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Archive for July, 2014

A Memorial service for Robert Dean Washington, 79, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, August 1, 2014, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Mr. Washington died at 11:19 p.m., Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at his home.

He was born January 13, 1935, at West Plains, Missouri, to Edward Hudson Washington and Ellen J. Barr Washington. On June 24, 1961, he was married in the State of Illinois, to Joan Ann Davis. Mr. Washington earned an Associate’s Degree from St. Louis University and was a veteran, having served in the United States Air Force. Before his retirement he was a manufacturing manager at Union Camp Corporation. Mr. Washington was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife, Joan Washington, of the family home; two children, Robert Dean Washington, Jr., wife, Blandine and Craig Dean Washington, wife Katharine; three grandchildren, Ian, Evan and Eric Washington; and one brother, Eugene Washington.

His parents and one brother, Glen Washington, precede him in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Jessie N. McMillin, age 94, born the fourth child of Virgil and Minnie (Gilmore) Shelton on December 9, 1919 in Houston, MO. She passed away July 29, 2014 at Landmark Villa, Cabool, MO.

Jessie grew up on farms in the Texas county area around Elk Creek, Houston and Cabool areas. She loved the outdoors, always choosing to work with her Dad or brother instead of house work. Riding horses, fishing, and gardening was her favorites and remained all of her life.

She married her school days friend Chester McMillin on October 20, 1940; they enjoyed 55 years of married life.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Chester in 1995, two sons, Chester Jr. (Bub) in 1966 and Derrall (Sonny) in 2012, a grandson, Darin, four sisters and one brother.

Jessie is survived by her daughter Joyce (Sis) Peabody of Houston, MO, a daughter-in-law, Doris McMillin of Montgomery, TX, five grandchildren, Steve and Doug Peabody, Mike and Jeff McMillin and Dana (McMillin) Burt, eleven great-grandchildren, one great great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews.

Jessie farmed and raised her kids on an Elk Creek Dairy Farm. She worked 27 years at the Cabool Shoe Company. Jessie was a member of the Houston First Baptist Church, enjoying attending all the church functions, especially the XYZ’s, and cooking up a favorite dish to share when needed.

Jessie loved sharing her home and spending time with family and friends always having some food and stories to share. She was always ready to help a friend in need. She loved to walk and go for coffee with friends. Being a small person but having a strong will kept her healthy and active for many years. Jessie still mowed her own yard at the age of 92, which was something she was most proud of. She will be missed by all that knew and loved her perky way.

Memorials may be made to the Texas County Food Pantry, in her memory, in lieu of flowers. Online condolences may be made at

Visitation will be held Friday August 1, 2014 from 2:00 to 3:00 P.M. at Evans Funeral Home with a Celebration of her Life beginning at 3:00 P.M. at the funeral home with Pastor David Barbee officiating. A private family inurnment will be held at a later date in Cabool Cemetery. Services and cremation was under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

LaMoine (Black) Hamilton, 74 of St. James, beloved wife, mom, grandma, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, niece, cousin, and friend of many, entered into her heavenly home on July 29, 2014 after suffering a short battle with lung cancer.

LaMoine was born September 13, 1939 in Richland, MO to James Robert Black and Augusta “Gussie” Katherin (Howlett). LaMoine grew up on the Black family farm in Swedeborg, MO. As the oldest child, she helped dad around the farm and drove the tractor wearing her overalls. She was united in marriage on June 5, 1966 to Edward Hamilton from Crocker. She is a graduate of Richland High School, Southwest Baptist University, Oklahoma Baptist University, Baylor University, and Southwest Missouri State University, obtaining masters degrees in psychology and education. A school teacher for thirty years, she taught various grades and subjects in Willow Springs, Dixon and Houston school systems. She had a love for reading and a passion for motivating children to read. LaMoine enjoyed watching her students excel in the subject of reading, while using technology. She continued substitute teaching following retirement and most recently substituted in April of 2014. In 1989, LaMoine was recognized by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as the top Incentive Grant Writer in the state of Missouri. In 1990, LaMoine received the Achievement in Education Award from Optimist International and in 2000 she was a Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year. Since 2005, LaMoine has faithfully served the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home (MBCH). From 2005 to 2011 she served on the Board of Trustees. She was also a member of the MBCH affiliate board, MBCH Children and Family Ministries, from 2008 to present, and in 2009, she was named Ambassador of the Year. Throughout her married life, LaMoine has been a loving and supportive pastor’s wife serving faithfully alongside her husband in the church and community. She encouraged others through her kind words and deeds, optimistic outlook and joy of cooking fresh vegetables from her garden and baking a plethora of delicious desserts. Previous memberships include the Retired Missouri State Teachers Association, Missouri State Teachers Association, International Reading Association, Delta Kappa Gamma and the Houston Title I Parent/Teacher advisory board.

