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Archive for June, 2014

Deborah Ann Baldree, age 60 was born February 10, 1954 in Brooklyn, New York.

She passed away on June 28, 2014 with her family by her side at her home in Bucyrus, MO.

Graveside services will be Wed. July 2nd, at 10 AM in Emery Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice Compassus. Services were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. On-line condolences may be sent to

She is survived by her children, three sons, David Christ and Virginia Copeland, James Baldree and Phillip Baldree; one daughter, Colleen Copeland and husband William; two grandchildren, Ashley Copeland and Timothy Baldree.

Debbie was a cook, working at Mom’s Kitchen and Whispering Pines.

Debbie was a homebody and enjoyed crocheting and sewing. She gave many special items made with love to family and friends. She loved her dogs and counted them as family. However her children, grandchildren and other family members brought her the greatest joy.

She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.


Ellen Imogene McAlister “Burns” age 74 of Mountain Home, Arkansas, passed away June 28, 2014 at Fulton County Hospital in Salem, Arkansas. She was born November 7, 1939 in Dover, Arkansas to Elton McAlister and Onva “Sparks” McAlister. She worked in sales for many years. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend to all who knew her. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Mountain Home.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Tommy Dale Burns and one sister Nadine Ruth Lewis.

Survivors include two sons, Gary Don McAlister of Gamaliel, Arkansas, Michael Hewitt of Stockton, California, three daughters, Janice Marshall (Denise) of Atascadero, California, Kathy Beach of Gamaliel, Arkansas, Tiffany O’Neil (Dermot) of Bloomfield, New Jersey, one brother Doug McAlister, 10 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

The Family will hold a private memorial service at a later date. All arrangements by Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland, Arkansas.

Chester Leroy Smith age 75, son of Earl and Lottie Ellen (Mace) Smith was born on June 28, 1938 in Success, MO. Chester went home to meet his Lord and Savior on June 26, 2014 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, MO.

Visitation will be Monday June 30th, at 6-8 PM in the Evans Funeral Home. Services will be Tuesday July 1st, at 1:00 PM in the Plato Christian Church, Plato, MO. Eugene Earp will officiate with burial in the Long Hollow Cemetery. Pallbearers are Larry Mace, Nolan Mace, Leon Mace, Jimmy Marshall, Robert Marshall and Frank McKee; Honorary Pallbearers are Braxton Marshall, Johnny Martin, Hayden Martin, William Gammons and Gene McKee.

Services are under the direction of Evans Funeral Home, Houston, MO.

Memorials may be made to Shiloh Christian Children’s Ranch or Central Christian College.

On-line condolences may be sent to

Chester married Barbara Ann McKee on November 19, 1966. To this union 2 children were born, Debbie Smith and Loretta Smith.

After Barbara’s passing Chester married Marlene Anderson on May 8, 2010.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Barbara, his half-sister Bernice Nall, his half-brother Winford Smith and 3 other infant siblings.

Chester is survived by his wife Marlene of the home in Ozark, MO; his daughters Debbie of Branson, MO and Loretta of Ozark, MO; a step-son Aaron Anderson of Protem, MO; his grandchildren Savannah and Braxton and two step-grandchildren Johnny and Hayden; his sister, Shirley Carter and several nieces and nephews.

He served in the United States Navy from 1960-1964 and after leaving the Navy he worked at Fort Leonard Wood, MO until his retirement in 1993.

Chester loved reading his Bible, fishing, gardening and spending time with his family and friends.

He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be greatly missed by the ones who knew and loved him.

Mary Catherine Halter, 74, of Birch Tree, Missouri died June 25, 2014 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri. She was born October 13, 1939 in Cairo, Illinois, the daughter of Andrew John and Mary Elizabeth (Brewer) French.

Mary is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles Wayne Halter Sr.; two sons, Charles Wayne Halter Jr. and Gregory Lynn Halter; and one granddaughter, Kendra Nicole Gray.

Survivors include one daughter, Lucy Crawford of Mountain View, MO; two brothers, Andrew French Jr. of Bertrand, MO and Jim French and wife Brenda of Benton, KY; one special aunt, Mildred Gallagher of Sikeston, MO; five nieces and nephews, Patricia French Warren, Andrew French III, James Allen French, Jim French Jr., and Scott French; five grandchildren, Heather Crawford Perkins, Tessa Joanne Crawford, Tiffany O’Neil, Randy Cook, and Josh Uetrecht; and one great grandchild, Cameron Bailey Michaels.

Mary enjoyed cooking, gardening, and animals. For years she was employed as a cook on the river boats. Mary loved her family very much and she will be greatly missed.

A memorial service was held Saturday June 28, at 1:00p.m. at McMikle Funeral Home

Sheila Mae Fowler, 72 of Ash Flat, Arkansas died on Thursday, June 26, 2014, at Decendent’s Residence in Ash Flat, Arkansas.

A Funeral service will be at 10:00 AM on Monday at Ash Flat Church of Christ. Interment will be in Wiles Cemetery, with Tommie Boles Officiating. The family will receive friends from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Sunday, at Ash Flat Church of Christ, Wortham funeral Home of Highland in charge of arrangements. Memorial may be made to FNBC, “Sheila Fowler Angel Tree Fund” the funds will be for DHS Angel Tree. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Born Tuesday, June 2, 1942 in Evening Shade, Arkansas, she was the daughter of the late Fred Ring and the late Ioney Shirley. She was a member of Ash Flat Church of Christ. She work For FBNC, Liberty Banks, Pioner Auto Auction and Wal-Mart. Survived by her husband Joe Fowler of the home; sons, Larry (Lynn) Fowler of Ash Flat, AR and Gary (Tammy) Fowler of Ash Flat, AR, daughter, Renee (Steve) Allen of Bobo, AR, sister, Shirley Rigney; 7 grand children; 6 great grand children.


