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These obituaries are posted here to keep the information available to family, friends, and those who never knew them. These obituaries are posted to remind teens of the pain their loss can cost others. Families pay newspapers to post obituaries, but few can be found within a few weeks on the internet. Should a family desire that their loved ones obituary be removed from this list, or add one that is not listed, please contact me. Also, if you would like to add to, or change your child's obituary, please contact me. This service is free, so if you were unable to afford one earlier, please feel free to post one here.


Eric Binney

Eric James Binney, 19, of Sedalia, died Saturday, June 30, 2007, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

He was born Oct. 9, 1987, in Columbia, a son of Clifford Dean and Linda Meyers Binney.

He was raised and educated in Sedalia and was a 2006 graduate of Smith-Cotton High School. He worked for his brother’s business, Mike’s Custom Guttering, as a foreman. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, and pool.

Surviving are his parents, of the home; a brother, Michael Binney, of Sedalia; a sister, Miranda Binney, of Sedalia; and his maternal grandmother, Anna Meyers, of Cole Camp.

He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents and maternal grandfather.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Patrick Catholic Church, with the Rev.Vincent Hoying officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at McLaughlin Funeral Chapel, where the rosary will be recited at 7 p.m.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Heart Association or to the American Diabetes Association.

courtesy Sedalia Democrat


McKenzie Kisling

McKenzie Rene Kisling, 14, of Carthage, passed away Friday, June 22, 2007. She was born June 2, 1993, in Joplin, to Dustin Kisling, of Carthage and Shannon Johnson of Carterville.

She attended the Power House. She played Softball for Carthage Schools and also the Summer League in Carthage. She enjoyed her friends and talking on her cell phone.

She is survived by both parents, one brother Kyle Johnson and one sister Kamie Kisling both of the home. Paternal Grandparents Jerry and Shirley Watson of Carthage and Steve and Jeanette Cooper from Carthage, maternal grandparents Sue and Gary Hutchinson, of Carl Junction and a great maternal grandmother Dorothy Johnson of Webb City and one great paternal grandmother Pearl Cooper. She was preceded in death by her great paternal grandpa Cecil Cooper and grandparents John and Lorene Kisling and grandfather Billy Jo Johnson.

Visitation will be Monday, June 25, 2007, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Ulmer Funeral Home. Services will be held Tuesday, June 26, 2007, at 2 p.m., at the funeral home. Burial will be in Hackney Cemetery northeast of Carthage.

Contributions can be made to a Scholarship Fund in memory of McKenzie Kisling in care of Ulmer Funeral Home.

courtesy Carthage Press


Kayla Story

Kayla Danielle Story, 16, Carthage, passed away Friday June 22, 2007, from injuries sustained in a one vehicle accident on County Road 120, Carthage. Kayla was born Oct. 11, 1990, in Joplin, to Kerry Dean Story and Sarah (Gentry) Story. Kayla had completed her sophomore year at Carthage Senior High School. She attended the First Church of the Nazarene, Carthage. Kayla was a beloved daughter, sister and friend to all. She loved her family and friends completely.

Survivors include her parents Kerry and Sarah Story, Carthage; two sisters, Ryenn Story and Faith Story, Carthage; maternal grandparents, Harry and Shirley Fields, Mt. Vernon; paternal grandparents, Eugene and Karen Story, Nevada; eights aunts and seven uncles.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 26 at the First Church of the Nazarene, Carthage. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 27 in the First Church of the Nazarene. Burial will be in Park Cemetery, Carthage. Memorial gifts are suggested to the Carthage Senior High School in care of the Carthage R-9 Foundation, The Gideons International or the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are under the direction of Knell Mortuary, Carthage.

courtesy Carthage Press


Cailyn Callahan

Cailyn P. Callahan at home with the Lord on Thursday, June 21, 2007. Loving daughter of Catherine Callahan and Randy Keller; cherished sister of Megan and Miranda Callahan; dear granddaughter of Carol and Tommy Callahan; dear aunt of Blake Lam; our dear niece, cousin and friend.Services: Please join in the celebration of Cailyn's life at her memorial service on Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at Hazelwood Baptist Church, 6161 Howdershell (Hazelwood) at 6 p.m. Interment private. A service of Shepard Funeral Chapel (314-426-6000).

courtesy St Louis Post Dispatch


David Layton

David Decredico Layton, 18, of Monett, died yesterday, June 20, from injuries sustained in a traffic accident.

