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Those we love truly never die
Though year by year the sad memorial wreath--
A ring and flowers, types of life and death--
Are laid upon their graves.
Well blessed is she who has a dear one dead
A friend she has whose face will never change,
A dear communion that will not grow strange.
The anchor of a life is death.
There is no death, nor change, nor any ending.
Only a journey, and so many go
That we who stay at length discern the blending
Of the two roads, two breaths, two lives, and so
Come to the high and quiet knowledge that the dead
Are but ourselves, made beautiful instead.
 From, "Readings on the Philosophy of Death"
Author Unknown, from "Poetry For Verse Speaking Choir"
Arranged by, Helen D. Williams



Woody L. Wright, Class of 1957, passed away July 29, 2021 in Columbia, Missouri.

Carl Willis Vaughan Jr., Class of 1977, passed away on July 19, 2021 in Columbia, Missouri.

Kevin Don Linger, Class of 1975, passed away on Friday, July 16, 2021 at Life Care Center of Evergreen in Evergreen, Colorado.

Sally Sue Fancher Houdersheldt, Class of 1951, passed away at her home in Columbia,  Friday, July 16, 2021.

Barbara D. Rice Gilpin, Class of 1955, passed away Thursday, July 8, 2021.

Marc Griffin, Class of 1968, passed away on Friday, July 2, 2021.

Dale Nichols, Class of 1954, passed away on Friday, July 2, 2021.

Betty Gayle Smith, Class of 1963, passed away on June 29th, 2021, in Columbia, Missouri.

Micheal Lee Grant, Class of 1969, passed away in Houston, Texas in July, 2021.

Ronald Edward Knudsen, Class of 1959, passed away at his home in Columbia, Missouri, Saturday, June 26, 2021.

Betty Jean Brown Smith, Class of 1950, passed away June 24, 2021 in Columbia, MO.

Willie Griffin, Class of 1973, passed away Sunday, June 13, 2021.

Timothy Stapleton, Class of 1985, passed away on Monday, June 7, 2021.

Lois Dean Watson Shaw, Class of 1949, passed away on Sunday, May 23, 2021.

Robert Wayne Ader, Class of 1964, passed away on Friday, May 20, 2021 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

David Leon Anderson, Class of 1976, passed away Wednesday May 19, 2021 at his home in St. Louis Missouri.

John C. Baldridge, Class of 1954, died Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall, Missouri.

Walter “Sam” Sorrels, Class of 1947, passed away Sunday, May 9, 2021 at Apple Ridge Care Center in Waverly, Missouri.

Nicholas Michael Reed, Class of 1998 , passed away on Friday, May 7, 2021 at his home in Centralia, Missouri.

Richard Charles Wilson, Class of 1963, passed away on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at his home in Columbia.

George Neal King, Class of 1954, passed away on May 5, 2021 in Tampa, Florida.

James G. Cleveland, Class of 1952, passed away on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 in Hawthrone, Florida.

Donna Lee Crenshaw West Gray, Class of 1951, passed away at her home in Hernando, Mississippi on April 29, 2021.

Marciele Mueller Maledy, Class of 1944, passed away Monday, April 26, 2021.

Virginia Lee (Todd) Alden, Class of 1954, died on April 26, 2021 in Columbia, Missouri.

Paul Dysart, Class of 1968, passed away Saturday, April 24, 2021.

Lawrence "Allen" Mayes, Class of 1989, of Columbia, passed away April 16, 2021 at his home in Columbia.

George William Gibson, Class of 1971, passed away Thursday, April 15, 2021 at his home in Columbia.

William Fred Cunningham, Class of 1965, passed away April 14, 2021.

Linda Jo Petrauskas (McKinstry), Class of 1964,passed away April 13, 2021 at her Soquel, California home.

Mary Wright Novak, Class of 1961, passed away on Thursday April 1, 2021 at her home in Columbia.

Lewis Henry Sutton Jr., Class of 1948, passed away Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at the Fayette Caring Center.

Sharon Ann Brock Sessions, Class of 1972, passed on Monday, March 22, 2021.

Jane Murdock, Class of 1963, passed away March 18, 2021.

Steve Nowell, Class of 1972, passed away Sunday March 7, 2021.

Billy Jack “BJ” Smith, Class of 1953, passed away Wednesday, March 3, 2021.

Anita Faye West Wade, Class of 1959, passed away on March 1, 2021.

Robert Paschang, Class of 1959, passed away on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at his home in Columbia.

Redenna Williams, Class of 2002, passed away on Monday, February 22, 2021 at her home in Columbia.

Mark Derryl Schake, Class of 1982, passed away on February 21, 2021.

Kathryn “Kathy” Frala Martin, Class of 1975, passed away at her home in Columbia Sunday, February 21, 2021.

Jo Ann Thomas, Class of 1971, passed away at her home in Winona, Minnesota on Friday, February 19, 2021.

Maya Leah Nicole "Nicki" Wootton, Class of 2006, left us Thursday, February 18, 2021.

Phyllis Elaine Terry Willingham, Class of 1956, passed away Saturday February 13, 2021 at her home in Columbia Missouri.

Ralph Perry Flint, Class of 1969, passed away Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at a Moberly hospital.

Albert Paul "Bunny" Sutton, Class of 1955, passed away February 6, 2021 at his home in Columbia.

Verna Dean (Crane) Price, Class of 1946 passed away at the family home in San Diego, CA on February 5, 2021.

Betty Ann Wade Fenton, Class of 1954, passed away at The Timbers, assisted living home in Holts Summit on Friday, January 29, 2021.

Nellie Aurita Prince Caldwell, Class of 1971, passed away  Wednesday, January 27, 2021.

Harley Wayne Hyde, Class of 1963, passed away on Wednesday, January 27, 2021.

Glen Nelson Thurman, Class of 2006, passed away at his home on Sunday, January 24, 2021.

William Emmett Gwatkin, III ("Bill"), Class of 1946, passed away on Jan. 23, 2021.

Jennifer M. (Rybolt) Ethridge, Class of 1997, passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

Charla (Emmons) Kleopfer, Class of 1965, passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

Dennis Whitesides, Class of 1974, passed away on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.

Ronald Lee Burks, Class of 1953, passed away Friday, January 1, 2021.

Libby Coats Ellis, Class of 1971, passed away Friday, January 1, 2021.



Published on January 06, 2021

On Friday, January 1, 2021, Libby Ellis went home to be with the Lord.

Libby was born on April 3, 1953 in Columbia to Lawrence and Louise (Ferguson) Coats. She graduated from Hickman High School in 1971, worked at the University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics for nearly 30 years. On August 21, 1995 she married David Lee Ellis. They have two daughters, Dava Coats and Melissa Coats, both of Columbia.

Libby enjoyed many aspects of life. She was an avid sports fan, always rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals and Mizzou sports teams. She enjoyed reading, scrapbooking, and talking on the phone. She also enjoyed taking car rides and listening to gospel music. Her greatest joy in life was being Mema to her grandkids.

Libby was preceded in death by her father, Lawrence; mother, Louise; sister, Leta Stemmons; special aunt, Etta Lee Banister; paternal and maternal grandparents. She is survived by her husband, David; sister, Lois (Wilfred) Tolson; daughters: Dava and Melissa (Darrell); grandsons: Treyvon and Jalen Barnes; aunts: Dorothy (Harold) Hickam, Winnie Freelon; uncles: John Richard (Louise) Ferguson and Howard (Cora) Turner; special cousins: Doris Ferguson and Kay Smith; in-laws: Anthony (Glenda) Ellis, Bonita Ellis, Roy Stemmons, Sr.; step-daughters: Davina and Shanda Schroeder; grandchildren: Jacob, DJ, Skylar, Emmett; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Family and friends will be received from 10-11 a.m., Saturday, January 9 at Millard Funeral Chapel, 12 E. Ash. Celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. at Millard Funeral Chapel. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Russell Chapel CME Church Building Fund (108 E. Ash, Columbia, MO 65203).

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service & Crematory, 12 East Ash Street, Columbia, MO 65203 573-449-4153. Condolences may be left online for the family at www.parkermillard.com.

Published by Smith North Little Rock Funeral Home, 1921 Main St, North Little Rock, AR 72114, 501-758-1170.

Ronald Lee Burks, 85, of North Little Rock went to his heavenly home on January 1, 2021 after a prolonged battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was born October 17, 1935 in Columbia, Missouri, to the late Lloyd and Elma Burks. He was a U.S. Navy veteran who served during the Korean War and a 32nd Degree Mason. He retired after a successful sales career with Bryan Smokey Hollow Meats. In 1989, he was named nationwide “Salesman of the Year.”

Ronald was a kind, gentle and caring Christian man who loved to travel and spend time with his family and friends. He was always so proud of his family and their accomplishments and never missed an opportunity to tell each how proud he was of them. Even though the effects of Alzheimer’s diminished his mind, the sight or sound of family- especially the children- always brought a gleam to his eyes. As a caring Christian man, he was always far more concerned with the needs of others over his own. Ronald was a giver, not a taker, and always seemed to see the good in other people regardless of their situations or standing.

He was a longtime member of Central Baptist Church in NLR, which held a special place in his heart, and where he had many loving friends, taught Sunday School, and sang in the choir.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Bernice Burks; sister, Debbie Smith of Columbia, MO and a stepdaughter, Gina Larkin of NLR. He is survived by his sons, Ronnie Burks (Brenda) of Maumelle; Randy Burks of Johnstown, CO, and Rick Burks (Yvette) of Denton, NC; stepson, Brian Bentley of NLR; sisters, Sue Farlow of Asheboro, NC and Martha Strawn of Spring, TX; 14 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the doctors- especially Dr. Scott Harrington- nurses and staff at Baptist Springhill Medical Center for their loving care, concern, and lifesaving efforts.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions and concerns, a private family visitation and memorial service will be conducted for family members only. Interment with military honors will be held at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in NLR.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the following which were dear to Ronald’s heart- Central Baptist Church, 5200 Fairway Ave, NLR, AR, 72116 or Special Olympics AR, 2115 Main Street, NLR, AR 72114.

Arrangements by Smith North Little Rock Funeral Home, 1921 Main St, North Little Rock, AR 72114, 501-758-1170.

Published on January 08, 2021

Dennis Whitesides passed away on January 6, 2021 after a hard-fought battle with cancer.

There will be no service. He will be interred at Memorial Park Cemetery in Columbia. A luncheon in his honor will be held at a later date when we all are vaccinated for COVID-19.

He was born in Columbia on September 29, 1956 to Donald and Laverne Whitesides. His parents preceded him in death. He was a lifelong Columbia resident, graduating from Hickman High School in 1974. Dennis worked in the lumber business for 40 years.

Dennis was a devoted husband to his wife of 30 years, Pranny Cook Whitesides, and she survives. Along with his wife, Dennis is survived by his sister, Debbie Sheldon (Roger); his son, Eric Whitesides; three beloved grandchildren: Grayson, Jackson and Aria; and adoring nieces and nephews.

He loved traveling with his wife, always returning with adventurous tales to tell, whether that was from San Diego, New Orleans, Milwaukee, Chicago, Las Vegas or their countless St. Louis Baseball Cardinal trips.

Dennis was an avid fan, loving: Cardinal Baseball, MU Tigers Football and Basketball, the Kansas City Chiefs and of course Tropical Liqueurs.

Dennis will be missed immensely. The absence of his quiet steadiness, and gentle humor will leave an empty space in his family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Online condolences may be shared at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Published on January 24, 2021

Charla (Emmons) Kleopfer, of Columbia, passed into eternity January 19, 2021. Her earthly passage ended in her home, encircled by her husband Lynn of 39 years and daughters Natalie R. Thomas, Kim P. Wuest, Nichol A. Gottman, their husbands, and newborn granddaughter. Charla’s legacy is known to her family and friends for interests in music, research in genealogy and family history, and unrestrained love and charity for all.

Charla was born in Chickasha, Oklahoma June 5, 1947 to Charles L. Emmons and Leah L. (Van Kirk) Emmons. She spent her early life in Oklahoma and Amarillo, Texas where her parents were teachers. She moved to Columbia in 1957 with her parents. Her father, Charles, was for 25 years an accomplished University of Missouri Professor of Instrumental Music and served as Director of Bands, Conductor of the University Philharmonic Orchestra and Chairman of the Music Department.

To no surprise, Charla followed her father’s lead and herself became an accomplished musician. She enrolled at Mizzou and supplemented her studies as a member of Marching Mizzou, as well as one of the first Golden Girls, which her father Charles founded in 1957. She graduated from the University of Missouri in 1969 with a BA in History. She went on to work for the state historical society. In 1979, Charla received her Masters of Arts in Library Science from the University of Missouri, where she contemporaneously built her career as a librarian in the medical library.

Charla and Lynn Kleopfer met in 1980 at the University of Missouri Health Sciences library, while he was doing his medical residency. They married Dec. 12, 1981 and subsequently spent 39 beautiful years together in Columbia. In addition to their tenured time in Columbia, Charla, Lynn, and their daughters accomplished many family excursions to condos in Florida and Branson, and far off destinations in America and Europe to enjoy Charla’s passion for history and genealogy. Charla truly felt blessed to cherish these adventures away with her family.

