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Archive for October, 2013

Beatrice Janice Provencio, age 76, daughter of Hugh Jefferson and Hazel Nanny (Davis) Roney was born October 4, 1937 in Troy, Tennessee. She passed away on October 30, 2013 in Houston, Missouri.

She is preceded in death by her parents, one son Reggie Wengler, three husbands, Eugene Floyd Wengler, William F. Edwards and Robert Provencio and one brother.

She is survived by her sons; Kevin Wengler and Timothy Edwards, a step-daughter Stacy Wengler; five grandchildren: Andy, Katie, Cody, Crystal and Shawn Edwards; two great grandchildren, Gracie and Owen Edwards; one sister Eva “Maxine” Wright, many nieces, nephews and other family members.

Janice moved to California when she was in her early 20’s. She lived there for over 40 years. When her children and grandchildren were living in Missouri there was a great pull for her to move to the Houston, Missouri area. So in 2005 Janice made the cross country move.

Janice loved to be outdoors in her younger years, going camping and fishing. She still loved to go for drives to enjoy the beautiful Ozark scenery and even use that time out to go and eat, which was a special delight for her. Janice also enjoyed the older family sitcoms and movies. She would settle in for a day with the Walton’s, Andy Griffith, I Love Lucy or an old movie, sit back and share laughter or tears with each show.

She loved being with her children and grandchildren. She did enjoy cooking and liked to cook and serve special dishes for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She will be missed by those who knew and loved her best.

Visitation will be Saturday November 2, 2013 from 1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M with services beginning at 2:00 PM in Evans Funeral Home with Pastor Ralph Baker officiating. Burial will be Monday Nov. 4, at 1 PM in the New Lorimier Cemetery, Cape Girardeau, MO with Pastor Joe McCoullugh officiating. Services were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home, Houston, MO. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice. On-line condolences may be sent to

A memorial service for Glen Johnson, 83, of Alton, will be Saturday, November 2 at 2 PM at the Carter Funeral Home in Thayer with Michael Johnson officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home in Thayer on November 2 from 1 PM until the time of service.

Services are under the direction of Carter Funeral Home of Thayer.

Eva Lee Harris, age 88, joined her Heavenly Father, her husband, parents, siblings, and other loved ones in her brand new eternal mansion on October 28, 2013.  She departed this life at the Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston, Missouri.

Eva Lee was born on January 28, 1925 in East St. Louis, Illinois to her parents, James Clarence Legg and Elsie Elaine Renick Legg.  She was preceded in going to her heavenly home by her parents, her brother Robert Randal Legg, her sister Thelma Rebecca Legg Snowden, and her beloved husband of 58 years Homer Jean Harris.

Eva Lee is survived by her children: Paul Homer Harris of Independence, MO; Nancy Ellen James and husband Michael Joseph of Chapin, SC; and Jeanne Lee Chatman and husband Lawrence Paul of Plato, MO.  She has seven grandchildren: Jason Paul of Wilmington, NC; Erin Harris Brown of Independence, MO; Joseph Peter James of Plato, MO; Serena Chatman Hagler of Licking, MO, Eva James Pittman of Chapin, SC; Sarah Chatman Sutton of Raymondville, MO; and Lawrence Jean-Paul Chatman of Perryton, TX.  She also leaves behind sixteen great grandchildren.  She has been a very loving Christian Mother to all of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Eva Lee attended East St. Louis High School, but stayed home to take care of her ailing mother during the second semester of her senior year.  Later she passed her GED, and graduated from secretarial college.  She married her high school sweetheart, Homer Harris, on July 9, 1944 in her parents’ living room.  They had been in love since they were 14 years old and had gone steady through high school.  Immediately after the wedding ceremony, they boarded a train bound for Great Lakes Naval Base, IL, where he was being trained as a medic during WWII.