LaMoine is survived by her husband Edward of St. James; son Doug (Tracy) of Shawnee, KS; son Phil (Cassandra) of St. James; seven grandchildren: Paige, Allison, Spencer, and Trey of Shawnee, KS and Colton, Ciera, and Carly of St. James; siblings LaGayle Horinbein (Howard) of Lake Forest, CA; Linda Shady (Pepper) of Lake Winnebago, MO; J R Black (Nina) of Richland, MO; and Sandra Gibson (L.E.) of Richland, MO; sister-in-law Sharon Kappleman of Jefferson City, and several cousins, aunts, nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.

Funeral Services will be held at Ozark Baptist Church in Houston, MO on Monday, August 4 at 1 PM with Kenny Qualls officiating and visitation occurring prior to the service at the church, starting at 10 AM.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorials be made to the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home.

Interment in Crocker, MO

Funeral Services provided by Evans Funeral Home in Houston, MO

A special thanks to Phelps County Hospice for their service and primary care physician, Jim Elam, MD.

A memorial service for Charles Edward Wahlquist, 70, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 1, 2014, at First United Methodist Church of West Plains.

Mr. Wahlquist died at 10:20 p.m., Monday, July 28, 2014, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born October 15, 1943, at Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, to Charley Edward Wahlquist and Eunice Madeline Swope Wahlquist. On June 14, 1964, he was married at Jonesboro, Arkansas, to Frances Johnston. Mr. Wahlquist was a veteran, having served with the United States Army during the Vietnam Conflict. He was an accountant and enjoyed fishing and going golfing. Mr. Wahlquist was a member of the First United Methodist Church of West Plains.

He is survived by his wife, Frances Wahlquist, of the family home; one son, A. J. Wahlquist and wife, Robin, Jefferson City, Missouri; and two grandchildren, Tate and Lexi Wahlquist.

His parents, one brother, Larry Wahlquist and one sister, Janice Kaudle, precede him in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church of West Plains, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Alfred William Stillman passed peacefully on July 28, 2014, two days shy of his one-hundredth birthday, at West Vue Nursing Center, West Plains, Missouri.

He was born in Garwin, Iowa and in 1924 moved with his family to Biloxi, Mississippi.  After working with the Civilian Conservation Corp for several years, he married Marie Ann Hengen in 1940.  Alfred worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and was commissioned captain in the U.S. Air Force Reserves where he worked as a military auditor throughout the Southeast.  He became a widower in 1994 and moved to West Plains in 2002 to be near one of his daughters.  Alfred was a 75 year Mason and member of First United Methodist Church of West Plains.

He is survived by his son, Alfred William Stillman, Jr. and wife, Helen, Saucier, Mississippi; daughter, Helen Atkinson and husband, Richard, West Plains, Missouri; daughter Ann First, and husband Fred, Floyd, Virginia; daughter Margaret Shuman and husband, Paul, Atlanta, Georgia; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held in Biloxi, Mississippi, this fall.

In lieu of flowers, friends and family may make memorial contributions to Gideon’s International, to which Alfred belonged for many years and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Funeral services for Isabel Eugenia Hensley, 89, Caulfield, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 2, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Hensley died at 6:30 p.m., Monday, July 28, 2014, at her home.

She was born April 21, 1925, at Harrisonville, Missouri, to Pete Erdwin and Ruby Wigginton Erdwin.  She was the foster daughter of Roger and Ethel Masonbrink and was raised on a forty acre farm along with her brother, Buddy Masonbrink.  She was working at Prat & Whitney in southern Kansas City, Missouri making airplane parts when she met her husband.  On July 13, 1947, she was married at Mountain Home, Arkansas, to Earl Edward Hensley, who preceded her in death on

August 21, 1993.  She was a member of the Church of Christ and attended Prairie Grove Church of Christ for many years.

