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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


Robert (Bob) Manhart, Class of 1949, passed away at his home in Columbia, Missouri, Sunday, March 19, 2023.

Bruce Edward Smarr, Class of 1977, passed away on Monday, March 6, 2023 at his home in Sturgeon, Missouri.

Carl Eugene “Nenie Boy” Nichols, Class of 1953, passed away Sunday, March 5, 2023 at his home in Columbia.

Lawrence Gerald "Jerry" Mathis, Class of 1960, died Friday, March 3, 2023 at his home in Columbia.

Betsey Bruner Jones, Class of 1965, passed away Wednesday,March 1, 2023.

Angus Sinclair, Class of 1954, Passed away Monday, February 27, 2023 in Bethesda, Maryland.

Richard F. Sorrels, Class of 1948,  passed away Sunday,  February 26, 2023.

Glenda Kaye (Glass) Sapp, Class of 1965, passed away Wednesday, February 22, 2023 at University Hospital in Columbia.

Sheryl Ann Dorsey McGowan, Class of 1967, passed away Tuesday,  February 21, 2023.

Matthew Clay Reed, Class of 1984, passed away Sunday, February 19, 2023.

Marvin Blakemore, Class of 1959, passed away Monday, February 13th, 2023, in his home in Columbia.

Nancy Weatherly Sharp, Class of 1954,  died at home on Sunday, February 12th, in Manlius, New York.

Marilyn Jones Andre, Class of 1967, passed away Thursday, February 9, 2023, at her home in Columbia.

Marland McKinley “Pops/Kid” Lane Sr.,Class of 1971, passed away Sunday, February 5, 2023, at the University Hospital in Columbia.

Barbara Jean Meadows Owens, Class of 1949, passed away Friday, February 3, 2023, at her home in San Antonio, Texas.

Sandra Kay Roberts Coleman, Class of 1968,  passed away Thursday, February 2, 2023 at Boone Hospital in Columbia.

Bryce Allen Michael Prange, Class of 2013, passed away Sunday, January 22, 2023.

Teresa Lawrence (Garrett), Class of 1971, passed away Wednesday, January 18th, 2023.

Ronald Dean "Tiny" Bryant, Class of 1961, a "Charming Outlaw", Passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2023.

Peter Douglas Anger, Class of 1974,  passed away Thursday,  January 16 in Cedar City, Utah.

Peter John Grathwohl, Class of 1975, passed away Monday, January 16, 2023 at Boone Hospital in Columbia.

Susan H. Wheeler, Class of 1974, passed away  Saturday, January 14, 2023.

Judy Ann Jones Douglass, Class of 1962, passed away Friday, January 13, 2023 in Pleasanton, California.

Barbara Ann Boyce Terry, Class of 1955,  passed away on Monday, January 9, 2023, at Capital Region Medical Center, in Jefferson City, Missouri.

Marjorie Sue Curry Martin, Class of 1951, passed away Sunday, January 8, 2023.

Brian Andrew Bevins, Class of 1981, died Friday, January 6, 2023 at Columbia Manor Care Center in Columbia.

Martha Ann Manning, Class of 1982, passed away Thursday, January 5, 2023.

Linda Samuels Allison, Class of 1959, passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2023 in Columbia.

Jordan Elise Powell, Class of 2009, passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2023, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Dorothy Mae Whitesides Sorrels, Class of 1947, passed away Monday, January 2, 2023 at The Bluffs in Columbia MO.

Cokie Chapman, Class of 1962, passed away Sunday, January 1, 2023, in  Sebastian, Florida.



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Charles C Chapman
July 9, 1944 - January 1, 2023 (78 years old)
Sebastian, Florida
We are sad to announce that on January 1, 2023, at the age of 78, Charles C Chapman of Sebastian, Florida passed away. Family and friends are welcome to leave their condolences on this memorial page and share them with the family.

From Jeanne Chapman Gill, '70 Kewpie
He wasn't just a Viet Nam Marine vet who was one of the few to survive the battle of Khe Sanh. He wasn't just a treasure hunter who searched Spanish Galleons with Mel Fisher's crew. He wasn't just an explorer who sailed his 19' sailboat from Rocheport, Mo back to Florida. He was our brother, father, grandfather, husband and friend. He lived life hard and loved fiercely...all with the tenderest, sweetest heart. He was my big brother and I will miss him greatly.

Posted online on January 06, 2023

Dorothy Mae Sorrels, 93 passed away Monday January 2, 2023 at The Bluffs in Columbia, MO.

Visitation will take place on Tuesday, January 10, 2023 at 10 AM – 11 AM at Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral services will begin at 11 AM with burial to follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Dorothy was born April 14, 1929 in Columbia, the daughter of E. Glenn Whitesides and Lena Schmidt Whitesides. Dorothy graduated from Hickman High School in 1947. On May 1, 1950 she was united in marriage to Walter T. Sorrels, he preceded her in death in 2021.

Together with her husband they owned and operated Sorrels Used Auto Parts from 1954 to the time of their retirement. In the 1980’s she opened a TCBY franchise in Jefferson City.

Dorothy was an excellent cook, and she enjoyed cooking for her family. Her desserts were made from scratch and delicious! There was nothing she cooked that wasn’t superb.

Dorothy was a longtime member of Broadway Christian Church. She also was a member of the Sunrise Optimisses. Dorothy also loved spending time at their lake home at the Lake of the Ozarks. It was there she enjoyed time with family and friends. She often took her grandchildren to spend a week at the lake during summer break from school. She also enjoyed spending winters in Daytona Beach Florida and Ft. Myers Florida. She and Walter also belonged to RV camp clubs in the central Missouri area where they made many new friends and enjoyed old ones as well. Dorothy was a loving mother and grandmother.

Dorothy is survived by her sons; Mark (Debby) of Rocky Mount MO, and Kevin (Cheryl) of Crescent City, CA; sisters Gwendolen (Billy Ray) Turner of Moberly; Brenda Kay Matney of Columbia; Kenneth Whitesides and Larry Whitesides. Grandchildren; Lisa (Jerry) Smith of Sedona AZ; Mitchell (Corrie) Sorrels of Hallsville; Andy (Anna Beth) Kallenbach of Kansas City MO. She is also survived by her five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her daughter Susan Cheryl Kallenbach; her sister Jackie Pierce and brothers Donnie Whitesides and Bobby Whitesides.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Breast Cancer Research Foundation in care of the funeral home. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the family.
Posted online on January 13, 2023

Jordan Elise Powell, 31, passed away January 3, 2023, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Jordan was born on July 30, 1991, in Columbia, Missouri. to Jenny Wood and Greg Powell. She had one sibling, a younger brother, Nick Powell, who resides in Los Angeles, California.

Jordan had a great love of the outdoors, animals, and most of all helping others. She was a beautiful, smart, caring person, who was loved by many and will be greatly missed.

Jordan graduated from Hickman High School in 2008 where she was ranked in the top ten percent of her class and was a member of the Kewpie swim team. She attended Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri, before moving to Tulsa.

Jordan is survived by her father, Greg and brother, Nick. Her mother, Jenny, proceeded her in death (2014).

A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date.

“Love you to the Moon and back. I miss you” – Dad

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

Posted online on January 07, 2023

Linda Lou Allison

8/13/1942 – 1/3/2023

Linda Allison, 80, of Columbia, MO passed away peacefully on January 3, 2023 in Columbia. As per her wishes, a private graveside service will be held in Memorial Park Cemetery in Columbia with Pastor Tracy Cook presiding.