Mr. Layton was the adopted son of Doug Layton and Lisa Layton, who survive. He was born May 28, 1989, in Springfield , the son of David Decredico and Sara Johnson, who also survive.

Additional survivors include two brothers, Gary Layton and Joseph Layton, both of Monett; two sisters, Kristen Layton of Monett and Anna Layton of Saint Cloud, Minnesota; his maternal grandfather, Andy Sherman of Kansas City; his paternal grandmother, Nancy Chatman of the state of Ohio; and his paternal grandfather, Gerald Decredico of Lorain, Ohio.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, June 23, at Lakin Chapel in Pierce City with Dick Palmer officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Pierce City under the direction of Lakin Funeral Home of Pierce City.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. tomorrow, June 22, at the funeral home.

courtesy Monett Times


Tianna Williams

Tianna M. Williams, 16, of Pierce City , died June 20 at St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin from injuries sustained in a traffic accident.

Miss Williams was born February 17, 1991, in Springfield . She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Pierce City . She was a sophomore at Pierce City High School where she was active in volleyball, basketball, and cheerleading.

Survivors include her mother, Tanya Shaner of Pierce City; her father, Ronald Williams of Monett; her step-father, Randy Ellingsworth of Verona; two brothers, Dakota Ellingsworth of Pierce City and Blake Hartwigsen of Aurora; one sister, Hailey Ellingsworth of Pierce City; her paternal grandmother, Ruth Williams of Monett; her maternal grandmother and grandfather, Patricia Shaner and George Shaner, both of Pierce City; her maternal grandmother and grandfather, Pat Simpson and Don Simpson, both of Montreal, Missouri.

Services will be 2:30 p.m. tomorrow, June 23, at Lakin Chapel in Pierce City with Bishop Mark Smith officiating. Burial will be in Spring River Cemetery near Verona under the direction of Lakin Funeral Home of Pierce City.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today, June 22, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Pierce City .

courtesy Monett Times


Katelyn Dooley

Memorial services for Katelyn P. Dooley, 18, of Theodosia, were held Friday, June 15 at the Lutie Gym in Theodosia with Father Paul Wightman officiating. Burial was in Lutie Cemetery.

Katelyn died June 11, 2007, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident near Protem. She was born Feb. 5, 1989, in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of Vaughn and Patty (Maher) Dooley.

She lived in many different places, including Kincheloe, Mich., Rockland, Maine, Key West, Fla. and Sitka, Alaska. She and her family moved to Theodosia during the summer of 2000.

She was a 2007 graduate of Lutie High School. She was a member of the National Honor Society, Math and Science Club, Vice President of the Student Council, FBLA and she served as vice president, secretary and chaplain of the FFA. She was active in sports and played girls varsity softball and was captain of the girls varsity basketball team, which won the District Championship in 2006. She was a member of the KKOZ Dream Team in 2006 and 2007. She was a member of the boys’ varsity baseball team. She was involved with Homecoming activities, was a pep rally organizer, involved in clothing and food drives and many other fund-raising events.

Katelyn is survived by her parents, Vaughn and Patty Dooley; two brothers, Bill Dooley and his wife, Brandi, of Hamilton, Ill., and Shane Dooley of Barksdale Air Force Base, La.; grandparents, Jerry and Patricia Dooley of Isabella and Jane Maher of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Bart L. Maher.

Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, directors.

Courtesy Ozark County Times


Mike Rehard

Michael James "Mike" Rehard was born Sept. 12, 1987, in Hawthorne , Calif. , and departed this life June 6, 2007, from an auto accident at the age of 19.