Charla was outgoing and gregarious and gave her time and resources generously to many family, friends, and charitable organizations. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Kentucky Historical Society, Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International, Ohio Genealogical Society and numerous other state and local societies. She became an expert in her family and friend’s genealogy and created family history books which she shared all across the country. She also enjoyed many hobbies, most of all to scrapbook and quilt with her best friend Marcia Willis.

Charla never met a stranger and was always making new friends. She was an extremely giving person with passion to help others anywhere there was a need. She loved those around her with so much love and intensity, that if you were lucky enough to know her, you absolutely felt her generosity and compassion.

Charla is survived by her husband of 39 years, Lynn Kleopfer; daughters and sons-in-law: Zach and Nichol Gottman, Michael and Kim Wuest and Jacob and Natalie Thomas; two grandchildren and her aunt, Dot Van Kirk of Arizona.

Private services will be held on Sunday, January 24. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to the Charles Emmons Scholarship or Leah Lou Emmons Orchestra-String Music Scholarship at the University of Missouri. Donations can be made online at giving.missouri.edu or mailed to Mizzou Gift Processing 407 Reynolds Alumni Center, Columbia, MO 65211. Please visit www.memorialfuneralhomecolumbia.com to leave condolences.

Published on January 28, 2021

Jennifer M. (Rybolt) Ethridge, 43, of Paris, Missouri, passed into a peaceful sleep until God called her to come home on January 20, 2021.

She was born December 15, 1977 in Columbia to Robert Rybolt and Sarah J. (Worstell) Ethridge.

She went to Hickman High School. She had a big heart, tried to please everyone. Beautiful inside and out, Jennifer and her mother had a special bond. She had a rough 43 years but managed her fears. She is now at peace. She enjoyed spending time with her grandkids. Jennifer left us way too soon.

Surviving four beautiful kids: Kayla M. Benton of Kansas City, Missouri, Noel L. Bullock of Columbia, Chris A. Bullock of Georgia, Shawn D. Ethridge of Paris; mother, Sarah J. Worstell Ethridge and stepdad Ross Ethridge of Paris; two brothers: Jeffery Rybolt of Paris, Jesse Rybolt of Columbia; stepbrother, Ronnie Ethridge and stepsister, Trisha Ethridge, both of Texas; three grandkids: Alynia Jones, Embersyn Jones, Tobias Stoddard; numerous cousins; aunts and uncles.

Preceded in death by her father, grandparents.

No services at this time. Arrangements are under the direction of Nilson-Millard Cremation and Burial Center. Condolences may be shared at Nilson-Millard Cremation and Burial.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Feb. 12 to Feb. 19, 2021.

William Emmett Gwatkin, III

William Emmett Gwatkin, III ("Bill") of Santa Rosa, California, passed away on Jan. 23, 2021, at the age of 91 from complications of COVID-19.

Bill was born on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 1929, in Columbia, Missouri, to LeMay Ryan Gwatkin and William Emmett Gwatkin, Jr., a classics professor at the University of Missouri. He grew up in that university town and remained a loyal "Mizzou" sports fan throughout his life. During those years, he also bonded with "The Lee School Boys," a group of pals from elementary school with whom he remained lifelong friends.

After graduating from Hickman High School in 1946, he attended The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, where he earned a bachelor's degree in political science in 1950. He then joined Harvard Law School's Class of 1953, but his studies were interrupted by military service. He was a proud U.S. Navy veteran, attending the Navy's Officer Candidate School and serving on the USS Colahan DD 658 as a lieutenant junior grade during the Korean War and while on active duty on the island of Guam. Following his time in the Navy, he returned to Harvard Law School's campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and completed his law studies, earning a Juris Doctor.

While on Christmas leave from the Navy in 1953, Bill married Carol Enid Anderson, whom he met while working at the Wianno Club in Osterville, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod. An extremely devoted couple, they had recently celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary.

After his law school graduation, Bill worked as an attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice Admiralty and Shipping Section for some 20 years. He began his career in Washington, D.C., and later transferred to San Francisco, California, to head the section's West Coast office. After retiring from the government, Bill continued in private practice for numerous years and served on the board of trustees of the Marin County Law Library in California from 1990 to 2000.

Bill was an active member of The Episcopal Church in the communities where he lived. He served on the vestry at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Belvedere, California, and was a faithful parishioner at St. Patrick's Episcopal Church in Kenwood, California, where he will be laid to rest in the Memorial Garden.

He will be remembered fondly for his remarkable singing skills. A true Welsh tenor, he lent his voice to the St. Stephen's Follies and was a longtime member of the Tiburon/Marin Men's Chorus in California. Each year at the chorus holiday concert, his family would wait anxiously during his "O Holy Night" solo in fear he would miss the high note. He hit it every time.

Bill had a remarkable encyclopedic memory, a profound fascination with all things meteorological and a fondness for waterfalls. His taste in music ranged from Broadway show tunes to cool jazz. Despite being reared in Missouri, he was happiest when beside the ocean. Bill never seemed to mind the water temperature and would jump into frigid surf with Carol by his side. Pajaro Dunes in California and Cape Cod remained favorite spots.

Bill loved a good meal! The Lee School Boys affectionately deemed him "Bones" due to his tall, thin build as a young man. His nickname would stick long after he married Carol and became accustomed to her wonderful cooking. He especially loved her Swedish meatballs, array of Christmas cookies and "hot soup on a cold day."

Bill is survived by his wife, Carol, and three children: Christina Moghadam (Hamid), Cynthia Rowland (James) and Claire Jones (Marc). In addition, Bill leaves behind his four grandchildren, Cyrus Moghadam, Marshall Jones, Brooke Rowland and Charlotte Jones. He is also survived by his brother, Davidson Ryan Gwatkin (Nina) of Washington, D.C.; his nieces, Li Gwatkin and Kathryn Goulding, and their families; and numerous cousins. In his later years, Bill was particularly amused by the moniker bestowed on him by Kathryn's daughters: "Gruncle" for great-uncle.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill's memory to a charity of your choice.

Published on February 03, 2021

Glen Nelson Thurman, 33, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home on January 24, 2021.

He was born in Columbia to Donald G. Thurman and Laura M. Thurman on December 20, 1987. He attended Hickman High School, Central Methodist University, Clairmont University, and Stephen’s College. He loved language and spoke German, studying at the Gottigen Institute, Germany. He also loved philosophy, ethics, and the study of religions. He loved to write.

Glen had a big heart, was playful and full of life, he was also a private person unless you knew him. He spent much time in the outdoors and loved to fish, hunt, bike, hike, and go on adventures. He especially loved to spend time on our land in Howard County where his ashes will be spread.

Surviving are his parents: Donald G. Thurman and Laura M. Thurman; brother, Troy Thurman; beloved sister, Bethany M. Thurman; beloved nephew, Giani G. Parker, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who loved him. He was preceded in death by his beloved cousin, Timothy Bunton and two sets of grandparents: Gene and Jean Thurman and Nelson and Marion Koerner.

There are no services planned at this time. Spreading of his ashes will occur at a later date. Donations are asked for in his name to Unchained Melodies Dog Rescue, unchainedmelodies.org or APA Animal Protection Association of Mo., apamo.org.

Published on February 02, 2021

Harley Wayne Hyde, age 76, of Columbia, passed away on January 27, 2021.

He was born to Tilford and Edith Hyde on September 1, 1944. He graduated from Hickman High School in Columbia in 1963. Harley married Judith (Lee) Hyde on August 9, 1963.

Harley worked a variety of jobs throughout his life, including Hays Hardware, Newberry’s, Phillips Electric, Boone County Oil, and MFA Bulk Plant. He described his life experience as “jack of all trades and master of none.” His life-long passion and career began December 12, 1971 with the Columbia Fire Department until his retirement as a Fire Engineer on January 5, 2001. He continued to remain close with his fellow firefighters and stopped by routinely to visit, drink coffee or meet up for breakfast after completion of their shift, until recently due to his declining health. All while working with the Columbia Fire Department he worked during his days off at Koonse Glass, Tommy Lee Construction Company as a plumber, and March Heating and Air Conditioning. He also helped found the North Callaway Volunteer Fire Department in 1980 and served as Chief until his retirement in 2012. Although he retired in 2012 you could still find him at the firehouse daily, his role had officially changed but his passion to serve the fire district and his beloved community never did. The lives he changed are countless!

Outside of his passion for his service with the fire departments, he immensely loved his family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He carried pictures with him and loved showing them off to everyone along while sharing stories about them. Harley loved telling stories, jokes, and was always quick-witted.

Harley is preceded in death by Tilford Hyde (father); Edith (Melloway) Hyde (mother); Beatrice (Hyde) Voyles (sister); David Hyde (brother); Clarence Hyde (brother); Cecil Hyde (brother); Ronald Wayne Hyde (son).

Harley is survived by his wife, Judith (Lee) Hyde; children: Patricia (Hyde) Fischer and husband, Donald of Fulton, Scott (Chelsey) Hyde of Okinawa, Japan; eight grandchildren: Brandi (Fischer) Hassien and spouse, Joe, Ashley (Fischer) Hoer and spouse, Ben, Haylee (Fischer) Middaugh and spouse, Ryan, Abigail Fischer, Nathan Hyde-Burton and fiancé’, Courtney Lewis, Jonathon Hyde-Burton, Christopher Hyde, Jason Hyde; four great-grandchildren with another on the way: Brylinn Terry, Joseph Hassien, Jordynne Hassien, Gannon Hoer, and baby Middaugh. One sibling, Jacquetta (Hyde) Merriott and spouse, Rolla; numerous nieces and nephews; two wonderfully close friends and former colleague fire fighters: James Jones and wife Kelly; Gene Windmiller and wife Mary.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the funeral following at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, February 3. Services will be held at 54 Country, 400 Gaylord Dr., Fulton, MO 65251 with processional and motorcade to Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, MO 65202. Harley specifically requested that everyone in attendance dress casual and comfortably, and to come prepared to share stories. COVID-19 protocol will be followed for the ceremony.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the North Callaway Volunteer Fire Department or the Fire Fighter Memorial in Kingdom City.

Published on February 05, 2021

Nellie Aurita Prince Caldwell transitioned to her eternal place in God on January 27, 2021.

Preceding her in death are her parents: John Alfred Sr. and Alice Pearl Smith Prince; a brother, John Alfred Prince, Jr.

A native Columbian, she came into being on October 5, 1953. During her purpose on earth, she attended the Columbia School District, graduating from Hickman High School. She achieved her B.A. at Northeast Missouri State University then on to Lincoln University (Jefferson City), obtaining DOUBLE Masters degrees in Education and Public Health. She was employed by the State of Missouri Department of Health from July 1, 1978 to her retirement June 1, 2008 after 30 years of service, having served as Bureau Chief of the Department of Health.

Surviving is her husband, Rev. Dr. Carlton R. Caldwell; four children: Latisha, Keith, Carnisha, and Weslyn; two very special and dear children: Helen Harrington and Robert “Bobo” Simmons; three brothers: Brian, Raimon and Harlan; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews.

St. Louis Viewing: 4-7 p.m., Friday, February 12, Granberry Funeral Home, 8806 Jennings Station Road, St. Louis, Missouri 63136.

Columbia Funeral: Saturday, February 13, Sugar Grove Baptist Church, 5400 Sugar Grove Road, Columbia, Missouri 65201. Wake: 9-11 a.m.; Funeral: 11 a.m.

Published on February 03, 2021

Hartley “Carl” Fenton, age 89, of Columbia, passed away at Boone Hospital on January 25, 2021, with his loving wife, Betty, and daughters by his side. Betty Ann Fenton, age 84, of Columbia, passed away at The Timbers, assisted living home in Holts Summit on January 29, 2021, surrounded by family and staff.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and out of respect to our family and friends, a private memorial and graveside service will be held only for immediate family, but the services will be livestreamed at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 6 on the funeral home's Facebook page at Memorial Funeral Home, Crematory, and Memorial Park Cemetery/Columbia.

Carl and Betty were both born in Columbia. They were married May 20, 1955 at First Christian Church in Columbia.

They are survived by daughters: Debra Guthrie (Stephen) and Connie Fenton of Columbia; grandchildren: Jason Guthrie (Kim) of Jefferson City, Sara Noda (Tyler) of St. Charles, and Carlee Fenton of Columbia.

Carl and Betty were preceded in death by their daughter, Peggy Leigh Fenton, in 1961.

Carl was born September 22, 1931 to Hartley Banks Fenton and Mora Pearl Phillippe. He is survived by his sister, Helen Graves, and brother, Dale Fenton. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hartley and Mora Fenton, and brothers Ralph, Donald, and Nelson Fenton.

Betty was born June 27, 1937 to Emmitt (Ray) Wade and Helen Amanda West; both preceded her in death.

Carl and Betty both attended the Wade School, in north Columbia. Carl went on to graduate from University High School in 1949, and Betty graduated from Hickman High School in 1954.

Carl grew up working in the family’s dairy business, except for two years of military service with the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Carl returned to the family business following his discharge.

Shortly thereafter, Carl saw Betty at the Missouri State Fair where he commented to his brother, “Someday, that girl will be my wife.” After their first date, it was destined that they would spend 65 glorious years, inseparable, making memories together.

