Gary Woodrow Banks was born March 5th, 1954 to parents Lillian Lois Hurt Banks Cooley and the late J.H. Banks. He was began his journey being born in Mountain Grove, MO. He was eventually joined by siblings Kerry Banks, Brenda Banks, Billy Banks, Shane Cooley, Shawn Cooley, and Melinda “Missi” Cooley Nicholson.
Gary graduated from Eminence High School in 1972. Gary was a hard worker. He began his work history at Wards Store in Eminence and then became employed by Rains and LaGrand Feed Store in Poplar Bluff. Eventually he worked for the railroad while living in Malden with his siblings Kerry and Billy. It was while living in Malden, he met Tammy Rawls and they had Damien Garrett Banks. After moving from Malden, he started his own roofing company in St. Joseph, MO. It was there he married Debbie Moyer and they had Jeremy Lloyd Banks. Upon return to Eminence, he hauled canoes for Two Rivers Canoe Rental. While living in Eminence, Gary met Cindy Lanoti and they shared a daughter, Tara Ashley (Banks) Kallal.
In the years to come, Gary became a truck driver, something he greatly enjoyed doing alongside his brother Kerry. Gary eventually met an Eminence girl and he married Kathy Osborne, whom he shared the remainder of his life with at his home in Rogersville, MO. Throughout the years, Gary enjoyed hunting along the Scenic Riverways. Gary also loved his animals from his family farm that he and Kathy cared for together.
In addition to those already mentioned, Gary is missed
by his surviving Banks’ family members and his hometown classmates. Gary completed his journey in Springfield, MO on August 27th, 2013. Here are thoughts he wanted to share when he left us…
“When I come to the end of this journey and I travel my last weary mile, Forget if you can the heartaches we experienced together, and choose instead a smile. Please remember some of the good that I have done, And know that I am thankful we shared times of fun.
Forget that I stumbled and blundered and sometimes even lost my way, I admit I fought some hard battles but yet I was thankful for each day. Sit in the shade of the evening when the sun paints the sky in the west, Stand for a moment remembering, remembering only our best. And once you have thought of old memories of things we loved to do, Know that you are still with me, for I left this world loving you.”–Gary
Memorial Services will be held September 28, 2013 at 10:00 Am at the home of Kerry Banks, 2744 Switchgrass Road, Fordland, Missouri 417-859 4715. Plase call for directions or use GPS directions. Arrangements were under the care of Bradford Funeral Homeof Summersville.
Marion LeRoy Trent the son of Buna Crosby Trent and Evelyn (Hilary) Trent was born October 15, 1935 in Minneapolis, Kansas and passed away at the Ozark Medical Center in West Plains, Missouri, Saturday August 24, 2013 making his age 77 years.
He was united in marriage to Alice Trent and they were blessed with one daughter Yvonne.
He served in the United States Navy from 1954 to 1957.
LeRoy loved country music and loved going to Branson. His favorite pastime was watching NASCR, his favorite driver was Jeff Gordon #24.
LERoy was preceded in death by his father Buna, his mother Evelyn and his wife Alice Trent.
LeRoy is survived by his daughter Yvonne Neves and son-in-law Barry Neves; granddaughter Jennifer, great grandchildren, Austin, Emma and Autumn. He is also survived by his sisters, Burna, Nancy, and Mary and one brother Jerry.
Memorial Graveside Services will beheld Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 10 Am at Midvale Cemetery with Rev. Steve Steelman officiating. Interment in Midvale Cemetery.
Earl Raymond Schweighauser, the son of Samuel Franklin Schweighauser and Rachel Leah (Younger) Schweighauser was born January 11, 1940 at Summersville, Missouri. He passed away at NHC Health Care in West Plains, Missouri on Thursday, August 29, 2013 making his age 73 years, 8 months and 18 days.
Earl was united in marriage to Helen Robinson and to this union two children were born – Scott and Kyle. In a later marriage he was blessed with a daughter – Rita.
Earls younger years were spent in the Summersville area where he enjoyed the outdoors. He worked in the timber and hayfields, and was a very hard working man. He also enjoyed hunting and dealing in cars.
Later he moved to Genoa, Illinois where he was employed for many years at a steel plant. During his retirement, he, along with his pastor/friend ran a detail shop.
He served for 26 years as the church custodian at the First Baptist Church in Genoa, Illinois. He glady served the Lord in any area he was needed. Earls greatest joy in life came from time spent in service to his Lord. Some of his happiest memories and most treasured friendships were formed among God’s people. He found great delight in worshipping and fellowshipping with his church families. He was a faithful follower of Jesus.
Earl never met a stranger, he enjoyed visiting with friends and sharing a cup of coffee or a meal. He was always ready to express his thankfulness for what God had done in his life.
