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Obituaries

MARY BELL BEST 9/19/14


May Bell Best, age 74, of Prairie Hill, died on Thursday, September 18th, 2014. 

Visitation is noon until 2:00pm, with services at 2:00pm, on Monday September 22nd at the Summerville Funeral Home in Salisbury, with burial in Prairie Hill Cemetery. 

Memorials may be made to the Prairie Hill Cemetery.

MORRIS 'SHORTY' PURVIS 9/19/14


Morris “Shorty” Purvis, age 90, of New Franklin, died on Thursday, September 18th, 2014.

Services honoring his life will be held at 2:00pm on Monday, September 22nd at the Friendship Foursquare Church north of New Franklin. Burial, with military honors, will be at Clarks Chapel Cemetery in Franklin.

Visitation will begin at noon on Monday until time of service at the church. Memorial contributions are suggested to Ellis Fischel Cancer Center or Clarks Chapel Cemetery.

On June 2, 1950 he married Hazel Dungan at the Lake of the Ozarks. She survives at their home.

Survivors include his wife, Hazel Purvis, of New Franklin; a son, Jeffrey Purvis and wife, Tammy, of Boonville; two daughters, Sue Coy and husband, Stan, of Gravois Mills; and Debbie Barroso, of New Franklin; five grandchildren, Kori Coy, Tim Chamberlain, Stephanie Richards, Brandy Maier and Kyle Purvis and six great-grandsons. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews and their families and his grand-dog, Zoe.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, William and Albert Purvis.

Arrangements are under the direction of Markland-Yager Funeral Home in New Franklin.

MELVIN WHITLEY 9/18/14


Melvin Clayton Whitley, age 68, of Keytesville, died Thursday, September 18th, 2014.

Visitation is Saturday, September 20th, 2014 from 9:00-10:00am, with services following at 10:00am at Summerville Funeral Home in Salisbury. Burial with military honors will be in Asbury Cemetery, south of Keytesville. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Asbury Cemetery Association or the Kidney Foundation.

He is survived by his companion of many years, Linda Cash, of Keytesville; son Clayton (Virginia) Whitley, of Leeton; daughter Christine (Eugene) Ervin of Dorsey, Illinois; five grandchildren, Allison Nichole Whitley, Brianna Michelle Whitley, Jackson Thomas Ervin, Leo Michael Ervin and Violet Rose Ervin.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

WANDA MONSEES 9/18/14


Wanda Monsees, age 55, of Sedalia, died Thursday, September 18th, 2014.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00pm on Sunday, September 28th, at Rea Funeral Chapel in Sedalia. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Sunday at the funeral home.

ROGER FISCHER 9/18/14


Roger L. Fischer, age 72, of Columbia, died Monday, September 8th, 2014.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00pm on Monday, September 22nd, at Calvary Cemetery in Corder. Arrangements are under the direction of Hoefer Funeral Home in Higginsville.

Memorials are suggested to Calvary Cemetery or to the Arthritis Foundation.

Survivors include three daughters, Cheryl (Russell) Poese, of Katy, Texas; Susan (Jon) DeHaven, of Higginsville; and Michelle (Derek) Fox, of Columbia; one brother, Wayne Fischer, of San Diego, California; and seven grandchildren.

MARVIN BLEVINS 9/17/14


Marvin E. Blevins, age 67, of Perryville, formerly of Higginsville, died on Monday, September 15th, 2014.

Visitation will be held at 1:00pm on Friday, September 19th, at Kaiser-Wiegers Funeral Home in Higginsville. Graveside services will follow at 2:00pm at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville.

He is survived by: wife, Amy, of the home; daughter: Allyson (Michael) Gerali, of Denver, Colo.; two grandchildren: Megan and Emerson Gerali.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials are preferred to Confederate Memorial Friends Assn. PO Box 332, Higginsville, MO 64037.

MARY ANN ABDON 9/17/14


Mary Ann Abdon, age 79, of Marshall, died on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014.

Memorial services will be held at 10:30am on Wednesday, September 24th, at First Presbyterian Church in Marshall. Inurnment will be in Sunset Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall.

Memorials are suggested to First Presbyterian Church in care of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home.

Survivors include two sons, J. Daniel Abdon of Minneapolis, Minn., and Michael W. Abdon and wife, Lisa, of Boonville; one grandson, Jackson Abdon; one sister, Edna Thomas, of Marshall; as well as several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one son, Christian Nelson Abdon; two brothers, Bernard Bockstetter and William (Bill) Bockstetter; and one sister, Velma Cromley.