She is survived by nine children, Connie Loy, husband, James, West Plains, Missouri, Sharon Eagleman, husband, David, Garber, Oklahoma, Kenny Hensley, wife, Kathleen, Mountain View, Missouri, Gary Hensley, wife, Betty, Lebanon, Missouri, Phillis Burkhart, husband, Alan, West Plains, Missouri, Ronnie Hensley, wife, Teresa, Caulfield, Missouri, Dennis Hensley, wife, Sherry, Vilonia, Arkansas, Vickey Ehret, husband, Mike, Caulfield, Missouri and Betty Knowles, husband, John, Ozark, Missouri; twenty-six grandchildren; twenty-six great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; two sons-in-law, Arthur Eagleman, Tomball, Texas and Harold Johnson, Mountain Home, Arkansas; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, foster parents, husband, one son, Eddie Hensley, three daughters, Linda Sue Hensley, Katie Lynn Eagleman and Lora Johnson, one brother, Buddy Masonbrink and one sister, Mary Erdwin, 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 Pottersville Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Harold Samuel Smith began his earthly walk on April 22, 1939. He entered this world as the first born son of Joseph N. and Fern Adelle (Vedder) Smith, in Hillsboro, KS. He took his final step of that journey on July 27th 2014, and thus began his eternal walk. He entered heaven as the much loved son of his Heavenly Father and is now on a journey that has no final step.

Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Yarber Mortuary, Willow Springs. Funeral services will be held following the visitation at 5:00 p.m. at Little Zion Baptist Church in Trask with interment following in Big Creek Cemetery, Yukon, Missouri.

Harold’s family moved to Missouri when he was a very young boy. He attended Big Creek grade school with other children of the community, one of whom was determined that, when she grew up, was going to “marry Harold Smith, milk cows, and have a dozen kids”. Harold enjoyed reminiscing about those days right up to the final weeks of his life. From there, he completed his secondary education at Summersville High School, where he made friends that he cherished for almost 60 years. After graduation, Harold went to the big city to find work. Although he was living in St Louis, working at General Motors, the people he knew and loved the most were where he grew up. So in 1959 he came to the country and popped the question to that determined little girl. He and Muriel Faye Grogan were married on Aug 15 of that year and faithfully loved each other for almost 55 years. Within four short years after they were married Harold and Muriel found themselves to be the proud parents of one son, Kenneth Lynn, and two daughters, Sandra Kaye and Sharon Annette. (At which time Muriel reconsidered the dozen kids.) Harold continued to work for General Motors for several more years, but the desire to live in the country won out, and in 1969 he moved his family back home to the Yukon/Tyrone area. He got his first real experience as a “carpenter” by building a home for his family, under the guidance of his father-in-law, Marion Grogan. He was evidently a good student because it wasn’t long until he was getting frequent requests from people in the area to build, remodel or ‘fix” what seemed to be unfixable.

Harold was a hard worker who set high standards for himself. He always said, “If a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing right.” His dedication to taking care of his family allowed Muriel to be a stay at home wife, mom and homemaker. He liked the “perks” that came with that; home-cooked meals, babies that smelled good, and a clean house. Harold worked at a factory during the day, washed United Parcel trucks at night, farmed, and did odd jobs on the side; whatever it took to make ends meet. As United Parcel service grew, he was eventually able to work there full time. He kept a shine on those brown trucks that you could see your reflection in for 40 years.

In 1974, Harold realized that he had neglected the most important thing in his life, and that was being the spiritual leader of his household. He accepted Christ as his personal Lord and Savior and, from that moment on, did his best to be a good Christian example. He diligently prayed for and witnessed to the lost, particularly his family. He was called to preach shortly after he was saved and preaching became his number one job; however, he was sure to point out it wasn’t a job “It was a calling”. He pastored Clear Springs, Central, and Elk Creek Baptist churches, accompanied Oscar Cunningham on two missionary trips to Guatemala, conducted many wedding and funeral services and held multiple revivals. He made three trips to the Holy Land as a tourist. Harold loved to travel, and his love for the Lord made these trips the most outstanding of his travels. He finished his ministry at Little Zion Baptist Church at Trask, MO; a pastorate he held for almost 14 years. He preached his last sermon to his beloved congregation at Little Zion on February 10th 2013, two weeks into his cancer treatment. For 75 years, Harold enjoyed living in the presence of those he loved. For an eternity, he will enjoy living in the presence of the One who first loved him.

Harold is preceded in death by his parents and one sister. He is survived by the love of his life, his children and their spouses: Kenny and Leatha Smith, Sandy and Jackie Cooper, and Sharon Smith; their grandchildren and spouses: Gloria and Chris Waggoner, Scott and Amanda Smith, Travis and Sarah Cooper, Julie and Ben Friedman, Joshua and Jennifer Cooper, Kevin and Jessica Smith, Kayla and Nick Clinton, Christy and Cody Luckinbill, Derek Smith and Emily Smith; their great grandchildren: Blake Smith, Devin Waggoner, Bethany Waggoner, Carson Smith, Joel Smith, Jedidiah Cooper, Joseph Friedman, Calvin Smith, Katie Jo Cooper, Belle Cooper, Whitney Smith, Samuel Luckinbill, and Faith Smith; five brothers and their spouses; two sisters; and a host of nieces and nephews. He loved his family only second to his Lord and he will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and brothers and sisters in Christ.