Linda was born August 13, 1942 in Boone County, MO to Lois Crane Samuel; the only daughter of their 4 children. She worked nearly 40 years with State Farm Insurance, retiring as an underwriter. She was enjoyed attending services at Columbia First Assembly, and was proud to be baptized late in her life.

She is survived by her daughter, Vickie Rae (Steven) Bryant Traylor of Parkville, MO; brothers, Tommy (Kathy) Samuel, Jerry (Carolyn) Samuels, Larry (Elaine) Samuel all of Columbia; several nieces and nephews and her cat, Bootsie. She was preceded in death by her parents; aunt, Evelyn Crane Jones (Aunt Fit); uncle, Pate Crane; niece, Cindy Samuels; nephew, Matthew Samuel; and her two dogs, Pepper & Brandi.

Memorial contributions may be made to Columbia First Assembly of God 1100 N 7th Street Columbia, MO 65201.

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Posted online on January 12, 2023

Martha Ann Manning

10/9/1963 – 1/5/2023

On January 5th, Martha Ann Manning, 59, passed into the arms of her savior Jesus Christ and into a place of eternal peace and love. Funeral services will be on Sunday, January 15, 2023 at 2:00 pm in the McMurry Chapel, Missouri United Methodist Church, 204 S. 9th Street, Columbia, MO. Private burial for family will be Monday, January 16, 2023 at 11:00. Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia, MO.

Martha was born October 19, 1963 to Dr. Roy D. Manning and Margaret Ann (Bills) Manning in Columbia, MO. She attended Columbia Public Schools, Shepard Elementary, Jefferson Junior High and Columbia Hickman, graduating in 1982. She was a talented athlete throughout her school years where she excelled in swimming, tennis and golf, spending many weekends and summers at the Country Club of Missouri and Lake of the Ozarks with her parents and brothers. She attended Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX and attained a Bachelor of Science in Biology, graduating in 1986. Martha remained in Texas until her return to Columbia in 2018.

Martha leaves her mother, Margaret Ann Manning (Columbia), two brothers Roy F. Manning (Karen) of Gladstone, MO and John S. Manning (Lou Anne Gonzales) of Overland Park, KS, two nephews and a niece (Michael, Kathryn, and Connor Manning) and an aunt, Donna Rein (Scottsdale, AZ) in addition to many, many cousins & friends. Martha was preceded in death by her father, Dr. Roy D. Manning (2019).

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Columbia United Methodist church in memory of Martha Manning.

Condolences and fond memories may be shared at

Posted online on January 11, 2023

Brian Andrew Bevins died on January 6, 2023 at Columbia Manor Care Center in Columbia.

Missouri. Brian was born in Manhattan, Kansas on March 23, 1963. He was the son of Robert J. Bevins and Priscilla LeBaron Bevins. The family moved to Columbia in 1967 when Dr. Bevins joined the Agricultural Economics Department at the University of Missouri.

Though Brian was born with several disabilities one of which required crutches, he was a bright little boy and Mr. Lincoln, Principal of Russell Elementary School, welcomed Brian when he was ready for kindergarten. In 1981 Brian graduated from Hickman High School. He entered Rockhurst College and graduated with Honors in 1985. In 1991 Brian earned a Master's Degree in Philosophy at the University of Missouri.

In 2000 Brian met Lisa Louis of Leesburg, Florida on the internet. Before very long a romance developed and they married December 30, 2000 in Leesburg. Brian and Lisa settled in Columbia and lived here until Lisa's death from Covid on November 22, 2020 at age 64. Brian was not able to live alone. He spent a number of months at Jefferson City Manor and was then able to transfer to Columbia Manor. The family would like to thank all the good people at both nursing homes who helped care for Brian over these past two years. We are also grateful for the added support that Hospice Compassus provided for Brian in the last three months of his life.

Brian is survived by his mother, his sister, Colleen Bevins and her husband Sea Stipe of Peoria, Illinois, Aunt Susan LeBaron, Aunt Lillian Swan and Cousins David Gaston, Elaine Gaston, Brenda Hammill, Kenneth Swan and Paul Swan. We will all miss his good nature and wry humor.

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

Posted online on January 10, 2023

Marjorie Sue Martin, 90, passed away on January 8, 2023, at her home.

Sue was born on September 18, 1932, in Columbia to the late Neville and Goldie Bennett Curry. On February 24, 1975, she married Leonard E. Martin in Springfield, and he preceded her in death December 24, 1999.

She worked for many years as a Nurse’s Aide in Springfield. She enjoyed crocheting small stuffed animals to share with family members.

Sue is survived by a nephew, Russell Curry of Fulton; and three great nieces/nephews.

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Barbara Ann Terry, age 85 of Tipton, passed away on Monday, January 9, 2023, at Capital Region Medical Center. She was born on July 26, 1937, in Columbia, Missouri to the late R.B. Boyce and Sarah Ruth (Pulis) Boyce.

Barbara was a Class of 1955 Hickman High School graduate. She attended Murry School from 1942-1050. She later attended Weatherford College in TX, majoring in the Medical Science field. She had worked as a bookkeeper and truck driver, including U.P.S. and over-the-road driver.

Barbara was a Baptist and a member of Southside Baptist Church.

Friends will be received from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at Parker-Millard Funeral Service, with a funeral service to be held at 11:00 at the funeral home. The interment will follow at Grandview Baptist Cemetery in Murry, Missouri.

Barbara is survived by her son, Kenneth Terry, her daughters: Karla Terry (Scott) Keller, Marcia (Kevin)Pittman, and Michelle (James) Barton; 6 grandchildren Nichole Terry, Kailea Click, Britney Pittman, Tara Barton, Tyler Barton, Meagan Terry and 7 great-grandchildren; brothers: Larry Boyce, Gary Wynn Boyce; her fur baby Miranda; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her mother in 1940, her father in 1965, a son, David Terry; a granddaughter, Lee Ann Terry, and one step-sister, Mary Rose Knight.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Any animal shelter or animal rescue of choice.

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

Submitted by, MCCORMICK & SON MORTUARIES, 25002 Moulton Parkway, FD 1312, Laguna Hills CA 92637

Judy Ann Douglass of Laguna Woods, California (formerly of Columbia, Missouri and Kansas City, Missouri) was born July 3, 1944 and passed away January 13, 2023 in Pleasanton, California.

She was preceded in death by her husband Robert H Douglass and her parents James Raymond Jones and Wanda Fay Jones Dietz. She is survived by her son Erich Ryan Douglass, daughter-in-law Alisha Dawn Douglass and grandsons Sebastian Theodore Douglass, August Damian Douglass of Dublin, California. She is also survived by her sisters Barbara Ross of Kansas City and Sandra Jorde of Laguna Woods, California and Cave Creek, Arizona.

Judy graduated from Hickman High School in 1962. She attended the University of Missouri, Coffeyville Community College, and Labette Community College in Kansas. Judy was an LPN and medical lab technologist in Kansas. She was a registered nurse in Missouri and retired from the North Kansas City School District in 2017.

Judy and her late husband Bob resided in Laguna Woods Village, Laguna Woods, California. Judy was a member of First Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Laguna Woods.

Private gravesite services will be held at Miramar National Cemetery, San Diego, California

In lieu of flowers, the Douglass Family suggests donations to The American Arthritis Foundation or American Lung Foundation.