Mike was a resident of the Ava area for the past three weeks, moving here from Flower Mound, Texas . He was formerly employed with Papa John's Pizza in Texas . Mike enjoyed riding dirt bikes, driving his dad's car, and fishing. He loved music and the Archer homestead of the Goodhope community which became his home. Mike was a member of the Lakeland Baptist Church in Lewisville , Texas .

Mike was preceded in death by his grandparents, Fred and Wilma Archer and Dottie and Roy Rehard.

He is survived by his parents, Robert Michael "Bob" Rehard and Sandra J. "Sandy" (Archer) Rehard, Ava; one brother, Timothy Ryan Rehard and wife, Venessa, Ava; several uncles, aunts, cousins, and other relatives and friends.

Services for Mike were held Saturday, June 9, at 2 p.m. at the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, with the Pastor Mike Freeman officiating. Interment followed in the Goodhope Cemetery .

The family requests memorials to Children's Home Society, 1300 W. 4th St. , Los Angeles , CA 90017 .

courtesy Douglas County Herald


Joseph Heuer

Joseph M. "Joey" Heuer, 19, De Soto , died June 3, 2007, in Washington County . He was born March 9, 1988, in Crystal City .

He was a construction worker for A-B Contracting. He was a member of Center Ridge Pentecostal Church in Davisville.

He is survived by his parents, Joseph and Sandra C. (O'Neail) Heuer of De Soto; three sisters, Christine (Tim) Hinkle of Desloge, Angela (Adam) Nickless of Park Hills, and Mary Beth (David) Sebastian of De Soto; his grandparents, Mary O'Neail of Desloge, Utah and Netta Chapman of Festus; and his fianc?©e, Adrienne Richardson of Steelville.

Funeral was June 7 at Mahn Funeral Home, De Soto , with the Rev. Harrison Brown officiating. Interment is in Woodlawn Cemetery .

Courtesy Jefferson County Journal


Brittany Delozier

Brittany Renee Delozier, 17, of Wellsville, died at 6:06 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, 2007 as a result of a car accident on Highway 19, north of Farnen Road.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Myers Funeral Home, Wellsville. Rev. Scott Smith, Centralia, will officiate. Burial will be in Wellsville Cemetery, Wellsville. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 1, at Myers Funeral Home, Wellsville.

Pallbearers are Casey Delozier, Jason Delozier, Josh Delozier, Sean Delozier, Clay Joles, and John Welker.

Honorary pallbearers are David Delozier, Travis Joles, Mike Oliver, Lawrence Pottebaum, Troy Taylor, and Spencer Vance.

Brittany was born Jan. 8, 1990 in Columbia, the daughter of Ralph Leander DeLozier and Paula Faye Oliver Hoover.

Brittany was a student at Job Point in Wellsville. She lived in Mexico prior to Wellsville and liked to listen to music, hang out with friends and loved to draw.

Survivors include her mother, Paula Faye Hoover and fiance, Gerald Martino, Mexico; her father, Ralph Leander Delozier, Wellsville, and fiancee, Teresa Warren, St. Louis; brothers and sisters, Christy L. Delozier, Mexico, Sonny Ray Delozier, Mexico, Jessie M. Oliver, Mexico, Lacy M. Delozier, Mexico, Beth R. McKinney, Mexico, Melissa Taylor, St. Louis, and Amber Taylor, Montgomery City; grandparents, Virginia “Tooter” Vance and Charles Cooper, Fulton, Bonnie and Lee Boyer, Williamsburg, and John Ed and Loretta Delozier, Wellsville; great-grandmother, Edna Gaston, Mexico; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by one uncle, John Edward “Sonny” Delozier Jr., and two cousins, William Dean “D.J.” Delozier and Wade McArthur Giroir.