Following their marriage, Carl decided to become a barber and graduated from the Barber School in Kansas City. He opened his own barber shop, Route B Barber Shop, in 1966 and successfully operated as a proud, small business owner for 37 years. He loved barbering and serving his customers. When he would go out to eat, it was common to have multiple people come over during the meal to pay their respects. He had a passion for people and always loved telling a good story whether it was politically correct or not. He was a man who did not shy from his beliefs and always gave everybody he met a fair shake.

Betty chose to stay at home and committed herself to supporting Carl and raising their family. She was an excellent cook (no different than her mother, Helen) and was always making the “family favorites” for special meals and occasions. If you had the privilege to enjoy a meal at the Fenton household, you knew you would be leaving the table uncomfortably full. The way she could effortlessly prepare a Thanksgiving meal with all the fixings was only genuinely appreciated a year ago when the rest of the family all pitched in to try and replicate the meal during the holiday season.

For Carl and Betty, “family was first,” which meant: traveling out-of-state over 30 years to celebrate special occasions with family; Jason never having a haircut from anyone other than his Grandpa till age 15; attending all of (and sometimes Carl dancing at) Carlee’s dance recitals; and Sara sharing with Grandma a passion for quilting which she continues to this day.

Carl loved his farm and his cows. Even though he had many run-ins with his livestock over the years; most notably falling in the trough while feeding, and jumping into a frigid creek to save a calf, both events occurring when he was well into his 70s, he always cared deeply for them and they brought him great satisfaction.

Betty loved the holiday season when the family would all be together. Nothing brought her greater joy than her family all being around her and sharing the same stories and traditions we have had for a long time. You always knew she was telling a great story that she found funny because before she could even finish the punchline or ending, she would usually start cackling so hard we all wondered if she would get through it. This passion for life and being with ones she loved, made for so many special moments we will cherish forever.

The last two years of their lives Carl and Betty lived at The Timbers of Holts Summit (family owned and operated assisted living home) which allowed them to see their daughter and grandson every day, and surrounded by caring and compassionate caregivers.

While the passing of both Carl and Betty within a five-day period is very emotional and traumatic, neither of them could have imagined living without the other. We are all blessed they continue to be together forever.

The family wants to express their sincere appreciation to the many, many family and friends who have shared their love and support.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to: Coyote Hill, PO Box 1 Harrisburg, MO 65256, coyotehill.org/waystohelp/tributes.

Honorary Pallbearers: Bill Brooks, Dale Fenton, John Graves, Phil Graves, Bandy Jacobs, Denny Russel.

Provided by Ed Elliott, '51 Kewpie - February 21, 2021

Verna Dean (Crane) Price passed away at the family home in San Diego, CA on February 5, 2021 with loving family members by her side. “Deanie” was 92 years old and a 1946 graduate of Hickman High School in Columbia, Missouri.
She married Bill Price of Harrisburg, MO in 1948 and together they had five children: Tandy, Jim, Billy Dean, Liz and Cindy.

She was preceded in death by her husband Bill Price, her parents, Channing Tandy Crane and Opal Crane, sisters Laura Beth Purcell and Dorothy Turner and her sons Jim and infant Billy Dean.

She is survived by her sister Martha Lee (Crane) Elliott of San Diego, CA and 3 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Published on February 12, 2021

Albert Paul Sutton, 83, a lifelong Columbian, passed away February 6, 2021 at his home. He was born July 26, 1937 to Albert and Thelma Sutton.

In 1957, he married Betty Jo Creason. They had two sons together, Clifford and Chris.

The ironically nicknamed “Bunny” was actually a large man, with a voice and personality that matched his stature. A manager at the Gerbes meat department for many years, he also owned a farm and especially loved cattle.

Bunny loved following sports, particularly the St. Louis Cardinals and Missouri Tigers. He was also a bowler, youth baseball coach, and a member of the award-winning 1953 Tribune Tigers baseball team. He graduated from Hickman High School in 1955.

Bunny is survived by his wife, sons, three siblings: Edward Sutton, Ozella McCasland, and Sandie Umstead; five grandchildren: Jacqueline Sutton, Melissa Miller, Justin Sutton, Cooper Sutton, and Lexi Sutton. He is also survived by two great-grandchildren: Theodore Sutton and Ava Miller.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters: Mary Wright and Bonnie Shockley.

A visitation will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 13, with a service following at noon; Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, MO 65202; 573-443-3173.

Contributions may be made to Coyote Hill Christian Children’s Home, 9501 W Coyote Hill Rd, Harrisburg, MO 65256; 573-874-0179.

Published on February 14, 2021

Ralph Perry Flint, age 69, of Columbia, passed away Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at a Moberly hospital.

He was born June 1, 1951 in Shelbina, the son of Earl and June Flint.

He lived with his family in Bethany, where he went to public school through the 9th grade. The family moved to Columbia, where Ralph graduated from Hickman High School in 1969, then went on to the University of Missouri, where he graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. Ralph worked in Kansas City for the Black and Veatch Engineering Company for a number of years until his health caused him to quit.

Ralph is preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his siblings: David Flint, Teresa (Flint) Hodges and Jennifer Flint; sister-in-law, Maureen Flint; brother-in-law, Frank Hodges; as well as four nephews: Christopher Flint, Curtis Flint, Alex Flint, and Matthew Hodges.

Burial will be held in Miriam Cemetery, Bethany, under the direction of Roberson Funeral Home, Bethany. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a memorial service will be held at a later date, yet to be determined. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) in care of Roberson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 46, Bethany, Missouri, 64424. Online condolences may be left at www.robersonfuneralhome.com.

Published on February 18, 2021

Phyllis Elaine Willingham, 82, of Columbia Missouri passed away peacefully on Saturday February 13, 2021 at her Cedarhurst residence in Columbia Missouri.

Phyllis was born April 4th, 1938 in Columbia to Lewis Jackson Terry and Estelle Catherine [Anderton] Terry. Phyllis was raised and attended school in Columbia, graduating from David Hickman High School. She worked for the University of Missouri at Jesse Hall. Phyllis attended New Horizons United Methodist Church in Columbia.

December 1st, 1956 Phyllis married her high school sweetheart, Ever Ray Willingham whom preceded her in death on February 14, 1987. They had three children, Mike Willingham [Margaret], Randy Willingham [Donna] and Greg Willingham[Tammy] all of Columbia. Phyllis’s love of children led her to 30 + years of day care for children. She had seven Foster children throughout that time and is testament of her loving heart and kind nature.

Phyllis raced go-karts in her younger days, attended Turkey shoots was often a winner, loved humming birds, walking, and going to the Broadway Diner downtown to order her favorite, biscuits and gravy. She enjoyed playing the harmonica for those whom enjoyed a tune. She attended many Shriner events with her husband and made life-long friendships.

In 1988, Phyllis was introduced to Ezra “Fuzzy” Nichols who became a loving companion for over 30 years. He preceded her in death.

Phyllis was the youngest of five children. She was preceded in death by sister, Juanita Palmer and is survived by sisters, LaVerne Sartin, Lois Vogt; brother, Paul Terry. Phyllis has four grandchildren, Tyler, Kyle and Marshall Willingham and Kalyn Pilsudski. She has four great grandchildren, Hazel and Madeleine Willingham and Nora and Samuel Pilsudski. She had ten nieces and nephews.

Phyllis was a kind, happy and joyous person to be around. She will be missed.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at Memorial Funeral Home,1217 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, MO 65202 from 1:30pm until the time of the funeral service at 2:30pm. A private burial will take place at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Please visit the funeral home’s website at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com to leave condolences and to access the livestream of the memorial service via Facebook.

Published on March 14, 2021

Maya Leah Nicole Wootton was born November 30, 1987 and Left us February 18, 2021.

Nothing about her tragic end matched Nicki’s spirit. She was bubbling over with life, light, and joy despite some dark times and difficult challenges.

A proud graduate of Hickman High School and an Associate’s degree, Nicki focused her passion in life on helping people and animals. Given her own struggles with addiction, which she talked about with refreshing honesty, Nicki earned a career certification in peer support counseling. This was a perfect blend of all the things she excelled at: connecting with others, using her humor to put people at ease, listening with an open heart, and sharing her story with candor and grace.

Nicki was a warrior in every sense of the word. She ran into a neighbor’s burning home once to try and save their cat. She saved numerous animals and a number of friends and strangers over the years. She was the embodiment of this quote by Stephanie Sparkles: “I love when people that have been thru hell walk out of the flames carrying buckets of water for those still consumed by the fire.”

Our beloved Nicki leaves behind a loving family, including her mother, Tammy Hickman; and her Nana, Beth Young; uncles: Paul Comier, Davin and Ian Tipton; aunts: Chris Tipton and Carleton Tipton-Montie and Susan Cormier; and many more extended families as well as too many friends to name. She was preceded in death by her father, David Wootton and her beloved aunt, Tara Tipton and her uncle Martin Wootton. Her beloved pugs Henni and Ro who loved her fiercely have found a loving home with family where they will continue to be spoiled to the end of their days.

Nicki in her own words when she was 23.

“If I died today I would be thankful for the love that I was lucky enough to feel. If I died today I would be thankful for having so many good friends that I have to count them on my fingers AND toes, and to know that I would gladly walk to the ends of the earth for them if they asked me.”

Celebration of Life service will be planned for the Summer months – when hopefully hugging will once again be allowed.

Published on February 28, 2021

Jo Ann Thomas, age 67, of Winona, Minnesota, passed away peacefully in the comfort of her home on Friday, February 19, 2021, surrounded by her family. All those who knew and loved Jo Ann admired her strength and perseverance throughout her 25-year battle and recurrences of cancer.

Jo Ann was born on July 8, 1953 in Columbia to two physicians, Dr. Helen Yeager Thomas and Dr. Horace Thomas, and received her bachelor's degree from Grinnell College in Iowa. She began her professional career as a community organizer, working for People Involved in Rice County, Minnesota COACT (Citizens Organizations Acting Together), and the Land Stewardship Project. A strong feminist, she then applied her organizational skills to the empowerment of women, serving as the director of Houston County Women's Resources and then as co-director of the Women's Resource Center in Winona.

She met her husband, Douglas Nopar, while working together at Minnesota COACT in Minneapolis. Jo Ann and Doug later relocated to Winona. They were married on August 16, 1986 at the Winona Arts Center. Raising two daughters to be caring, intelligent, wise, loving and powerful young women gave Jo Ann the greatest joy of all — she loved being a mom.

Relationships were very important to Jo Ann, and it is no surprise that she had a large network of close friends who adored and revered her. That included five friendships from kindergarten that she actively carried forward throughout her life. She had a way of making others feel loved and welcomed in her presence, and she was someone that people gravitated to and wanted to be around. She will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved her.

Jo Ann was wise, insightful and perceptive. A great listener, she was always interested in getting to know and learn about you. Jo Ann could also be fiery and sassy — she was never afraid to speak her mind, but did so in a straight-forward and loving way. She constantly sought new reasons for living and making a difference in the lives of others.

After being diagnosed with cancer in 1996, Jo Ann dedicated herself to her own healing and that of others. Armed with ten years of previous lay experience providing homeopathic remedies to family and friends, she shifted her career path to become a certified classical homeopath. She was inspired by her own journey and the desire to help others. Jo Ann completed the three-year clinically-based training at the Northwestern Academy of Homeopathy in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, graduating in 2000 and opening her practice in Winona, where she served clients for 20 years.

Alongside some conventional medical treatments for her cancer, Jo Ann also sought out alternative treatments and healing, not only of her body, but also of her mind and spirit. Jo Ann firmly believed that mind-body healing was possible, and she led and supported many on their healing path. In recent years, she was dedicated to the healing practice of Qi Gong meditation.

Jo Ann could often be found in the afternoons chatting with friends at the Blue Heron Coffeehouse or walking around Lake Winona. She was an incredible cook and baker. She also enjoyed her perennial garden, knitting, reading novels, and swimming in Lake Superior. Jo Ann was deeply committed to social and economic justice, women's rights, and care of the Earth.

Jo Ann is lovingly survived by her husband, Douglas Nopar, Winona; children: Elizabeth (Sebastian Veloso Olave) Thomas, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Sylvia (fiancé Fernando Cesar Silveira Queiroz) Thomas, Minneapolis; sisters: Mary (Wayne Davis) Thomas, Ingram, Texas, Carol Thomas, Columbia, Davika Thomas, Columbia, Nancy (Christopher McLean) Thomas, Berkeley, California, and their children: Reed and Helen; father-in-law: Richard Nopar, Wilmette, Illinois; brother-in-law: Kenneth (Carolyn) Nopar, Arlington Heights, Illinois and their children: Katherine and Lauren Nopar; as well as her many friends, locally and abroad. She was preceded in death by her parents and her mother-in-law, Dorothy Nopar.

Honoring Jo Ann's legacy, memorials would be appreciated to the following organizations: the Advocacy Center of Winona (formerly Women's Resource Center); Ridgeway Community School; Simonton Cancer Counseling Center; Land Stewardship Project; or the Winona Catholic Worker.

Funeral services, via Zoom, will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 5. Shiva will be held, via Zoom, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 7. Those wishing to participate in the service and Shiva should e-mail lmack@templeisrael.com for the Zoom contact information and links.

Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home of Winona is assisting the family with arrangements.

Published on February 28, 2021

Daughter, sister, wife, mother, and retired registered nurse, Kathryn “Kathy” Frala Martin, passed away peacefully at her home on February 21, 2021, at the age of 63. Her family was with her through the end. At this time, no services are scheduled.