Submitted by, Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W 13th S, Lawrence KS 66044

Susan H. Wheeler died on Saturday January 14. She was born on May 25, 1956, to Janet E. and A. M. Wheeler (both deceased) in Borger, TX. Susan was the third of four children. She had an older brother Thomas, an older sister Carol (deceased) and a younger sister Elizabeth.

She was an aunt to Sarah (daughter of Thomas and Betsy Wheeler) and to Andrea (daughter of Ray and Elizabeth Chao). She was a great aunt to Sky, daughter of Sarah (Wheeler) and Erik Schrader and to David and Lyla Allen, children of Andrea (Chao) and Eric Allen. Susan showed kindness, care and love to each one.

Susan graduated from Hickman High School and Columbia College, both in Columbia, MO. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts (BFA) in painting. She graduated from the University of Northern IA with a master’s in Special Education degree. Susan taught at West Middle School in Waterloo, IA and Bunger Middle School in Evansdale, IA. Both schools were in the Waterloo Community School District, where she served for 30 plus years. She taught students in a mainstreamed environment, helping all students integrate into their peer group. She included her love of art into her teaching.

When she retired, she moved to Lawrence, KS to be with family and follow her dream as a fine art photographer. She often saw beauty unseen by others. Susan was a gifted photographer and a member of the Lawrence Photography Club. She participated in Lawrence Art in the Park and recently enjoyed participating in the Art Emergency! organization. She loved capturing images in the mountains of Colorado and the North Shore of Lake Superior. She also found surprising beauty along Clinton Lake near Lawrence. She loved traveling and enjoyed trips to Alaska, Hawaii and the North Shore with close friends. Giving gifts to her nieces, great nieces and nephew was also a joy for her. She also loved her dogs. Her current dog, Arlo, survives and is with family.

Please join us for a virtual celebration of life on Zoom on March 11, 2023, at 10:30 AM CST by using the following Zoom link:

If you wish to do something in Susan’s memory, please donate to the Lawrence Humane Society or to the Lawrence Photography Club. Also feel free to plant a tree.

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Peter John Grathwohl, 67, of Columbia, MO passed away Monday, January 16, 2023 at Boone Hospital following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
Services will be Friday, January 20, 2023 at The Crossing Church, Columbia, MO. Visitation will be 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. with funeral services at Noon. Burial will be private for the family at a later date. The family is planning a Celebration of Peter’s life which will be scheduled at a future date and will be announced on this website.

Peter was born on September 18, 1956 in Leavenworth, KS the son of George Grathwohl and Marguerite (Mella) Grathwohl. He graduated from Hickam High School and attended Northeast Missouri State on a full ride football scholarship. Peter was united in marriage on June 6, 1987 to Donna Fine who survives. He made a career working for Emery Sapp and sons for 46 years beginning as a laborer and later held the titles of Vice President and founding member of the Board of Directors.

With sad hearts but beautiful memories he will be missed by his wife Donna Fine Grathwohl, his five sons, Nicholas Grathwohl, Columbia Mo, Ryan Grathwohl and wife Jaira, Columbia Mo, Mark Vehige, Troy, Mo., AJ Grathwohl, Columbia Mo, his daughter, Whitney Grathwohl Bader and husband Matt. Pete also had 9 beautiful grandchildren who will miss their papa dearly. Braden, Brooke, Chase, Brenna, Caden, Brielle, Brinley, Malia and little Pierson. Pete also has 6 siblings, the Fine clan, so many good friends, hundreds of people his life has touched.

Peter had a life time of achievements and accomplishments: Fourth grade flag football city champions, played for the Chiefs inaugural year of Cosmo Football League in Columbia, lost only one varsity football game in high school, three-year varsity sports letter man in football at Hickman High School, he was the captain of state championship football team 1974, MIAA All-conference all four years of college, MIAA Defense of Player of the year 1978,Northeast Missouri State Bulldogs team captain 1978, inducted into the Northeast Missouri State Hall of Fame in 1999, he tried out for the St. Louis Cardinals his senior year of high school and he hit one to the warning track, MIAA Defensive player of the year in 1977, was a member of the AGC and ACPA and many more that are remembered with plaques, certificates and accolades.

Pete spent many years coaching, from high school football, to his sons baseball teams, his daughters softball teams, all while influencing several kids along the way. He had said if coaching paid more money to support his family that was always his dream job.

Pete never went a day in his life without working on something and when he did he would push himself until it was completed. He jumped into home construction and flipping houses on the side. Once living from paycheck to paycheck to creating an unbelievable empire for his family.

Pete also had a love for hunting, fishing, gathering friends and family together and trying to cater to their every need. His handshake was his word, he was a man of integrity, he was a man of tough love, but most of all he was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, colleague and friend to so many.

Pete will live on through is wife, his children, and his numerous friends. He made an impact on each and every one of us. “Rest now my darling, your home.”

Donations in Peter’s memory may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Research or Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Columbia in care of the Funeral Home or at the day of the service. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Grathwohl family.

Posted online on February 02, 2023

Peter Douglas Anger passed away on January 16 in Cedar City, Utah. Peter was born on June 16, 1956 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He spent most of his life in and around Columbia, Missouri before finding himself at home near Zion National Park. Peter was an accomplished artist and photographer, widely recognized for his success in portrait, landscape and abstract light-painting work. He combined his deep spiritual connection to nature to insightful landscape images.

Peter grew up in Kalamazoo when kids played outside until the streetlights came on. Home base was a rambling Victorian house with secret passageways. During his teen years, Peter lived with his dad and stepmother in Columbia, Missouri. He graduated from Hickman High School. In 1978, he completed his B.A. in Communications, with a specialization in Cinema & Photography from Southern Illinois University.

From 1985 to 2018, Peter created, owned and operated Helios Studio, a commercial photography and design studio in Columbia. He also enjoyed many wonderful years with his former wife, Leandra Spangler - local teacher and fiber artist of Bear Creek Paperworks.

Peter loved the outdoors and was active in snow skiing, spelunking, horseback riding, camping, rock climbing, mountaineering, fly fishing, and quarry cliff jumping. Peter was also a deep thinker and prolific reader on wide-ranging topics, and cherished in-depth philosophical discussions on his latest literary discovery.

Peter is preceded in death by his parents, Douglas George Anger of Columbia, MO and Elizabeth Anger Skulstad of Beaufort, NC.

He is survived by his sisters, Sally Anger of Beaufort, NC and Susan Anger Barnett (Keith) of Raleigh, NC; niece and nephew Kaitlin and Daniel Barnett of Raleigh, NC; cousins, Ann Cary Simpson (Bland Simpson) of Mebane, NC, Carolyn Kindell (Greg Wilson) of Tallahassee, FL, and Tad Kindell (Linda) of Greenville NC; stepmother, Kathleen Anger of Portland, OR; and former partner, Leandra Spangler of Columbia, MO.

You may learn more about Peter and his life at Southern Utah Mortuary of Cedar City.

A virtual celebration of Peter’s life is being planned. If you would like to attend or share thoughts about Peter, email

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Advocates for the West or Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks.

Posted online on January 24, 2023
Ronald Dean Bryant (Jan 26, 1944 – Jan 18, 2023)

Ronald Dean Bryant a "Charming Outlaw," 78, Passed away Wednesday January 18th 2023.

There are many people that Love him - so many more that Liked him - and a few that Didn't.

