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Lawrence Ray Brown, 79 years, 3 months, and 30 days old, passed away on June 28, 2015 at Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare, Ava, MO with his family by his side.

Ray was born February 29, 1936 in Gentryville, MO to Robert and Ida Luetta (Freeman) Brown. He graduated from Ava High School in 1953.

Ray was a Farmer and a lifelong resident of the Ava community. On June 10, 1955 Ray and Alice Hart were united in marriage in Ava, MO and to this union three children were born.

Ray worked hard on the farm. Earlier in his life he worked at Spaldings and Rawlings factories in Ava. Then later he worked at the Tobin and Hamilton Shoe Factory in Mansfield then on to Dayco Industries in Springfield for several years.

He enjoyed his cattle, running his beagles for rabbit hunting, riding fox trotting horses, trail riding with his mules and wagon. Most of all Ray loved spending time and entertaining on the farm at the cabin with all his family and friends. Ray always wanted to spend as much time as he could with the grandkids anytime or any day. Ray was a lifetime member of Missouri Foxtrotting Horsebreed Association. He was a Christian and attended the Ava General Baptist Church.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, Kevin Ray and an infant sister, Fern Marie Brown.

Ray is survived by his wife, Alice Brown, Ava, MO, two daughters, Sandy Murrill and Raydena Hickman and husband, Darrel all of Ava, MO, two grandchildren; Coby Murrill and wife, Bethany and Kami Hickman, four great grandchildren, Cooper, Kimber, Stella and Kora, one brother, Roy Brown & wife, Donna, Ava, MO, half brother, Robert Brown, Springfield, MO and half sister, Mary Davis, Macomb, MO and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Ray will be Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, MO with burial in the Denney Cemetery, Ava. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home. Officiating will be Pastor Oren Alcorn, Pastor Buddy Boyd and Pastor John Williams, Jr. Memorials may be made to the Denney Cemetery.

A Funeral Service for Sharon Lee Hensley of Mountain Home, Arkansas, will be 10:00 am, Monday, June 29, 2015, at Kirby & Family Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend Tony DeWeese officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, June 28, 2015, from 5:00 until 8:00 pm, at the funeral home.

Sharon passed away June 24, 2015, in Mountain Home, Arkansas at the age of 71. She was born December 23, 1943, in Melrose Park, Illinois, the daughter of Phillip James and Rose Miller Pflug. She married Johnnie Hensley on November 2, 1974, at Norfork, Arkansas and was a homemaker. Sharon lived in Mountain Home since 1970, moving from Alabama. She was a member of the Van Matre Senior Center Music Group for their Friday night music. She enjoyed people, music, kids and cooking. Sharon treasured her husband, Johnnie, her four boys, her grandchildren and she says to “Remember me smiling”.

Sharon is survived by her husband, Johnnie Hensley of Mountain Home, AR; four sons, Bill (Becky) Davis of Yellville, AR, Mike (Lindsey) Davis of Mountain Home, AR, Doug (Tammy Daffron) Davis of Gassville, AR and Jason (Delilah) Hensley of Flippin, AR; three brothers, Gary James of Illinois, Dennis James of Michigan and Daryl James of Illinois; two sisters, Dianne Carey and Judy Light both of Mountain Home, AR; eleven grandchildren, BJ, Bo, Cody, Jeremy, Myranda, Amanda, Taylor, Ethan, Hannah, JJ and Alyssa, numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Rose Pflug and fathers, Phillip James and Bill Pflug.

Burial will be in the Kirby’s Tucker Memorial Cemetery, Mountain Home, Arkansas, with Bill Davis, Mike Davis, Doug Davis, Jason Hensley, Cody Spence, Bo Davis and BJ Davis as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Rick Headley, Shane Light, David Hafer, Jody Hodges and Bruce DeWeese.

In lieu of flowers any donations may be made to the family.

Arrangements are by Kirby and Family Funeral and Cremation Services. Visit an online obituary and guestbook at

Carryona Carline Yarbrough, 74, of West Plains, Missouri departed this life on June 25, 2015 at her home. She was born on March 15, 1941 in Visalia, California the daughter of Carl Smith and Pauline (Logan) Smith.

Carline graduated from Redwood High School in Visalia. She was united in marriage to Curt Redeker; to this union three children were born, Susan, Janet, and Curtis. She married George Yarbrough, the love of her life, best friend, and soul mate in 1998 in Ash Flat, Arkansas. Three step-children were also added to the family, Ginger, Velma, and Charles.

Carline is preceded in death by her parents, both spouses, and three brothers; Richard, Larry, and Blaine Smith.

She is survived by her children; Susan Helm and Janet Redeker of MO, Curtis Redeker of CA, Ginger Cochran of OR, Velma Yarbrough of KS, and Charles Yarbrough of NE; three brothers, Robert Smith of CA, Ron Smith and Jerry Smith, both of ID; one sister, Ruth Smith of CA; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Carline was a coffee shop queen, working in restaurant management or ownership most of her life. She also worked as a Social Worker for Tulare County Social Services in California, a job that she loved.

