known for making shadow boxes for the church bazaar. She enjoyed making crafts, reading and watching classic movies. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Memorials may be made to TASTC or St. Mark’s Catholic Church. Online condolences may be sent to

Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. Monday September 16, 2013 at St. Mark’s Catholic Church, with Services beginning at 11:00 A.M. with Father Matt Rehrauer officiating. Burial will be in Pine Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

A graveside service for Mrs. Ethel E. Gullion, 75, of Springfield will be held Thursday, September 12 at 2 PM at the Willow Springs City Cemetery, on DD Highway in Willow Springs.

Arrangements are under the direction of Willow Funeral Home of Willow Springs.

Lillie Mae Peters, age 89, of Licking, MO passed away September 11, 2013 at Licking Park Manor.

Visitation will be Monday, September 16, 2013, 6-8 P.M. at Fox Funeral Home.

Service will be held Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 1:00 P.M. at Union Freewill Baptist Church, Success, Missouri. Interment will be in Old Success Cemetery.

A Celebration of Life for Christopher Blane Wood Jr., age 5 months, will be held Monday, September 16, at 11 Am at Bradford Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Rick Purcell officiating.

Services are under the care of Bradford Funeral Home

Boyd Elderd Wheeler of Memphis, Missouri left this life at the age of 97 on Wednesday evening, Sept.11, 2013, at the Scotland County Care Center in Memphis where he had resided for the last two years of his life. The son of Joseph and Anna E. Hays Wheeler, he was born August 27, 1916 in Schuyler County, Missouri. He was saved and baptized as a young man.

In 1935 he married Cella M. Spees and to this union two children were born: Eldred and Loyd Ray. Later in 1943 he was united in marriage to Thelma A. Grogan and in this union he welcomed Thelma’s son, Calvin an they had a son: Leland.

He was a lifelong resident of this area, first graduating from school in Schuyler County, Missouri. After graduating from school he worked in the timber taking out the lumber and continued doing so as long as his health permitted him to.

In his past time he enjoyed being in the outdoors hunting and fishing as well as spending time with all his family and friends visiting and teaching his family all that he knew about the interests of his.

He was preceded in death by his wife Thelma of 43 years, his parents, five brothers, Claude, Harold, Ray, Loyd Gail and Vernie, two sisters, Delora and Marjorie

He is survived by his children, Leland (Bud) Wheeler and his wife Patricia of Memphis, Missouri, Elderd Trowbridge and her husband Clarence of El Dorado Springs, Missouri, along with grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Memorials are suggested to the family for their discretion and can be left at or mailed to the Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 E. Madison St., Memphis, Missouri 63555.

Services were held 11:00 A.M. Monday, September 16, 2013, at Willow Springs, Missouri, in the Pleasant Grove Church with Rev. Ben Witt officiating and interment followed in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery adjacent to the church.

Pallbearers were Buddy Wheeler, Matthew Wheeler, Josh Wheeler, Monte Trowbridge, Quinten Trowbridge and Joe Talbert.

Honorary pallbearers were Garry Talbert, William Wheeler, Levi Wheeler, Joe Wheeler, Ryan Wheeler an Melvin Henderson.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis for their care locally as well as committal services that were held at Willow Springs, MO.

A visitation service for Brenda Kay Laxton Polston, 67, West Plains, Missouri, will be held from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m., Sunday, September 15, 2013, at Brenda’s Café, West Plains, Missouri.

Mrs. Polston died Wednesday, September 11, 2013, at her home.

She was born August 17, 1946, at Gainesville, Missouri, to J. R. Laxton and Irene Roberts Laxton. On November 8, 1998, she was married in the State of Colorado, to David Polston. She had owned and operated Brenda’s Café. Mrs. Polston was a member of the Church of Christ.

She is survived by her husband, David Polston, of the family home; nine children, Lynette Adams, West Plains, Missouri, Waynette Belcher, husband, Loyal, West Plains, Missouri, Thomas Hensley, wife, Leann, Moody, Missouri, Gala Stout, husband, Jim, West Plains, Missouri, Leah Hensley, Mt. Vernon, Missouri, David Hensley, fiancée Tracey, West Plains, Missouri, Patricia Rowe, Rover, Idaho, David Polston, wife, Cheri, Fairbanks, Alaska and John Polston, Big Lake, Alaska; nineteen grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren and one on the way; one brother, Don Laxton, wife, Debra, Caulfield, Missouri; and one sister, Connie White, Caulfield, Missouri.

Her parents and one brother, Jim Laxton, precede her in death.

A private family burial will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Elijah Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Arrangements under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Don D. Farrier, 54, a resident of Mountain Home passed away Saturday, September 7, 2013, at his residence.

He was born November 24, 1958, in Calico Rock to Lee R. and Erma M. (Farris) Farrier. Don loved the outdoors especially hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his parents, Lee R. and Erma Farrier of Mountain Home; Terrence Farrier currently of Spartanburg, South Carolina and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 17, 2013, at the Arkana Cemetery near Mountain Home with the Brother Doug Husky officiating. Interment will be immediately following under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas, 14215 State Highway 5 South, Norfork, Arkansas 72658.

The online obituary and guestbook are available at

Graveside services for Billie Louise Briscoe, 74, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, September 16, 2013, at New Liberty Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Briscoe died at 4:10 p.m., Wednesday, September 11, 2013, at her home, holding hands with the love of her life and her family surrounding her, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

She was born November 11, 1938, in Ozark County, Missouri, to Willie Hobert Lewis and Alma Newton Lewis. Mrs. Briscoe graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1956 and on December 29, 1956, she was married at Hernando, Mississippi, to Jerry Briscoe. Mrs. Briscoe had been a Star Route mail carrier with the United States Postal Service for forty years. She was a member of the Star Route Carriers Association, serving as Vice-President for thirty-nine years and was also a member of Howell County Rural Fire Department Auxiliary. She was extremely dedicated to her family and the grandchildren were the light of her life. Holidays were always spent at Nanny’s where the food was bound to be plentiful and great. Mrs. Briscoe had been a Christian since a young age and recently attended Spring Creek Congregational Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry Briscoe, of the family home; three children, Vickie Lawrence, husband, Eddie, West Plains, Missouri, Rodney Briscoe, wife, Marilyn, Lanton, Missouri and Jo Lindburg, West Plains, Missouri; five grandchildren, Jerrod Lawrence, Myrtle, Missouri, Mariah Hayes, husband, Jason, West Plains, Missouri, Ira Briscoe, Lanton, Missouri, Tessa Lindberg, West Plains, Missouri, Zoë Lindberg, West Plains, Missouri; a great-grandson, Judson Lawrence Hayes due in November; three step-grandchildren, Nita Cawvey, husband, Scott, West Plains, Missouri, Nancy Foulke, husband, Bob, Cassville, Missouri and Kelli VonAllmen, husband, Ricky, West Plains, Missouri; six step-great-grandchildren, Scotty Cawvey, Ann-Renée Cawvey, Madison VonAllmen, Taylor VonAllmen, Evan Foulke and Luke VonAllmen; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Her parents, mother-in-law, Artie Briscoe; and one sister, Lea Modene Carrico Collins, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 until 6:00 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