He was born in Deer Park, MO on January 26th, 1944 to Willis Dean Bryant and Helen Irene Herring Bryant .

He graduated Hickman High School 1961.

He has three children - Kimberly Jo Bryant Proctor with Scott Aaron Proctor - Randall Dean Bryant with Tammy Marie Taylor - and Ronald Dean Bryant Jr., deceased.

He has a sister Linda Jean Bryant.

He married Sharon Louise Frye, July 11th 1962. They had Kimberly Jo and Randall Dean. Ron also married Rose Marie Cook and they together had Ronald Dean Bryant, Jr., whom we call R.D. and is missed so much.

He has six grandchildren - Branden Dean Bryant - Amanda Jo Proctor - Shanna Leigh Proctor - Randi Jo Bryant - Derek Scott Proctor - and Maleah Grace Bryant.

He has eight great-grandchildren.

He had a long time partner Kathy Stowers and two step children Brandi and Corey Mason.

Ron worked in the construction field he has lived in Missouri, Kansas, California and Illinois and worked around various construction jobs, but mostly was self-employed.

The guy had a personality that just made you want to like him. He was pleasant and humorous In his younger days he had a reputation that many perceived as an outlaw - hence - "Tiny."

Ron was a quiet man and he held his thoughts close to his heart, he rarely talked down on anyone. Ron always expressed his LOVE for his children. Ron lived his life longer than anyone ever expected and he lived his life bravely. He was a tough - tough man who never complained about his pains or sickness and there is no ways possible to mention all of his life's Crazy and Insane Adventures.

Ron did die a graceful and peaceful death and He is loved and missed by many. He is preceded in death by his parents and youngest son R.D.

A carry-in meal will be hosted by Ron’s children to honor his memory starting at 11am, Saturday, January 28th at Oakland Christian Church 2929 East Oakland Church Road Columbia, MO 65202. All his family and friends are welcome to attend.

In memory of Ron, offer up to him a big smile and a nod.

Condolences and fond memories may be shared at

Posted online on January 24, 2023

Teresa Lawrence (Garrett), 69, of Philadelphia, PA, passed away Wednesday, January 18th, 2023 surrounded by her family.

Teresa, also known as Terry, was born Teresa Garrett in Kansas City, MO, on August 2, 1953 to Mary E. and Paul G. Garrett, who preceded her in death. Teresa was the first of 11 siblings and was always proud of her large family. She graduated from David H. Hickman High School in 1971. In retirement, she moved to Philadelphia to live with her daughter’s family and was delighted to spend the last five years helping to raise her granddaughter.

Teresa will be dearly missed by her children, Bradley Harriman, Brittany (Colbert) Root, and her beloved Granddaughter Corrina Root.

She is also survived by her siblings, Sharon (Kevin) Gillooly, Doug (Mary) Garrett, Paula Garrett, Gina (Ronnie) Clevenger, Maria Garrett, Pat (Linda) Garrett, Rob (Leslie) Garrett, Kristina Hockman, Sheila Garrett and Denise Garrett.

A celebration of life will be held from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 11th, at the Moss Building, 1905 Hillcrest Dr, Columbia, MO 65201.

In Lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to ACCT Philly Animal Care as Teresa was a lifelong animal lover.

Posted online on January 26, 2023

Bryce Allen Michael Prange passed away peacefully in his sleep with his dogs at his side on January 22, 2023. He was born to Aaron Prange and Fay Putnam December 6, 1994 in Bremerton Washington, he was 28.

He was raised in Moberly and moved to Columbia in second grade where he graduated Hickman High School in 2013. He then went onto welding school at Missouri Welding Institute in Nevada, Missouri where his life as an amazing welder started. He was a travel welder for 9 years with his last job in St. Louis where he was finally starting his union career. He was a gifted, talented creator and could weld anything from a hand craft bracelet to large scale job operations. He was a visionary and has a specialized welding helmet in potential production.

He was on the lacrosse team in high school, was in FFA and even rode a bull for 7 seconds in a competition. He was never afraid to try something new. He was an avid hunter, he enjoyed skeet shooting, duck, deer, and turkey hunting; frog gigging, spot light fishing, bow and arrow fishing. He even made his own full body gully suit as a boy. He loved repelling and tree climbing. Above all, his most enjoyable activity was skate boarding.

He loved music, which spoke to his soul. He enjoyed all genres and was never afraid to belt out a song in good company. Some “lanky leg boot stompin’ was never far behind”. He played his music loud, anything less than mass volume was unacceptable.

Bryce was an easy-going young man and knew no stranger. As a 6’4” man he left his legend as a gentle giant. He understood the ones who were misunderstood. He was a brother to many and loved deep. He was the light of our lives, the kindest soul, had an honest smile and a savage personality. He made every moment count in his life.

Bryce is survived by his mother and her companion Fay Putnam and Jeff Wideman, father and step mother Aaron and Shelly Prange, his sister Kara Prange and nephew Kayden Smith. His close cousins Derik Prange, Shelby Mohn, and Mekenzie Prange, uncles Erik and Collin Prange, grandparents Gary and Cheryl Prange. His puppies Daisy Duke and Rowdy. He had numerous family members in Washington state.

Services will be held at Nilson-Millard Cremation and Burial Center 5611 East St. Charles Road, Columbia MO on Monday January 30, 2023 from 4:00-6:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers you can donate to his nephew Kayden Smith’s college fund through Venmo @fay-putnam or Cash App $DonnaFayPutnam or checks to Fay Putnam.

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

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Sandra Kay Coleman, 73, of Hallsville passed away on Thursday, February 2, 2023 at Boone Hospital. Visitation will take place on Thursday, February 9, 2023 from 2 PM - 3 PM, with funeral services at 3 PM at Memorial Funeral Home.

Sandy was born on November 30, 1949, in Columbia, the daughter of Joe Whitten Roberts and Anna Katherine (Hickam) Roberts. She graduated from Hickman High School in 1968. On November 29, 1968 she was united in marriage to Stephen Coleman who survives in their home. They were happily married and best friends for over 54 years.

Sandy was employed for over 25 years in the Athletic Department at the University of Missouri where she made many life-long friendships. Away from work, she enjoyed spending time with family, crappie fishing at the lake, tending to her flowers and watching the birds, especially the hummingbirds. Sandy enjoyed traveling to Florida and spending time with her sister, Betty. She was a devoted wife and a loving mother, and she especially loved being a grandmother to Ella Nichols. She was also a breast cancer survivor and strong supporter of The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Sandy is survived by her husband Steve; daughter: Sarah Coleman Nichols and her husband, Brian of Town & Country, Missouri; one granddaughter: Elizabeth “Ella” Nichols of Town & Country, Missouri; one sister: Betty Frech of Columbia, Missouri, a sister-in-law: Carolyn Barnes of Centralia, Missouri and a sister-in-law: Barbara Benney of Hallsville, Missouri, several cousins, nieces and nephews, and her beloved dog, Charlie. She was preceded in death by her parents, her father-in-law and mother-in-law: Russel and Ethel Coleman, brother-in-law: Louis Frech, and brother-in-law: William “Bill” Benney.

Memorial donations are suggested to the fight against breast cancer, a cause that was very important to Sandy. Donations may be made to The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in care of the funeral home. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Coleman family.

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Barbara Jean Owens, 91, formerly of Dallas, TX, passed away on Friday, February 3, 2023, at her home in San Antonio, TX.