Eva Lee was raised in church by her parents, accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her personal Savior at age nine, and was baptized at the Lansdown Baptist Church in East St. Louis, Illinois.  When she grew up, she became a Sunday School teacher and a Vacation Bible School teacher in that church and raised her children in that church during their childhood years.  They built a beautiful brick, ranch style home on 43rd St. in E. St. Louis.  She worked at Sears and Roebuck as a secretary, and her husband was a US postal clerk.  They moved their family from E. St. Louis to Fairview Heights, IL in 1960 and joined the Unity Roselawn Baptist Church, where she served as a Sunday School and VBS teacher. She went to work as a secretary at Scott Air Force Base near Belleville, IL, while her husband remained a postal supervisor at the E. St. Louis Post office. In 1968, Eva Lee and her husband purchased a farm at Evening Shade, Plato, MO.  They both became employees at Fort Leonard Wood, where she worked as a secretary and key punch operator.  They built a house and established a tree farm, but later a forest fire destroyed their crop of pine trees.

Eva Lee joined the Roby Baptist Church in 1969, where she is still a member, and served as a children’s Sunday School teacher and a VBS teacher.  She was famous for making Biblical costumes for Barbie, Ken, and G I Joe dolls in order to put on Bible story plays for the children.  She always had lemon drops, peppermints, red licorice, starbursts, and spearmint gum in her purse for the little ones.  She visited elderly people in the community and did a Sunday School lesson for them on Saturday.  She retired in 1975 to care for her mother and mother-in-law, Hattie Ellen Landreth Harris, in her home until their graduation into Heaven.  Eva Lee was a faithful, loving wife and she tirelessly cared for her invalid husband, when they went to live at the Senior Housing in Raymondville, MO.  She was a fine example of a Christian lady.

Eva Lee was very talented.  She played the piano and sang hymns in her pretty soprano voice.  She made beautiful quilts for all of her children and grandchildren.  She crocheted pretty afghans for her loved ones, and made wonderful latch work pictures that she framed for them.  She always had a fine vegetable garden, and grew gorgeous varieties of flowers, especially roses, which she shared with family and friends.  She was a wonderful cook and especially noted for her fried chicken, round steak, gravy, fruit cobblers, multi-colored with different flavored marble cake, and rich chocolate cake with fluffy pink frosting.  She was a preschool teacher for some of her grandchildren, as she cared for them during the day.  She taught them numbers, alphabet, phonics, word recognition, name writing, drawing and coloring. She read stories to them, and played games with them. When they graduated to kindergarten, she had a party for them with cake, ice cream, a graduation hat and a certificate of achievement.

Eva Lee faithfully read her Bible every day and prayed for each member of her family, and her many friends.  She was a good example of what a Christian should be, and witnessed to her family and friends in word and deed.  She has lived with her daughter, Jeanne and husband Lawrence, for the past four years at Evening Shade, and has faithfully attended the Gasconade Baptist Church with them where Bro. Chatman pastors. When her husband passed away in 2002, she moved back to Evening Shade into the beautiful house that her daughter Nancy and husband Michael had built for their retirement.  She is looking forward to seeing all of her family and friends in the wonderful eternal home that the Great Creator God has prepared.

Memorials may be made to the Gasconade Baptist Church Building Fund, 16349 Hollsman Road, Dixon, MO 65459, In lieu of flowers. Online condolences may be made at

Visitation will be held Saturday November 2, 2013 from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. at the Roby Baptist Church with services beginning at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Brock Davis and Rev. Lawrence Chatman officiating. Pallbearers are; Lawrence Chatman, Jr., Joseph James, Joshua Sutton, Bobby Hagler, Jason Harris and Michael Brown. Burial is in C.T. Smith Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Robert “Bob” Eugene Pollard, 91, of Mountain View, Missouri departed this life on October 28, 2013 at his home. He was born on March 4, 1922 in Argenta, Illinois, the son of Clarence Albert and Julia (Hahn) Pollard.

Visitation will be from 4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Thursday, October 31, at Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View. Funeral Services will be at 1 PM Friday, Nov. 1 at Yarber Mortuary, with Interment at Walker Chapel Cemetery, Mountain View.

Bob was united in marriage to Esther Florence Saffell on October 2, 1974 in El Cajon, California.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife Esther; brother, David Pollard; and stepson, Edwin Saffell.

Survivors include his daughters, Rene Lynne Hartman and husband, Cleve, of Summersville, MO, Vicki Lynn Maston of Mountain View, and June Faye Swanson and husband, Methven, of Mountain View; grandchildren, Aaron Ray Parfitt and Carla of Springfield, MO, Laurie Maston of Lakeside, CA, Johnna Sherman of Birch Tree, MO, Jessica Havens of Kansas City, MO, Joy Swanson and husband, Scott Davis, of St. Louis, MO, and Colleen Daniels and husband, Craig, of Thomasville, AL, Eddie Jalali and husband Sahba of Columbia, MO, Steven Saffell and wife, Trina, active duty Air Force, Cherie Tapp and husband, Mike, of St. Louis, MO; twelve great grandchildren; and a multitude of family and friends.

