Leroy Allen Wells

Leroy Allen Wells was born June 5, 1972in St. Louis, Missouri and departed this life on June 25, 2012, making his age 40 years and 20 days. He was suddenly taken from us and is now peacefully resting among the angels.

Leroy graduated from Rolla High School in 1990 and then moved to Summersville where he made his home for 22 years. Leroy and Wendy Ann Brashers were united in marriage on February 27, 1993. They were blessed with three beautiful boys: Tyler David Allen, Joshua Wayne, and Jordan James. Leroy was extremely proud of his boys and thought they were the funniest people he knew. He liked nothing more than spending time with them in what he called quality time, but what the boys referred to as doing chores while dad supervised. Recently his job included holding his granddaughter Ellie while supervising, which to him was the job he thought he was truly meant for.


Leroy provided for his family by driving a truck for Dan Zimmerman, who was a dear friend. His best days in the truck were when one of his boys or his very special nephew, Braxton, went with him. When not working, Leroy enjoyed barbequing and hunting with his boys and Uncle David. He especially loved the Fourth of July celebration he hosted every year at his home. Leroy’s nieces and nephews were very dear to him and he wanted them to visit as much as possible. They lovingly called him their Uncle Monkey. Leroy was a strong supporter of his community and was very honored and proud to serve as an alderman and the Mayor of Summersville.


Leroy was preceded in death by his grandparents James Frank and Alice Barnett; Uncles Cleo, Frank, Sherman, and Donald; and father-in-law Jim Brashers.


Leroy is survived by his wife Wendy and sons Tyler, Josh, and Jordan of Summersville, MO; granddaughter Ellie Wells of Summersville; parents Evelyn and Johnny Black of Rolla, Missouri; sisters Lisa Harris and husband Stacy of Edgar Springs, Missouri and Shauna Matthes and husband Shane of Belle, Missouri; brother Billy Wells of Rolla, Missouri; uncle David Barnett and wife Linda of Summersville, Missouri; aunt Carol Basham and husband Jack of Hillsboro, Missouri; mother-in-law Judy Brashers of Springfield, Missouri; grandmother-in-law Shirley Brashers of Summersville, Missouri; brothers-in-laws Jimmy Brashers and wife Carla of Summersville, Missouri and Justin Brashers and wife Jamie of Mountain View, MO; and sister-in-law Jessica Wolfe and husband Bob of Houston, MO.


In forty short years Leroy touched many lives. He was always ready with a quick, witty reply or comeback. He never met a stranger and always liked to visit no matter where he was. Leroy will be deeply missed by the family and friends he held so close to his heart.


Funeral services will be held Friday, June 29, 2012 at 3:00 PM at Bradford Funeral Home Chapel in Summersville with Rev. John Atchison officiating. Visitation will be Thursday evening, at Bradford Funeral Home from 6 to 8 PM. Interment will be at Barnett Cemetery under the care of Bradford Funeral Home. Memorials in Leroy memory maybe made to Veterans Park Square and can be left at Bradford Funeral Home or City Hall. Online condolences may be made a bradfordfuneralhome.net


Mr. Gerald Gordon Rightnowar

Gerald Gordon Rightnowar the son of Clarence M. Rightnowar and Ethel Rose Closser Rightnowar was born July 4th, 1930 at Midco, Missouri.  Gerald passed away at the Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, Tuesday June 19th, 2012 making his age 81 years 11 months and 15 days.

Gerald was united in marriage to Rhoda Faye Sullivan, June 1st, 1950. To their union four children were born, a infant son Richard who died at birth, Arnold Gordon , Marilyn Faye and Carol Sue.

Gerald enjoyed fishing, hunting, and checking his cows. He loved listening to his great grandchildren play and talking to friends and family from the shade of his front porch.

Gerald is preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Ehtel, four his children, baby Richard Rightnowar, Arnold Gordon Rightnowar, Marilyn Faye Sykes, and Carol Sue Bell, 1 sister Bonnie Sullivan,  1 brother David Rightnowar.

Gerald is survived by his wife of 62 years, Rhoda of the home in Summersville; brothers, Bill Rightnowar and wife Regina of House Springs, Missouri, Don Rightnowar and wife Judy of Winona, Missouri, son-in-law Daryl Bell of Summersville, Missouri, grandchildren, Bradley Bell and wife Rebekah, Emily Steelman and husband Rob all of Summersville, Missouri; Arnold F. Rightnowar of Joplin, Missouri; Dean Rightnowar and wife Amber of Manhattan, Kansas, Randy Rightnowar and friend Jennifer of Willow Springs, Missouri and 10 great grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services will be held Friday, June 22, 2012 at 10:00 AM at Mount Zion Cemetery  in Winona, Missouri with Rev. Chester Webster officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday evening at Bradford Funeral Home in Summersville from 6 to 8 Pm. Interment will be in Mount Zion Cemetery in Winona, Missouri under the care of Bradford Funeral Home of Summersville.

Jim Ray Eschrich

Funeral Services for Mr. Jim Eschrich will be held Sunday, June 17th, 2012 at 3 PM at Oakside Church with Rev. George Smith officiating.

Visitation will be held Saturday evening, June 16, 2012 at Bradford Funeral Home in Summersville  from 6 to 9 pm.

Burial will be in Oakside Cemetery under the care of Bradford Funeral Home of Summersville.

Sharon Elaine (Pelate) Lee

Sharon Elaine (Pelate) Lee was born January 28, 1962 in East St. Louis, Illinois to her parents Robert Lee Pelate and Grace Louise (Dempster) Pelate. Sharon passed away suddenly Sunday, June 10, 2012 at her home in Salem, Missouri, making her age 50 years.

Sharon and David Glen Lee were united in marriage August 17, 1979 and to this union four children were born, Robert, Emerson, Joshua and Janice.

She grew up and attended school in Mountain View, Missouri. She worked for several years as a certified nurses aide at Lake’s Residential Care in Houston, Missouri. Her favorite pastime was watching the Adventures of Old Christine on tv. She loved spending time with her family especially her two grandchildren, Nevaeh age 5 and Brayden age 3 months. She cherished her time with them.

Preceding Sharon in death are her infant twin sons, Robert and Emerson, her parents, Robert Lee and Grace Louise Pelate, infant brother Bobby Pelate, sisters, Evelyn Pelate, Gloria Bay, Carolyn Lawson, and brother-in-law Raymond Bay and her father-in-law Leon Lee.

She is survived by her husband David Glen Lee; her children, daughter and son-in-law Janice and Terry Voyles, Joshua Lee and friend Cristin Faulkner, two grandchildren, Nevaeh Lee and Brayden Voyles, all of the Salem area; brothers and sisters, Ernie Pelate and wife Barbara of Stockton, California, Charley Pelate and wife Dana of Birch Tree, Missouri, Deloris Martin of Eldorado, Illinois, Steve Pelate and wife Kelly of Mountain View, Missouri, Chris Pelate and wife Joyce of Mountain View, Missouri; Sue Barnes and husband Billie of Birch Tree, Missouri, a host of nieces, nephews and other family members, and many friends. She was dearly loved by all. Our family will have a Angel in heaven waiting for us.

Memorial services will be held Friday evening, June 15, 2012 at 6:00 Pm at Bradford Funeral Home Chapel in Summersville with Rev. Richard Dement officiating. A time of remembrance will be held for family and friends from 5 to 6 PM at Bradford Chapel. Services are under the care of Bradford Funeral Home of Summersville. In Lieu of flowers memorials may be left at Bradford Funeral Home in Sharon’s memory.Online Condolence may be left at bradfordfuneralhome.net