Barbara Jean Meadows was born on August 27, 1931, in Columbia, Missouri, to Howard and Evelyn (Vie) Meadows. She was married to Leonard H. Owens of Sullivan, Missouri, and together they had 2 daughters, Lynda Kathryn and Kitty Lee. In the early 60's they moved to Dallas, Texas, and she lived there for 50 years.

Barbara worked in marketing research for over 20 years. She and her husband, Lynn, greatly enjoyed traveling, visiting family, having card parties with their friends, and spending time with her brother and sister-in-law, Howard, and Rose Meadows, of St. Louis, Missouri.

Barbara is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Kitty Lee (Owens) and Edward Myers, as well as her much-beloved granddaughter Melyssa Kristine (Myers), and grandson-in-law, Aaron Cormier. And she was blessed in the last few months to have a chance to get to know her new great-grandson, Aiden Joseph Cormier. Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard H. Owens; her eldest daughter, Lynda Kathryn (Owens) Linebarger; and her grandchildren, Diana Michelle and David Lyndon Myers.

Services will be 2:30 PM, Saturday, February 11, 2023, at the Eaton Funeral Home of Sullivan, MO with Pastor John Blackmore officiating. Burial will follow at I.O.O.F Cemetery, Sullivan. Visitation will be 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM on Saturday prior to the service at the funeral home.

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Arrangements are under the care of Eaton Funeral Home of Sullivan.

Passed away February 5, 2023, at the University Hospital

In the Care of Memorial Funeral Home, Crematory & Memorial Park Cemetery/Columbia

Marland McKinley “Pops/Kid” Lane Sr., 69, of Columbia, Missouri, passed away February 5, 2023, at the University Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Columbia, Missouri, to Dorsey Russell and Mary Lane on February 16, 1953. He grew up in Columbia with his sisters and brothers, having fun with cousins and neighborhood friends, and playing basketball in Lincoln Park. He earned his formal education in the Columbia Public School district. Hickman High School Class of 1971, where he developed lifelong friendships. He was gainfully employed at Tricon for 10 years and later at Candlelight Lodge.

Marland enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, and family. Marland had a fond interest in old school cars and sports. If you knew Marland you knew he talked more trash than anyone. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who created a nickname for everyone.

He is survived by his wife Ramona Lane of the home, His children Nakia Belcher, Antwoun Cross, and Marquesha Wright (all of Columbia), Loletta Burch (Kansas City), LaQuail Wright (Columbia), Mareeka Buford and Marland Lane Jr. (both of Dallas) and Craig Tope (Columbia). 6 brothers: William (Christy) Lane (Boonville), Charles Lane, Brian Estes, Rodney Estes (all of Columbia), Mark Graves (Boonville), Ronald Graves (Tipton); 10 sisters: Anna Lane (Columbia), Kathy Lane (Columbia), Karen (Larry) Estes-Johnson (Elk Grove, California) Debra (Anthony) Estes-VanBuren (Manassas, Virginia), Michelle Estes (Columbia), Vickie Wright (Columbia), Hope Graves (Rolla), Janet Graves, Angel Graves & Michelle Graves (all of Boonville) as well as beloved grandkids, cousins, nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Marland was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Cordelia Lane & Becky Estes. Brother Julius Cecil Estes Sr. and Stepfather Charles Hern.

Family and friends are welcome to attend a celebration of life, which will be held at Noon on Friday, February 17, 2023 at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. Visitation will begin at 11AM at the church.

Posted online on March 10, 2023

Marilyn Jones Andre, 73, passed away suddenly at home on February 9, 2023. She was born in Columbia, Missouri to Robert Talyor (Bob) Jones and Kathryn Saphronia [Stegner] Jones.

Marilyn dedicated her life to education, teaching in the Columbia Public Schools at Lee Expressive Arts Elementary for 41 years. She belonged to the Boone County Retired Teachers Association (BRTA) and was a member of the Fortnightly Club.

Throughout each of her 73 years, Marilyn was a steadfast, supportive, and devoted friend to everyone she knew. She was a constant source of light and support to her husband, children, and grandson. She was a cheerleader in times of triumph, and a shoulder to cry on in times of pain. Marilyn radiated joy. The resounding sentiment shared about Marilyn was that when anyone needed her, she was always there.

Marilyn is survived by the love of her life, Paul Andre of Columbia, MO, her son Mark Alan Andre and fiance Heather Cipu of Washington, DC, her daughter Kaitlyn Andre and her beloved grandson Elvis Arnold both of Columbia, MO.

A public memorial will be held March 25, 2023 at 1:00 at The Atrium in downtown Columbia. The family invites all who knew her to join them in celebrating her illustrious life.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her name to the BRTA Scholarship Fund or the Fortnightly Scholarship Fund.

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Nancy Weatherly Sharp died peacefully at home on Sunday, February 12th, in Manlius, New York. This brilliant, positive force of nature, was surrounded by her loving family including, her daughter Sandy, son Matt and her beloved husband of 65 years, Roger. Also present were her adoring grandchildren Topher, Lee Lee, Meredith, Welles and daughter-in-law, Martha.

Born October 24, 1936 in Evanston, Illinois, Nancy, along with her younger brother Ted, were raised in Columbia, Missouri by her parents Anne Ferring Weatherly, a playwright, and Edward Howell Weatherly, an English professor at the University of Missouri. Growing up in Columbia, Nancy was precocious, joyful and whip smart with a hint of naughtiness, much to the delight (and occasional consternation) of her parents. With an adventurous spirit and unbounded energy, Nancy was always into something, a theme that would be a constant throughout her life. An exceptional student, she was named to several high school honors societies and was readily accepted into the University of Missouri's renowned School of Journalism. Relishing in her studies, Nancy had found her calling, and being a habitual multitasker, she quickly supplemented her coursework by simultaneously working as a reporter for several local newspapers. Despite the extra workload, she finished first in her class.

It was in 1956, the spring of her sophomore year at Missouri, that Nancy's life really took off. It was then she was introduced to a Mizzou football player named James Roger Sharp. Quickly falling in love, the couple would marry just a year and a half later, beginning what would be a lifelong, storybook, love affair.

Soon after graduation, and a brief stop in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, they moved to San Francisco where Nancy starred as a reporter and feature writer for The Oakland Tribune, while Roger worked as a PHD candidate at Berkeley. California in the 1960s proved to be the perfect backdrop to further energize Nancy's unquenchable curiosity and zeal for life. As Roger became involved with the politics of the day on campus, Nancy reported on national affairs for the Tribune, at one point being invited to dinner at the White House, where she danced with President Lyndon Johnson.

In 1966, Nancy and Roger moved to Syracuse, New York, where Roger was offered a position in the University's History Department, and Nancy worked as the science and medical reporter for Syracuse's Herald Journal. Laying down their roots, Nancy and Roger embarked on another life adventure, parenthood, with their children Sandy and Matt. And in true fashion, Nancy took on this role with unbridled vigor. Her parenting philosophy was simple: The more love the better, making a point to tell and show her family just how much she loved them (just the way they were), every chance she got. Nancy also strove to instill in her family her sense of curiosity, leading them down an exciting and unconventional path. In lieu of the country club, summers were spent traveling throughout Europe or trips back to their sacred California.

In the mid-80s, when Nancy's research concluded that the healthiest type of diet was a vegetarian macrobiotic one, she overhauled her family's eating habits. When not attending kids' sports games, going out to eat or the movies, weekends could be spent at any number of alternative locations including yoga retreats, folk music festivals, health food co-ops or even going to see a well-regarded psychic who might be traveling through town.