BETTY AUSTIN 9/17/14


Betty L. Austin, age 88, of Carrollton, died on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014.

Graveside service will be held at 3:00pm on Saturday, September 20th at Oak Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 2:00pm to 2:45pm on Saturday, September 20th at Bittiker Funeral Home. The family suggests memorials to the Muscular Dystrophy Association or Help Services Cancer Fund.

Survivors include her children: Carol Schaffer, of Carrollton; Sherry Mathis, of Carrollton; Debbie Jones, of Columbia; Ronnie Austin, of Carrollton; and Gary Austin, of Carrollton.

DOROTHY SHANNON 9/17/14


Dorothy Mae Shannon, age 84, of Norborne, died on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, September 19th at 2:00pm at Fairhaven Cemetery in Norborne. Arrangements are under the direction of Thurman Funeral Home in Norborne.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law: Larry and Claudia Shannon, of Lexington; and Gary "Gizmo" and Debbie Shannon, of Carrollton; one daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Charlie Stark, of Gladstone; one brother, Owen Bristow, of Higginsville; one sister, Wilma Page, of Kansas City, Kan.; seven grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

In addition to her parents, Dorothy was preceded in death by one brother, Richard Bristow; three sisters, Mary, Betty and Norma; and one grandson, Rodney Shannon. Dorothy was a homemaker, who had worked at Webb's restaurant in Carrollton for several years.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to either the American Cancer Society or to the American Lung Association.

CARL FISHER 9/17/14


Carl Fisher, age 93, of Carrollton, died on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30am on Saturday, September 20th at Bittiker Funeral Home in Carrollton.

The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:30pm on Friday, September 19th at the funeral home.

The family suggests memorials to Southside Baptist Church.

Carl is survived by his wife, Lavern, of the home in Carrollton; children: Richard Fisher, of Carrollton; and Roy Fisher and wife, Kathy, of Carrollton; stepdaughter, Linda Rucker and husband, Robert, of North Kansas City; stepson Gary Scott and wife, Glenda, of Carrollton; and one sister, Betty Adkins, of Norborne.

PHILIP BROZOVICH 9/17/14


Philip Frank Brozovich, age 69, of Salisbury, died on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014.

Services are 10:30am on Friday, September 19th at Summerville Funeral Home in Salisbury, with burial, with full Military Honors, in Clifton Hill Cemetery.

Visitation is from 4:00pm to 7:00pm on Thursday, September 18th at Summerville Funeral Home in Salisbury. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salisbury Municipal Golf Course.

Philip is survived by his wife Becky of the home, three daughters: Amy (Scott) Miller of Jacksonville, Fla.; Melissa Davidson, of Moberly; and Lacey Brozovich of Moberly; brothers Bob (Linda) Brozovich and Michael (Debbie) Brozovich, both of Clifton Hill; mother and father in-law, Buster and Carolyn Mosier, of St.Joseph; eight grandchildren: Ricky Davidson III, Jadyn Davidson, Madison Miller, Philip Miller, Avery Miller, Paxton White, Arianna White, Trenton White, several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and infant sister, Wanda.

VERNON BALLENGER 9/16/14


Vernon Lee Ballenger, age 66, of Marshall, died Monday, September 15th, 2014.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00am on Friday, September 19th, at Campbell-Lewis Chapel in Marshall with visitation one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Graveside services with military rites will be at 3:00pm on Friday at Lebanon City Cemetery in Lebanon, MO. Memorials may be made to family choice.

Survivors include one son, Matthew L. Ballenger and wife Starrisa of Nevada; three grandchildren: Ashley Whorely, Dustin Ballenger, and Matt Ballenger; one great-granddaughter, Kaylee Whorely; three brothers: Melvin Ballenger of Marshall, Larry Ballenger of Slater, and Kenneth Ballenger of Marshall; two sisters, Erma Evans and Marilyn Henderson, both of Mt. Leonard; as well as many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by five brothers and two sisters.

MARSHALL COLLEY 9/16/14


Marshall Eldon Colley, age 92, of Harrisburg, died Saturday, September 13th, 2014.

Services will be held at 1:00pm on  Friday, September 19th, at Carr-Yager Funeral Home in Fayette. Burial with military honors will follow at Perche Church Cemetery near Harrisburg.

Visitation will be Thursday, September 18th, from 6:00-8:00pm at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Heifer Project International.

He is survived by two daughters, Marsha Sue Schafer and husband John, of Harrisburg, and Frances Marie Colley, of Columbia. Also surviving are his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and a son, William Eldon Colley and by his siblings.