He will always be remembered in the hearts of those who knew and loved him for his strong will, his uncanny sense of humor, and his never-ending trust in his dearest friend, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Preceding Earl in death were his parents Sam and Rachel Schweighauser, two brothers, Merle and Harold Schweighauser, two nieces Linda Schweighauser and Loretta Hawkins, nephew Lester Summers, and brother-in laws Leroy Goldsmith, Jim Walberg, and Sylvester Summers.
Surviving are his three children, Scott and wife Sharon of Roscoe, Illinois, Kyle of Eugene, Oregon, Rita and husband Ryan of Sycamore, Illinois – Grandchildren, Taylor, Garrett, and Lars Schweighauser and Ray and Karen Sechrest.
His three sisters, Lillie Summers of Mtn. View, Mo, Dorothy Walberg of Summersville, Mo, Virginia and husband Ralph Broyles of Jonesboro, Tenn and his brother Arvel Schweighauser and wife Brenda of Summersville, MO and two sister-in-laws Alta Schweighauser of Summersville, MO and Shirley Schweighauser of Kingston, Illinois. Also surviving are many nephews and nieces and a host of other family and friends. Also left behind are three special church families who will greatly miss him. Our loss is heavens gain.
Funeral Services were held Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 1:00 pm at Bradford Funeral Home Chapel in Summersville with Rev. Dean Goldsmith, Rev. Arvel Schweighauser, Rev. David Jett, Rev. Eddie Hathcoat. Burial was in Flatwoods Cemetery under the care of Bradford Funeral Home.
Junior Wilbanks was born in Arroll, Missouri on February 2, 1928 to Caney and Elizabeth Wilbanks and passed away Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at Mountain View Healthcare at age 85.
He was drafted into the United States Army serving as a paratrooper for eighteen months until 1947. While serving in the military, Junior bought a small farm in the Oakside Community. Junior married Cleeda Marie Turner on March 5, 1949 and they made this farm their home. Two children were born to this union Judy Ann and Gary Dale. While farming, Junior worked at the MFA Farmers Exchange for ten years, becoming manager. Junior also served on many committees while continuing to farm and milk cows daily.
Junior was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the Oakside School Board, the Oakside Cemetery Board, and the Mountain View Saddle Club.
Junior and Cleeda were baptized together on December 30, 1979. Junior worked hard and was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, neighbor and friend.
Junior enjoyed hunting with his son and son-in-law, fishing with Cleeda and his grandchildren, riding horses, and playing cards with friends.
Junior is preceded in death by his parents, Caney and Elizabeth, and his sister and brother-in-law Iva and Rob Dyer.
Junior is survived by his loving wife of 64 years Cleeda; two children Judy Ann and husband Jerry and Gary Dale and wife Virginia; five grandchildren, Michael and wife Jodie Wilbanks, Bradley Cooper, Rebecca and husband Kenny Martin, Tamara and husband Scot Shockely, and Brent and wife Marquee Cooper all of Summersville, 12 great grandchildren, Lacy (Chris) Wood, Brookelyn Cooper, Zachary Boon, Mikela Wilbanks, Quinton Shockley, Maddison Cooper, Crockett Parham, Laurin Shockley, Roger Haeffner, Cailey Cooper, Cash Cooper, and Farrah Cooper, and one great-great grandchild, Christopher Blane Wood Jr. (CJ) and a host of other family and friends.
Junior was a man’s man, a true gentleman, and an example for others to follow. We all loved him so and he will be greatly missed.
Services were held Friday, August 30, 2013 at 10 AM at Bradford Funeral Home with Rev. Tommy Boyd officiating. Interment was in Oakside Cemetery under the care of Bradford Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at bradfordfuneralhome.net
Funeral Services for Mrs. Thelma Lowry, age 93 of Bridgeton, Missouri and former resident of Summersville, will be held Wednesday, August 28, at 11:30 Am at Methodist Church in Summersville.
Visitation for Thelma Lowry will be held at the Methodist Church, Wednesday, August 28 from 10:30 until service time at 11:30.
Burial will be in Summersville City Cemetery near Summersville under the care of Bradford Funeral Home
Carl Monroe Tabor the son of Lee and Nell (McBride) Tabor was born March 24,
1945 at Mountain View, Missouri. Carl left his earthly home surrounded by
his loving family to enter his heavenly home, August 20, 2013 making his age
Carl was united in marriage to Shirley Enloe, September 21, 2002 at
Eminence, Missouri. Together they brought 5 children to this union. He was a
member of Praise Assembly Church at Summersville, Missouri and enjoyed the
fellowship of many family and friends.
Carl was preceded in death by his parents, Lee Tabor, Nell (McBride) Tabor,
brothers, Raymond Tabor, Bill Tabor, sisters, Katherine Melton and Pauline
Tabor, son Kenneth Tabor, and infant son Carl Tabor Jr., step-son Jason
Shoults, brothers-in-law Kenneth Enloe, James Barton and Bill Hogan,
father-in-law James Enloe and brother-in-law Dwight Phelps and
daughter-in-law Linda Tabor.