Kathy was born to Robert “Bob” and Erma (Sechrest) Frala on February 25, 1957 in Evanston, Illinois. She moved to Columbia at the age of 9 and went on to graduate from Hickman High School, Class of 1975. Kathy and her husband, Gregg, were set up on a blind date by their parents in February of 1983. It was love at first sight, and they married on October 29, 1983. Their relationship was one to be admired – full of love, respect, laughter, family, and friends.

Kathy’s nursing career was a source of great pride. She began as a licensed practical nurse at Columbia Regional Hospital. There, she was selected by the Pink Ladies as the recipient of a scholarship to further her nursing education. She graduated as a registered nurse from Central Methodist University. Her talent, skill, and pleasant personality were recognized by Dr. Jerry D. Kennett, M.D., who hired her as a private nurse. Kathy continued working for Dr. Kennett until the birth of her first child, after which she took a break from nursing to raise her and Gregg’s two children (son Casey and daughter Kelley). After Casey and Kelley were in school, anxious to return to nursing, Kathy began work at Boone Hospital Center as a part-time RN in the newborn nursery – a job she enjoyed very much. From there, she became a full-time member of the specialty nursing staff at Boone Hospital Center’s GI Lab. Kathy retired in 2018, after 25 years of service at Boone Hospital Center. She was respected by all as a strong member of her exclusive team and was very proud to work for such a recognized, first-rate hospital.

Kathy’s passions included her family, her children, her dogs, her home, her friends, attending music festivals, her pool, and her gardens. Two of her biggest joys were her granddaughters, Drew and Darcy. She was an active, fun, and amazing grandmother, who loved every minute of her role as such. Kathy’s care for her father, throughout his later years, was exceptional – The decisions she helped make, time and time again, prolonged his life. Kathy was a board member of Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center and cared very much for its purpose. She will be missed dearly by many.

Kathy is survived by her husband, Gregg D. Martin of Columbia; her son, Casey Martin, his wife Jamie, and their two daughters: Drew and Darcy, all of Columbia; her daughter, Kelley Rebert and her husband Casey of Denver, Colorado; her mother, Erma (Sechrest) Frala of Columbia; her brother, James “Jim” Frala of Columbia; her sister, Julie Frala (George Marshall) of Hartsburg; and her brother-in-law, Terry Martin and his wife Michelle of Jefferson City. She is also survived by nephews and nieces: nephew, James “Jimmy” Frala and his wife Kristen of Wentzville, niece, Carly Frala of St. Louis, nephew, Benton “Ben” Frala of Pacific, nephew, Patrick Martin and his wife Amber of Spartanburg, South Carolina, and niece, Jenny Snyder and her husband Dillon of Boise, Idaho.

Kathy was preceded in death by her father, Robert “Bob” Frala; her father-in-law, Lynn Martin; and her mother-in-law, Ruth (McKinney) Martin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Kathy’s honor can be made to Boone Hospital Foundation (by mail: Boone Hospital Foundation, 1600 East Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201; online: www.boone.org/Foundation/Donations) or Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center (by mail: 4895 East Highway 163, Columbia, MO 65201; online: cedarcreek.missouri.org/home/donate).

Condolences may be shared online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Published on June 15, 2021

Mark Derryl Schake

Mililani, HI - Mark Derryl Schake, of Mililani, HI, formerly of Columbia, passed away on February 21, 2021, from injuries sustained during a bicycle accident.

Mark was the firstborn of Derryl and Lynette (Lamb) Schake, on March 4th, 1964. He was a 1982 graduate of Hickman High, and then accepted into the United States Military Academy at West Point. He graduated near the top of his class in 1986.

While serving as a 1LT, Mark was medically retired due to a hand injury on active duty. He joined the staff of the Navigators (military ministry) right after leaving the Army in 1990. He met his wife, Molly, in Colorado Springs, and they were married in 1992.

Mark and his family spent their lives ministering to military servicemen and women in Colorado, New York and Hawaii, including West Point. Mark's love for Christ and his deep heart for those who didn't yet know Christ has always motivated him.

Mark had become an experienced cyclist in Hawaii, but little did we know on that particular Sunday, he would "ride on Home!" He is deeply missed by many. Aloha 'Oe, Mark!

Mark is survived by his wife, Molly and children Emily Schake, Wendy (Schake) Lyons, son-in-law Daniel Lyons, Nathan Schake and Brooke Schake. Also, siblings and their spouses, Paul and Melissa Schake, Victor and Laura (Schake) Bowles, Trent and Heather Schake, Eric and Kerri (Schake) Anderson and Caleb and Sarah (Schake) Moore, all of Missouri. Also, brother-in-law Chad and Therra (Ebwe) Weinberg of Alexandria, VA and mother-in-law Joanna Weinberg of Scotts, MI, and including 31 nieces and nephews, and 12 great nieces and nephews!

Mark has been laid to rest at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

A memorial service is scheduled at Rocky Fork Fellowship, 12095 N Route B, Hallsville, at 11AM (CDT) on July 3, 2021.

Published on March 03, 2021

Redenna Williams, age 36, of Columbia, passed away on February 22, 2021 at her residence surrounded by her family. She was born on June 13, 1984, a daughter of Lee and Bertha (Spears) Williams.

She graduated from Hickman High School in Columbia. Redenna worked in claims the claims department at State Farm as a dispatcher.

Redeena loved shopping, going to the movies, taking beautiful pictures, listening to music and going to the casino. She also loved spending time with her family.

Redenna is survived by her parents Lee and Bertha Williams, brothers, Tyrone Williams, Demetrius Johnson (Starla), Kelan Williams, Leslie L Williams all of Columbia, a sister Latoya L Williams of Columbia, her son, Dorian Williams-Webster, and her grandmother Willie Jean Spears, and many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. She was preceded in death by her sister Nadia Johnson.

Friends will be received from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at Second Baptist Church-Columbia. Funeral Services will follow at 12:00 pm, Saturday, March 6, 2021 at Second Baptist Church-Columbia.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service & Crematory, 12 East Ash Street, Columbia, MO 65203 (573) 449-4153. Condolences may be left online for the family at www.parkermillard.com.

Published on March 03, 2021

Robert Paschang, age 79, of Columbia, passed away on February 25, 2021 at his home. He was born on July 19, 1941 in Audrain County, a son of Edmond and Adeline Paschang.

He attended Hickman High School and was a member of the Missouri National Guard. He worked for the Columbia Tribune for over 20 years.

He was a collector of all things. He was an avid reader and loved going to the Daniel Boone Library in Columbia where he spent countless hours.

Robert is survived by a sister, Joan Wright (Lester) of Centralia; and a brother, Walter Paschang (Arvie) of Imperial; and many, many nieces, and nephews. Robert was preceded by his parents and brothers: Alan, Ronald, and Chester Paschang; and a sister, Patricia Foster.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service & Crematory, 12 East Ash Street, Columbia, MO 65203; 573-449-4153. Condolences may be left online for the family at www.parkermillard.com.

Published on March 04, 2021

Anita Faye Wade, age 79, of Columbia, passed away on March 1, 2021.

She was born on July 8, 1941 to Virgil and Nadine West. Anita was a lifelong resident of the Hinton community in Columbia. She was also an active member of the Dripping Springs Christian Church and went on several mission trips abroad. Anita took great joy in fostering for Second Chance Animal Rescue, volunteering at the senior center and Habitat for Humanity.

Anita is preceded in death by her husband, Jim Wade; and former spouse, Robert Stevens; and parents.

She is survived by her sons: David Stevens, Andy Stevens, and Michael Stevens; grandchildren: Robert Stevens, Elizabeth Stevens, and Travis Loyd; great-granddaughter, Ella Rose Stevens; and nephews: Kevin West and Karl West.

A visitation will be held from 2-3 p.m. on Thursday, March 4 at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, MO 65202 with funeral service to follow.

Please visit the funeral home’s website at memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com to leave condolences.

Donations may be made in Anita’s honor to Second Chance Animal Rescue at columbia2ndchance.org/donate-now or by calling 660-882-5050.

Published on March 07, 2021

Billy Jack “BJ” Smith, 85, of Columbia, passed away Wednesday, March 3, 2021.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 12 at Memorial Cemetery Park. Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. until time of the services at the funeral home. Burial to follow with full military honors.

Billy was born August 31, 1935 in Boone County to Leona (Smith) Slaughter. After graduating from Hickman High School in 1953, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps, where he reached the rank of Corporal as a marksman sharp-shooter.

After his military service, he went to work for Coca Cola Bottling Company as a route salesman for 23 years, until he changed careers in 1979 to work for the U.S. Postal Service as a mail carrier in Columbia until his retirement in 2000.

Billy started playing pool in his teenage days and was hooked for life. He absolutely loved playing billiards and he would practice the same shot for hours at a time to perfect his game. One of his proudest moments was beating one of the best pool players of all time, Minnesota Fats, in an exhibition game at the Columbia National Guard Armory in the early 1970s. As a member of the NAPA, APA and TAP pool leagues, he played in innumerable pool tournaments over 70+ years. He was especially fond of playing with all his friends and continued right up until the last few months prior to his death.

Billy loved watching all kinds of sports and he was a huge fan of the MU Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals. He loved to have family near, especially family meals where he always told entertaining stories of growing up.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Frances (Harmon) Smith of the home; children: Karen Renae (Smith) Borgers (Robert) and Derek Keith Smith; as well as two grandchildren: Brittney Danielle Dyson and Zachary Noah Smith; and one great-grandchild, Kamdyn Veyda Dyson; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Leona Slaughter; a son, Jeffery Duane Smith; two sisters: Carol Tyrrell and Connie Norman; and one brother, David Slaughter.

Memorials are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. 758541, Topeka, KS or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Published by Darrell Howe Mortuary
1701 W. South Boulder Road
Lafayette, CO 80026

Steve was born in Boonville, Missouri on February 5, 1954 to Sheldon and Nancy Nowell. He passed away peacefully at home on March 7, 2021 surrounded by family after a lengthy illness.

His wife Kate holds him in her heart as "the love of her life". They met at a concert at the Boulder Theater in July, 1996, and it was "love at first sight". They were married just a little more than a year later. Together they had many adventures. While Steve enjoyed running, as a couple he and Kate enjoyed hiking, scuba diving, snowshoeing, and travel. They attended many concerts and enjoyed many excellent meals together over the years. Steve loved music, wrote songs, and played the guitar. A theater major in college, he loved to sing and dance and was a fun, gregarious person. He had a somewhat silly sense of humor and his mere presence could light up a room. It was impossible not to like him!

Because of his friendliness and kindness, he made friends wherever he went, having many of them all over the world. He nurtured these relationships always seeing the best in everyone.

Steve spent 40 years in the insurance industry, starting his work in Germany. After moving to Boulder, he continued in the industry then later started his own agency. His many clients respected his friendly manner, attention to detail and thoroughness in all that he did.

He is survived by his wife Kate Kellett, daughter Charissa Nowell, step-daughters Kelly Kaminski and Kalen Kaminski, his grandson Sebastian Carvajal, his sister Sheila Nowell Mannix, niece Haley Mannix, mothers-in-law Diana Dean and Daisette Kellett, sisters-in-law Kris and Josephine Kellett, brother-in-law Bill Kellett and cousins David, Debbie and Dale Greenbury.

Steve was taken from us far too young, but his lightness and love of life will live on in the hearts of all who knew him. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Contributions in his honor can be made to CurePSP.

Published in The Arizona Republic from Apr. 14 to Apr. 18, 2021.

Jane Murdock

Jane Murdock passed away suddenly and peacefully on March 18, 2021, just days shy of her 76th birthday. Following a successful social work career in public welfare in Missouri, Jane moved to Phoenix more than 20 years ago to begin working with Hospice of the Valley as a social worker until her retirement. Prior to moving to Phoenix, Jane lived primarily in Missouri, growing up in Columbia, going to college in Springfield, working in St. Louis and getting her masters degree in social work from Washington University.

Jane was a dedicated musician, moving from the accordion to the French Horn to the guitar. It's been the guitar that formed and informed Jane's music. Calling herself a singer/song interpreter, Jane was well known in folk music circles around the country. She began entertaining while in college, singing every summer in Kimberling City, Table Rock Lake, Missouri. Here in the Valley, Jane performed at Tempe Center for the Arts Walk-In Wednesday, their Artist Showcase, the Laverne and Glendale Folk Festivals, Tucson Folk Festival and Pride celebrations around the State. Jane was a member of AZWIT (now Phoenix Women's Chorus) and of the Valley Women's Ensemble. She was a proud Alto One, as proclaimed on her car's license plate.

In addition to her music, Jane was an active volunteer with the Harp Society, the Black Theater Troupe and was a docent for the Tempe Center for the Arts Art Gallery. Jane also attended Community Church of Hope, and often performed special music for their services.

Jane is survived by her sister and brother-in-law Bonny and Tom Thrower of California and by hundreds of her chosen family and friends around the country. Memorials will be held on Zoom in North Carolina, Missouri, Tucson and Phoenix. Information regarding the memorials will be posted on social media. Her friends and family ask that donations in Jane's name be made to the Tempe Center for the Arts Foundation, Community Church of Hope, the Phoenix Women's Chorus and the Valley Women's Ensemble.

Published on March 24, 2021

Sharon Ann Brock Sessions, 66, of Columbia, passed on Monday, March 22, 2021.