Memorials may be made to the Brittany Delozier Fund c/o Myers Funeral Home, 203 East Bates, Wellsville, MO 63384.

courtesy Mexico Ledger


Kalen Clark

obituary not found


Brooke Hough

Brooke Anne Lee Hough, age 16, Carl Junction, passed away on Saturday, May 26, 2007, at 1:34 p.m. from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Brooke was born March 4, 1991, in Martinsburg, W.Va., and moved to Carl Junction four years ago. Brooke just completed her freshman year at Carl Junction High School where she was a team manager for the boy’s varsity basketball team. She enjoyed gymnastics and participated at the Flip Shop. Brooke was a member of Christ’s Church, of Oronogo, where she was involved with the Refuge Group.

Survivors include her parents, Sam and Kelly Hough, of Carl Junction; a brother, Tyler Hough, of the home; grandparents, Sam Hough, of Martinsburg, G. Ronald and Amelia Shank, also of Martinsburg; great-grandparents, Ellis and Anna Hess, of Martinsburg; uncles, Mike Hough and wife, Annette, of Hagerstown, Md., and Michael Shank, of Martinsburg; aunt, Kim Agee and husband, Dan, of Martinsburg; and several cousins.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, May 30, at 2 p.m. at Christ’s Church of Oronogo with Rev. Lynn Ragsdale officiating. Interment will follow in Mount Hope Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Christ’s Church on Tuesday 6 to 7 p.m.

The family request that memorial contributions be made to Christ’s Church Refuge Group.

On line condolences may be sent to the family at www.parkermortuary.com

courtesy Joplin Globe


Kirk Case

obituary not found


Michael Lynch

Michael J. Lynch St. Peters, MO, Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, May 24, 2007 at the age of 18. He was the loving son of James, Jr. and Sandra L. Lynch; dearest brother of CPL James Lynch III and Christopher Lynch; beloved grandson of Billy & Barbara McNail and the late James, Sr. & Virginia Lynch, dear nephew of Dennis Lynch and Angela (Tony) Smith. He was a dear cousin and a cherished friend to many. Michael attended All Saints Grade School, and is a 2007 graduate of Ft. Zumwalt South High School. He was a member of the Varsity Football Team, a Freshman Soccer Player, an Eagle Scout, a Brotherhood Member of the Order of the Arrow, a member of the Gateway Athletic Conference All Academic Team, Gateway-N-Trak Model Railroad Club and past member of the St. Charles Model Railroad Club. He had enlisted with the United States Marine Corps and was to continue his education at Lindenwood University in the fall.Services:The family is being served by the BAUE Funeral and Memorial Center, 3950 West Clay, St. Charles, MO where visitation will be held Tuesday, May 29, 2007 4:00-9:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at All Saints Catholic Church, 7 McMenamy Road, St. Peters, MO. Private burial will be held at a later date in St. Charles Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to the Eagle Scout Association or Greater St. Louis Area Council Boy Scouts ofAmerica. Share your condolences and memories at www.baue.com.

courtesy St Louis Post Dispatch


Corey Breeden

Corey Michael Jerome Breeden, 19, of Fair Play, formerly of Humansville, died Wednesday, May 23, 2007, in St. Johns Hospital, Springfield. The son of Mark and Collette Lee Breeden, he was born Feb. 3, 1988, at Kansas City. He was a welder. His paternal grandparents, John and Betty Breeden, his maternal grandfather, Robert Lee, and an aunt, Lisa Breeden, preceded him in death. Survivors include his son, Morgan John Smith; his parents, Mark Breeden of Willard and Collette Breeden of Weaubleau; two sisters, Christine Morris and husband Cody of Humansville and Angela Breeden of Weaubleau; a brother, Michael Breeden of Willard; maternal grandparents, David and Eleanor Hamilton of Humansville; a niece, Lisa Morris; nine aunts, six uncles and many cousins. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at Humansville First Baptist Church with the Rev. Dan Good officiating. Burial will be in Humansville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today (Friday) at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at www.murrayfuneralhomes.com.

courtesy Bolivar Herald-Free Press


Cory Parrish

Funeral services for Cory Lee Parrish, 19, Koshkonong, Mo., were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 15, 2007, in the Bakersfield High School Gymnasium with interment in Elijah Cemetery under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Corey died at 5:46 a.m., Saturday, May 12, 2007, in West Plains. He was born Feb. 19, 1988, in West Plains, Mo., to Jack and Teresa Roberts Parrish. Cory graduated from Bakersfield High School with the class of 2006 and was employed at Bruce Hardwood.

He is survived by his parents, Jack and Teresa Parrish of the family home; one brother, Kyle Parrish of the family home; one sister, Danielle Cotter and husband, Dustin, of Caulfield, Mo.; his nephew, Dawson Cotter; paternal grandfather, Jack Parrish of St. Joseph, Mo.; maternal grandparents Burl Lee and Janet Roberts, of Caulfield, Mo.; paternal great-grandmother, Thelma Smith of Kansas City, Mo.; several aunts, uncles and cousins; and his special friend, Carlissa Turner, of Caulfield, Mo.

His paternal grandmother, Georgia Parrish, and one aunt, Shawnna Roberts, precede him in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to Live Strong-Lance Armstrong Foundation and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

courtesy Howell County News

(more on Cory Lee Parrish from a website of a friend with the handle "~Smuggler-Of-Mos-Espa")

Black Tears and Wretched Thunder
Journal Entry: Thu May 17, 2007, 7:54 PM

Last Saturday morning a friend of mine passed away. He was in my graduating class a little over a year ago. When he was in school, he was a star basketball player. When he was diagnosed with cancer, our entire community stood behind him and shaved our heads to avoid making him feel alone when he lost his hair. He beat cancer, grew his hair out again, and thanks to the community's fund raising he had no debts to pay.

He was always cool to everybody, and I never heard of him making an enemy. He always stuck up for the little guy, the one who couldn't defend himself when bullies came around. I wasn't close enough to know the man's every inner-thought, but he had no dirty secrets to hide in the first place. He didn't worry himself with the mandatory high school gossip bull shit, and I thought that was so awesome.

On Friday, he hung out with some of his old buddies for Project Graduation (which, in short, is a program made by the school to give graduates and anyone else who wants to come some clean after-graduation fun, or whatever). He stayed up until pretty late that night with a few of his old basketball comrades, and then went home at around 3:00 AM to drop off his brother's car and catch up on a few hours of sleep before work.

He got up at around 5:00 AM to get ready, and left at around 6:00 in his truck. He was on his way into town and fell asleep at one of the stoplights (which was still before daylight). His truck accelerated with his foot still on the pedal, and crashed into the concrete base of another stoplight going at around 45 MPH (which really isn't that fast, if you think about him).

The truck's motor ended up going through his torso, along with everything else in front and behind of that. Minus breaking his jaw, his face was unharmed. He died in his sleep, and I'm glad he didn't feel any pain. His long-time best friend and co-worker, Goob, was the first on the scene. It took the first-responders two hours to cut his broken body out of his totaled truck.

Now, how in the f--- can a guy who went through hell to beat cancer die in such a s---y way? I mean, we were all so terrified his cancer would come back and take him away, but we wouldn't have imagined anything like this would. He was so young; he was my age, 19. The funeral drew hundreds, and if anything, I'm so glad his poor mother saw the awesome difference his son made in such a small town. No one showed up because he was a friend of a friend like most funerals; everyone there loved him and had a reason to be there.

I've seen plenty of death, and after a while, you think you don't really care anymore. Then again, when something like this happens, it always hits home.

Cory Lee Parrish, this is for you man. You deserved a free pass after all you went through, and you'll be sorely missed. Just as your brother stood up and said before people payed their final respects at your casket, you should be remembered by your life, not your death. Rest in Peace, Cory.

By an anonymous friend

In memory of Cory…

Coach Roger Turner, Bakersfield High School

On May 12, one of “my boys” lost a young and promising life. Cory Parrish was a good boy – loyal, dedicated, unselfish. He was a fine man. I shall miss him a lot.

Memories come back to me about Cory, the grin on his face when he would needle me about the music I listened to in my car, the sly look when I would tell him in practice he couldn’t guard a fence post, how he cried in my arms in the locker room after the district championship game his senior year. Cory also protected those close to him. When he thought I was teasing his good friend Ira too hard, he let me know. When I gave Cory the “live strong” bracelet I wore for months, he immediately put it on his wrist.