Funeral services for Richard Edwin McFarland, 78, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, August 1, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. McFarland died at 5:15 p.m., Monday, July 28, 2014, at NHC Healthcare.

He was born December 21, 1935, at Brandsville, Missouri, the sixth of eight children of Noble McFarland and Pearl House McFarland.  He graduated from Koshkonong High School with the Class of 1954.  On February 9, 1957, he was married at Willow Springs, Missouri, to Shirley Fern Johnson, who preceded him in death on August 3, 2006.  Mr. McFarland was a veteran, having served in the United States Army as a Specialist in food service and served in the National Guard for many years.  He worked for five years at McDonald Douglas in St. Louis, Missouri inspecting jet cockpits and testing engines for the Apollo 13 Space Program; two years at the Chrysler Gateway Ammunition Shell Plant in St. Louis, and finally went to work at the Chrysler Car Plant in Fenton, Missouri, where he retired after thirty years.  After the death of his wife, Richard started traveling, going on a total of thirty-one cruises throughout the Caribbean, Europe, North Atlantic, Canada, Alaska and Mexico.  Mr. McFarland attended United Freewill Baptist Church.

He is survived by two sons, Steve McFarland and wife, Sharon, St. Louis, Missouri and David McFarland, West Plains, Missouri; eight grandchildren, Charity, David, Scott, Christina, Brandon, Brittany, Briana and Brady; four step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, Dakota, Hadley, Carson, Madeline, Quinn and Lannie; his youngest brother, Charles McFarland and wife, Darlene, West Plains,  Missouri; two sisters-in-law, Dolly McFarland and Glendora Johnson; his cruise companion, Tom Spades; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors, both locally and throughout the country.

His parents, wife, four sisters, Bertha, Opal, Louise and Maxine and two brothers, Joe and Alfred, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 7:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or a charity of choice, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Rita E. Mayer of Mtn.View, MO passed away on July 25, 2014. She was born on April 22, 1926 at her grandparents farm in Clearwater Springs, MO to Iva (Pruett) and Marvin O. Cook. On July 23, 1948, Rita married Kenneth Mayer of Mtn. View, MO and they had two daughters. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, parents and one infant sister, Gertrude.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View with Pastor Greg Reese officiating. Interment will be in Montier Cemetery, Montier, MO. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Condolences may be expressed at

Rita’s legacy includes her daughters and their families. Trudy Collins (husband Terry) of St. Peters, MO and Mitzi Burch (husband David) of Battlefield, MO. Five grandchildren, Jeff Collins (wife Richele) of Keller, TX, Cindy Pick (husband Jeff) of Kentwood, MI, Bryan Collins of St. Charles, MO, Serena Seats-Kendrix of Springfield, MO, and Matt Seats (wife Amber) of Springfield, MO. Thirteen great-grandchildren; Kaitlyn and Kiaira Seats, Chris and Shelbie Kendrix, Zachary, Brenden and Jayna Collins, Lael and Jacan Seats, Jack and Katie Collins, and Dale and Jacy Pick. One great-great granddaughter, Nevaeh Goodwin. She also leaves behind cousins, other relatives and many friends.

Rita attended the Assembly of God church in Mtn.View for many years. She loved to worship with her Christian brothers and sisters and share her faith with all. She always appreciated being a part of a congregation that showed her many kindnesses, bringing her food, taking her to services, praying for her needs, and asking for her prayers for their needs.

For the past few months, Rita resided at Park Place Assisted Living where she enjoyed attending services and music programs provided by area gospel singers. She also continued her love of jigsaw puzzles willing to share with anyone willing to play.

Previously Rita resided at Crestview Apartments for over 25 years. While there she made many friends who were dear to her and considered them her extended family

Rita will be missed by all.

Helen Marie “Taylor” Crider, age 69, of Ash Flat, Arkansas, passed away July 27, 2014, at Ash Flat Nursing and Rehab Center. She was born October 5, 1944 at Kerrville, Texas to Leslie Taylor and Mattie “Morris” Taylor.

She was a CNA for many years, a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Claude Crider, one daughter Nancy Franks, four brothers, one sister and one grandchild.

Survivors include three sons, Paul Crider (Pixie) of Highland, Arkansas, Mark Crider (Shay) of Highland, Arkansas, Buck Crider (Janice) of Oxford, Arkansas, one brother, R.B. Taylor of Oregon, nine grandchildren, four great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

No Funeral services are planned at this time. All arrangements by Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland.