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Archive for December, 2013

James Clifford Blair, 80 of Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas passed away December 20, 2013 peacefully from the arms of his family to the loving arms of his Lord.

Memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church in Horseshoe Bend Tuesday December 24 at 2:00pm

Born September 22, 1933, in Andalusia AL. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Harmon and Gladys (nee Silcox) Blair. Two brothers, John Harmon Jr. and Demond Blair.

He is survived by his wife Nellie Kate Blair, and six children, Becky & Jim) Larsen, of Waconia MN, Dianne (& Mike) Tillman, of Loran OH, Karen Baldwin of Vermilion OH, Randall Wilbanks of Salem AR, Glenn (& Tammy) Wilbanks of Salem AR, Dan Wilbanks of Perth Australia, Also surviving, Sixteen Grandchildren and Twenty-eight Great-Grandchildren. and one Great Great Grand daughter

He owned and directed the success of Industrial Video Corporation, in Cleveland Ohio

He was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church in Vermilion OH.

He loved to fly his private airplane, having over 30 years with an active license; He enjoyed traveling, and was an avid reader.

The body is to be cremated.

Jim Blair relocated from Alabama to Vermilion Ohio in 1952. He served two years in the Army and used his military education funds to get an Electrician Degree, While he was working at Fruehauf Trailer, and later Ford Motor CO. After getting his Electrician License, he opened Erie Electronic Appliance repair in Vermilion, OH. From Erie Electronics, which was an appliance dealership, he branched over to the Industrial side of Electronics and opened Industrial Vidio, Inc in 1969. He and his wife owned Indutrial Video Corporation until December 31, 2010. He was a true entrepreneur and contantly educated himself. He will be missed by many.

Under the direction of Wortham Funeral Home of Highland, AR.

A Celebration of Life Service for Lawrence James “Bob” Thornton, 84, Caulfield, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, December 23, 2013, in the conference room at Brooke Haven Health Care.

Mr. Thornton died at 8:18 p.m., Friday, December 20, 2013, at Brooke Haven Health Care.

He was born March 31, 1929, at Visalia, California, to Hugh Thornton and Annie Thornton. On March 4, 1959, he was married at Sonoma, California, to Elsie Jane Kirtley, who preceded him in death on June 1, 1990. On November 7, 1991, he was married at Reno, Nevada, to Rosemary. Before his retirement, he worked as a mechanic and was a Special Olympics coach for over fifteen years. Mr. Thornton was a Christian.

He is survived by his wife, Rosemary Thornton, West Plains, Missouri; six children, Larry Thornton, West Plains, Missouri, Eddie Thornton, West Plains, Missouri, Lonnie Thornton, West Plains, Missouri, Julie Green, husband, Paul, Parma Heights, Ohio, Melissa Thornton, West Plains, Missouri, and Scott Strothers, St. Louis, Missouri; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one sister, Ann Connor, husband, Jake.

His parents, first wife, one son, Douglas and one brother, precede him in death.

Arrangements under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Roger Dwayne DePriest, 64, Mountain View, died Dec. 21, 2013, in Branson, Mo.

Visitation will be Tuesday December 24, 2013, 10:00a.m. at Apostolic Temple. Funeral Services will be Tuesday December 24, 2013, 11:00a.m. at Apostolic Temple, with interment in Bethlehem Cemetery, Birch Tree, MO

Roger was born Sept. 15, 1949, to Joe Ralph and Vernice Beatrice (Phipps) DePriest in Morton, Washington. He married Freda Mary Mayola Miller on June 20, 1969, to this union three children were born.

He is preceded in death by his father Joe DePriest and father-in-law Cecil Miller.

He is survived by his wife Freda; his children, Renee DePriest, Tony DePriest and wife Tina, and Wensday Vines and husband Eric; his grandchildren, Skyler, Josiah, Duane, Tiffany, Tiffani, Emily, A. J. and Jillian; great-grandson Ayden; his mother, Vernice DePriest; his sisters and brother, Pamela Jo Holden, William “Bill” Green DePriest and wife Carol, and Lori Ann Dudeck and husband Bobby; his mother-in-law Mayola Miller; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other loved ones.

Bro. DePriest loved the Lord with all his heart and was a dedicated pastor to Apostolic Temple in Birch Tree. His constant hope was that those who did not know the Lord would give their life to Him and follow His plan of salvation for their lives.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his children and grandchildren, always sharing a bit of the Word with them when he had the opportunity.

Virda Aliene McCoy “Ma”, age 88, daughter of Clifford and Bessie (Firestine) Massey was born at Big Piney, MO on December 9, 1925. She passed away December 20, 2013 at Mercy Hospital, Springfield, MO.