Funeral services for Juanita Rose Wideman, 89, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, June 29, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Wideman died at 10:45 p.m., Monday, June 23, 2014, at her daughter’s home.

She was born June 27, 1924, at St. Louis, Missouri, to Otto William Level and Margaret Mary Elizabeth Schupfer Level. On December 29, 1945, she was married in St. Louis County to Elven James Wideman, who preceded her in death on August 29, 2010. Mrs. Wideman was a homemaker and loved her family dearly. She was a devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. At the age of thirteen she was baptized at Point Breeze Baptist Church in St. Louis Missouri. For the past forty years, Mrs. Wideman was a member of Bethel Baptist Church where she was a member of the Women’s Missions.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary M. Lewis, husband, John, West Plains, Missouri; two granddaughters, Laura Stewart, husband, Lowell, West Plains, Missouri and Tammy Lair, Bakersfield, Missouri; eight great-grandchildren, Alan, Caleb, Randy, John, Lauren, Brooke, Austin and Cayden; one great-great-grandchild, Lowell; one brother, Wayne Level, wife, Grace, State of Florida; two sisters-in-law, Vivian Nelson, husband, Edward, Bonne Terre, Missouri and Marilyn Level, Black, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, two sons, Kenneth James Wideman and John David Wideman, one brother, Larry Level and three sisters, Dorothy Wind, Eileen Cane and Yvonne Eckstein, precede her in death.

Mrs. Wideman was a woman of great strength and was a source of encouragement to her family and all who know her. She had a deep belief and faith for the many trials that life gave her. This time the Lord has called home one of his strongest stars.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Saturday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the South Fork Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in memory of Kenneth James Wideman, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Funeral services for John Ralph McConnell, 75, Bakersfield, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 30, 2014, at Full Gospel Church, Bakersfield, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. McConnell died at 4:50 p.m., Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at West Vue Nursing Center.

He was born March 27, 1939, at Bakersfield, Missouri, to James Floyd McConnell and Jewell Comelia Farel McConnell. On May 3, 1980, he was married at Belvidere, Illinois, to Carol Shook. Before his retirement he was a design engineer at Comcar Division of Textron, Inc. in Belvidere, Illinois. He was a great storyteller and loved wildlife; he was an avid hunter and fisherman. Mr. McConnell was a member of Full Gospel Church, Bakersfield, Missouri.

He is survived by his wife, Carol McConnell, of the family home; three children, Pam Thornton, husband, Butch, State of Florida, Sue Tolsma, State of Illinois and Mary Lee, Bakersfield, Missouri; four grandchildren, Tara Kenyon, Adam Lee, Ashley Lee and Sherri Taylor, husband, Shawn; nine great-grandchildren; one brother, Clyde Ray McConnell, wife, LaVila, Capron, Illinois; one sister, Mona Ann Brown, husband, Billy, Bakersfield, Missouri; one sister-in-law, Janice McConnell, State of Florida; and many nieces and nephews.

His parents, one daughter, Jean and one brother, Mike McConnell, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Sunday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Baptist Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The Gideon Bible Society or Baptist Hill Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Graveside services for Gavin Edward Max Shipley, stillborn infant son of Aaron Shipley and Adawn Aiton Shipley, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday at Babyland, Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Gavin went to be with the Angels June 24, 2014, at Baxter Regional Health Care, Mountain Home, Arkansas.

He is survived by his parents, Aaron and Adawn Shipley, West Plains, Missouri; paternal grandparents, Chris and Sheryl Shipley, West Plains, Missouri; maternal grandparents, Autie and Toni Aiton, West Plains, Missouri; paternal great-grandparents, Charlotte Shipley, West Plains, Missouri and Wayne and Marjorie Morgan, Pomona, Missouri; maternal great-grandparents, Ben and Priscilla Glinn, West Plains, Missouri; aunts and uncles, Ben and Victoria Aiton, West Plains, Missouri and Amanda and Vaughan Ward, Springfield, Missouri.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Graveside services for Birvon Lincoln Strong, 89, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 27, 2014, at Patrick Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Strong died at 7:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at Brooke Haven Healthcare.

He was born January 2, 1925, at Gainesville, Missouri, to Samuel Strong and Martha Smith Strong. Mr. Strong was a veteran having served in the United States Navy. On September 2, 1948, he was married at Sidney, Iowa, to Garnet LuEtta Younger, who preceded him in death on November 17, 2005. Mr. Strong worked for thirty-nine years for the City of West Plains, retiring as the City Scales Manager. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. Mr. Strong was a Christian.

He is survived by three children, Patsy Atkinson, husband, Jesse Fred, West Plains, Missouri, Mike Strong, wife, Margret, Alton, Missouri and Jeanette Fraley, husband, Dan, Alton, Missouri; four grandchildren, LeAnn Barnard, husband, Tom, Birvon Strong, II, wife, Lara, Jill Roberts, husband, Donald and Crystal Crowder, husband Danny; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

His parents, wife and brothers and sisters, precede him in death.

Mr. Strong will lie in state from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m., Thursday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Howard Barr, II, 41, of Yellville passed away Sunday, June 22, 2014 at the Baxter Regional Medical Center.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s local Friends of the Library foundation.

Services are private under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

He was born March 5, 1973 in Honolulu, Hawaii to Howard P. and Mary E. Barr. He was a smart, funny, good man who loved his animals. Howard was a very brave and strong man. The real and virtual worlds have lost a sweet, bright light. Howard was an avid reader and a media Connoisseur.

Survivors include his parents; his loving step-mother, Angela Spangler Barr; one sister and brother-in-law, Malia and Basil Panas of Katy, Texas, and a host of other relatives and friends (real and virtual).

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