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Archive for March, 2014

Funeral services for Gary Bryan Head, 63, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Head died at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, March 29, 2014, at his home.

He was born July 10, 1950, at Rockford, Illinois, to Davie and Lois Riddle Head. On November 9, 1968, he was married at St. Louis, Missouri, to Carolyn Ergle. He worked at Regal-Beloit, was an avid racing fan, a former racer and currently enjoyed working on his son’s car. Mr. Head was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Head, of the family home; five children, Kevin Head, wife Wendy, Rockford, Illinois, Lisa Stoller, Black River Falls, Wisconsin, Kimberly Meyer, husband, Michael, Bettendorf, Iowa, Kurtis Head, Rockford, Illinois and Keith Head, wife, Shawna, Pomona, Missouri; sixteen grandchildren; one great-grandchild on the way; three sisters, Jean Schewe, husband, Wayne, Cheryl Perkins, husband, Chuck and Jackie Carrico, husband, Donnie; and two special friends, John Logan and Joey Smith.

His parents and one sister, Karen Hayenga, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Kenneth Fred Kite, 44, a resident of Mountain Home passed away Friday, March 28, 2014, at his residence.

He was born November 18, 1969, in Compton, California to Milford Fred and Carol Suzanne (Watters) Kite. Kenneth worked as a machinist in both California and Arkansas. He loved the outdoors, motorcycles and shooting, especially target practicing. Kenneth was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Eugene Kite and his maternal grandfather, Kenneth Watters.

Survivors include his wife Angie Kite of Greenbriar; two sons, Preston Kenneth Robert Kite of Wisconsin and Kevin Kite of Mountain Home; a daughter, Kristin Ann Kite of Mountain Home; his parents, Fred and Sue Kite of Lakeview; paternal grandmother, Eleanor Stillwaugh of California; his maternal grandmother, Joy Watters of Flippin; a sister, Tamara Sue Mony of Lakeview; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 4, 2014, at the Conner-Hankins Funeral Home in Mountain Home with Pastor Roy Crane officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

The online obituary and guestbook are available at

Virgil Brice Thompson, 93, of Mountain View, Missouri departed this life on March 30, 2014 at Mercy St. Francis Hospital, Mountain View. He was born March 25, 1921 at Poe Hill, Missouri, the son of Henry and Minnie (Henry) Thompson.

Visitation will be Tuesday April 1, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Yarber Mortuary, with funeral services April 2 at 1 PM at Yarber Mortuary. Interment will be at Mount Zion Cemetery-Poe Hill. Memorial donations may be made to the VFW or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Virgil was united in marriage to Leona Deatherage on July 27, 1948 in West Plains, Missouri. She preceded him in death. Also preceding are his parents, one infant son, three brothers, three sisters, and one great grandson.

Survivors include one daughter, Beverly Ann Bram and husband, Eliezer “Nacho”, Lebanon, MO; four sons, Joe Thompson and Velma, Mountain View, George Thompson and wife, Betty, Mountain View, Tom Thompson and wife, Cathey, Mountain View, and Ronald Thompson and wife, Cathy, Marshfield, MO; thirteen grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

Virgil was a good man. He had many friends and acquaintances. He was a good son. He respected and honored his parents with visits and service. One of his sons once told him that one of the reasons he had lived so long was because he kept God’s first commandment with promise “to honor thy father and mother that you may live long on this earth” (paraphrased).

Virgil was a good husband. He was faithful, loving, a good provider, and he respected Leona. As a lifelong farmer, he always said his family would eat the best and he would sell the rest. Virgil was a good father. He showed his love for his children every day. He taught them responsibility and disciplined them when they needed it. The result is that all five grew to adulthood to be good, loving parents and good citizens. They have followed his example to love family as he did.

Virgil was a good neighbor and kept the commandment of God “love they neighbor as thyself”. When neighbors were sick or injured, he saw to it that their needs were met, whether it be milk, meat, or food that was raised on his and Leona’s own farm.

Virgil was a good friend to many in Mountain View and throughout Howell County. He liked to visit Ron Hall at the feed store and enjoyed visits from Larry Stagner, Jerry Stephens, Witt Clement, and others. He was also a good citizen of his country and a good soldier, having served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a charter member of the local VFW. He put on Jesus Christ in baptism in the mid 1970’s.

Virgil Thompson was a good man, who will be sorely missed by family and friends.

Pauline M. Hamlin, age 76 of Williford, Arkansas, passed away Saturday, March 29, 2014 at her home. She was born October 25, 1937 in Muscatine, Iowa to Truman and Josephine (McGowan) Landon.

No services are planned at this time.

All arrangements are by Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland, Arkansas.

Pauline was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Cherokee Village, Arkansas.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister; one nephew; and one grandson.

Survivors include her husband, Eugene Hamlin of the home; three sons, David Hamlin and wife Mitchelle of McMinnville, Oregon, Kyle Hamlin and special friend Lori Kelly of Dixon, Illinois, and Daniel Hamlin and wife Ruthann of Morning Sun, Iowa; two daughters, Lori Cain and husband Bill of Cherokee Village, Arkansas and Kathryn Thorne and special friend Mike Miller of Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas; thirteen Grandchildren; twelve Great-Grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.


A memorial service for Jane Marie Mosley, 71, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at First Baptist Church, West Plains, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Mosley died at 5:00 a.m., Sunday, March 30, 2014, at West Vue Nursing Center.