DONALD HANCOCK 9/16/14


Donald R. Hancock, age 57, of Sedalia, died Monday, September 15th, 2014.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Rea Funeral Chapel in Sedalia is in charge of arrangements.

CHARLES LEFTWICH 9/16/14


Charles E. Leftwich, age 91, of Sedalia, died Tuesday, September 16th, 2014.

A graveside service will be held at 3:30pm on Friday, September 19th, at Salem Cemetery in rural Pettis County. VFW Post 2591 will conduct military honors at the graveside. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 2:00-3:00pm at Rea Funeral Chapel in Sedalia.

Besides his wife, he is survived by two children, Chuck Leftwich (Jana) of Sedalia and Lynn Paul (Richard) of Overland Park, KS; three granddaughters, Ann, Ginger and Jill.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Bessie Hoyle and Betty O’Neill.

RILEY DEATHERAGE 9/16/14


Riley Michael Deatherage, age 5 months, of Odessa, died Tuesday, September 16th, 2014.
 
Funeral services will be held at 11:30am on Saturday, September 20th, at Ralph O. Jones Funeral Home in Odessa, MO. Burial will be in the Sni-Mills Cemetery in Oak Grove.

Visitation will be held from 10:00-11:30am on Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Be The Match, 3001 Broadway Street N.E. Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN, 55413-1753 or at www.bethematch.org.
 
In addition to his parents, Riley is survived by four siblings, a twin sister, Reagan Deatherage, Jax Deatherage, Samantha Webb and Nickolas Webb all of Odessa, MO; maternal grandmother, Darlene Burns; paternal grandparents, Ronald and Darla Deatherage; maternal great grandparents, Ray and Peggy France; one uncle, Jeremy Burns and wife Kristy, of Oak Grove, MO; and one aunt Dawn Hensley and husband Steven of Odessa, MO; and numerous cousins.

JOHN DUNCAN 9/16/14


John Duncan, age 83, of New Boston, died Monday, September 15th, 2014.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Friday, September 19th, at Bucklin Assembly of God Church. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Marceline.

Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00pm on Thursday, September 18th, at the church. The family suggests memorials to Bucklin Assembly of God Church.

Arrangements are under the direction of Delaney Funeral Home in Marceline.

WILLIAM EVANS 9/16/14


William E. 'Bill' Evans, age 91, of St. Charles, formerly of Marshall, died Monday, September 15th, 2014.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm on Thursday, September 18th, at Campbell-Lewis Chapel in Marshall. Visitation will be held from 1:00-2:00pm on Thursday at the funeral home.

Graveside service with military rites will be at 12:30pm on Friday, September 19th, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to Missouri Veterans Home in St. Louis.

Survivors include one son, Grant Evans and wife, Nancy, of St. Charles; one grandson, Eric Evans; his longtime companion, Leona Gianopulos and her family of St. Louis; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter in infancy, Elaine Evans; one sister, Mary Kathryn Bellamy; and one brother, Robert Evans.

JAMES McNULTY 9/16/14


James Lee McNulty, age 66, of Springfield, IL, died Tuesday, September 9th, 2014.

Graveside services with military honors will be at 10:00am on Saturday, September 20th, at Providence Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Heckart Funeral Home in Sedalia.

Surviving are two sisters, Donna Dolan, of Washington, and Ella "Dollie" Hayes, of Sedalia; two stepbrothers, Keith Birge, of Jefferson City, and Terry Birge, of Lee's Summit; and a stepsister, Etta Hartley, of Sedalia.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Debbie McNulty.

GLADYS ZIMMERSCHIED 9/16/14


Gladys L. Zimmerschied, age 94, of Sedalia, died Monday, September 15th, 2014.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Friday, September 19th, at McLaughlin Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Highland Sacred Gardens.

Visitation will be held from 10:00am until service time on Friday at the funeral chapel. Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association, Immanuel United Church of Christ of Sedalia, or a charity of the donor’s choice, in care of McLaughlin Funeral Chapel.

NANCY SLOAN 9/15/14


Nancy Sloan, age 74, of Boonville, died Sunday, September 14th, 2014.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 2:00pm on Thursday, September 25th, at Bunceton Masonic Cemetery. Friends and family may meet at Davis Funeral Chapel in Boonville before departure to the cemetery at 1:40pm to form a procession to the cemetery.

ARNOLD HAMMAR 9/7/14


Arnold Hammar, age 89, of Carrollton, died Sunday, September 7th, 2014.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, September 20th, at 10:00am at First Christian Church in Clovis, New Mexico. 

Memorials are suggested to First Christian Church in Carrollton. Foster Funeral Chapel in Carrollton is in charge of local arrangements.
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