To mourn his passing he leaves the love of his life, Shirley Enloe Tabor
of the home in West Plains, Missouri; sons, Tim and wife Terri Tabor of
Farmington, MO, Kevin and wife Kathy Tabor of Festus ,Missouri
sisters, Elda Phelps of Mountain View, Missouri,
Bennie Baumgarten and husband Roy from Cedar Hill, Missouri,
Hazel Easkey and husband Dale from St. Clair, Missouri,
brothers, Bob Tabor and wife Jean of Evansville, Indiana, Cliff Tabor and
wife Jo of Mountain View, Missouri; step-daughter Tammy Younger and husband
Shane of West Plains, Missouri, daughter-in-law Trista and husband Jon of
Sullivan, Missouri. He was blessed with 9
grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Carl is also survived by a host
of other family members, which he loved and they loved him in return.
Carl spent most of his life in the timber industry. He often joked with his
father-in-law that he had sawdust in his veins. He was an avid golfer; he
never met a stranger, always willing to help anyone in need, loved his family
If there is a golf course in heaven we can picture him teeing off with
Kenny, his golfing buddy.
Funeral Services are Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 10 AM at Bradford Funeral
Home with Rev. Arvel Schweighauser officiating. Interment will be in Antioch
Cemetery under the care of Bradford Funeral Home. Online condolences may be
left at brdfordfuneralhome.net
Funeral Services for Mr. Johnny Buhler age 64, a resident of the Hartshorn area will be Monday afternoon, August 12, 2013 at 2:00 PM at Bradford Funeral Home Chapel in Summersville.
Visitation will be held Monday, August 12 from 12 Noon to service time at 2:00 pm at Chapel
Visitation will be held Friday evening, August 2nd, 2013 from 5:30 to 8:00 PM at Bradford Funeral Home Chapel.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, August 3rd, at 11:00 Am at Bradford Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Emmett Bradford and Rev. James Bradford officiating.
Mr. Patterson will be cremated and will be buried at a later date under the care of Bradford Funeral Home.
Ruby Marie Spacek of Summersville, Missouri left us to be with the Lord, Sunday, July 28th, 2013. Ruby was born to John & Lydie Goodin on June 25, 1928 making her age at death, 85 years old. Ruby was preceded in death by her husband, Milton Eric Spacek.
During their 49 years of marriage, Ruby and Milton had 2 children, Barbara Elaine Wallander married to Dale Wallander of Mtn. View, Missouri; and Richard Dennis Spacek married to Donna Spacek of Fordland, Missouri.
Barb gave Milton and Ruby the precious gift of 2 grandchildren, Melissa Hinson, married to Derek Hinson and Landon Cook, married to Angela Cook. Rick added 3 more grandchildren to the blessing, Jennifer Hutson, married to Chase Hutson, Ericka Armstrong, married to Gary Armstrong, and Richard Eric Spacek, married to Amanda Spacek.
Ruby was then further blessed by the addition of 10 great grandchildren, Hailey, Luke, Lily, McCartney, Sophia, Creek, Jesse James, Emma, Myles and Khloe. Milton and Ruby also had a host of beloved nieces and nephews that all knew that love and potential memories were always readily available in their home.
Ruby had 4 sisters and 3 brothers. She was preceded in death by Thomas Goodin, Irene Foshe, John Goodin, and Viola Leek. Survived by Edna Foshe of Houston, Earl Goodin of St. Louis, and Mary Tune of Summersville. Throughout their lives they remained very close and in almost constant contact living out a great example of what family can mean.
Ruby accepted the Lord as her savior in the summer of 1947 on a Wednesday night along side her sister Mary. The Lord blessed her with a good life.
In Ruby’s early years she graduated from high school and went on to receive her teaching certificate. She taught in a 1 room school until she married her sweetheart.
Milton and Ruby were married on April 5, 1947 in the pastor’s home with Brother in law Mike and his wife Peg as witnesses. They made their first home in Pilot Rock, Oregon, but they soon returned to Summersville where they lived in the same home on hwy 17 until Milton’s death. Grandma enjoyed quilting professionally from this home. Milton assisted her with the quilting business after he retired from the lumber business.
Milton and Ruby lived by example a life filled with Christ by being active at Oakside Community Church. Here they helped cultivate a family built on Godly principles. They gave their children a strong foundation and helped them establish their own relationships with Christ . A focus on a faith based life has been passed down through their children and grandchildren. Ruby and Milton created a Spacek family that is knit together with a love of Jesus, caring attitudes and a spirit of generosity.
There is no shortage of great memories: time spent drinking an ever available glass of lemonade, cross stitching, sewing, learning the fine art of quilt making, gardening, making donuts or the world’s greatest chocolate chip cookies among Ruby’s children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Grandma was a room mother for both her kids years of school. Making doughnuts and sweetrolls for parties. She also had snacks ready for sports games.
Her grandkids all remember that grandma made the best waffles and even as they grew into adulthood insisted on cutting them into perfect yummy little squares filled with love. She also regularly let the grandkids have 1 cookie before supper. She also took time to braid all the granddaughters and their friends hair for the sports teams and make them spaghetti before their big games. Ruby gave her family flavorful memories.
Around Summersville there was a very special part of Ruby’s family- a group of ladies known as “the sisters”. These ladies included Edna Foshe, Mary Lois Tune, Ruby Spacek and their sister in law Mary Lee Goodin. These ladies were usually found together for life’s everyday and special events. They leaned on each other and lived life truly together. Celebrating life’s daily and special events as solid sisters. Though distance separated them, they always kept their heart’s in touch with all their siblings with faithful effort driven by love for each other.
These memories are part of a beautiful tribute to a great woman’s life and the everlasting impression she left on those lucky enough to have a relationship with her, we will miss her, and will always draw on the kindness she left us with and the love we always knew she had for us.
Services will be held Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 11:00 Am at Oakside Church with Rev’s Richard Spacek, Dale Wallander, George Smith and Dean Goldsmith officiating. Visitation will be at Bradford Funeral Home Monday evening from 5:30 to 8 PM. Interment will be in Oakside Cemetery under the care of Bradford Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at bradfordfuneralhome.net
James C. (Jake) Davis, the son of Clarence and Mary Reese Davis, was born September 11, 1924 at Avant, Oklahoma and passed away at Poplar Bluff, Missouri on Monday, July 15, 2013 making his age 88 years 10 months 4 days.
James was united in marriage to Donna Walker and they were bless with three sons, Steve, Terry and Joe.
James became a Christian in his early twenties, and attended church and filled in as Pastor of Oakside Church as needed in his early years. He was also a member of the VFW.
James was in the Army during World War II as first scout in an infantry division. His tour of duty included combat in France where he was wounded, and received the Purple Heart and other medals, including the Bronze Star.
James was avid traveler all his life. He and his wife Donna spent many happy hours on the road pulling their camper and visiting places across the country. A pastime in later years was making close to fifty fiddles, which he gave to family members. James was also a musician and enjoyed playing his guitar even up to the time of his death.
Preceding him in death, were his parents; two sisters, Mabel Roney and Hazel Ellis; and one infant brother.
Surviving are his wife of sixty seven years, Donna; his three sons, Steve and wife Sue, of Mountain View, Terry and wife Cindy of Mountain View, Joe and wife Janet of Summersville; five grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and one brother Gene and wife Juanita of Mountain View, and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside Services Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM at Oakside Cemetery with Rev. Emmett Bradford officiating. Visitation will be held on Thursday morning at Bradford Funeral Home in Summersville from 10:15 to 10:45 AM with graveside service to follow at Oakside at 11:00AM. Arrangements under the care of Bradford Funeral Home.
Christopher Lynn (Chris) Hawkins the son of Henry James Hawkins and the late Dessie Christine Robbins Hawkins was born June 20, 1960 in St. Louis, Missouri Chris passed away at Mercy St. Francis Hospital in Mountain View, Missouri Thursday, evening July 11, 2013 making his age 53 years.
Chris was united in marriage to Robin Renee Higgins and to their union 5 children were born, Christopher Jr., Shannon, Heather, Christy and Ashley. After their divorce he married Dena Perkins and to their union on daughter Naomi Lynnett was born. He then married his best friend Deanna Lane, and they made many memories together.
He was a member the Pipefitter’s Union. He worked as a welder for several years until he became disabled.
He enjoyed hunting in the woods and from his car. He like fishing, camping, swimming, canoeing and barbecuing.
Chris is preceded in death by his daughter Shannon, mother Christine Robbins, his grand parents and cousins and his best friend Slicks son.
Surviving are his four daughters and one son, Heather and Michael Thompson and their three children, Ethen Ian, and Sway; Christy Hawkins and Steve Cobble and their three daughters, Jensyon, Stevie and Breeze; Ashley and David Owens and their two daughters, Hannah and Haleigh Owens Lynnett and Jimmy Butler and their son Zander Butler-Theimer Christopher and Kim Hawkins and their three children, Kristina Hawkins, Caleb and Cody Carson; His father Henry James Hawkins, three brothers Kevin Hawkins, James Hawkins and Raymond Hawkins, sisters, Drucella and Judy.
On July 11, 2013 our dad Christopher Lynn Hawkins Sr., was tragically taken from our lives. So here we are left to mourn; but not to long, sad or angry, our dad would not want us to be partially broken but happy. Let’s leave here with closure, knowing to a better place he will be.
Memorial Services will be held Friday, July 19, 2013 at 11:00 Am at Bradford Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Steve Steelman officiating. Burial will be at later date at Antioch Cemetery.
Louis Junior Patton the son of James Alfred and Mary Ina (Sykes) Patton was born February 2, 1930 at Boyd’s Creek on the Patton Farm in Ink, MO and passed away at home in Summersville, MO on Thursday, July 11, 2013 making his age 83 years, 5 months, and 9 days.
Louis was united in marriage to Sandy Patton, October 31, 1964. Their union together was 42 years before Sandy’s passing. To their union two children were born- Kevin and Brian.
Louis was an active and lifetime member of the VFW Post 7222 and the Masonic Lodge. He served in the United States Army, fought in the Korean War and earned the distinction of being a Sergeant earning the Bronze Star. He worked for Schulenburg Construction in St. Louis, MO for a number of years then became a self-employed carpenter. Louis worked in carpentry for over 36 years and worked for some really nice people in this area. Louis was an avid fisherman and hunter. He enjoyed his family and grandkids. After retiring one of his favorite things to do was to go to Trails Inn and have coffee with his friends. Also, he really liked working in his vegetable garden. Louis was a fair, honest man and was looked up to by many people. He had a lot of very special friends he visited with on a daily basis.
Preceding him in death were his parents James Alfred and Mary Ina Patton; his wife Sandy Patton; three brothers, Larry, Jack and Vernon Patton; and one sister, Dorothy Winkleman.
Surviving are his sons, Kevin Patton and wife, Sharon, Brian Patton and special friend, Deana Kelts; three sisters, Wanda Shoults of Summersville, MO; Jean Tiesel of Monett, MO; Patricia Croy of Versailles, MO; 3 grandchildren- Cory Patton and wife, Julie of Summersville, MO, Marisa Patton of Union, MO and Shawn Patton and wife, Nichole of Houston, MO; and a very special friend, Ruby Cox of Granite City, IL; also surviving are a host of nieces, nephews, other family members, and many friends. Louis will be sadly missed by those who knew him.
Funeral Services will be held Sunday, July 14, 2013 at 2:00 PM at Bradford Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Steve Steelman officiating. Visitation will be Saturday evening, July 13, at Bradford Funeral Home Chapel from 6 to 8 pm. Masonic services will be held at 7:30 pm on Saturday evening. Burial and Military Rites will be in Bethel Cemetery services under the care of Bradford Funeral Home.
Teresa Jo Morgan the daughter of Amos and Peggy (Smith) Lumberg was born May 15, 1955 at Hannibal, Missouri. Teresa passed away at her home in Yukon, Missouri, Sunday evening, June 23, 2013 surrounded by her loving family, making her age 58 years 1 month and 8 days.
Teresa was united in marriage to Charles Norman Morgan. To their union they were blessed with 6 children, Norman Keith, Tracy, Jackson C., Michael, Amanda, and Jenny.
She enjoyed crafts, quilting and collecting dolls. She also enjoyed many outdoor activities with her family, fishing, camping, cookouts and family get togethers. She loved spending time with her family. She enjoy watching home videos with her husband and taking care of her family. She loved to take videos and photos of her family and could often be found behind the camera.
Teresa is preceded in death by her parents, Amos and Peggy Lumberg, her brother Terry Lumberg.
She is survived by her husband Charles Morgan, her brothers, James and Gary Lumberg, sisters, Cindy Smith and Sherry Smith, her children, Norman Keith Morgan, Tracy Morgan, Jackson C. Morgan, Michael Morgan, Amanda (Morgan) Breedlove, and Jenny Morgan, her grandchildren, Billy Smith, Kayla Morgan, Tyler Smith, Kolton Morgan, Miranda Smith, Brooklynn Morgan, Kolby Morgan, Joseph Smith, Lexy Breedlove, Lacy Morgan, Michael Morgan, Samantha Morgan, Carson Breedlove, Annabelle Berger, Jacelyn Berger, Leah Berger and great grandchild Paityn Ava Morgan. She is also survived by a host of other family members and many friends.
Visitation will be Wednesday evening, mJune 26, from 6 to 8 PM at Bradford Funeral Home in Summersville.
Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 10:00 Am At Bradford Funeral Home Chapel in Summersville with Rev. Gary Steelman officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery under the care of Bradford’s Funeral Home.
June Elizabeth Smith, age 84, of Hartshorn passed away at the Texas County Memorial Hospital June 23, 2013. Graveside Services will be held Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at Antioch Cemetery at 10:00 Am. Services under the care of Bradford Funeral Home.
Raymond Winfred Stark, the son of John Ralph Stark and Rosie (Susie) V. (Smith) Stark was born November 8, 1944 at home in Hartshorn, Missouri and passed away at Cox South Hospital in Springfield, Missouri on Thursday, June 6, 2013 making his age 68 years 6 months and 29 days.