Family and friends will be received at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 28 at Memorial Funeral Home. Memorial services will follow at 4 p.m. All family and friends are invited and please remember to wear a mask. A private family interment will follow at Calvary Episcopal Church.

Sharon was born on March 23, 1954, at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas to Robert N. Brock and Margaret Grace Broom Brock. She was raised all over the country as her father’s career in the Army Reserves sent the family to Texas, North Carolina, Wisconsin and eventually Missouri. Sharon graduated from Hickman High School in 1972 and attended the University of Missouri where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1976.

In 1979, Sharon married Gerald Sessions and was the proud mother of two children, Jonathan and Sara.

Sharon’s nursing career started at Ellis Fischel Hospital in 1976 following her graduation from college. After the birth of their daughter, Sara in 1985, Sharon began working as an IV Therapy Nurse for University of Missouri Hospital, where she stayed for the majority of her career until she transferred within the system to Nursing Case Management in 2008. After transferring again to the clinics at the University, she retired January 2015 and cared for her parents until their passing.

As a long-time member of Calvary Episcopal Church, Sharon generously volunteered and held many positions over the years. From serving as acolyte in high school to Sunday School Coordinator, where she helped run the Children’s Christmas Pageant, Sharon was dedicated to the Calvary congregation. Sharon also found a great job in volunteering with the Advent Bazar each year and helped run the bakery with her good friend and their daughters. Sharon was also a member of the White Alloe Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in Parkville, Missouri, as well as several nursing organizations.

Sharon is survived by her husband, Gerald of the home; son, Jonathan Sessions of Columbia (Carrie Gartner); daughter, Sara Sessions of Riverside, Missouri; one sister, Susan Daniel (Craig) of Columbia, Missouri; one niece, Jennifer Sirois (Shaun) of Sturgeon, Missouri; two nephews: Sean Daniel of San Diego, California, and Spencer Brock; and several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Robert “Bobby” Brock, Jr.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Calvary Episcopal Church.

Please visit the funeral home’s website at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com to leave condolences to access the livestream of the memorial service via Facebook.

Published on March 27, 2021

Lewis Henry Sutton Jr. passed away Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at the Fayette Caring Center. He was 91 years old.

Lewis was born on January 19, 1930 to Lewis Henry Sutton Sr. and Margaret Lucille Gravitt in Columbia, Missouri. Lewis attended Grant Elementary and Hickman High School in Columbia. In 1947, at the age of 17, he began what would be a long military career. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1947-1956, and was stationed in Korea during the Korean War. After the Navy, he came home and was a member of the Columbia Police Dept. from 1957-1959.

In 1960, Lewis joined the military for the 2nd time by enlisting in the U.S. Air Force. He was stationed numerous places stateside and abroad, also serving in Vietnam during the Vietnam War for a year. Of all the places he was stationed, Scotland was by far his favorite. On June 18, 1963, Lewis married Sheila Wilson of Ayr, Scotland, and the two shared almost 58 years together. After his retirement from the military in 1971, the couple stayed in Scotland until 1980 when they moved back to his hometown of Columbia, Missouri, where he drove a bus for the city of Columbia for several years.

In 1984, the family bought a farm and moved to Fayette, where he stayed until May of last year. After his military career, Lewis was a truck driver, including owning his own dump truck business until the age of 83. Lewis loved to golf, and while stationed in Scotland, took the opportunity to play any chance that he could get.

Lewis is survived by his wife, Sheila, of the home and their six children: Lew (Deb) of Shelbina, Missouri, Jim of Carrollton, Missouri, Matt (Damla) of Methwold, U.K., Paul (Shana) of Big Cabin, Oklahoma, Jon (Leslie) of Fayette, Missouri and one daughter, Lynne (Travis) Dodd of Columbia, Missouri. Also surviving are 17 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Lewis was preceded in death by all of his siblings: Barbara Jo Baker, Patricia Gayle Benzenhoeffer and Linda Darlene Sutton. A military ceremony will be held Monday, March 29, at 11 a.m. in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville, Missouri. Memorials are suggested to: Missouri Veterans Cemetery 1479 County Road 1675, Jacksonville, MO, 65260.

Published on April 07, 2021

Mary Novak, 78, passed away on Thursday April 1, 2021 at her home in Columbia. Mary was born March 15, 1943. She was preceded in death by her parents, Guy and Exie Wright. Mary is survived by her husband, Gaylen Novak. They were married on August 27, 1977. Mary also leaves a daughter, Callie (Bill) Morgan of Litchfield, Illinois, and two sisters, Lorna Lownik of Yorktown, Virginia and Nancy Wright of Jefferson City, as well as a grandson and great-granddaughter.

Mary was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses on March 7, 1970. She loved people and enjoyed teaching them Bible truths. She was kind-hearted and loved by many. She enjoyed the outdoors, horses, fishing and camping. A Zoom memorial will be held at a future date.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nilson-Millard Cremation and Burial Center, 5611 E. St. Charles Road, Columbia, MO 65202 (573) 474-8443. Condolences may be left online for the family at www.nilsonfuneralhome.com.

Published on April 18, 2021

William Fred Cunningham, 74, a lifelong Columbia resident, passed away April 14, 2021, ending his battle with cancer.

Bill was born February 20, 1947 to Anna Kassman and William Fred Cunningham. They preceded him in death, as did his cherished baby son, Terry Lynn.

A 1965 Hickman graduate, he worked for MFA Oil for 40+ years. A celebration of life is planned for a later date. Arrangements by Heartland, 573-442-7850. Share memories at www.heartlandcremation.com.

December 1, 1946-April 13, 2021

Resident of Soquel, Kona, and Orcas Island

Linda Jo Petrauskas (McKinstry) passed away peacefully at her Soquel, California home, surrounded by family and close friends, at the age of 74. Born in Columbia, Missouri, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Missouri in 1968. That summer, while touring Europe, she met a fellow traveler in Munich, Germany who became the love of her life and partner for the next 51 years, Al Petrauskas. In 1975, they settled in Soquel to raise their two children: Lisa and Joey.

Growing up in Columbia; Linda participated in skydiving, swimming, lifeguarding, and dancing. After retirement, Linda became an avid golfer, of which she learned how to play from her son. She was honored to have lifelong friends with whom she golfed and played cards on the Big Island of Hawaii and Orcas Island, Washington; where she lived when not in Soquel. Linda also became an accomplished, self-trained, artist specializing in beautiful stained-glass creations.

Fond memories will continue to be shared by her loved ones, as she made friends easily. She always had a love of travel: spending a semester of high school in Guadalajara; journeying off to visit and have adventures with her daughter in Alaska, South Carolina, and Georgia; visiting the tight-knit Hickman HS class of 1964; and exploring local and far off places with her husband, family, and close friends.

Linda is survived by her husband of 51 years, Al of Soquel, Hawaii, and Washington; her daughter, Lisa of Soquel; her grandson, Braxton of Capitola; her daughter-in-law, Christa of Capitola; her brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Martha McKinstry of Houston, Texas; and her three nieces, Kim, Kelly, and Katie. She is preceded in death by her son, Joey and her parents Joe and Frances McKinstry.

Published on April 25, 2021

George William Gibson, 68, of Columbia, passed away Thursday, April 15, 2021 at his home.

George was born on October 17, 1953 in Columbia, Missouri. He graduated from David H. Hickman High school in 1971, and received his Bachelor of Science from Columbia College in 1982. He served in the United States Army for five years, where he served overseas and was honorably discharged in 1977.

George was a photography enthusiast and loved all things racing.

George was preceded in death by his wife of 20 years, Carla Gibson.

He is survived in death by his daughter, Taylor Gibson and his two grandchildren, Owen Gibson and Carla Gibson-Thompson.

He is also survived by his sisters, Linda Phillips and Jennifer Gibson Garner and their children, Graham Phillips, Rachel Walker, Casey Garner, and Jozie Garner.

Puplished on April 25, 2021

Lawrence "Allen" Mayes, 51, of Columbia, passed away April 16, 2021 at his home.

He was born in Columbia on April 17, 1969. Larry had a passion for movies and collecting movie memorabilia. Larry was survived by his mother, Margaret Mayes of the home; sister, Sherrie Brown of Ashland; brother, Randy (Connie) Mayes of Columbia; and sister, Cathy (Paul) Evans of Blue Springs. He was preceded in death by his father, Randy M. Mayes and brother, Mark Mayes.

Funeral services will be private. Please visit www.MemorialFuneralHomeColumbia.com to leave condolences.

Published on May 16, 2021

Paul Dysart, 71, of Columbia, Missouri, passed away Saturday, April 24, 2021, after a long battle with ALS. His graveside service was Friday, April 30 in Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia.

Paul was born December 18, 1949 in Columbia, Missouri to Jasper Robert and Lora Mae Betz Dysart. In 1968 he graduated from Hickman High School and was soon drafted into the U.S. Army. He served three years stateside before he was honorably discharged. He went to work for the University of Missouri for a short while before beginning his career with Shelter Insurance. He worked 25 years with Shelter, retiring as a Computer Analyst. November 1, 2003 Paul and Valerie Miller were married in Las Vegas, Nevada. Away from work, he enjoyed fishing and spending time at Lake Ozark. He also loved his Corvettes, owning three over his lifetime, but he loved his most recent 1976 model the most. Paul always looked forward to the Tuesday Happy Hour at Truman’s with his buddies. He was also a kind man with a jokester personality.

He is survived by his wife, Valerie Dysart; children; Chris Dysart along with his wife and children, Andrea Colgin and her husband and children; stepchildren: Katie (David) Ehlmann, T.J. Miller both of Columbia, and Kyle Miller of Olathe, Kansas; sisters: Donna Etherton and Nancy Haberstroh; and his grandson, Tyson Ehlmann, to whom he will always be known as PeePaw. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the ALS Association Mid America Chapter, 6405 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66202.

Online condolences may be shared at memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Published on April 28, 2021

Virginia Lee (Todd) Alden, 1935-2021

Virginia Lee (Todd) Alden died on April 26, 2021 in Columbia, Missouri. She was the widow of Jack Edwards Alden. They shared 58 years of marriage together before his passing in 2011.

The service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4 in the chapel at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, MO 65202. There will be a brief visitation, starting at 1 p.m. prior to the service.

Born in Columbia, Missouri, she was the daughter of Luther Todd and Gertrude (Adkins) Todd. She attended Keene School through the 8th grade and graduated from Hickman High School in 1953. She worked at the University of Missouri Bookstore and as a secretary at the Boone County Extension Office until 1959.

As a young girl growing up on a farm just outside of Columbia, she was a member of the 4H Club and won multiple ribbons showing her family’s sheep in competitions at the Boone County Fair. As an adult, she joined a local Hallmark Club as a leader/member for many years and collected multiple ornament and miniature series. Some, like her grandsons, will remember her for her delicious apple pie and Beanie Baby collection. But many will remember her for her extensive daylily flower beds that adorned her backyard. She took great care and pride in the multiple varieties and colors of the daylilies, which included name plackets she made for each flower species.

Known as Virginia or Gennie, she will be remembered fondly for her big hugs, warm smiles, and welcoming heart. She was generous with her children, grandchildren, family, neighbors, and the many long-term friendships that she adored. She loved to visit with her guests and always had cream soda in her refrigerator and a kitchen counter full of sweet treats in the yellow brick house that Jack built. A house full of her antiques, collections, and photos, including fond memories of the many gatherings she hosted for friends and family, over the years, in the basement and big backyard.

She is survived by her two children: Rebecca Barthol (husband Craig Barthol), and Todd Alden (wife Lori Alden); her two grandsons: Jaden Barthol and Raleigh Barthol; and two step-granddaughters: Katie Benthall and Kelsey Benthall. Virginia’s parents, six sisters and one brother have all preceded her in death.

Memorial donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made online at www.arthritis.org/donate or by mail to the Arthritis Foundation: P.O. Box 96280, Washington, DC 20077.

Her children want to thank Bluff Creek Terrace Assisted Living, Bluff Creek Terrace Memory Care and The Neighborhood by Tiger Place for their outstanding care of their mother over the past year.

Online condolences may be shared at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Published on May 02, 2021

Marciele Mueller Maledy, 95, of Columbia, passed away peacefully Monday, April 26, 2021.

Marciele was born on March 29, 1926 in Wellington, Kansas to Henry Rollo and Floy (McHenry) Mueller and moved to Columbia in 1927. She attended the University of Missouri Laboratory School and graduated from Hickman High School in 1944. She earned an A.A. degree in Business from Stephens College in 1946 and a B.A. in Home Economics from MU in 1949. On June 24, 1949 she married Ralph G. Maledy in Columbia, and they shared the next 61 years together prior to Ralph’s passing on February 2, 2011. Throughout her life Marciele worked in her family’s business, H.R. Mueller Florist, becoming an owner/operator of the business with her husband Ralph. Marciele was also a loving mother, raising her three children and managing a home. Throughout the years she served as PTA president, room mother, den mother and Campfire leader; was a member of the PEO Chapter GK; an active member of the Stephens College Alumni Association; and was a member of Delta Gamma and King’s Daughters. Marciele was devoted to Missouri United Methodist Church, having been a member for more than 83 years and serving the Church in various capacities.