Carline was the soul of her family. She was giving, loving, vibrant, with a smile that would light up a room. Her Christian life and example led many toward a personal relationship with Christ. After a long fight and a good walk with the Lord, she has gone on to her heavenly home, her mansion in the sky.

Carline spent several months toward the end wrapped in love by her daughters, Susan and Janet, her granddaughter, Kim Jones and her family, Alan, Keylee, and Isaiah, her hospice family which she loved dearly, Kelly, Marietta, Diane and Chaplain Ron, and many other family members, loved ones, and friends. She will be dearly missed by all who were privileged enough to know her.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, June 29, 2015 at Spring Creek Community Church, West Plains, MO, with Pastor Kelly Watson officiating and Chaplain Ron Richardson as a guest speaker. A private interment will be held following the service under the direction of Yarber Mortuary, Willow Springs, MO. Memorial contributions may be made to Spring Creek Community Church, P.O. Box 193, West Plains, MO 65775. Condolences may be expressed at

Christen Thiel Shoemaker was born November 22, 1976 at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, CA the son of Craig Thomas Shoemaker, MD and Susan (Jones) Shoemaker. He passed away June 25, 2015 at Shannon County, MO at the age of 38 years.

Christen was preceded in death by his grandfathers William Jones, and George Shoemaker, Jr.; and his grandmother Artie Mae Jones.

Christen is survived by his mother Susan Jones of La Center, KY; his father Craig Shoemaker and stepmother Janet Shoemaker of Dallas, TX; two sons Aaron Shoemaker and Joseph Shoemaker of Casselton, ND; his grandmother Robbie Heitzman of Moline, IL; five brothers Todd Jones, Drew Jones and Will Jones all of La Center, KY and Ben Shoemaker and Nick Shoemaker both of Dallas, TX; one aunt Dawn Gorsuch and husband Blair of Peoria, IL; one uncle Kenn Shoemaker and wife Kathy of Silvis, IL and Don Jones of Oklahoma, and a host of other family and friends.

Christen graduated from the Leelanau School in Michigan and attended Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. Christen had lived in the Ellington, MO area for the past year. He started an organic farm growing hydroponic crops, raising tilapia, non-GMO vegetables and free-range poultry and cattle. Along with his farming, he also worked with computers and satellite dish instillation. Christen was an accomplished musician who enjoyed performing with various bands, and was talented in playing eight musical instruments. Christen was an artist and a free spirit who fought for his beliefs even when unconventional.

Christen will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

No funeral services are planned at this time.

A Funeral Service for Ruby Nancy Driml of Mountain Home, Arkansas, will be 2:00 pm, Monday, June 29, 2015, at Kirby & Family Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend Barry Lagg officiating. Visitation will be from 1:00 pm, until time of service.

Ruby passed away June 24, 2015, in Gassville, Arkansas at the age of 91. She was born February 13, 1924, in Hazleton, Missouri, the daughter of James and Lottie Hale Bates. She married James Driml on March 18, 1961, in St. Louis, Missouri. Ruby lived in Mountain Home since 1987, moving from Ellisville, Missouri and loved the outdoors and traveling in the RV with James, visiting many of the United States.

Ruby is survived by her husband, James Driml of Mountain Home, AR; nephew, Bill Wilson and niece, Mora Olsen both from Washington State and two sisters-in-law, Marilyn (Nick) Nicholson of Cincinnati, OH and Wanda D’Alesandro of Golden, CO.

She was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters, Jewel Sliger, Virginia Wilson and Fay Ammann.

Entombment will be in the Kirby’s Tucker Memorial Mausoleum, Mountain Home, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for memorials may be made to a charity of their choice.

Arrangements are by Kirby and Family Funeral and Cremation Services. Visit an online obituary and guestbook at

Graveside services for Kimber Elise Hughston, 18 day old infant daughter of Derek and Jordan Hughston, Pomona, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 27, 2015, at Dripping Springs Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Kimber Elise Hughston was born June 4, 2015, at St. Louis, Missouri, to Derek Hughston and Jordan Denise Sheldon Hughston and went to be with the Angels at 10:10 p.m., Monday, June 22, 2015, at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

She is survived by her parents, Derek and Jordan Hughston; her sister and brother, Madison and Abel Hughston; paternal grandparents, Janice Hughston and David and Deidre Hughston; maternal grandparents, Sharon Walsh and Tom Sheldon; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Online condolences may be expressed at

Graveside services for Harvey Lee Strong, 92, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, June 26, 2015, at Oak Lawn Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Strong died at 11:45 a.m., June 23, 2015, at Brooke Haven Health Care.