Raymond grew up in Hartshorn with his parents and brothers and sister. They would spend the summers in a home on Dry-Bone Creek and the winters in a home within the city limits of Hartshorn.
Raymond had promised his love and devotion to Evelyn DeWitt. They lived together for the past 32 years in Hartshorn, Missouri. Before this, Raymond was united in marriage to Carla Louise (Edgmond) Stark. To their loving union two children were born; Evelyn Louise Stark-Jones and Rebecca Rae (Stark) Dugger.
Raymond had rededicated his life to Christ in recent years and regularly attended Hartshorn Assembly of God Church. He was also a member of the VFW, American Legion and NRA. Raymond also sponsored many charitable organizations.
Raymond entered the United States Army, March 21, 1969 and was honorably discharged after 3 years. He served in the 4th Engineering AIT Brigade as an E5. He spent 1 year and one month in Korea during the Vietnam War and achieved numerous medals and awards. Because of his willingness to teach and help others, he also made many life-long friends.
Raymond retired at the age of 62 from the National Park Service at the Ozarks National Scenic Riverways. He worked in the maintenance department, mainly near Akers. He also received numerous awards from the park service.
Raymond loved seeing people enjoying the river where he worked. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and enjoyed playing music and singing for his friends and family. It seemed as if his favorite pass-time was joking and teasing, but he never failed to offer a smile, kind word, and helping hand. Raymond will truly be missed by all who knew him.
Preceding in death are Raymond’s father John Ralph Stark; mother Rosie (Susie) V. (Smith) Stark and his brothers, Junior Stark and Dean Stark. He was also preceded in death by two nieces and one nephew.
Raymond is survived by his companion, Evelyn DeWitt; his two daughters, Evelyn Stark-Jones and husband Tim Jones of Mansfield Missouri and Rebecca (Stark) Dugger and husband Greg Dugger of Hartshorn, Missouri; his sisterWilma Robertson; his brothers Leroy, Dearl, and Roger Stark; his ex-wife Carla Stark and sisters-in-law, Marilyn Stark, Wanda Stark and Wilma Stark; his grandchildren; Jessica Necaise, Corey Garrison, and Eden Williams; one great granddaughter, Jocelyn Necaise. Raymond has many, many, many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and extedned family whom he cared for very much. He had three step-grandchildren, Chris, Candace, and Evan Dugger as well as two step great grandsons, Jordan and Levi Dugger. Raymond also cared for and loved his step-family Evelyn DeWitt’s family as if they were his own.
Raymond never met a stranger-they were just friends who’s name he didn’t know yet.
Funeral Services: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 11 :00 Am at Bradford Funeral Home in Summersville with Rev. Gary Steelman officiating. Visitation will be held Monday evening, from 6 to 8 Pm at Bradford Funeral Home. Interment will be in Antioch Cemetery under the care of Bradford of Summersville.
Ralph Edward Cooley was born on October 11, 1937 to Barney Raymond Cooley and Wilma (Dyer) Cooley at Oakside, MO. He passed away at his home on Kirkman Farms on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 making his age 75 years, 4 months and 24 days.
Ralph was united in marriage to Phyllis Jane Feldman on March 9, 1958. To this union one child, Laura Lynnette Cooley, was born. To this union Ralph also brought 2 sons, Michael Edward and Bobby Lee. In his later life, Ralph was united in marriage to Bessie Fay Cole.
Ralph spent his early years working in the log woods out West using a team of horses and mules. Returning to Missouri, he purchased the Cooley family homestead where he and his wife Phyllis farmed cattle, sheep and goats. He also did customized feed grinding for local farmers and enjoyed visiting with his customers and friends. Most years he would also grow a big garden and give most of what he grew away for others to enjoy.
Ralph’s favorite pastime was spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren and always encouraging pranks and mischief as well as sharing stories. He also greatly enjoyed taking Fay to dances and watching her quick feet do a jig.
Several years ago, Ralph accepted Christ as his savior. He reaffirmed his faith with his special pastor, Mr. David Barbee, whom he met during his battle with cancer. Ralph often talked about the wonderful conversations he and Pastor David had.
Ralph is preceded in death by his parents Raymond and Wilma Cooley, one infant sister Nellie, and his wife Phyllis of 36 years.
Ralph is survived by his wife Fay of the home, one daughter Laura Bell and husband Mike, one granddaughter Jenn Rutledge and friend Dustin Knight, one grandson Dusty Bell and wife Amanda and great grandchildren, Cody, Zane, Kyah, Madi, and Tucker all of Mtn. View, Missouri. He is also survived by his brothers, Bill Cooley and wife Jeannie, Claude (Bud) Cooley and wife Nancy of Summersville, Herbert (Pug) Cooley and wife Wanda of Mtn. View, and sister Dorothy Woods and husband Woody of Wood River, Nebraska and a host of nieces, nephews and special friends.