Bob was a proud World War II veteran serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Lexington CV-4 during the Battle of the Coral Sea. After leaving the Navy, Bob attended Millikin University in Illinois, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. He worked in Finance, as a Surveyor, in a feed store, a Cheese Plant, business owner, and was a rural mail carrier during his lifetime.

Golfing was a lifelong passion and he played the game as long as he could. He loved traveling, dancing, and just celebrating life. Bob never considered anyone a stranger; and it didn’t take him long to make people he met feel like old friends. Many times, gathered around the kitchen table, he would exclaim he was the “Luckiest guy in the world.” We were the lucky ones; having been a part of his life. Robert Pollard will be missed.

Chester Alvin Wilbanks, 89, of Mountain View, Missouri departed this life on October 28, 2013 at his home. He was born on June 10, 1924 in Mountain View, the son of Lester and Mary (Souders) Wilbanks.

Visitation will be from 6-8 PM October 30 at Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View. Funeral Services will be at 11 AM October 31 at Yarber Mortuary, with interment at Old City Cemetery in Mountain View.

Alvin was united in marriage to Emma Alice Roark on October 21, 1944 in Salem, Arkansas. To this union four children were born: Chester Lee, Carol Sue, Joyce Anna, and Larry Eugene.

Alvin is preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Dorothy Luellen; and one son, Larry Eugene.

Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Alice, of the home; one son, Chester Wilbanks and wife, Diane, of Rogers, AR; two daughters, Carol Putney and husband, Pete, of New Virginia, IA and Joyce Arbaugh and husband, John, of Fulton, TX; daughter-in-law, Elana Wilbanks Schouten of Sedalia, MO; two brothers, Leonard Charles Wilbanks and wife, Sonja, of Kansas City, MO and Robert Wilbanks of Brookston, IN; one sister, Lilly Burks, of Mountain View; 13 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren and two on the way.

Alvin farmed most of his life. After retiring from farming, he and his two sons trucked grain across the Midwest. He enjoyed working and storytelling. He also loved spending time with his family.

Funeral services for Gary Lee Decker, 70, Dora, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, October 31, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Decker died at 2:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 29, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born April 27, 1943, at West Plains, Missouri, to Eldon Phillip Decker and Eva Routh Decker. On November 10, 1962, he was married at Dora, Missouri, to Juanita Cudworth. He was the owner/operator of Fat Boy’s Gun Shop and was a mechanic and bus driver at Dora Schools for twenty-seven years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening and loved his family and grandkids.

He is survived by his wife, Juanita Decker, of the family home; three children, Gary Brian Decker and wife, Barb, Dora, Missouri, Gregory Lee Decker and wife, Alison, Dora, Missouri and Stacey Minnich and husband, Jamie, Mountain View, Missouri; four grandchildren, Keesha Cotham and husband, Brandon, Kayla Uhlmann and husband, Devon, Haylee Borgman and Isabella Minnich; three great-grandchildren, Blake, Hudson and Miles; two brothers, Ronnie Decker and Joe Decker and wife, Connie, all of Dora, Missouri; one sister, Loeta Camden, West Plains, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents and one brother, J. D. Decker, precede him in death.

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

harrisFuneral services for Hazel Faye Harris, 74, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 31, 2013, at Central Church of Christ, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Harris died at 9:35p.m., Sunday, October 27, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

She was born February 7, 1939, at Moko, Arkansas, to Lonie C. Bell and Laura Ethel Land Bell. On February 22, 1957, she was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Richard “Dale” Harris. She was a homemaker; a wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed collecting Depression glass, knitting, crocheting and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Mrs. Harris was a member of Central Church of Christ, West Plains, Missouri.