She was born November 8, 1942, at Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Albin and Iva Jones Orsinger. On June 5, 1965, she was married at Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Clinton Mosley. She held a Bachelor’s degree in education and had worked toward a Master’s Degree. Mrs. Mosley was a homemaker and in her early years, was an elementary school teacher. Her main love in life was her church family; she loved Jesus more than life. She served as a Chaplain at Ozarks Medical Center. Mrs. Mosley was a member of First Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Clinton Mosley, of the family home; one daughter, Jennifer Willis, husband, Alan, Wentzville, Missouri; and four grandchildren, Austin, Matthew, Arabella and Emily Willis.

Her parents and one infant son precede her in death.

Burial will be in the Missouri Veteran’s Cemetery, Jacksonville, Missouri. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Gideon Bible Society, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Homer Isom Howard, 80, West Plains, Missouri died March 29, 2014 at his home in West Plains.

Church services will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at Central Church of Christ, West Plains, Missouri.

Mr. Howard will lie in state Tuesday, April 1st thru Friday, April 4th, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. On Saturday, April 5, 2014, he will lie in state from 8:00 a.m. to noon.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to either Children’s Homes, Inc., 5515 Walcott Road, Paragould, AR 72450 or Fair Haven Children’s Home, 3132 N. Fair Haven Loop, Strafford, MO 65757.

Charles Edward Whitlock, 83, of Willow Springs, Missouri departed this life on March 24, 2014 at Willow West Apartments, Willow Springs, Missouri. He was born January 22, 1931 in Stratford, Oklahoma the son of John “Jack” and Sally (McPhetridge) Whitlock.

A memorial service will be held Saturday April 5, 2014, 2:00 p.m. at Yarber Mortuary – Willow Chapel.

Charles graduated from Delano High School in California. He was united in marriage to Gracie May Jones in Delano, California in 1949. Charles worked as a machinist for American Airlines.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Gracie; and one son, Charles Edward Whitlock, Jr.

Survivors include two sons, Garland Whitlock of Ohio and Steve Whitlock of Oklahoma; one brother, Jack Whitlock of California; five grandchildren, Shannon Whitlock of Texas, Tara Whitlock McKeon of Texas, Steven Blake Watkins of Oklahoma, Meranda Nicole Williams of Oklahoma, and Garret Don Whitlock of Oklahoma; one great granddaughter, Taylor May McKeon of Texas; and several loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Steven Glen Gould, age 70 of Green Bay, Wisconsin, formerly of Muscatine, Iowa, passed away March 25, 2014 at the Fulton County Hospital in Salem, Arkansas.He was born October 20, 1943 in Aurora, Illinois to Glen Roy and Helen Ruth (Karman) Gould.Steven was a mechanical engineer and served in the United States Navy from 1963 to 1967. Steven was also a member of the Cherokee Village United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Roschelle Knippel; and one brother, Bruce Merton Gould.

Survivors include his wife Dianne Gould of Cherokee Village, Arkansas; one son Lorin Gould and special friend Erin of Muscatine, Iowa; two daughters, Amanda Tibbs and special friend John of Glenbeulah, WI and Kimberly Gould of Green Bay, WI; one sister, Karen Eve Neubauer and husband Jim; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held by the family at a later date.

All arrangements are by Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland,

Mildred Lee Short, age 95 of Cherokee Village, Arkansas, passed away March 27, 2014 at the Ash Flat Nursing and Rehab Center in Ash Flat, Arkansas. She was born May 11, 1918 in Williamson County, Illinois to Joe and Ollie (Shelton) Short. Mildred was a manager for Sears and Roebuck for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Richard Woodson; her son, Thomas Louis Woodson; one brother; and two sisters.

Survivors include one grandchild; many nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will begin Monday, March 31, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Tri-County Funeral Home Chapel located in Highland, Arkansas. Burial will follow in the Memorial Park Cemetery located in Memphis, Tennessee.

Visitation will be held Monday, March 31, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the Tri-County Funeral Home Chapel located in Highland, Arkansas.

All arrangements are by Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland, Arkansas.

Walter Edmond “Bill” Reed, 88, of Birch Tree, Missouri departed this life on March 23, 2014 at Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Missouri. He was born January 26, 1926 in Fremont, Missouri, the son of George Walter and Ora Effie (Brawley) Reed.

A Memorial Service will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 28, at Yarber Mortuary, 621 E. Fifth St. Mountain View, MO 65548.

Bill was married to Shannon Joyce Klepzig in 1947 and the couple was blessed with three children – Gale, Gary and Beverly. After Shannon’s death in 2005, Bill married Edeltraud “Trudy” Carter and gained another daughter, Anna.

Bill served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army at the Battle of the Bulge. He was one of the original five founders of the American Legion Post 509. He also helped to organize the Birch Tree Fire Department and was the first Fire Chief. Bill was a barber for 62 plus years in Birch Tree and was always active in the community. He had a love of music and played the guitar and mandolin. Bill had many friends and was admired by all. He was a wonderful husband and father.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Shannon; four brothers, Howard, Clifford, Alvis “Chick”, and Boyd “Doc”; one sister, Lena Woodard; and one grandson, Travis Jon Reed.

Survivors include his wife, Trudy, of the home; two sons, Gale Reed and wife, Bonnie, of Yukon, OK and Gary Reed and wife, Cindy, of Herculaneum, MO; two daughters, Beverly Pelliccio of Springfield, MO and Anna Carter of West Plains, MO; one brother, Elvin Reed of Cedar Hill, MO; two sisters, Eula Mae “Sally” Smith of Bolivar, MO and Thelma Walters of Orville, CA; one sister-in-law, Jean Reed of Van Buren, MO; six grandchildren, Khristi, Stephanie, Brian, Angela, Elicia, and Melissa; nine great grandchildren, Selena, Hannah, Conner, Melissa, Chase, Bradley, Xavier, Isaiah, and Samantha; and several nieces and nephews.