Ralph will be greatly missed by his family and friends, and he will always be remembered for his strong work ethic, old-fashioned morals and his devotion to his family and friends.
Services will be held at Bradford Funeral Home Saturday, June 8th, 2013 at 10:00 AM with Rev. David Barbee officiating. Visitation will be held Friday evening from 6 to 8 PM at Bradford Funeral Home. Interment will be in Oakside Cemetery under the care of Bradford Funeral Home.
Rockey DeWitt the son of Billy Eugene DeWitt and Evelyn (Stringer) DeWitt was born in the back seat of a car on the way to Houston, Missouri. Rockey passed away at Cox Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, Saturday, June 1, 2013 making his age 57 years 9 months and 1 day.
Rockey was united in marriage to Mary Terrill DeWitt. To their union 6 children were born, Mike DeWitt, Billy DeWitt, Mandy Bradley, Rockey DeWitt Jr., Melinda DeWitt and Josh DeWitt.
He was a honorary member of the Summersville High School FFA. His most treasured time was spending time with his wife. He loved spending time with his kids and grandkids. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his boys and girls. He loved driving his bus route and enjoyed every kid that rode any bus he drove. He enjoyed playing his guitar for family and friends.
Preceding Rockey in death are his father Billy DeWitt, grandmother Dollie Stringer, sister Brenda DeWitt, uncle Joe Stringer, father-in-law Millard Terrill, brothers-in-law, Ronnie Terrill, Lovell Watson, Gary Watson, Mark Remster and Gilbert Martindale.
Those left to mourn his passing are his wife of 39 years, Mary DeWitt; his mother Evelyn Stringer DeWitt, mother-in-law Ruby Terrill, his six children, Mike DeWitt and wife Valerie;
Billy DeWitt and wife Lisa; Mandy Bradley and husband Allen; Rockey DeWitt Jr. and wife Terra; Melinda DeWitt; and Josh DeWitt; grandchildren, Ashley DeWitt, Ethan DeWitt, Kyle DeWitt, Kenny Parks, Katie Parks, Kelsey Parks, Kaleb Parks, Kelsa DeWitt Whitman, Tara Taylor; Sara Nash, Austin Bradley, Kiersten Bradley, Kailey Bradley, Taytum DeWitt, Desie DeWitt, Braiden DeWitt, Bryer Ramsey, Ashlynn Ramsey; great grandchildren, Morgahan Lyn DeWitt, Eston Taylor, Jase Taylor; his brother Rickey DeWitt and sister Sharon Morgan and husband Leonard, and a host of nieces, nephews, many other family member and friends.
He will forever be in our hearts and never forgot, but sadly missed.
Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 11:00 Am at Bradford Funeral Home Chapel in Summersville with Rev. James Bradford Officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 PM at Bradford Chapel. Interment will be in Summers Cemetery under the care of Bradford Funeral Home in Summersville. Online condolences may be left at bradfordfuneralhome.net
Vivian Hattie Orton Hedrick was born, in her words, “somewhere on a hillside in Shannon County” on October 8, 1932. The younger of Wesley and Pauline (Harris) Orton’s two daughters, she spent her youth enjoying Jacks Fork River, Leatherwood and walking to Inwood school with her friends. Vivian graduated from Summersville High School in 1953 where she enjoyed English classes the most. Years later, she often proofed her children’s and grandchildren’s school assignments while quoting from The Little Brown Handbook. After High School graduation, Vivian moved to St. Louis where she worked as a secretary for the Conn-Farrell Paint Company. In 1957 she married Cletus Hedrick, who was her best friend for the thirty-eight years they were married. Vivian became a full time homemaker after the birth of her children. Always anxious to get back to Mountain View, Vivian and Cletus left St. Louis with their daughters in 1968 for their Shannon County home. Vivian was happiest in her role as a homemaker, helper to Cletus, and mother. She enjoyed keeping chickens, a milk cow and producing vegetables in the garden. Vivian was an avid Bible scholar and anytime she wasn’t working outside, she could be found at her desk with her Bible and notes. Vivian was preceded in death by her parents, Wesley and Pauline Orton, husband Cletus Hedrick, grandson Derwin Scot Bay, sister Lillian Hedrick and Lillian’s infant daughter Lydia. She leaves her example of strength and steadfast faith to her daughters Lillian Collins and Paulette Tune, son-in-law Johnny Collins, grandchildren John (Jay) Collins, Holly Bay, Johanna Wear and husband Jonathan, Brittany Tune, Jason Tune and wife Shari and great grandchildren Zane Smith, Bree Gaghyan, Ian Smith, John Collins, Kyli Smith, Mahayla Collins, Alex Tune, Mason Barnes, Jordyn Tune, Isaac Wear and Bentlee Tune . Vivian passed away at her home, Saturday morning June 1, 2103, making her age 80 years. She will be sadly missed by her family.
Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, June 04, 2013 at 10:00 Am at the Oakside Community Church near Summersville with Bill Oswald Officiating. Visitation will be held Monday evening June 03, at Bradford Funeral Home Chapel in Summersville from 6 to 8 PM. Interment will be in Oakside Cemetery under the care of Bradford Funeral Home.
Graveside Services will be held Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 at 12:30 at Antioch Cemetery in Hartshorn, MO with Rev. Gary Steelman officiating.
Visitation will be held at Bradford Funeral Home Chapel Wednesday May 29th from 11 -12.
Ervin Edward Brown the son of George Washington Brown and Arvilla Edgmond Brown was born August 9, 1939 in Hartshorn, Missouri. He departed this life Wednesday evening, May 22, 2013 at Benchmark Health Care in Festus, Missouri making his age 73
Ervin was united in marriage to Carol Cross Brown in 1962. To their union 1 daughter Cindy was born. He later married Gerry Green in 1977.
He served in the United States Army from December 13, 1962 to December 10, 1964. He served in the Army reserves until 1968.
He received the Lord in his life before his passing. He loved to bowl, and enjoyed country living. He moved to Edgar Spring after his retirement and lived there until a stroke put him in the hospital and nursing center.
Ervin is preceded in death by his wife Gerry Green Brown, his father George Washington Brown, and his mother Arvillia Brown, 2 brothers, Kenneth and Denver Brown, 1 sister Marjorie Heiney, and brother-in-laws, Don Heiney, Aubrey Briggs and Jerry Boland
Surviving are his daughter Cindy Banks and husband Bill and their children Jenna and Cory Banks of Manchester, Missouri, sisters, Thelma Briggs of Hartshorn, Missouri, Fern Boland of St. Louis, Missouri brothers, Earl Brown and wife Beverly of Denver, Colorado, Everett Brown of Bland, Missouri, Norman Brown and wife Ellie of Desoto, Missouri, Lonnie Brown of Cuba, Missouri, Judy Meekins, Stanley Brown and Clifford Brown of Salem, Missouri, and a host of nieces and nephews and other family members.
William Myron Banks was born January 2nd, 1960 at Firmin Desloge Hospital in St Louis, MO to John Houston Banks and to Lillian Lois Hurt Banks Cooley.
He was known to everyone as “Billy”. He grew up in Eminence, MO as did his siblings Gary Banks, Kerry Banks, Brenda Banks, Shane Cooley, Shawn Cooley, and Melinda “Missi” Cooley Nicholson.
Billy attended the Eminence, MO public schools for his education and some of his closest childhood friends included Victor Nonn, Dennis Shedd, and Robert Sutton.
Bill honorably served his country in the United States Army in the late 1970s.
Billy lived in a number of locations during his lifetime, one of which was Malden, MO where he lived with his brothers Gary and Kerry Banks and worked at Pizza Hut which enabled him to buy his Camaro that he loved and was so proud of.
Another place that meant the world to him was Dallas, TX where he met his one and only love Eva Gutierrez Banks and they joined their lives together to raise Joey and Michael Ortega. It was his sons Joey and Michael that brought grandchildren into his world–a constant source of joy to him. No children ever measured up to his Jacob and Joshua.
He introduced his new family to his love for biscuits and gravy and would sing the song he always included with the making of them–”I’m a biscuits and gravy man and come from biscuits and gravy land.” We still smile thinking of that song.
It was his wife Eva that brought him his “man’s best friend”–Tory, his cocker spaniel that soon became inseparable from Billy. He often would say “Give em kisses Tory. Give em kisses.”.
Billy would often bring his new family back to his hometown of Eminence to show them his love for camping and time on the river. Strong connections formed with Eva, the boys and their wives–ties that remains even to this day.
Eventually Billy returned to Shannon County where he loved the sign, “Stay a day or a lifetime”… Billy did stay in Shannon County his entire life ….well at least in his heart. It was here that he enjoyed his ‘ole Army jeep, his mule Clyde, and times at the Lost Four Campground.
In Bill’s final days he became unable to vocalize his love for his hometown, his family, and friends. It was the excitement in his motion or the tears in his eyes that expressed how his heart felt longing to return to all three. That is complete now and Bill is at rest.
So, Billy until we meet by a new river, and in that new homeplace in heaven, we will tell your stories and wait to join you. Meanwhile you enjoy catching up with your sister Brenda, your grandpa and grandma Hurt, and the many others you have missed.
Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 at 11:00 Am at Bradford Funeral Home Chapel in Summersville with Rev. Charles Younger officiating. Interment will be in New Eminence Cemetery under the care of Bradford Funeral Home of Summersville. Visitation will be held from 10 AM until service time at 11 AM on Tuesday.