She is survived by her husband, Richard “Dale” Harris, of the family home; five children, Laura Harris, Washington, D.C., Rick Harris, wife, Dana, Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas, Pamela Harris, Columbia, Missouri, Catherine Caetano, West Plains, Missouri and Lisa Olson, husband, Jake, West Plains, Missouri; six grandchildren, Brittany Hoover, Amanda Caetano, Jacob Olson, Thomas Olson, Autumn Thick and David Yancey; and one great-grandchild, Madeline Yancey; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents and seven siblings, Maeoma Barnett, Marguerite Bell, Huston Bell, Edna Jo Enlow, Helen Bergholtz, L. C. Bell, Jr. and Betty Cash, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Paragould Children’s Home, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Robbie Modene Farris, 88, of Gassville, formerly of Newnata, near Mountain View, Arkansas passed away Thursday, October 24, 2013 at the Gassville Therapy and Living Center.

Robbie was born April 12, 1925 in Pleasant Grove, Arkansas to the late William Columbus and Edna (Long) Farris. She loved spending time and taking care of her family. Robbie was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, infant Charles, JC, and Max Farris.

Survivors include three brothers; Ray Farris of Pekin, Illinois, Joe Farris of Tremont, Illinois and Brooks Farris of Hamilton, Illinois; and one sister, Patricia Farris of Mountain Home.

A visitation was held from 1:00 p.m-2:00 p.m., October 26, 2013 at the Big Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Newnata.

The funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. at the church with Brother Junior Barham officiating. Burial followed at the Big Springs Cemetery under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Big Springs Missionary Baptist Church, 277 Avey Lane, Newnata, Arkansas 72657.

Donna Catherine Gould, 74, of Mountain View, Missouri departed this life on October 26, 2013 at her home. She was born July 2, 1939 in Fort Dodge, Iowa, the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Davis) Ort.

No services are planned at this time.

Donna was united in marriage to James Richard Gould on April 28, 1979 in Iowa City, Iowa. To this union three daughters were born, Catherine, Elizabeth, and Melisa.

She is preceded in death by her father, John Ort, mother, Elizabeth Dalquist, one sister, Betty Anderson, and one granddaughter, Faith Beal.

Survivors include her husband, James Gould, of the home; daughters Catherine Beal and husband, Freddie, of Dandridge, TN, Elizabeth Monday of Platteville, CO, and Melisa Gould of Odessa, MO; two brothers, John Ort of Florida and Bob Hutchison of Danville, IA; and four grandchildren, Austin Zeschin, Cole Gould, Alex Lopez, and Brandon Beal.

Donna never met a stranger and anyone who met her could not help but like her. She was kind to all she knew.

Cremation arrangements were under the direction of Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View, MO. No services are planned at this time.

“My Mom was a smart, hardworking, kind, and giving grandma and mother who will be greatly missed.” Love always, Elizabeth & Austin

A Memorial Service for Bobby Joe “Bob” Hunter, 82, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 30, 2013, at United Freewill Baptist Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Hunter died at5:03 p.m., Friday, October 25, 2013, at Brooke Haven Healthcare.

He was born October 7, 1931, at Springfield, Missouri, to Roy Stone Hunter and Rosella Finkbinner Hunter. He graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1950. On December 25, 1955, he was married at Bakersfield, Missouri, to Wanda Rand Hunter. Mr. Hunter was a veteran, having served during the Korean Conflict with the United States Army from 1953 to 1955. He worked for forty-five years as a grade checker for Howard Construction and many other contractors helping build roads in Missouri and Arkansas and curb and guttering in West Plains, his last job being the overpass at Willow Springs. Bob was an avid hunter and loved to fish and float Norfork River; he loved taking his grandchildren fishing, swimming and floating. He also enjoyed his garden and tried each year to have the earliest and largest tomatoes. Mr. Hunter was a member of the United Freewill Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Wanda Hunter, of the family home; one son, Jeff E. Hunter, wife, Sharon, Tull, Arkansas; two grandchildren, Jeffery Stone Hunter, Tull, Arkansas and Amanda Hunter Monks, husband, Zack, Benton, Arkansas; expecting his first great-grandchild in March; one twin sister, Betty Dunaway, Willow Springs, Missouri; one brother, Jack Hunter, wife, Pauline, West Plains, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, three brothers, Richard, Tom and Roy Edward Hunter, and two brothers-in-law, Sidney Dunaway and Joe Roth, one sister-in-law, Ann Roth, precede him in death.

Burial will be at a later date in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association or the American Cancer Society, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at