In trying to teach the basketball players at Bakersfield what it means to be a real team, a true team, a team that is willing to sacrifice personal goals for the goals of the team, where each player cares for and loves every member of the team that plays hard and plays together, I had many discussions with them and showed many things to them trying to get that point across. One of them was the movie, “Black Hawk Down.” Many times in that movie, the phrase “No one gets left behind” is mentioned and we talked about what that phrase means in becoming a great team.

The boys took that as their rally cry when Cory was diagnosed with cancer. One of the boys suggested we shave our heads as a tribute to Cory and we did. Cory squeezed my hand very tightly as I walked him to the operating room, I tried my best to be brave for him.

At visitation, Cory’s brother Kyle held me and tried his best to be brave for me. I covered for Cory, Kyle covered for me, a characteristic of a true team and true comrades. To me, Cory was the epitome of that kind of unselfish spirit. Many times he sacrificed his game for the team.

As in the case of my brother, I can’t see the reason why such a fine young man dies with so much life left to live. But like the scene in “Black Hawk Down” reminds me, it is not left up to me.

Somehow, we need to make peace with the demons of torment regarding Cory’s death. Let’s all remember that because Cory was such a fighter, we received two more years to enjoy him. It was an honor and privilege to have coached him. It was an honor and privilege to watch him grow into a fine young man.

I shall miss him a lot.

courtesy Ozark County Times


Thomas Hebel

Thomas A. Hebel, 16, of St. Peters died May 18, 2007, in New Haven as the result of an automobile accident. He was born Feb. 23, 1991, to Alan and Tammy Hebel in St. Peters.

Mr. Hebel was an honor student at Francis Howell Central High School and worked at Krieger's restaurant in St. Charles. He was on the freshman football team and had been accepted at Lewis and Clark Career Center.

He is survived by his parents, of St. Peters; one brother, Anthony D. of St. Peters; and grandparents, Thomas and Mary Hollingsworth of St. Charles and Geraldine Hebel of Maryland Heights.

He was preceded in death by a grandfather, William A. Hebel.

A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. May 23 at All Saints Catholic Church, 7 McMenamy Road in St. Peters, with burial in St. Charles Memorial Gardens, 3950 W. Clay St. in St. Charles. Visitation was scheduled from 3 to 9 p.m. May 22 at Baue Funeral and Memorial Center in St. Charles.

Memorials may be to the American Heart Association c/o Baue Funeral and Memorial Center, 3950 W. Clay St., St. Charles, MO 63301.

courtesy Wentzville Journal


Andre Eason, Jr
Derrell Roberts
Patricia Ann Davis

obituary unfounded


Ashlyn Jonnae Clark

Ashlyn Jonnae Clark, 19, KCMO, passed away May 14, 2007. services 11 a.m. Tuesday May 22, 2007 at Maranatha Family Worship Center. Burial Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation 9-11 a.m. Tuesday May 22, at the church

courtesy Kansas City Star


Darren Wesley Gray

Darren W. Gray, 18, of Morrisville died Monday May 14, 2007.

He was born June 21, 1988, the son of David and Annette Stull Gray in Springfield. He was a member of the Eudora Baptist Church, 2007 graduate of Marion C. Early High School in Morrisville, Boy Scouts, Marion C. Early FFA chapter, Tri-M Music Honor Society and a life member of the Street Nationals Machine Club.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, John Wesley and Irene Stull, one aunt and one cousin.

He is survived by his parents, David and Annette Gray of the home; one sister, Chrystal Rhiannon Gray of Morrisville; paternal grandmother, Flora Gray of Pleasant Hope; paternal grandparents, Harold and Evelyn Gray of Willard; a girlfriend, Rebecca Bruce of Morrisville; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and teachers.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, May 18, in the Eudora Baptist Church with Pastor Jim White, Pastor Kevin Marcum and the Rev. Lon Killingsworth officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Aldrich. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May17, at Pitts Chapel of Bolivar. Memorial contributions can be made to the Darren W. Gray Memorial, c/o Farmers State Bank.

courtesy Ozarks Newsstand


Nicole Samuels

Nicole C. Samuels, 19, Arnold, died May 12, 2007, in Steelville. She was born Dec. 2, 1987, in St. Louis.