In the 1970s, Nancy was offered a faculty position at Syracuse University's Newhouse School as a professor of newspaper journalism, becoming one of the first women hired there. Once at Syracuse, Nancy brought her signature enthusiasm, passion and dazzling smile to everything she touched. Imparting the wisdom she had gained from years of working in newsrooms, Nancy was loved by her students, often forming deep connections. An active and valued member on a number of schoolwide committees, Nancy was appointed Assistant Dean for graduate professional studies, where she revamped the Newhouse graduate program and started a fellowship for minority students. Often dressed in all orange, cheering loudly from their seats at every SU game, Nancy and Roger became ever-present fixtures at their beloved university. In 2004, Nancy received the honor of being named the University's Mace Bearer, leading the academic procession at every graduation.

Throughout the entirety of her life, Nancy and Roger's remarkable love only grew. While their marriage stretched into seven decades, they lived every day like they couldn't get enough, never spending more than a few nights apart from one another. Whether traveling, visiting their family, watching a game, living and teaching in London, or their continued academic pursuits together, where Roger benefitted from Nancy's world-class editing skills on his books and historical papers, they spent every possible moment they could, together.

Over the last twenty years, Nancy cherished one more role that she took on with her trademark verve, becoming "Nanny" to her four grandchildren. Even into her 80s, it was not uncommon for Nanny to get down on her hands and knees, get involved in a game of chase or dress up, or even joyfully pilinto the way back of a station wagon with the rest of the kids. And just as she had for her own children, Nancy doubled down on love and affection. She took special delight in seeing each grandchild grow into their own, unique, special person, and of course, taking every opportunity to make sure they knew just how much she loved them. Nancy's loss has left a tremendous hole in the hearts of her family and friends. Yet the memory of her as a loving and adoring wife, mother and grandparent, remains. Nancy was truly the bright, joyful, guiding light of her family and so many others that she touched throughout her life. Goodbye for now Nancy, mom, Nanny. You are with us, always.

Nancy is survived by her husband, Roger Sharp of Manlius; daughter, Sandy Sharp of Syracuse; and son Matt Sharp, daughter-in-law Martha Sharp and their four children, Christopher, Weatherly, Meredith and Welles, of New York City. A memorial for Nancy with be held at Syracuse University's Hendrick's Chapel on Saturday, March 4th at 12 pm, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Food Center at the University United Methodist Church on East Genesee Street in Syracuse. For guest book, please visit:


Marvin Blakemore, 81, passed away on February 13th, 2023, in his home in Columbia, MO. He was born November 23, 1941, in Kansas City, Kansas, but the family moved to the Columbia are shortly thereafter. He was a graduate of Hickman High School and the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in economics. After graduation he fulfilled his military obligation with the Army and returned to his hometown, Columbia. He was well known in the real estate profession as a home builder and loan officer. He loved to hunt and travel we’d like to think he is hiking in heaven now.

Marvin is survived by his wife, Erica Blakemore: daughter Genny and husband Mark Schooley, and their children; Allison and Abigail; son Darron Blakemore and longtime friend Tina Lashley; Melissa and Greg Hagen and children Matthew and Claudia; Leslie and Norman Cook and children Wilson Ureta, Natalie Cook, Nathaniel Cook, and Jacob Cook; John and Melissa Fisher and children Jackson and Anderson; sister Sybl Blakemore Slaughter; niece Jennifer DeHaan, nephews George Slaughter, Blake Slaughter and their families.

Friends will be received on Sunday, February 19th, 2023, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Parker-Millard Funeral Service in Columbia, Missouri. A Celebration of Life Service for Marvin will begin at 2:00 p.m. immediately following visitation hour at Parker-Millard Funeral Service.

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

Posted online on February 21, 2023

Matthew Clay Reed, age 56, of Columbia, passed away on February 19, 2023 after a battle with esophageal cancer.

He was born May 12, 1966 in Columbia to Lloyd and Patricia (Gordon) Reed. A 1984 graduate of Hickman High School, Matt loved sports and was active on the swim team and golf team. He continued these activities into his adult years. He was also an avid Cardinals, Chiefs, Mizzou and Blues fan. He loved sharing these passions and notably took his son Tyler to his first Blues hockey game as a birthday gift a few years ago, which was a memory they both cherished.

Matt was also a big music lover and enjoyed going to concerts. He recently traveled across the country to see the Allman Brothers in one of their last performances. He also had an artistic side and could often be found tie dyeing or doing liquid light shows. He was thrilled that he was able to provide liquid lights backdrops for some of his favorite bands.

For more than 20 years, Matt was the lot manager at Missouri Auto Auction.

His easygoing and caring spirit will be missed.

Matt is survived by his son, Tyler (Grace) Reed; parents, Lloyd and Patricia Reed; sister, Nicole Reed; former wife, Christine Carrier, all of Columbia; grandpa, Joseph Wayne Miller of St. Louis, longtime close friend, Indigo Carrow, of Clark; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2023 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 West in Columbia. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Central Missouri Humane Society (

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Sheryl Ann McGowan, age 74, of Independence, Missouri, passed away on February 21, 2023. Sheryl was born on January 3, 1949, in Columbia, Missouri, to Andrew Taylor Dorsey Sr. and Jean Allen Dorsey. The youngest of five children, Sheryl's younger years were highlighted by her activity in the Rainbow Girls and performing as a baton majorette. During that time, she was also an active member of Wilkes United Methodist Church, which helped inspire her faith and a lifelong devotion to God.

She attended David H. Hickman High School in Columbia, Missouri, graduating in 1967. During that time, Sheryl built a network of friends that remained strong throughout her life. Sheryl then continued her education at Stephens College, earning an associate's degree in 1970.

A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, Sheryl dedicated her life to strengthening and supporting her family. She could be found cheering on her children and grandchildren during their athletic and theatrical pursuits—regardless of location or weather conditions; when someone she loved was in need, Sheryl was the first to defend them with unwavering tenacity; a hot meal awaited anyone who sat her table for dinner. To her, friends were simply family with different last names.

In addition to Sheryl's dedication to her family, she derived great satisfaction and pride in a housecleaning business she created and managed with a close friend. Away from work, she especially enjoyed the countless hours she spent bowling, shopping, camping and traveling with George, her husband of nearly 46 years.

Sheryl was also an avid sports fan, with a particular affinity for the Missouri Tigers. As a teenager, she sold flowers in the stands at Mizzou home football games. One of her fondest sports memories was attending the Tigers' historic football victory over Nebraska in 2003. She also enjoyed spending Sundays with family, watching the Kansas City Chiefs, especially during the team's recent Super Bowl victories.

Sheryl was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Kitty Gordon and husband, Edwin; brother, James Dorsey; brother, A.T. Dorsey and brother-in-law, James Walz.

Sheryl is survived by her husband, George of Independence, Missouri; son, Jay McGowan of Blue Springs, Missouri; son, David Sprague and wife, Jessica Sprague of Columbia, Missouri; daughter, Leslie Englund and son-in-law, Ryan Englund of Lee's Summit, Missouri; grandchildren, Hailey Englund, Dominic Englund, Logan Sprague, Jackson Sprague and Elise Sprague; sister, Marinell Walz of Lake of the Ozarks; sister-in-law Carolyn Dorsey of Columbia, Missouri and Patty Ware Dorsey of Boonville, Missouri.