Marciele loved life and didn’t know a stranger. She loved Columbia, and was an avid supporter of the Tigers, Kewpies, Bruins, Cardinals, and the Chiefs. She would often dress in her Black & Gold to watch games on TV.

Marciele is survived by three children: Steve Maledy (Michele Warmund), Susan Tapia (Lonnie), and Scott Maledy (Teresa), all of Columbia; grandchildren: Jesse Tapia (Clare), Niko Tapia (Taylor), Grant Maledy, Grace Maledy, Jazmine Maledy, Grace Ann Maledy and Jakob Maledy; step-grandchildren: Michael Rouse (Tyler Laughlin), Troy Rouse (Michelle) and Tiffany Rouse; great-grandchildren: Leo, Jase, Gannon, Miriam, Alden, and Kyron.

In addition to her husband, Marciele was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Donald Keith Mueller; nephew, Hank Mueller; niece, Michelle Griffits; and two special friends: Marion Guffey and Sharlyn Sappington.

Marciele’s family would like to give thanks to her church family, to Home Instead Senior Care and special thanks to Krysta Kyd, Mary Ellen Buddemeyer and Kim Salmons. They would also like to thank the doctors and nurses at Boone Hospital, the Missouri Heart Center and Boone Hospital Wound Healing Center.

Visitation will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 5 at Missouri United Methodist Church, 204 S. 9th St. Columbia, MO 65201, with Pastor Fred Leist officiating a memorial service at 11 a.m. The church appreciates your consideration in observing COVID guidelines for social distancing and mask requirements. Posted signage will direct you appropriately. Inurnment will be private for the family at Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Missouri United Methodist Church or a charity of choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service & Crematory, 12 E. Ash St., Columbia, MO 65203; 573-449-4153. Condolences may be left online for the family at www.parkermillard.com.

April 30 at 1:03 PM

Donna Lee West Gray, 88, passed away at her home in Hernando, Mississippi on April 29, 2021 surrounded by her family. She was born on February 9, 1933 in Columbia, Missouri and was a homemaker for her family, seeing that they had everything that they needed her entire life. She also worked as a cashier in the cafeteria for Memphis City Schools for a few years. She was the widow of William R. West

Visitation will be from 1 pm until a Celebration of Life Memorial Service at 2 pm on Saturday - May 1, 2021 at Brantley-Phillips Funeral Home - 2470 Hwy 51 S - Hernando, Mississippi.

She is survived by her daughter, Karen King of Nesbit, Mississippi and her son Bill West and his wife Lynn of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

She also leaves behind her brother Dean Crenshaw of Marietta, Georgia
(8)Grandchildren; Kim Pickering, Kristin Beloate, Kelsey Summerford, Will West, Taylor West, Devin West, Jennifer Estes and Randy King.

(7) Great-Grandchildren; Bentley, Brayden, Gatlin, Rowan, Jason, Anniston and Braylen.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Byron Gray, the father of her children, William R. West and her parents, Joe and Karline Crenshaw. She was also preceded in death by two daughters, Karla Hallmark and Kathy Grainger and two brothers, David Crenshaw and Loren Wayne Sapp.

In lieu of flowers of flowers the family requests donations to the Palmer Home for Children at palmerhome.org or the charity of your choice.

Published on May 16, 2021

James G. Cleveland, 86, of Hawthrone, Florida, passed away on May 4, 2021.

Jim was the son of James Longstreet Cleveland and Gertrude Perry Cleveland Cook of Providence, Missouri.

Jim graduated from Hickman High School in 1952. He received his bachelor’s and master's degrees from the University of Missouri. He served with the Marine Corps in Korea.

In April 1962, he married Barbara Stevens of Portsmouth, Ohio and she survives at their home in Florida.

A memorial service will be held in Florida at a later date.

Published by
Blount & Curry Funeral Home-Carrollwood
3207 W Bearss Ave
Tampa, FL 33618

George Neal King
JANUARY 17, 1936 – MAY 5, 2021
George Neal King, of Tampa, FL, passed away on May 5, 2021, at age 85. George was born in Columbia, Mo, on January 17, 1936, the only child of George and Abigail Louise King. He attended Hickman High School in Columbia, where he played trumpet and varsity baseball. At Hickman, George began dating his future wife, Anne Sutton. They met years earlier in the nursery of their church.

As a young man, George spent many summers fishing and camping with his uncles at the Lake of the Ozarks. If not fishing with his father or uncles, George and friends biked to favorite fishing holes, mowed yards, built forts and played baseball.

After high school graduation, George attended the University of Missouri and joined Sigma Nu fraternity. Anne and George were married in Columbia at the First Baptist church in 1956. George graduated in 1960 with a degree in Electrical Engineering.

George is survived by his wife of 65 years, Anne Sutton King; four adult children - Lizabeth (FL), George E & Nancy (MI), David & Lori (TX), and John & Jennifer (FL); eight grandchildren - Morgan (FL), Lane and Phillipe(MN), George S(IL), Sarah and Aaron(TX), Amanda and Tyler(TX), Katie and Matt (IL), Zack(FL), and, Bailey and Andy(CA); plus bonus grandchildren Brennan, Cassidy, Evan, Sean, Joshua, and Marc. great-grand children - Ella, Everett, Evelyn, Claire, Noel, and Oliver; nieces - Elizabeth(Shawn) MO, and Eaddy(Josh) CT; and great-niece and nephews - Ella and Theo(CT) and Graham(MO).

George worked at GTE/Verizon for 39 years. He began his career as a lineman in the 1950’s where he learned the value of hard work. He held various operation positions in Columbia, then in 1977, George became VP - Operations at GTE of the Midwest, based in Grinnell, IA. Five years later, he was promoted to VP - Network Engineering and Construction of GTE Florida and moved to Tampa, FL. George’s first accomplishment in Florida was the completion of GTE Center, Tampa Bay’s original skyscraper. The building was renamed Tampa City Center and it remains the third tallest building on Florida’s west coast at 39 stories.

George became VP - Planning, Engineering and Standards in Dallas, where he oversaw the construction of the new headquarters location in Los Colinas at 500 and 600 Hidden Ridge. He led the acquisition of the telecom business in Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. George retired in 1993.

George was an avid outdoorsman, and he loved to fish with family and friends, including salmon fishing in Alaska. A favorite destination was River Ranch in his bass boat at Kissimmee River near Lake Wales, FL. He enjoyed activities with his children and grand children, played couples bridge with friends on a regular basis, dined out, traveled with Anne to six continents and many countries along with annual vacations in North Carolina, and of course fishing, fishing, and fishing with friends and family.

George served as an officer of Westgate River Ranch Owners Association where he had many friends. He served at his church, and during his long career at GTE he participated in numerous community and charitable endeavors.

A funeral service will be held at Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church in Tampa, FL, on June 12, 2021 at 10 a.m.

Published on May 07, 2021

Richard Charles Wilson, 76, of Columbia, passed away on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at home with his family by his side.

Richard was born in Denison, Texas on December 6, 1944 to Charles and Melba Redding Wilson. The family moved to Franklin, Missouri in 1954 and Columbia, Missouri in 1958. Richard graduated from Columbia Hickman High School in 1963, where he lettered in football, basketball and baseball. He went right into the army, where he served active duty and active reserve duty from 1963-1966 as a part of the Army's historic 128th Artillery.

He attended MU for three semesters, then went to work for the United States Post Office in Columbia in 1965, where he worked for 41 years. He married Janet Ballew on October 17, 1969 and they were married over 51 years. They moved to Hallsville, Missouri in 1971. They had two children, Lisa Kathleen Wilson Martin and Gregory Scott Wilson. He was a Christian by choice and a Baptist by preference.

He belonged to Hallsville Baptist Church from 1975-2010, then Heritage Baptist church from 2010-2019 and Calvary Heritage Baptist Church from 2019 to present after Calvary Baptist and Heritage Baptist merged in 2019. He served his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as a Deacon and Sunday School Teacher for over 40 years. He retired as a letter carrier in 2007 and worked as a courier for Boyce & Bynum Labs from 2007-2018, when he was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 8 at Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel, with Pastor John Martin officiating. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until time for the service. Burial will follow the service at Grandview Baptist Cemetery.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents; son, Gregory Scott Wilson; mother and father-in-law, Elgin and Marie Ballew; sister-in-law, Willowdean Moore Robinson; brothers-in-law: Eugene, Richard and Ronnie Ballew.

He is survived by his wife, Janet; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and John Martin; grandchildren: Joy, Matthew (Abbey Laws), Grace and Adam Martin; brother, John (Karin) Wilson of San Diego, California; nephew, Ben (Candace) Wilson and their children; brother-in-law, Bill Ballew (Pat); sisters-in-law: Margie (Paul) Van Horn, Kathryn Houston, Dorothy Ballew, Karin Ballew; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions are suggested to be given to the donor’s charity of choice.

Online condolences and tributes may be shared with the family at www.bachyager.com.

Published on May 13, 2021

Nicholas Michael Reed, age 41, of Centralia, Missouri, passed away on Friday, May 7, 2021 at his home. He was born on May 4, 1980 in St. Louis, Missouri; a son of Timothy and Dolores (Rhode) Reed.

He attended Hickman High School in Columbia and worked as an auto mechanic at various places, including Factory Motor Parts, Midwest Auto Works and OATS.

Nicholas enjoyed playing pool, as well as slow pitch softball, where he played in a traveling league and enjoyed participating in charity events. He was an avid sports fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, Denver Broncos and KC Chiefs.

Nicholas is survived by his parents; brothers: Randy (Melissa) Reed of Columbia and Timothy (Tabatha) Reed Jr. of Centralia; his children: Tyler, Angelina, Alex; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

Friends will be received from 1-2 p.m. on Saturday, May 15 at Centralia United Methodist Church. Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Centralia United Methodist Church with Pastor Bill Schnackenberg officiating.

Memorial Contributions can be made to the “Reed Grandchildren Education Fund” at Central Bank of Boone County or contributions can be made to help with funeral expenses at www.millardfamilychapels.com/services/e-pay and searching for Nicholas Reed.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service & Crematory, 12 East Ash Street, Columbia, MO 65203; 573-449-4153. Condolences may be left online for the family at www.parkermillard.com.

Published on May 12, 2021

Walter “Sam” Sorrels, 92, of Waverly, Missouri, passed away May 9, 2021 at Apple Ridge Care Center.

He was born April 28, 1929 to Melvin and Isabelle (Pierce) Sorrels in Boone County, Missouri. He was a graduate of Hickman High School. He was united in marriage to Dorothy Whitesides on May 1, 1950.

Walter owned and operated Sorrels Used Auto Parts since 1954. He was a member of Broadway Christian Church and the Sunrise Optimists. He had a passion for racing and old vehicles.

He is survived by wife of 71 years, Dorothy; sons: Mark (Debby) Sorrels of Columbia, and Kevin (Cheryl) Sorrels of Crescent City, California; brother, Richard Sorrels of Columbia; three grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Walter is preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Susan Cheryl Kallenbach.

A visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, May 14, followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m., both at Memorial Funeral Home.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Published Thursday, May 20, 2021 by
The Marshall Democrat-News
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John C. Baldridge
January 11, 1937 — May 19, 2021
John C. Baldridge, 84, of Marshall, Mo., died Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall.

At John’s request, no services will be held. Memorials are suggested to Saline Animal League or Wayside Waifs in care of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com.

Born Jan. 11, 1937, in Milan, Mo., he was the son of the late John Elliott Baldridge and Ruby Irene Cole Baldridge. On Aug. 29, 1964, he married Anna Mae Twitchell, who survives of the home. He lived in Marshall since 1978, moving from Sedalia, Mo., and was a retired parts manager. He was a Shriner and of the Christian faith.

Survivors include his wife, Anna Mae; four children, Debbie Thomas (Gary) of Ashland, Mo., Daniel Baldridge (Cathy) of Warrensburg, Mo., Johnn Baldridge (Barb) of Rayville, Mo., and Megan Baldridge of Marshall; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jerry Baldridge of New Franklin, Mo., and Jim Baldridge (Gloria) of San Antonio, Texas; sister-in-law, Emma Baldridge of New Franklin; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by one son, Mike Baldridge; and one brother, Don Baldridge.

Published on May 26, 2021

David Leon Anderson

St. Louis - David Leon Anderson, 63, passed away Wednesday May 19th 2021 at his home in St. Louis Missouri. David is survived by his wife of 39 years, Denise and his two sons Tyler and Colin. Also survived by Parents Neil Anderson (Ann) and Janice Whitworth (Orville), Brothers Scott (Michele) and Doug (Karen) and many Nieces and Nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister Sandy. David was a loving Father, Husband, brother, uncle and Friend to all.

David was born March 5th 1958 in Lincoln, Nebraska. He excelled in sports Lettering in both Football and Baseball while attending Hickman High School in Columbia Missouri. He was a member of Alpha Kappa Lambda Fraternity while attending and graduating Northeast Missouri state university. David was an avid supporter of the University of Missouri. He could be found at most home Football and Basketball games.

Services will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday June 5th at Broadway Christian Church. 2601 West Broadway in Columbia Missouri. Terry Overfelt will be. There will be a final tailgate celebration of David's life proceeding the funeral service. Location TBD. Please contact family for details. Memorials May be made to the American Cancer society in lieu of flowers.

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ROBERT WAYNE ADER, of Honolulu, Hawaii, passed away on May 20, 2021. He was born on September 9, 1946, in Moberly, Missouri.