She was a clerk for an auto recovery company.

She is survived by her parents, Pamela (Nick Bacott) Samuels and Jerry (Cindy) Ball; two sisters, Ashley and Savannah; two brothers, James and Jerry Jr.; and her grandparents, Edward and Dolores Samuels.

Funeral was May 16 from Kutis South County Funeral Home to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Arnold. Interment is in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Missouri.


Shawn Wells, 20

A funeral for Shawn Christopher Wells, 20, West Plains, Mo., will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home in West Plains. Shawn died Saturday, May 5, 2007, in an auto accident at West Plains.

He was born March 27, 1987, in West Plains. Shawn played football at West Plains High School for four years, enjoyed motorcycles and ATV, and was parts manager for Power's Honda at West Plains.

He is survived by his parents, Thomas R. Wells of Mountain Home and Carla Falwell of West Plains; his step-father, Mike Falwell of West Plains; his grandparents, Shirley Hull of Joplin, Mo., and Thomas G. Wells of Miami, and Vern and Shirley Collins of West Plains; his aunts, Kandra Branam of Mountain Home, Niki Hunt of Neosho, Mo., and Lisa Boone of West Plains; and many cousins.

courtesy Baxter Bulletin


Mark Timothy Hathaway, 19

obituary unfounded

taken from a friend's myspace blog (source)

"I guess most of you have heard about Mark and his accident by now. I just recieved an email from his father letting us all know that he is now officially gone. I say officially because for the past couple of days machines have been keeping him alive. The boys and I have been up several times to see him over the past days, and I must agree with Brandon...it has been almost surreal watching him lying there in bed bruised and swollen, knowing that he was no longer there, but still waiting and watching for any sign that the Dr.s were wrong and that at any moment he would open his eyes or make any type of movement. Wondering how life can change so suddenly, just the night before, Mark had been with his friends laughing and joking, enjoying life. This boy in the bed was not Mark, this was not the boy I knew. The Mark I knew and loved was full of life, always had a smile for everyone. He worked at making others happy and doing what he could to bring a smile to your face. He was a shoulder to cry on, and seemed to know when no words were needed, when all you needed was a friend to sit with. Mark has left everyone who knew and loved him with a part of himself. As for me, I will remember the good times, I will remember the smile that lit up his eyes, his laugh, his quirky sense of humor and his happiness for life itself."


David Curtis Headberg

Former Soldotna resident David Curtis Headberg died Saturday, May 5, 2007. He was 19.

A prayer service and visitation was held from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 7, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. today, May 8, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 10 at the Prairie Rose Funeral Homer in Anthony, Kan.

Mr. Headberg was born Jan. 15, 1988 in Soldotna to Jeff and Diane Kastens Headberg.

He worked at Headberg Construction Company and Ozark Mountain Woodsmith. He loved four-wheeling and all-terrain vehicles. Mr. Headberg was of the Catholic faith and a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Don and Mary Headberg; and uncle, David Headberg.

Mr. Headberg is survived by his parents, Jeff and Diane Headberg of West Plains, Mo.; sister and brother-in-law, Heather and Jamie McGuigan and their children, Kyles and Addyson, of Springfield, Mo.; grandparents, Howard and Jeannie Kastens of Anthony, Kan., many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; and his special adopted family, Ty and Mel Jolliff and Nate and Logan.

Memorial contributions may be made to Christos House or Make a Wish Foundation and mailed to Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, 211 W. Main, West Plains, Mo. 65775.

Arrangements were made by Robertson-Drago Funeral Home in West Plains, Mo.

courtesy Peninsula Clarion


Allen L. Wilson

Allen Lee Wilson, 19, Grain Valley, Mo., passed away Friday, May 11, 2007.