The family will receive visitors from 1-2 p.m. at Newcomer's Floral Hills Funeral Home, 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd., Raytown, Missouri 64133. A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m.

OCTOBER 6, 1947 – FEBRUARY 22, 2023

Obituary of Glenda Kaye Sapp

IN THE CARE OF, Memorial Funeral Home, Crematory & Memorial Park Cemetery/Columbia

Glenda Kaye (Glass) Sapp, age 75, of Rocheport, passed away on February 22, 2023 at University Hospital in Columbia.

Glenda was born October 6, 1947 to Bob and Kathleen Glass in Columbia, Missouri. Glenda graduated from Hickman High School in 1965 and married her husband, Terry Sapp, March 6, 1965. She worked as a bookkeeper most of her life for the family construction business and in her spare time ran Good Time Country from 1976 – 1989, where she spent many fun Saturday nights. Glenda was outgoing, fun-loving, and always up for a game of cards, a trip to the Amish, or a weekend at the lake before her debilitating stroke in December 2018. Her husband, Terry, took loving care of her in the years after her stroke and was by her side until the end.

Glenda is survived by her husband of nearly 58 years, Terry; her daughter Denise Nelson (Rick) of Columbia; son Nathan Sapp (Anjee) of Columbia; three grandchildren, Nicholas Nelson, Brittany Nelson, and Talon Sapp. She is preceded in death by her parents, Bob and Kathleen Glass.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s, which was special to Glenda.

Private services and interment will take place at Memorial Funeral Home and Memorial Park Cemetery of Columbia.

Posted online on March 01, 2023

Richard F. Sorrels, (91), of Columbia, Missouri, passed away on February 26, 2023.

Richard was born at home in Boone County, Missouri on March 3, 1931 to Melvin H. Sorrels and Mary Isabelle Pierce Sorrels. Following his educational years in Columbia at University High, Hickman High School and M.U., Richard was drafted during the Korean War and served in the United States Army. Richard married Joan Joyce Trower on May 29, 1955.

He was a member of the Boone County Historical Society, Missouri Valley Steam Engine Association, M. Graham Clark SAR Chapter and the First Baptist Church.

He is survived by a daughter, Laura LaCross, and two sons, Richard Sorrels II and Steven Sorrels. Bradd Sorrels and Taylor LaCross Cieciura are his grandchildren. His great granddaughters are Alyssa Sorrels, Izzadora Sorrels and Blair Cieciura.

Richard was preceded in death by his wife, Joan; brother, Walter Sorrels and grandson, Parker LaCross.

Visitation will be at Memorial Funeral Home/Columbia at 10:00 a.m., followed by a service at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, March 3, 2023.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the First Baptist Church, 1112 E Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201.

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Posted online on March 04, 2023

Angus Sinclair was born July 28, 1935, in Annapolis, Maryland to Dorothea Stephen Sinclair and Valvin Robinson Sinclair Sr., a career Naval Officer. Angus attended schools in Annapolis, Maryland and Omaha, Nebraska; and finished high school at Hickman High School in Columbia, Missouri. He entered the U.S. Army and was trained in electronic warfare equipment repair. He was stationed in Berlin, Germany during 1956 and 1957. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri in 1961.

He was employed with the Internal Revenue Service, Collection Division, Kansas City, Missouri, as a Revenue Officer. Mr. Sinclair retired in November 1990, and moved from Kansas City to Palisades, New York, a small wooded hamlet about 25 miles north of New York City's Times Square. He thought of it as his good fortune to live near the western shore of the Hudson River, and to have frequent access to the great city. In the early times of our country, not far from Palisades, Rip Van Winkle slept and woke to a developing nation.

In 2004, Mr. Sinclair moved to Bethesda, Maryland, which is within the Beltway of Washington D.C. Weekend mornings he would walk or bicycle around the National Mall. If the weather was poor, he visited the great and grand museums.

Some old timers in Columbia, Missouri, may remember him as a member of the Hickman High School Demolition Team. That experience was not known by him to have been of any benefit since that ole country school outhouse blew away.

Angus believed life should be fun with a little mischief mixed in along the way.

His mother and father, and two brothers, Valvin Robinson Sinclair Jr., and Henry Stephens Sinclair predeceased him.

He is survived and beloved by two nieces and several grandnieces and grandnephews.

His dearest and closest lifetime friend has been Gail Palestine.

Posted online on March 10, 2023

Betsey Jones passed away on the evening of March 1, 2023, in home hospice care after valiantly fighting ovarian cancer for six months.

An informal celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, March 21, 2023 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., at Parker-Millard Funeral Home, 12 East Ash St., in Columbia. Smart casual attire is preferred.

Betsey was a funny and witty daughter, sister, wife, mother, professional secretary, friend, volunteer, and loving grandmother.

She was born in Bloomington, Indiana on October 4, 1947, to Edmond and Betty (Sutphin) Bruner. Her father, a Marine veteran who took part in the Guadalcanal campaign (receiving a battlefield commission), was going to school on the G.I. Bill at Indiana University when she was born. Both Edmond and his wife, Betty, were natives of Bloomington and had been high school classmates.

Tragedy struck in 1955 when her father died of heart problems when Betsey was 8 years old. Luckily, she and her older brother, Michael, had a strong mother and her Sutphin grandparents to shepherd them through the crisis. Her mother married Joseph M. Wood in 1957 and they moved to Columbia where Joe taught at the University of Missouri. She attended Hickman High School and received an Associate of Arts degree from Stephens College in 1972.

On December 26, 1971, she married Conway Jones, a fellow Hickman classmate, after a courtship of 4 months. After his discharge from the U.S. Army, he had happened to notice her name as attending Stephens College in the newspaper and called her for a date. To this union was born Benjamin Wood Jones, their only child.

Like her mother, Betsey pursued a career as a secretary and administrative assistant. She worked at Stephens College for 12 years first in the History and Social Science Department and then the Art & Fashion Department. She then worked for the Columbia Public Schools for 17 years. For 10 of those years, she was the principal’s secretary at Rock Bridge High School. She also worked at the Rock Bridge High School Media Center, the Columbia Area Career Center, and Douglass High School.

In retirement, she was a volunteer with the Friends of the Library serving as their treasurer for many years. She was also a member of the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri working as a volunteer at the Upscale Retail Shop. She also enjoyed playing bridge and mahjong with her friends.

Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Conway; their son, Benjamin (Susan) Jones and their children, Roger and Warren of Kansas City, Missouri; and her brother, Michael (Donna) Bruner and their children, Nola Bruner and Franny (Briant) Nickens of St. Louis, Missouri.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a charity of your choice.

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

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Posted online on March 08, 2023

Lawrence Gerald "Jerry" Mathis lived a great life. Born September 17, 1942 and died peacefully at home on March 3, 2023. He never met a stranger, and he cared fiercely for those he loved.

He was born in Mexico, MO and raised in Sturgeon. He moved to Columbia with his family when he was a sophomore in high school, and graduated from Hickman High. To the day of his death he cherished many friendships from high school. He was a distance runner for the Mizzou track team in college where he earned a BS; later he earned a Master's degree from Iowa State University. He was in the Air Force during the Vietnam era. He later earned his Master's in Social Work which is where he spent most of his professional career.