Bob was predeceased by his parents, John and Agnes Ader. He is survived by his brother Charles and sister-in-law, Kathy, of Rockville, Maryland, and nephews Christopher and Michael Ader.

Bob was a graduate of the University of Missouri with a degree in mechanical engineering. During his career he had worked for Chevron, Arco, and Alyeska Pipeline.

Bob loved his family, friends, and travel.

Bob will be interred in Columbia, Missouri, at a later date.

Published on May 26, 2021

Lois Dean Shaw

Columbia - Lois Dean Shaw, 89, of Columbia passed away on Sunday, May 23, 2021.

Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at Parker-Millard Funeral Service in Columbia. Interment will follow at Bethlehem Cemetery in Harrisburg. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.

Mrs. Shaw was born on November 23, 1931, in Boone County to Mansel and Stella Watson.

On September 3, 1949, she was united in marriage to Jack V. Shaw and together they celebrated 60 years of marriage.

Lois graduated from Hickman High School in 1949. During her high school years, Lois worked at Ellis Fischel State Cancer Hospital and later became a full-time homemaker.

Mrs. Shaw is survived by her children; Lanetta Woodland of Jefferson City, Loretta (Donald) Forsee of Columbia, Vernon Shaw of Harrisburg, Nancy (Dennis) Palmer of Columbia and Troy (Meredith) Shaw of Columbia. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Jason Forsee, Amber (Lance) Brown, Krystal (Paul) Robb, Kristina (Corey) Prater, Tristen, Wyatt and Mason Shaw; five great-grandsons, Devin Forsee, Palmer and River Brown, Larson Prater and Koltyn Robb and one great- great-grandson, Kai Forsee.

Lois loved music and dancing, vacationing in Branson, antiquing, and spending many week-ends at Bennett Springs with family and great friends. She was a super gardener, wonderful cook, exceptional pie maker, and even better maker of delicious breads, fudge, and divinity at the holidays.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents, husband and siblings Wilford Watson, James T. Pollock, Nelson Charles Watson, and son in law James Woodland.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bethlehem Cemetery Association c/o Alice Cook, 982 County Road 417, Fayette, MO 65248.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Service & Crematory, 12 E. Ash St., Columbia, MO 65203; (573) 449-4153. Condolences may be left for the family at www.parkermillard.com.

Published on June 11, 2021

Timothy Stapleton

Timothy Stapleton, age 54, of Kansas City, Missouri passed away on June 7, 2021 from a canoeing accident. He was born on April 7, 1967 in Columbia, Missouri; a son of Robert Stapleton Sr. and Nora Johnson.

Timothy worked as a carpenter and loved anything outdoors. He was also a proud member of Narcotics Anonymous for 31 years.

Timothy is survived by mother, Nora Johnson of Columbia, a daughter, Mohogany Dawson of Killeen TX, a son, Taye of Kansas City and his brother, Tony Johnson (Wanaca) of Columbia. He was proceeded in death by his father, a brother, Robert M Stapleton, Jr., and his sister, Rhona Chamberlain.

Friends will be received from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm on Saturday, June 19, 2021 at Parker-Millard Funeral Service & Crematory. A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 pm, Saturday, June 19, 2021 at Parker-Millard Funeral Service & Crematory.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service & Crematory, 12 East Ash Street, Columbia, MO 65203 (573) 449-4153. Condolences may be left online for the family at www.parkermillard.com.

Published on June 15, 2021

Willie Griffin

Columbia - William (Willie) E. Griffin

10/11/1955 – 6/13/2021

Willie Griffin, 65, of Columbia, MO passed away Sunday, June 13, 2021. Funeral Service will be 11am, Saturday, June 19th at Memorial Funeral Home 1217 Business Loop 70 West Columbia, with burial to follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitations are from 10-11am on Saturday.

Willie was born October 11, 1955, in Columbia, the only child of James (Junior) E., Jr. and Lois (Puddin) Weable Griffin. He was a Hickman High School Alum. In his younger years he worked at the Stein Club as a bartender, before beginning a long career in Construction. On April 22, 1982 he married Friedericke(Freddie) Konold Griffin and started his family while living in Texas. They returned to Columbia to be near family in 1986.

He loved to work and took great pride in his craft as a builder and wood-worker. He was an excellent cook and skilled at BBQ and smoking meats. He enjoyed family gatherings with his extended family while playing cards, eating tasty food and having a good time. He adored his time with his "Little Buddy", Forrest.

He is survived by his daughter, Susan (Matt) Kohler of Maryland Heights, MO and their son, Forrest; his mother, Lois (Puddin) Griffin, and a loving extended family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Freddie in 2007 and by his father Junior in 1991.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to lungcancerresearchfoundation.org

Online condolences may be shared at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Published on June 22, 2021

Shirley Ann Wegener

Columbia - July 18th, 1931- June 18th, 2021

Shirley Ann Wegener Semon, 89, of Columbia, Missouri, passed away at Columbia Post-Acute Center on Friday, June 18, 2021.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Thursday, June 24, 2021 at Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 25, 2021 at Memorial Funeral Home with burial to follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Shirley was born at home on the Semon farm in Woodlandville, MO on July 18th, 1931, to William "Bill" Semon and Pauline "Polly" (Blakemore) Semon. Her older brother Henry remembers the event well because he did not get lunch that day. She spent her early years doing what farm kids of the era did, chores and helping with farm work as well as helping her mother with housework. It was at this young age that she began to develop a love for cooking, sewing and being outside tending a garden or a flower bed. Growing up on a farm meant that you grew or raised what you ate, and Shirley gained the skills needed to feed a family of six early in her life. I remember how skilled she was at taking a live chicken and serving it for lunch. Along with the work and life at home there were activities off the farm. Her social life in the farming community consisted of going once a week to the Woodlandville United Methodist Church and 4-H once a month in the church building. Highlights of her Boone County farm life included things like the county fair, church social events and an annual trip to the Missouri State fair. It was at a Woodlandville UMC that she met her future husband Leslie "Spencer" Wegener. The church held regular dart tournaments in the basement, and it was at one of these tournaments where Shirley and Spencer met for the first time. They got married on August 1, 1953, at the Semon home, surrounded by friends and family. For a short time, Shirley and her new husband lived in "town" in a small apartment south of Boone Hospital. With the death of Spencer's father, the couple and their first son Leslie, moved back to the farm to help run the Wegener farming operation. Not long after moving back to the country Shirley gave birth to her second son Bill adding another son to her family. Shirley was a devoted homemaker and well known for her cooking which she enjoyed. She was involved in Woodlandville community as a 4-H leader and the Boone County Extension, being a member of the Boone's 25th extension club. for many years, as well as participating in Women in Ag. She enjoyed knitting and quilting, giving many items to family, friends, and charities. She as tended to a most beautiful garden where she grew large collection of irises and daylilies flowers. She enjoyed comradery of new friends while showing flowers in the Central Missouri Hemerocallis Society. Even hosting a regional show in her garden.

Shirley is survived by two sons: Leslie (Colleen) Wegener; Bill Wegener; three grandchildren: Duane Wegener; Carl (Maeghan) Wegener; Holly (Jordan) Gremmel; one brother: Henry (Anita) Semon; one sister: Sue McConnell; one sister in law: Mary Ann Semon. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband and one brother: Harold Semon.

A memorial to Coyote Hill Children's Home at 9501 West Coyote Hill Road, Harrisburg MO 65256 is suggested in leu of flowers.

Online condolences may be shared at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Published on July 01, 2021

Betty Jean Smith

Clark - Betty Jean Brown Smith, 88, passed away June 24, 2021 in Columbia, MO. A visitation will be held Wednesday, July 7, 2021 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, MO 65202 with the funeral service to follow at 1:00 pm as well as burial in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Betty was born July 24, 1932 to Frank and Eddie Mae (Johnson) Brown and was the oldest of eight children. Being the oldest set the tone for the rest of her life. Her destiny was to be the leader, teacher, organizer, and mentor to countless people throughout the years. She graduated from Hickman High School in 1950 and then married Lewis E. Smith on March 1, 1952. Betty was a self-described homemaker until she went to work at GTE in 1972 until her retirement in 1991. She took great satisfaction in both careers.

Being a country girl at heart, Betty found wonder in everyday life. She loved any activity that got her outside, especially gardening, swimming, and camping with family and friends. Ever talented, she could crochet cozy throws, quilt beautifully, and sew clothing, sometimes without even using a pattern. You could also find Betty in her kitchen, baking for those she loved or canning the bounty from her garden. Betty was active with the area OATS Transportation, holding the treasurer position, and enjoyed the rich friendships she made both there and through her membership with the Englewood Club. Above all, her favorite way to spend the time was throwing parties where she was surrounded by family and friends. Her parties were loved by all.

She is survived by children, Pamela (Michael) Marinelli and Michael (Harriet) Smith; grandchildren, Roman Schuh, Amanda Smith, and Maggie (Dustin) Fletcher; great-grandchildren, Lydia Campbell, Ada Fletcher, and Ila Fletcher; siblings, Mary Joe Stephens, Anna Mae Stephens, Frances Lee Stephens, and Emily Kay Whelton; as well as many beloved cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends.

Betty is preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Mae; husband, Lewis; son, Paul Smith; sister, Lois Fern Batye; and brothers, Walter Brown and Bill Brown.

Betty gave each day the opportunity to challenge her, and she met each one with optimism, grit, and a little prayer to God. She was a devoted daughter, a loyal sister, a loving wife, a remarkable mother, and a cherished friend. She will be deeply missed by all.

Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society or to the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Published on June 30, 2021

Ronald Knudsen

Columbia - Ronald Edward Knudsen

5/12/1941 – 6/26/2021

Ronald Edward Knudsen, 80, of Columbia, Missouri passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, June 26, 2021.

Memorial services will be officiated by Pastor Bruce Williamson at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 3, 2021 at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia. The family will receive guests from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Inurnment will occur after the service in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Ron was born on May 12, 1941 in Kirksville, Missouri to the late John Edward and Alice May Grothe Knudsen. He was married to Marsha Norris on April 4, 1981 in Columbia and she survives.

He was a 1959 graduate of Hickman High School. In 1966 he received his B.S. in Education, and in 1970 earned his Masters Degree from Northeast Missouri State College.

For seventeen years he taught general science, biology, chemistry and physics at Malta Bend and Montgomery County High Schools. Ron served as the Mayor of High Hill, Missouri in 1976.

In 1982 he became a Professional Photographer, and for the next twenty-four years he owned and operated Knudsen Photography in Columbia along with his wife Marsha. In 1993 Knudsen Photography was named the Columbia Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year.

Ron was a proud member of the Columbia South Rotary Club, and was elected Treasurer for eight consecutive years. He was named Rotarian of the Year in 2005-06 and in 2018 he became a Major Donor to the Rotary Foundation.

His genealogy research eventually led to his membership in the Sons of the American Revolution

The man loved everything about trains: riding trains, owning model trains and creating model train layouts. Ron also had a passion for automobiles old and new, fast and slow.

Ron was an avid fisherman whose favorite time to be in his boat on the lake was early morning at sunrise. He was a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, the Mizzou Tigers and enjoyed watching and attending NASCAR races.

He is survived by his wife Marsha; daughter Kelli (Randy) Schnell; son Kent (Lori) Knudsen, all of Columbia; brother, J.R. (Vicky) Knudsen of Greenfield, Missouri; brother-in-law, Howard (Kathy) Norris of Liberty, Missouri; grandchildren Ryan, Sara, Randy, Becky, and Coleman; nephews Rob and Kevin; great-grandchildren; great-nephews and many other loving family members and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Rotary Foundation in care of Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia, Missouri 65202 or to Columbia Parkinson's Support Groups, 1311 Vintage Drive, Columbia, MO 65203.

Online condolences may be shared at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Published on July 01, 2021

Micheal Lee Grant

Houston - Micheal Lee Grant was born on August 31, 1951 in St. Joseph, Missouri. At the age of two he was adopted by Roy Lee and Pearlie Mae Grant. He grew up in Columbia, Missouri. At an early age he knew God for himself and was a member of Fifth Street Christian Church, until he made the move to Texas in 1984. He was a proud graduate of Hickman High School class of 1969. He believed in the power and importance of education, and graduated from the University of Missouri where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work and a Master's degree in Public Health Education. Micheal held various jobs throughout his career but frequently shared his fondest memories of Mid Missouri Mental Health Center, Super X Drugstores and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Union. He had an entrepreneurial spirt, was the co-owner of G &G mowing and Mr. Grant's Smoke Easy. In March 1972 Micheal married the love of his life Olivia. He was looking forward to celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary next year in grand style. He truly loved his wife through sickness and in health. They have two amazing daughters Rev. Michelle Grant and Dr. Marla Fielder. Micheal bragged about his children and family often, to friends and strangers alike. In 1984 Micheal made the move to Texas ahead of his family for better opportunities at Drugs For Less in Duncanville, TX. The family followed in the summer of 1985. He had a passion for justice, equality and employee protections. Through his work as a business manager for AFSCME, he was instrumental in hundreds of employees of the City of Dallas receiving years of rightfully earned overtime pay. As a freelance researcher and writer, he wrote many articles on various health topics for the Dallas Weekly Newspaper. While in Dallas, in his spare time he enjoyed spending time with his masonic brothers at Kind David Lodge #151 PHA and singing in the male chorus at St. Philips Missionary Baptist Church. In 2013 Micheal decided that Houston, TX is where he would retire. As age and health conditions began to catch up with him, he decided to fight back and start a water aerobics class. He taught class several times a week at The Mansions at Hastings Green Senior Apartment Community. When he was no longer able to teach, the members kept the program going. Micheal was a fighter and was often described as a "tough old bird". Every time he was faced with a health crisis, he found the strength and grit to fight another round. He loved to read, write, talk politics, research history and religion. Micheal was an avid football fan he loved his Missouri Tigers and his Kansas City Chiefs. Micheal was a member of Living Faith Baptist Church and enjoyed fellowshipping as often as he could.