He was born July 23, 1922, at Gainesville, Missouri, to Robert Bess Strong and Vada Verona Luna.  He graduated from Gainesville High School with the Class of 1937.  Mr. Strong was a veteran, having served with the United States Army Air Corp. during World War II in Germany.  He worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1940’s.  On December 20, 1946, he was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Evelyn Marie Heard, who preceded him in death on February 7, 1989.  On March 11, 1991, he was married to Nona Ellen Stanley Clarke on their pontoon boat in Oregon County, Missouri.   He was a member of the West Plains Lion’s Club; having received a 30 year Diamond Award in 1997.  Harvey helped organize the South Howell County Ambulance Service and served on the board for twenty-three years.  For many years he was a contractor of school buses for West Plains R-7 Schools; after the school purchased buses, Harvey drove for the school system until his retirement.   He loved to fish and enjoyed bluegrass music and attended many bluegrass festivals.  Mr. Strong was a member of the Church of Christ and attended Central Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife, Nona Strong; one step-son, Allen Clarke, wife, Jeannie; three step-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; and several cousins, including Jean Thompson and Ronnie Luna.

His parents, first wife and step-daughter, Connie Henry, precede him in death.

Mr. Strong will lie in state from 5:00 p.m. Thursday until 12:00 noon Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Memorial Contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

A Graveside Service for Dale Loyd Wolverton of Kimberling City, Missouri, formerly of Bull Shoals, AR will be 12:00 pm, Saturday, June 27, 2015, at Newton Flat Cemetery, with Military Honors by Hoevel-Barnett Post #1341 VFW and the United Sates Army Honor Guard.

Dale passed away February 21, 2015, in Springfield, Missouri at the age of 85. He was born February 11, 1930, in Morning Sun, Iowa, the son of George and Ruth Beaucock Wolverton. Dale was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

Dale is survived by his daughters, Lisa Ales of Moline, IL and Sherry Shrake of Rock Island, IL and his son, Michael Dale Wolverton of Trinidad, TX.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Jean Bras Wolverton.

Arrangements are by Kirby and Family Funeral and Cremation Services. Visit an online obituary and guestbook at

Mary Lou Alexander, 81, of Pontiac, MO passed away on June 23, 2015 at her home with family by her side. She was born on March 19, 1934 in St. Louis, MO, the daughter of James “Bill” and Fran K. (Smith) Gregory.

On October 25, 1970 Mary was united in marriage to Thomas Alexander. She was a homemaker and a very loving wife and mother. Mary was also very involved with the Pontiac Volunteer Fire Department. She is survived by her husband, Thomas Alexander of the home; five children: Greg Rethmeyer, Christina Monroe, Michael Rethmeyer, David Rethmeyer, Douglas Rethmeyer; and two step children: Mark Alexander and Matthew Alexander. She was preceded in death by her parents Bill and Fran Gregory.

Graveside services for Mary will be Friday, June 26, 2015, 10:30 A.M. in the Pontiac Cemetery, Pontiac, MO.

A Memorial to the Life of Arabella F. Schramm Richardson of Lakeview, Arkansas, formally of Tampa, Florida,will be Sunday, June 28, 2015, during the 10AM worship service at the Bull Shoals Presbyterian Church under the direction of Dr. Reverend Fred Taylor. All friends of Arabella’s are welcome to attend.

Arabella suddenly went to be with her Lord Jesus on June 23, 2015, at the age of 84. She was born September 16, 1930 in Cape May, N.J.. The daughter of August and Florence Schramm. She married the love of her life, Bob, 65 years ago, March 12, 1950 and they celebrated their wedding anniversary each month on the 12th. She went to college when she was in her 50’s and graduated at the top of her class as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Arabella was a member of, and an elder in, the Bull Shoals Presbyterian Church, She was active in teaching Sunday School and doing volunteer work in her earlier years when living in Florida. Arabella was a past volunteer at Baxter County Library, and a member of the Red Hat Society. She loved the beaches and sunsets of Florida and the nature ,flowers and wildlife of Arkansas and Colorado. She embraced life with smiles and laughter and was always willing to give of herself to help others.She was a good wife, mother and grandmother, and soul mate and best friend to Bob. Heaven has received an angel, and we have a new shining star in the heavens above us. Her family, friends and beloved dog Henry are there to joyfully welcome here home to the Lord.

Arabella is survived by her husband, Robert R. Richardson of Lakeview, AR,; daughter, Cathy (Tom Brock) Richardson of Venice, FL; son, Robert Richardson II of Lakeview, AR; grandsons, Scott Huggins and David (Christine) Huggins of Bradenton, FL; great-granddaughter Liberty Nicole, and great-grandsons Trace and Austin; sisters, Florence Danilko of Toms River, NJ and Inez (Ed) Hallman of Cape May, NJ and Cape Coral, FL; and her many nieces and nephews. She truly kept each and everyone in her family close to her heart.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Jeanne Middleton.

Memorials may be made to her favorite charity, the Humane Society or the Bull Shoals Arkansas Food Pantry.

Arrangements are by Kirby and Family Funeral and Cremation Services. Visit an online obituary and sign the guestbook at