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No service is planned for Burnice M. Riley, 85, of Mountain Grove. She died Monday, July 6.

Burial will be at Pleasant Mount Cemetery in Douglas County.

Graveside services for Gwen Goins Smith, 64, of Vanzant will be Tuesday, July 7, at 10 a.m. at Willow Springs #2 Cemetery at Vanzant.

No visitation is scheduled.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Humane Society, care of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home of Mountain Grove.

Ray L. Patterson, 72, was born on November 10, 1942 in Hoisington, Kansas and passed away Sunday, July 5, 2015 at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, Arkansas.
He was the son of Robert L. and Christine C. Patterson.
The family moved to Texas, then Oklahoma, then to Colorado and then to Arkansas City, Kansas. He joined the National Guard in 1965. His battalion was activated to duty at Fort Carson, Colorado. During the Vietnam War he married Carol L. Vaden in 1969 in Arkansas City, Kansas. He was discharged from the National Guard in Arkansas City, Kansas in 1970. He was employed by General Electric from 1962 until 2000 when he retired. He was a jet engine mechanic and quality control inspector. His hobby was drag racing. He started in 1987 and raced to the end. He moved to Mountain Home, Arkansas after he retired. He loved the Lord and his family. He attended the Arkana Baptist Church in Mountain Home, Arkansas and Mount Zion Baptist in Arkansas City, Kansas.
He is survived by his wife Carol of the home; one son, Clifford W. Vaden and his wife Janet; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren all of Haysville, Kansas; one sister, Carolyn Erickson and her husband Bill of Arkansas City, Kansas; one sister-in-law, Kay Porter of Arkansas City, Kansas and several nephews and nieces.
Donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 13067, Alexandria, VA 22312.

isaacFuneral services for Laverne will be Friday, July 10, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, MO with burial in the Murray Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 9:00 a.m. to service time. Officiating will be Pastor Oren Alcorn.

A complete obituary is pending


Mayhue, GeorgeMr. George E. Mayhue, 71, of Webb City, Missouri, passed away on Thursday, July 2, 2015, following a long battle with cancer, in Mountain Home, Arkansas. George was born on August 18, 1943, in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, son of the late Clyde and Marie Mayhue. He was a longtime resident of Webb City. He married his late wife Maggie Mayhue in Carterville, Missouri. Together they had three children. George held many jobs over the years, he served in the U.S. Marines and retired from the City of Webb City. He enjoyed NASCAR, working out in his workshop and spending time with family.


He is survived by his two daughters, Marianne Phillips and husband, Joe, and Sherri Bailey and husband, Tim; three brothers, David, Jimmy and Mike Mayhue; along with two sisters, Jackie Cones and Roby Greek; five grandchildren, Jacob Johnson of the home, Brandy Riley and husband, Shawn, Tim Bailey, Jr., Dezi Bailey and Shawna Bailey; one great grandson, Brayden Riley; and numerous foster grandchildren.


He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Maggie; a daughter, Aimee Kate Mayhue; a sister, Clydean Robbins; and a brother, Billy Roy Mayhue.


Funeral services for Mr. Mayhue are 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 7, 2015 in the Chapel of Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home with Rev. Randy Bishop officiating. Burial will follow in the Webb City Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Monday evening from 6-7:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel.


On-line condolences may be sent to the family through our website


In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society and contributions may be left at the funeral home.

Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of the Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home in Webb City, Missouri.

Local arrangements by Kirby & Family Funeral and Cremation Services. Online obituary and guestbook at




Bettye Darlene Cruse, 75, of Cherokee Village, passed away Saturday, July 4, 2015, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro. She was born October 26, 1939, in Jonesboro to Paul and Opal Duncan Cruse, who preceded her in death. Bettye was retired from Century Telephone Company. She was also preceded in death by two brothers.


Survivors include sons, Jimmy (Venora) Lowder and Tony (Tammy) Lowder, both of Hardy; sisters, Marilyn Lowe and Debbie DePriest; brothers, Jimmy Paul Cruse, David Cruse, and Danny Cruse; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.


Memorial services will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, at Tri-County Funeral Home Chapel in Highland.

Arrangements are with Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland.

heathA celebration of life service for James “Jamie” Allan Heath, 39, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 9, 2015, at Faith Assembly Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Jamie passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus at 8:45 a.m., Saturday, July 4, 2015, at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born April 23, 1976, at Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Jerry and Donna Heath.  He attended the State School in West Plains from 1989 until graduation in 1997.  During those years he formed many lasting friendships with his teachers and classmates.  Following his time at the State School, Jamie attended Let’s Go training center in West Plains until November of 2014.  Jamie was a very tender hearted boy who loved everyone.  Every girl he met instantly became “his girl”.  He loved going to school each day and seeing his friends and teachers.  Jamie was a member of Faith Assembly and attended faithfully.  He could always be heard saying amen and lifting his voice in praise to God.  Many lives were touched by his joy and genuine love.  Jamie always had a smile on his face and was quick to kiss the hand of everyone he saw and say “I love you”.  He loved serving at the hospitality booth with his parents each Sunday at church greeting new guests.  Jamie loved his family very much.  He was very close with his sister Renee’, who lives in Troy, Missouri and loved her reading books to him via skype.  Jamie was his older brother’s shadow growing up and loved listening to Jerry Wayne preach.  He always insisted on walking up onto the platform with Jerry Wayne following each service.  His niece and nephew, Kaitland Taylor and Corbin Jaxon, were his favorite play mates.  They were always wrestling together and spending time at his house.  He loved attending their ball games and yelling their names.  Jamie loved his sister-in-law, Bethany Ann, and loved giving her kisses.  Jamie was loved so much by his parents, Jerry and Donna, who faithfully cared for him day in and day out.  He loved getting McDonald’s with “Jerry the dad” and was very protective of “momma Donna”.  Jamie could always be found holding his Ernie toy and his favorite toys were “noise toys”.  Jamie loved all his friends, family and extended family and was loved by all.