Micheal was preceded in death by his parents Roy lee and Pearlie Mae Grant, a beloved sister Linda Connor. He leaves to cherish his memory: His loving and devoted wife Olivia Grant. Daughters Rev. Michelle Grant of Dallas TX, Dr. Marla Fielder,(Danel) Houston, TX, Sister Glenda Coleman of Columbia, MO, Brother in Law Donald Connor of Columbia, MO, Granddaughters Ashley Jelks (Joseph) of Houston, TX, *Dani Fielder of Baton Rouge, LA, *Destiny Reescano (Junior) of Houston, TX, Great grandchildren: Jaedyn Merritt, Joley Jelks, *Micah Jelks,* Omari Jelks, *Jaxson Arturo,* Bryson Arturo, *Savanna Arturo, Nieces: Angela Grant, Tasha Grant, Nita Connor, Brittany Connor. Nephew: Timmy Grant. Brothers by Bond Lewis Tucker, Jr. and Ron Green. Daughter by Bond Valarie Sculark (Lawrence, Lauren), Caregivers Cassandra Henry and Tammy Edwards. A host of great nieces, great nephews, cousins and friends. (*Bonus family)

Services will be held Saturday July 3 at Living Faith Baptist Church, 4310 Holloway Street, Houston Tx 77047. Viewing 11-1 service at 1pm.

Published on July 06, 2021

Betty Gayle Smith

Columbia - Betty Gayle Smith, 76, passed away on June 29th, 2021, in Columbia, MO.

Visitation will be held at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia, MO 65202, from 12:00pm-2:00pm. Celebration of Life Service, with Rev. Marci DeVier, will follow at 2:00pm.

Betty Gayle Smith was born on May 16th, 1945, in Boone County, Columbia, MO. She grew up on the family farm on the west side of Columbia. She graduated from David H. Hickman High School with the class of 1963. She went on to attend school at the University of Missouri, where she graduated with a Bachelor's in Education. She then moved to Houston, TX, where she taught 7th and 8th grade history for six years. She would later attend the University of Houston from 1973-1974, where she received certification in auto insurance. In 1979 she married Raymond Jenkins and in 1980 they had a child, Deidre. In 1984 she divorced and returned to Columbia. From 1974-2003 she worked on and off for various insurance companies such as St Paul Companies, Crawford and Company, self employed as a PCA, Progressive and then Cornerstone Insurance until her stroke in 2003.

After 2003, she volunteered at many local community organizations. She enjoyed being a Lay Chaplain at her church, Unity of Columbia, along with helping programs such as Course of Miracles and Interfaith. She also enjoyed volunteering with Plant a Row for the Hungry Project through the Food Bank, English as a Second Language, at the Columbia Senior Center and Heart of Missouri Master Gardeners. Betty was a 4-H leader for many years. She loved to read, visit with her friends and family, and take lots of amazing photographs. She also loved to travel and has been to Great Britain, France, Mexico, Costa Rica and Canada. She had a passion for building and designing labyrinths and peace poles for meditative and healing purposes. She had a tremendous amount of love to share and only wanted peace and happiness in the world.

Betty is preceded in death by her parents, Glenn and Beatrice Smith.

She is survived by daughter, Deidre Henry; husband, Matthew; her sister, Joyce Ardrey; her niece, Christine (Jack) Crouch; her great-nieces, Meredith and Katie; great-nephew, Jett and great-great-niece, Parker.

Published on July 07, 2021

Dale Nichols

Columbia, MO - Dale Nichols, 86, went home to Jesus on July 2, 2021. Private graveside services were held for family.

Dale was born March 7, 1935 to Stanley and Grace (Sandker) Nichols in Columbia, MO. He graduated from Hickman High, and attended MU until he was drafted into the Navy. He was married to his sweetheart, Louise, for 63 years. Dale worked as a State Farm Insurance agent for 40 years, on Board of Boone National Savings and Loan, Jaycees, and Edward Jones. He also helped to start Daniel Boone Little League. He loved his dogs, fishing, time with family, and never met a stranger. He loved the Lord and attended Woodcrest Chapel.

Dale had 4 children, 8 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren. He lost a son in 2011.

Published on July 09, 2021

Marc McClure Griffin

Marc Griffin, age 71, of Ocala, FL passed away on Friday, July 2, 2021. Marc was born in Columbia, Missouri to Francis and Helen Griffin and graduated from Hickman High School in 1968. He attended the University of Missouri before moving to Louisiana for his career as a sales manager and he met his wife Carol Bankston of Baton Rouge, LA.

Marc and Carol married in 1979 and had 2 daughters, Marisa Griffin and Elizabeth Griffin. For the past 12 years, Marc worked at True Value Hardware in Ocala, FL. Marc was passionate about woodworking, playing golf, football and enjoyed helping people.

Marc is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Katie Griffin Gooch. Survivors include his wife Carol, two daughters Marisa and Elizabeth, his brother Eric Griffin and his sister Lenzy Griffin Bond.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 24th, 2021 at 3:30pm at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Chapel at 910 SE Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, FL 34470. Online condolences may be expressed at www.hiers-baxley.com. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Hands of Mercy Everywhere, Inc. at https://www.handsofmercyeverywhere.org/donate

Published on July 10, 2021

Barbara Dean Gilpin

Columbia - 7/12/1937 – 7/8/2021

Barbara D. Gilpin, 83, a lifelong Columbia resident, passed away Thursday, July 8th after a long battle with cancer. Funeral service will be 2pm, Monday, July 12th at Memorial Funeral Home 1217 Business Loop 70 West Columbia with visitation from 1-2pm. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Barbara was born July 12, 1937 in Columbia to Norris & Edna Mae Whitesides Rice. In 1955, she graduated from Hickman High School and shortly thereafter, she married William Donald Gilpin on June 3rd at Little Bonne Femme Church. She worked for over 40 years as a bookkeeper for the Columbia Missourian, retiring on more than one occasion. She was a family-first woman and loved spending time with all her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, William Donald Gilpin; son, Don (Mary) Gilpin of Owasso, OK; daughter, Julie Williams of Columbia; four grandchildren, Talia and Jeremy Williams of Columbia, Bill (Kristi) Gilpin of St. Elizabeth, MO, and Lauren Gilpin of Webb City, MO; 6 great-grandchildren, Ty & Averi Gilpin, Zaniah, & Elinah Williams, Nalii Cowherd, and Elijah Dodson, and a loving extended family. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, E.L. Rice; and a great-grandson, Zaidrien Williams.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Association.

Online condolences may be shared at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Published on July 19, 2021

Sally Sue Fancher

Columbia - Sally Sue Fancher, 88, of Columbia, passed away at her home with family by her side on Friday, July 16, 2021.

She had requested a Celebration of Life which will be held at noon on Saturday, July 24, 2021, at Broadway Christian Church in Columbia. Please stay and share memories with her family and each other as we enjoy a meal hosted by mother. There will be private graveside services. Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service & Crematory.

Mom was born February 22, 1933, in Lincoln, Nebraska to Ruth and Roy Houdersheldt. At the age of 3, her family moved to Columbia, so her father could manage the J.C. Penney store. Other than a couple years in Kansas City following college, Columbia was always her home. She was a graduate of Hickman High School and the University of Missouri-Columbia and taught kindergarten.

On August 4, 1956, mom married Donald W. Fancher at First Christian Church. Over the next 13 years, the family grew by five with the birth of four sons and one daughter: Preston, Paul, Philip, Patrick and Abby. We were raised enjoying time outdoors; floating, camping, hiking, washing cars and spending time together at the lake cabin. Mom especially loved feeding and watching birds, gardening, labeling, and organizing. It took some convincing after our father passed away to get mom out to travel, but once we did, she was always excited for the next adventure. National Parks were her favorite.

Another important aspect of mom's life was her community of friends. Such a strong and beautiful network of ladies that have been there until the end. Know that she loved you all so much. Mom also found a second home at Broadway Christian Church with even more people she built special connections with. It is the strength of that community that paved the path for her final physical journey. Sally was preceded in death by her mother and father, and her husband Don. She is survived by her sister, Abby Goodman of Richmond, VA, and five children: Preston (Cindy) Fancher of Clayton, MO, Paul (Barb) Fancher of Shawnee, KS, Philip (Julie) Fancher of Columbia, Patrick (Deanna) Fancher of Columbia, MO, and Abby (Kenny) Herl of Kansas City, MO. Additionally, Sally had 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Memorials are suggested to Broadway Christian Church 2601 W Broadway, Columbia, MO 65203, or Boone County Historical Society 3801 Ponderosa St, Columbia, MO 65201.

Published on July 22, 2021

Kevin Don Linger

Evergreen - Kevin Don Linger, 65, passed away on July 16, 2021 at Life Care Center of Evergreen in Evergreen, Colorado. He was born February 3, 1956 in Las Cruces, NM, the son of the late Don Albert and Debora (Greiner) Linger of Colorado Springs, CO. His family moved to Columbia in 1965 where his mother married his step-father, Parker Hulett.

Kevin graduated from Hickman High School in 1975, and worked as a bicycle and auto mechanic. In 1983, Kevin suffered a traumatic head injury in a motorcycle accident which left him physically disabled, but not in spirit.

Kevin loved bicycling, boating on the Missouri river and fishing with friends. He was an accomplished guitarist, singer and pedal steel guitar player. He was a Believer, a student of life and despite health challenges, remained grateful, positive, and lived in the moment.

He is survived by two brothers, Chris (Melanie) Linger of Silverthorne, CO, Steve (Victoria) Linger of Santa Fe, NM, nieces Jennifer and Heather Linger, nephew Michael (Lauren) Linger and grand niece Eliza Linger, step-sisters Mary (Jorgen) Hulett and Andrea (Skip) Wiggins, step-brothers Brad and Bill Hulett and Ted (Tamara) Greve.

No services are planned.

Published on July 21, 2021

Carl Willis Vaughan Jr.

Columbia - Carl Willis Vaughan Jr., 62, of Columbia, passed away on July 19, 2021 in Columbia, Missouri. He was born December 19, 1958 in Columbia Missouri, son of Carl W Vaughan Sr, and Joy Ann Wyatt-Vaughan.

Carl graduated from David H Hickman High School in 1977, following that he had several jobs, finally landing in construction at Little Dixie Construction where he made his life long friends. Most recently working at Columbia Ready Mix and Gallup Trucking.

Married Julie Vaughan 1977 who survives,with children including daughter Leslie(Billy) Hubbard, sons Rocky Vaughan III, Kurt(Presley) Vaughan, grandchildren Cole Ehtridge, Catlin Ethridge, Alex Vaughan, Natalie Vaughan, Gracelynn Vaughan, Tyler Vaughan, Haystin Vaughan, Nora Vaughan, three sisters, Liz Vaughan, Lori(Mark) Winscott, Connie(Bud) Hutchison, several nieces and nephews, and several great great nieces and nephews and lots of cousins.

In addition to his grandparents, he was predeceased by his father Carl Willis Vaughan Sr, and Joy Ann Wyatt-Vaughan, and a great nephew Mark Winscott III.

He enjoyed his hunting, playing softball, and golf, but most of all rooting for his Dallas Cowboys, and a good margarita.

He will be missed by so many. A celebration of life will be handled by the family at a later date.

Arrangements are under the direction of HT May & Son Funeral Home.

Posted online on July 31, 2021

Woody L. Wright

Columbia - Woody L. Wright, 82, of Columbia, Missouri passed away July 29, 2021. He was born the son of Woodrow W. and Dorothy Hudson Wright on November 7, 1938. He married the love of his life, Mary I. Sutton on August 22, 1958. Mary preceded him in death August 4, 2010.

Woody lived his life by The Golden Rule and family was always his focus.

In 1968, Woody and Mary founded Park Manor Flowers and Gifts of Columbia and Centralia and owned and operated this business until they sold it in 1990.

After retirement, he and Mary moved to Arizona for five years. Woody took up watercolor and oil painting and was a member of several art associations where he hung and sold numerous paintings. The events of 9-11 prompted them to return to Columbia to be closer to their two sons and their families.

He is survived by sons Jay (Laura) Wright of Columbia, Missouri, and Jeff (Kathy) Wright of Branson West, Missouri, and grandchildren Wilson (Jane) Wright, Maura Wright, Wesley Wright, Jessica Wright and Megan (Ben) Buschjost, great granddaughters Jocelyn and Avery Buschjost, his dog Bennie and a special friend, Evelyn Harned.

Donations are suggested to the Central Missouri Humane Society. A graveside service will be held at 11:00a.m. Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at Memorial Park Funeral Home of Columbia.


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