Visitation will be Monday December 23, 2013 from 9:00 to 11:00 A.M. at Evans Funeral Home with services beginning at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Brian Holycross officiating. Pall bearers are; Jim McCoy, Sean Ryno, Dustyn Fisher, Benjamin Blank, Jacob Blank and Jack Stricklin. Honorary pallbearers are; Justin Scholz and Austin Chambers. Burial will be in Union Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Union Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Elmer E McCoy “Pap”, a son, Jimmy David McCoy, sisters; Fern Quick and Hazel Hall, Rhetta Hayhurst, four brothers; Bud, James, Cecil and Dale Massey.

Aliene grew up in the Big Piney area and also attended school there. Her mother died at any early age and left her to raise her seven siblings, ranging in ages 6 weeks to 12 years.

She married Elmer McCoy “Pap” on December 5, 1944 and to this union four sons and one daughter was born.

“Ma”, “Granny”, “Little Granny” or “Big Granny” as she was so lovingly called is survived by three sons, Garold and wife Kristy of Houston, MO, Roger and wife Peggy of Houston, MO and Rolla “Dickie” and wife Margaret of Crocker, MO, a daughter, Sharon (Sis) of Houston, MO, seven grandkids, fifteen great-grandkids and two great great-grandkids, brothers Melvin Massey of Roby, MO, Troy Massey of Houston, MO and Terry Massey of Texas, and sisters, Sharon Southworth of Springfield, MO, Ruth Hale of Licking, MO and Caroline Hurley of Houston, MO.

Granny was a factory worker and retired at the age of 62. She took pride in homemaking and family time. She loved camping, gardening, quilting, knitting, sewing, cooking and fishing. Granny was an avid musician and singer and could play any instrument she picked up. She enjoyed playing cards and aggravation, but she played to win…Her house was always open to anyone, whether family or a stranger.

She had a strong faith and attended church regularly. Granny affected and touched many lives during her life. She will be greatly missed. To know Granny was to love Granny!

William Edward Ledgerwood, 96, passed from this life on December 19, 2013 at Birch Tree Place, Birch Tree, Missouri. He will join Evelyn Justine (DePriest), his wife of 70 years; his parents; daughter, Dorothy; son, Cecil; and daughter-in-law, Donna. He leaves behind sons, Chester and wife, Mary Jane, of Birch Tree and Doyle “Scott” of Chehalis, WA; daughter-in-law, Vivian of Birch Tree; 10 grandchildren, several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Sunday December 22, 2013, 6 – 8:00 p.m. at Yarber Mortuary, with Funeral Services Monday December 23, 2013, 1:00 p.m. at Yarber Mortuary. Interment will be at Bethlehem Cemetery, Birch Tree, MO

Edward was born on September 12, 1917 the son of Lewis Ural and Dorothy (Schneider) Ledgerwood. Siblings from this union were Sadie Chilton, Sylvia Smotherman and Leo Ledgerwood. After his mother’s passing, his father was united to Omie Mobley and added brothers, J.D. Mobley, Bob, Virgil, Melvin “Tom”, and Elvin “Tim” and sisters, Juanita Gall and Mary (Frost) Moreland. Siblings preceding him in death were J.D. Mobley, Leo, Sylvia, and Mary.

Edward was a hard worker, working in the timber industry and farming. He was an avid hunter, enjoyed Cardinal baseball and westerns.

Edward was a member of the County Line Pentecostal Church of Birch Tree, Missouri. The last six years of his life were spent at Birch Tree Place. The family would like to thank the staff for their caring and kindness during this time.

“Dad, go rest high! We’re going to miss you.”

Mrs. JoAnn Stewart, 71, of Salem, Mo. passed away December 18, 2013 at her home in Salem, MO.

Visitation will be held Friday, December 20, 2013from 6 to 8 PM. Service will be held Saturday, December 21 at 1:00 P.M. at Fox Chapel. Interment will be in Boone Creek Cemetery.

Under direction of Fox Funeral Home. Online condolences at

Graveside Services for Jesse Mack Skaggs, 96, West Plains, Missouri, will be 2:00 pm Sunday, December 22, 2013, at State Line Cemetery with the Brother Charles Allen officiating under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, West Plains.

Funeral services for Lora Leroy, 93, Dora, Missouri, will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December 21, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Leroy died at 9:55 p.m., Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at West Vue Nursing Center.

She was born June 6, 1920, at Blanche, Missouri, to Henry Tetrick and Lillie Buchanan Tetrick. On November 9, 1941, she was married at Paris, Tennessee, to Willie H. “Bill” Leroy, who preceded her in death on April 8, 1994. Mrs. Leroy was a homemaker and a member of the Church of God.

She is survived by two sons, Billy Leroy, wife, Dixie, West Plains, Missouri and Ronnie Leroy, wife, Mary, Dora, Missouri; three grandsons, Ronald Leroy, wife, Kari, David Leroy, wife, Crystal and Billy Gene Leroy; one granddaughter, Shanda Leroy; six great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, one son, Donald Gene Leroy, one grandson, Bruce Allen Leroy; two brothers, Manford Tetrick and Sanford Tetrick; four sisters, Vernia Stowers, Bertha Parsons, Lula Freeman and Mable Stephens, and special nephew, Virgil “Monk” Stowers, precede her in death.

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

Funeral services for Robert Leroy Williams, 76, Pomona, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 21, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Williams died at 11:10 p.m., Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born October 25, 1937, at Pomona, Missouri, to Clifford Leroy Williams and Florene Turner Williams. On October 3, 1955, he was married at Hernando, Mississippi, to Patricia “Pat” Reese, who preceded him in death on May 22, 2009. Robert and Pat operated Williams construction for many years, building many homes and businesses in the West Plains area. He was an avid turkey hunter, deer hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed his early morning visits with his buddies at Conley’s Quik Stop in Pomona. He was a wonderful story teller and his children and grandchildren will re-tell his stories over and over. He most enjoyed the time spent with his family, staying young through his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He did not lecture or judge, just set an example in the way he lived his life. Mr. Williams was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church at Olden, Missouri.

He is survived by two daughters, Cathy Wood and Cindy Weeks, husband, Greg, West Plains, Missouri; four grandchildren, Scott Brown, wife, Krystal, Rob Brown, wife, Jennifer, Devin Cravens, husband, Ben and Cody Weeks, wife, Ashley; five great-grandchildren, Rylee, Reese and Sydney Brown, Chance Cravens and Griffin Brown; one sister, Vonda Hunt, husband, Junior, West Plains, Missouri; two sisters-in-law, Edith Sewell, Las Vegas, Nevada and Jenny Capitumino, husband, Nick, Gasport, New York; and seven nieces and nephews, Vonna Doering, Ronna Turner, Mike Buchan, Chuck Buchan, Angel Okon, Nicole Capitumino and Shaun Sewell; several great-nieces and great-nephews; and his best friend, “Jake”.

His parents, wife, one sister-in-law, Barbara Buchan and one brother-in-law, Lehman Coldiron, precede him in death.

Burial will be in the Mt. Zion Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Zion Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Imogene Elmore, 85, passed away Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at her home in Houston.

Visitation will be Friday December 20, 2013 from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. with services beginning at 2:00 PM in the First Baptist Church, Houston, MO with Rev. Ed Hamilton officiating. Burial was in Pine Lawn Cemetery.

Family requests memorials be made to Houston First Baptist Church.

Arrangements were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home, Houston, Missouri.

She was born September 15, 1928, in Henderson, Iowa, daughter of James Edward Martin and Geneva Lucy McKinney. She married Wilburn Ivan Elmore on March 18, 1950.

Imogene accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at a young age. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Houston.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother Wayne Martin; and Sister Virginia “Jeni” Parrish.

She is survived by her husband, Wilburn; son, Marty and wife, Patti, of West Plains, Mo.; granddaughter, Jennifer Vandall, and husband, Zandy, of Richland, Mo.; three grandsons, Jared Elmore, and wife, Jordan, of Ozark, Mo.; Adam Elmore, and wife, Kacey, of Ozark, Mo.; and Colin Elmore, of Nashville, Tn. She is also survived by three great-grandchildren; Grace Vandall, Ethan Vandall, and Carrington Elmore; and a host of other family and friends.

At eighteen years of age, Imogene taught in a one-room schoolhouse at Tyrone, Mo. Of all the students she taught, her younger sister, Jeni, was the one least able to get away with misbehaving. Imogene was the Deputy Texas County Clerk for six years, and the head bookkeeper at Duff’s Western Auto in Houston for 43 years. After retiring there, she helped Wilburn in the family business, Elmore’s Men’s Wear, for many years.

She served on the Texas County Memorial Hospital Board of Directors in the 1970’s, and was the treasurer of the Texas County Baptist Association for 14 years.

Imogene was an avid photographer, with her family being her subject matter. She lived for her Lord, family, and church. She loved the Christmas season, and for many years decorated her front door and yard, entering, and sometimes winning, the annual door decorating contest in the city of Houston. She always went above and beyond to care for, and spoil, her family. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

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