He is survived by his parents, Jerry and Donna Heath, of the family home; one sister, Renee’, Troy, Missouri; one brother, Jerry, wife, Beth, West Plains; niece and nephew, Kaitland Heath and Corbin Heath, West Plains; and many aunts, uncles and cousins around the nation.

Jamie had many physical challenges in his lifetime, including his recent battle with liver cancer.  During the last six months, his life was blessed with the presence of two loving nurses, Jessica Andrews and Cassie Smith.  Despite the many obstacles Jamie faced in his lifetime, he and his family saw many miracles and answers to prayer.  During the last year many churches and believers all across the nation came together to pray for the healing of a boy most had not had the privilege to meet.  Jamie left a legacy of love that will live on in many hearts.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery.  Memorial Contributions may be made to the family and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Gerald David Jones, 66, of Mountain Home, passed away Thursday, July 2, 2015 at the Baxter Regional Medical Center.

Dave was born July 3, 1948 to the late Elmer and Lottie (Galloway) Jones in Mountain Home. He loved spending his time outdoors on the river, lakes and in the woods. Dave enjoyed teaching his children and grandchildren about nature.

Dave is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Donna Jones of Mountain Home; one daughter Loretta Dudgeon of Mountain Home; his former spouse, Gayle Jones of Mountain Home;  one sister, Lorene Jennings of Washington state; one niece, Tammy Patrick of Washington state; eight grandchildren and his great friend, John Gulley of Mountain Home.

A visitation will be 10:00 a.m. till noon, Monday, July 6, 2015 at the Conner-Hankins Funeral Home & Cremation Center.

The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, July 6, 2015 at the Conner-Hankins Funeral Home & Cremation Center Chapel with the military honors provided by the United States Army Honor Guard and the American Legion Alley-White Post #52.

The online guest book and obituary are available at

Joe Carl Reese, 79, of Mountain View, Missouri departed this life on July 2, 2015 at his home. He was born March 23, 1936 in Mountain View, the son of Frank and Emma Viola (Reynolds) Reese.

Joe attended Birch Tree High School. He was united in marriage to Lois Louise Swindle on January 16, 1962 in Des Arc, Arkansas.

Preceding him in death are his parents; one brother, Ken Reese; one sister, Judy Miller; and one son, Doug Reese.

Joe is survived by his wife, Lois of the home; children, Joe Richard Reese of Ft. Worth, TX, Randall Dee Reese of Mountain View, Brenda Elaine Fisher of Florida, Carla Kay Collins of Springfield, MO, Anita Carlene Lute of Houston, TX, Laneta Kathleen Loera of Houston, TX, Carl Hugh Reese of Mountain View, and John Anthony Reese of Pomona, MO; brothers, Frank D. Reese, Ted Reese, Ike Reese, Ronnie Reese, and Randy Reese; sisters, Dell Goodwin, Bunny Olsen, Martha Stritz, Jean Carpenter, and Mary Ann Pitts; 24 grandchildren, 39 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren.

Joe served his country in the U.S. Army. He was a carpenter by trade and a rodeo cowboy for many years. He loved the outdoors and life in general.

Joe was much loved by many people, both family and friends. He was a wonderful husband and an awesome father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 18, 2015 at Mountain View Youth Center with Pastor Steve Reese officiating. Cremation arrangements were under the direction of Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View. Condolences may be expressed at

Carol Joyce Spangler, 76, of Yellville passed away Thursday, July 2, 2015 at the Baxter Regional Medical Center.

Carol was born August, 6, 1938 in Seth, West Virginia to the late Bernard DeNoe and Edith (Wilson) DeNoe. Carol was an accomplished concert pianist. She was number one in the state of West Virginia her junior year and number three in the nation her senior year of high school. Carol also worked in research to help find a cure for Leukemia.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Ernest E. Spangler, Jr.

Survivors include her two daughters, Angela Spangler-Barr of Yellville and Pam Perry of Buffalo City; one step-daughter, Debbie Banks of West Virginia; one brother, Ronald DeNoe; five grandchildren; four great grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren, with one great-great-grandson on the way and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from noon until 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 5, 2015 at Conner-Hankins Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Graveside funeral services will be held Sunday July 5, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Gassville Cemetery under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Bro. Ronnie Heiskell officiating. Pallbearers will be Chris Rouse, Christina Rouse, Howard (Pat) Barr, Lee Stephenson, Luis Calderon and Dustin Hafer.

The online guest book and obituary are available at