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Archive for February, 2014

Funeral services for Gayla L. Auffert, 63, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Curry Street Church of Christ, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Auffert died at 6:47 a.m., Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, Missouri.

She was born October 21, 1950, at West Plains, Missouri, to Luther James Ledbetter and Doris Mae Sumner Ledbetter. Gayla graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1968 and on June 6, 1968, was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Joseph Auffert. She had worked at Boatmen’s Bank and retired as a dispatcher from Stewart-Morrison Redi-Mix. Mrs. Auffert was a fire fighter and safety officer at Howell County Rural Fire Department and was instrumental in the formation of Howell County Rural Auxiliary. She was also an active volunteer for Cystic Fibrosis; helping organize many fund raising shows. Mrs. Auffert had been a member of the Church of Christ and attended Curry Street Church of Christ for many years.

She is survived by her husband, Joe Auffert, of the family home; two daughters, Christel Cantrell, husband, Gene and Stacie Auffert, all of West Plains, Missouri; two brothers, Donald Ray McGoldrick, Caulfield, Missouri and Jimmy Dale Ledbetter, Pottersville, Missouri; mother-in-law, Oleta Auffert, West Plains, Missouri; sister-in-law, Louise Ledbetter, husband, Gene, West Plains, Missouri; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins; and a host of special friends.

Her parents, one infant daughter, Stephanie Dawn; two sisters, Patsy Brower and Peggy Evans; father-in-law, Everett Auffert; one sister-in-law, Janet McGoldrick and two brothers-in-law, Leroy Evans and Gene Brown, 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 Oak Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cystic Fibrosis or Howell County Rural Auxiliary, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Graveside services for Coralea Davidson, 78, Warrenton, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Oak Lawn Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Davidson died at 11:50 p.m., Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at Park Lane Care Center, Wentzville, Missouri.

She was born March 20, 1935, at West Plains, Missouri, to Wiley Ross Wright and Wilma Vivian McErvin Wright. She graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1953 and on May 2, 1953, was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Loyde Kenneth Davidson, who preceded her in death on April 18, 2003. She had worked as a beautician for over twenty-five years. Mrs. Davidson was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by two daughters, Brenda Morrell and Barbara Mikulas; three foster children, Ruth Ann Gnade, husband, Ben, Linda Spotswood and Pam Rhodes; fourteen grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; one brother, Joe Bill Wright, wife, Carol, one sister, Wilene Harris, husband, Doffless; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, one son, Kenneth Dale Davidson, two sisters and one brother, precede her in death.

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Graveside services for Charles Edmund Harriell, 81, Springfield, Illinois, formerly of Alton, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Cave Springs Cemetery, Alton, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Harriell died at 11:44 p.m., Monday, February 24, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, Illinois.

He was born July 15, 1932, at Alton, Missouri, to Omer and Catherine Farris Harriell. On November 21, 1980, he was married at Alton, Missouri, to Phyllis “Deloris” Andrews, who preceded him in death on January 16, 2012. Mr. Harriell was a veteran, having served with the United States Army and was a farmer.

He is survived by two children, Sherry Powers, husband, Tom, Glen Arm, Illinois and Vicky Matthews, Springfield, Illinois; two grandchildren, Derek Powers, wife, Stephanie and Spencer Powers; two great-grandchildren, Cole and Aidien; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

His parents and wife precede him in death.

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James Earl Shelly, age 96 of Ash Flat, Arkansas, passed away February 24, 2014 at Fulton County Hospital in Salem, Arkansas.

Visitation will be held Thursday, February 27, 2014 from Noon until service time at the Ash Flat Church of Christ. Funeral Services will begin Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at the Ash Flat Church of Christ with Johnny Carter officiating. Burial will follow in the Wiles Cemetery located in Ash Flat, Arkansas. Pallbearers are Ross Carter, Adam Carter, Ethan Barnes, Mike Graddy, Marc Boyd, and Danny Murphy. Honorary Pallbearers are James Nicholson and Jack Richardson. All arrangements are by Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland, Arkansas.

He was born October 14, 1917 in Rogers Springs, Tennessee to Lee and Viola (Webb) Shelly. He served in the United States Army for ten years. He retired as Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Air Force where he taught R.O.T.C. James worked for NASA for five years and then taught at Highland High School for ten years. He was a loving father, grandfather, and friend to all who knew him. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Wanda Faye (Gibbins) Shelly; and two brothers. Survivors include two daughters, Katherine Sue Carter and husband Johnny of Cherokee Village, Arkansas and Kay Boyd and husband Marc of Ash Flat, Arkansas; seven grandchildren, Joy, Ross, Adam, Shelly, Kara, Ethan, and Cael; six great- grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Dr. Thurman Eugene Aldridge, age 77, son of Luther and Tennie (Ice) Aldridge was born February 21, 1937 in Texas County, MO. He departed this life on February 23, 2014.

Thurman is survived by his wife Susan (Craig) Aldridge, two sons; Andrew and wife Valeska and Anson and wife Brandi, two grandchildren; Gwendolyn and Henry all of Springfield, MO, one sister, Oneta Holloway, a host of nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents, siblings; Juanita Irish, Herman Aldridge, Laveta Kelley and Martha Sue (infant).

Thurman accepted the Lord as his Savior at a young age at Grandview Baptist Church, Texas County, MO. He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church, Springfield, MO. Before his devastating stroke, he taught Sunday school and was their pianist.

Thurman was a scholar and educator achieving his BS, Master’s and Doctorate in Education. He attended one full year of college at SMS and taught his first year in a one-room country school at age 18. He continued his education with summer school and correspondence classes ending with his Doctorate at Missouri University. He began his teaching career at Pleasant Grove & Pine Creek, then Plato & Summersville, retiring from Springfield Public Schools.

Thurman was a gifted and trained pianist. It is told he stood pumping the old family pump organ to play music by ear. At a young age, he had a few piano lessons and began playing for Grandview Baptist Church. He loved gospel music and was widely known for attending many singing conventions in his lifetime. As a young man he played for the Good News Quartet on a weekly spot at the Mountain Grove Radio Station, and many others including The Journeymen which included John Ashcroft and Max Bacon. Thurman owned and operated The Journeymen Gospel Sound Center, Springfield, MO.

Thurman never met a stranger in his life—he was a friend to all. He cared deeply for all of his family. He will be remembered for his kind heart and good deeds. Sadly in June of 2003, he suffered a massive stroke leaving him with only the use of his right hand and arm. Susan retired from teaching and cared for him at home for several years until it became impossible to do so. At his death, he was a resident of Magnolia Square Nursing Facility. At last his long suffering is over, may he rest in peace—we love you!

Memorials may be made to Briar Street Baptist Building Fund, 1361 E Briar Street, Springfield, MO 65804, in his honor. Online condolences may be sent to

Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. Thursday February 27, 2014 at Evans Funeral Home with services beginning at 2:00 P.M. with Rev. Lew Cort officiating. Burial is in Ozark Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Norman Derwood Atchley, son of the late Thomas and Maggie Atchley, was born July 28, 1925 in Non, Oklahoma. His Lord and Savior called him home on Saturday, February 22, 2014 in Springfield, Missouri. Norman was 88 years, 6 months and 27 days old when he departed this life.

Visitation will be from 6-8 PM Friday, February 28 at Yarber Mortuary in Mountain View. Funeral Services will be at 11 AM Saturday, March 1 at Yarber Mortuary. Interment will be at Greenlawn Cemetery in Mountain View.

He was united in marriage to the love of his life Venice Pauline Phipps, August 27, 1953 in Springfield, Missouri. They were married 60 years, 5 months and 26 days. To this union three children were born.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Donald Jake Atchley, Thomas Hoyt Atchley, Lellan Ray Atchley and one sister, Alta Lavon Bales.

Norman served his country in the United States Air Force beginning in 1946. He retired from the Air Force in January 1971. Upon retirement from the military, he enrolled in the Sunset School of Preaching in Lubbock, Texas, devoting the remainder of his life to serving the Lord.

Norman served as a Minister in the Church of Christ in Nevada, Essex, Pomona and Winona, Missouri and in Whitesboro, Texas. He completed his Christian service as a member of the Church of Christ in Winona, Missouri. For those who knew Norman, there was no doubt concerning his love for the Church.

He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Venice, daughter Carol Elaine Powers and husband Jeffrey of Sunnyvale, Texas, son Bruce Norman Atchley and wife Nancy of Oregon City, Oregon and son William David Atchley and wife Esther of Abernathy, Texas; grandchildren, Taryn, Amanda, Thomas, Alex, Suzanne, Maggie and Stephanie; great-grandchildren Jaxon and Lillian; and sister, Lewene Ruth McVicker of Summersville, Missouri, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Georgie “Red” Crisp, 77, of Mountain Grove passed away February 21 at his home.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 2 PM at the Craig-Hurtt Funeral Chapel in Mountain Grove. Visitation will be from 6-8 PM Tuesday, February 25 at the chapel.

Burial will be in Manes Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Manes Cemetery and left at the funeral home.

Daniel Breedlove, 74, of Lunchburg passed away February 21 at Mercy Hosptital in Springfield.

Funeral services will be February 25 at 2 PM at the Roby Assembly of God Church. Visitation will be from 12-2 PM February 25 at the church.

Burial will be at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.

Danny Mack McGuire, age 54 of Glencoe, Arkansas, passed away Saturday, February 22, 2014 at his home.

Funeral Services will begin Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Ash Flat Church of Christ with Tommy Boles officiating. Burial will follow at the Campground Cemetery located in Evening Shade, Arkansas. Visitation will be held Tuesday, February 25, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Tri-County Funeral Home Chapel located in Highland, Arkansas. All arrangements are by Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland, Arkansas.

He was born February 19, 1960 in Batesville, Arkansas to Earl Mack McGuire and Virginia (Hightower) Murphy. He was an insurance inspector for FUMIC and a member of the Ash Flat Church of Christ. Danny was a loving husband, father, son, brother, and friend to all who knew him.

He loved watching his sons play basketball. He was preceded in death by his father, Earl Mack McGuire and his step-father, Stanley Conway. Survivors include his wife, Wanita McGuire of the home; his mother Virginia (Hightower) Murphy and step- father, Danny Murphy; two sons, Jordan McGuire and Colby McGuire both of Glencoe, Arkansas; one brother Gary Conway of Ash Flat, Arkansas; one nephew, Skyler Conway; and a host of other relatives and friends.

J. Leroy Shipley, 80, a resident of Mountain Home went to be with the Lord Saturday, February 22, 2014 at the Baxter Regional Medical Center.

He was born August 15, 1933, in St. Joseph, Missouri to the late James Edward and Helen Louise (Blair) Shipley. Leroy married Marjorie Ann Knapp on January 28, 1952, in St. Joseph, Missouri. He spent his working years as a print press operator at both the St. Joe News and the Kansas City Star newspapers. Leroy retired from the Kansas City International Airport as a maintenance man and locksmith. Marge and Leroy relocated to Mountain Home in 1999 from Kansas City, Missouri. Leroy was a member of the Mountain Home Baptist Church and the Twin Lakes Gun Club. He loved shooting skeet, being outdoors, trout fishing and most of all helping and teaching others. In addition to his parents Leroy was preceded in death by a son, Randy Lee Shipley; a daughter, Peggy Diane Shipley and a brother, George Shipley.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Marge Shipley of Mountain Home; a grandson, James Shipley of Mountain Home and two brothers, Jimmy Shipley of St. Joseph, Missouri and Danny Shipley of St. Charles, Missouri.

A memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, February 27, 2014, at the Mountain Home Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Hughes officiating. A fellowship gathering will be following the service. Burial will be in Mount Moriah Terrace Park Cemetery in Kansas City, Missouri. Arrangements are under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

Honorary pallbearers will be Charlie Holder, Leroy Shepherd, Floyd Halterman, Bob Rector and Dick Kwarcinski.

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