He is survived by his brother, Jerome Mathis, ex-wives Kit Williamson and Sharie del Rio; daughters Liz Boyles (Diego Heras) and Anise Foster; grandchildren Caleb (Sonia) Boyles, Bekah (Andre) Alger, Noah (McKenna) Boyles, Zach Boyles, Avery Foster, and Gus Foster; and great grandchildren, Sovereign and Bodhi Boyles, Jeremiah and Isaiah Alger, Krew and Kove Boyles. He was preceded in death by his dad, Eldred Mathis, son-in-law, Brett Foster, mother, Lola (Winn) Mathis, and wife Sally Mathis.

Jerry was an avid golfer, often commenting that work was the paycheck, but golf was life. He was passionate about everything Mizzou, but most recently, he supported and focused on Mizzou softball.

Jerry's memorial will be July 1st, at Gustin Golf Course. His family will be holding a golf scramble in the morning in his honor with a celebration of life service following at 1:00. Donations can be made to Mizzou Softball in Jerry's honor.

Posted online on March 07, 2023

Carl Eugene “Nenie Boy” Nichols, 88 of Columbia, passed away on Sunday, March 5, 2023 at his home with his family at his side. Visitation will be 4 PM- 6 PM on Thursday March 9, 2023 at Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral services will at conducted at 11 AM on Friday, March 10, 2023 at Memorial Funeral Home. Burial with full military honors, will take place at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery at Jacksonville, Missouri.

Carl was born on August 19, 1934 in Columbia the son of Abner Purl Nichols and Josephine Florence (Ficklin) Nichols. He was united in marriage on June 13, 1959 to Margaret Ellen Tremaine who survives. He served his country for four years in the United State Navy. He had a successful career as an electrician, a member of the IBEW, Local 257.

Carl enjoyed hunting, shooting, racing and cars, especially hot rods. The proudest moments of his life include getting married to Margaret, the birth of his two daughters and that he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. He never met a stranger and could talk to anyone he met on the street or in a store. He enjoyed the outdoors by working in his yard and cleaning his cars.

Carl is survived by his wife: Margaret; two daughters: Carla Jensen; Theresa Bennett; his grandchildren: Jillian (Gary) Christmas; Devin Bennett; Jeremy (Britney) Jensen; Cody Bennett his great grandchildren: Parker Miller; Avery Lawrence; Chloe Jensen; Jack Christmas; Khyleigh Bennett; three sisters-in-law: Doreen Nichols; Thelma Reed; Mary Tremaine; one brother-in-law: Lawrence Junior Tremaine and a host of nieces and nephews.

Carl was preceded in death by his siblings: Agnes Nichols Acton; Morraine Nichols; Dorothy Hummel; Billy Joe Nichols; Mary Douglas; Wynona (Noni) King; Jimmy Nichols; Lois Noel; and a great granddaughter: Lily Miller.

Memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project in care of the funeral home.

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Bruce Edward Smarr, age 64, of Sturgeon, Missouri passed away on Monday, March 6, 2023 at his home.

Bruce was born on February 18, 1959 in Columbia, the son of Aubert Earl Smarr and Jo Ann (Daly) Smarr.

Bruce graduated from Hickman High School in 1977. Bruce worked construction for his father Earl Smarr before heading off to Colorado a few times for construction jobs. Bruce had an array of professions throughout his life. He worked as a guide for outfitters in Idaho, for the Bellamy Brothers and Alabama Bands and most recently for Timberline Cabinets.

Bruce was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish, taking many trips with his friends across the country. Bruce touched many people and friends as he was always willing to help out a friend in need. He had a certain charisma about him that people gravitated to.

He always loved to be with his friends and family. He was very proud of his son, grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Bruce is survived by his son Zach (Laura) Dooley; his grandchildren Aurelia and Felix; brothers Dennis (Nita) Smarr and Andy (Lisa) Smarr; nephews Charles (Jessica Huszar) Smarr, Jordan Smarr, Kyle (Brittany Sapp) Smarr, Takoda Smarr; nieces Ashley Smarr (Matt) Triplett, Kaylee Smarr; as well as 5 great nieces and nephews.

Bruce was preceded in death by his father Earl Smarr, mother Jo Ann Smarr and brother Jim Smarr.

A visitation will be held at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 West in Columbia, on Thursday, March 16, 2023 from 10:00 am until noon. A funeral service will immediately follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Missouri Kidney Program, 2800 Maguire Blvd, Rm B110, Columbia, MO 65211.

Posted online on March 21, 2023

Robert (Bob) Manhart passed away at his home in Columbia, Missouri, March 19, 2023. He was the son of Dr. and Mrs. (Madeleine) Robert C. Manhart, a longtime professor in the B&PA Department at MU. He grew up in various towns in Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York, his favorite being summers at the farm of Aunt Minnie and Uncle Russel near Upper Sandusky, Ohio. He attended Hickman High School, being an honor student and outstanding sprinter, setting a long-standing record of 10.1 for the 100-yard dash. The same year (1953) as graduating from MU with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, he married Jo Ann (Stone) Manhart. On West Parkway, the other kids thought he was a recluse; he was always upstairs studying. “Jo” considered that a challenge, made a halter-top dress the same color as her cocker spaniel, Sparkie, and with Sparkie on a leash, paraded up and down the sidewalk in front of his house until he finally came out . . . to pet Sparkie.

Bob served his 2-year commitment to ROTC near Stuttgart, Germany, and Jo was able to go along. 1956 was the beginning of a procession of daughters, (Patricia, Norma, Carolyn and Suzanne) much to Bob’s surprise, since he thought he might have had at least one son. During this time of child production, Bob’s career in aerospace took the family to San Diego where he worked first on the “Atlas ICBM”, and then on what was called “the moon rocket”, now the workhorse of space exploration, named the Saturn. His specialty was getting the fuels into and out of the “second stage” of the rocket, which was developed in the hills of Simi Valley. Residents got accustomed to the window-shattering sound of the thing being fired up at the test site, while tons of water poured onto the ground under the exhaust. While in Simi, Bob learned to fly; on a dirt runway with a mountain at the end, and bought a share of a Piper Cherokee. He loved to take his daughters up as “baggage” while he practiced his stalls, much to Jo’s chagrin.

His daughters will all attest that their dad much preferred the company of animals to that of people; his love of animals was vast. We all knew when we brought home a stray dog or cat – a regular occurrence, Dad would order us to find it another home, but we knew it was only a matter of hours before it would end up in his lap and become a permanent member of the family and we could start naming them.

When the bottom of the Aerospace industry fell through, he was one of the thousands of engineers without a job, and returned to Columbia in 1973 with the family, two dogs and three cats, to work at MU’s Campus Facility, from which he retired.

Bob was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2017, but held his own for time to travel with his daughters to Machu Picchu (where the above photograph was taken while drinking “high altitude-adjusting tea”) and to Egypt – his engineering career made him want to see how those things were built. However, it seems no one over the centuries has quite figured it out. At least one daughter assured that family genes reach into the future by providing three grandchildren and five great grandkids, all living in Texas.

His final journey was assisted by the most caring Hospice nurses on the planet. We want to express our sincere admiration and appreciation to Amanda, Trish, and Lavonna of Compassus for enabling Bob to remain home with his family. Special thanks to Bev, a retired RN, MS, and family friend, who guided Jo early and long on procedure and expectations.

There will be no visitation nor funeral, both Bob and Jo donated their bodies to the MU Department of Anatomy. As Jo said “I want to be useful when I die”.

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