Allen was born on November 20, 1987, to Martin and Heather (Bauman) Wilson in Reno, Nev. He graduated from Blue Springs South High School in 2006, where he was in the ROTC for four years. Allen's life motto was "drive fast, turn left". He loved racing his #8 Enduro car at I-70 Speedway, and was even going to start racing dirt-track next season. Allen was an essential member of Barefoot Motor Sports Race Team and was sponsored by Mid-States Excavating and Shrout's Power Sports. On May 19, 2007, his number, #8, will be retired from the racetrack for the rest of the season. Allen-and his teasing ways-will be missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his parents, Martin and Heather Wilson of Overland Park, Kan.; sisters, Kristall Wilson, Mieshell Wilson and Elainie Wilson, all of the home; his girlfriend, Kelsey Lindsay; paternal grandparents, Gary and Sue Wilson, and Ken and Mary Musick; paternal great-grandparents, James and Lucy Wilson; maternal grandparents, Robert and Ruth Bauman, and Karen Curry; and a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at Blue Springs Assembly, 901 N.W. 19th St., Blue Springs, followed by funeral services at 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made, care of Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, Mo. 64015, 816-229-3276.

courtesy The Examiner


Demarion Marshaun Patterson

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Asia Spotwood

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Richard Gatewood

Funeral services for Quintin Richard Gatewood, 17, Koshkonong, Mo., will be 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5, 2007, at Koshkonong High School gym under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Richard died 5:52 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2007, at Ozarks Medical Center. He was born July 25, 1989, at Wynne, Ark., to Quintin Ross Gatewood and Rhonda Pierce Gatewood. Richard was a student at Koshkonong High School.

He is survived by his mother, Rhonda Gatewood, Koshkonong; his father and stepmother, Quintin Ross and Brenda Gatewood, Sturkie, Ark.; one brother, Robert Gatewood, Koshkonong; two stepbrothers, Jason Willett, wife, Kristin, and Chad Willett, Sturkie; two sisters, Amanda Gatewood, Springfield, Mo., and Ashley Perkins, husband, Jake, Brandsville, Mo.; one niece; one nephew; paternal grandmother, Lola Gatewood, Brandsville; maternal grandparents, Richard and Carol Pierce, Mammoth Spring, Ark.; paternal great-grandfather, Clifford Jones, Swifton, Ark.; maternal great-grandmother, Elizabeth Pierce, Cherry Valley, Ark.; maternal great-great-grandmother, Mamie Pierce, Cherry Valley; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be 3 p.m. Saturday at Misner Cemetery, Cherry Valley, Ark. Memorial contributions may be made to the Richard Gatewood Memorial Fund and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

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Phillip Atchley, 1990-2007

Phillip Jess Atchley, 16, Rocheport, passed away Thursday, April 26, 2007. Services will be held on Tuesday, May 1, 2007 at 3 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Visitation will be held on Monday, April 30, 2007 from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Phillip was born on October 24, 1990 in Columbia, the son of Don and Christy (Lammers) Atchley.

In addition to his parents, survivors include his brother, Jacob Cole Atchley of the home; grandmothers, Margery Lammers of Boonville and Ora Atchley of Higginsville; aunts, Teresa McCurdy and husband John of Columbia and Becky Sigars and husband Denny of Missoula, Montana; uncle, Dan Lammers and wife Sandy of Kirksville; and cousins.

Phillip was a sophomore at Hickman High School where he was a member of the soccer team. He was also a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. He was a former member of Boy Scouts and band. He showed Bull Mastiffs and Australian Cattle Dogs. Phillip was a talented artist, which showed through his drawings. He will be remembered by giving his friends many laughs through his comedy.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Phillip J. Atchley Memorial Fund.


Julie Bowden

Julie A Bowden, 19, of Warrenton, formerly of Florissant, died April 24, 2007. Miss Bowden was a waitress at the Market Street Grill. She was born Dec. 20, 1987 in St. Louis.

Survivors: Billy Bowden (Father) of Warrenton, MO, Ellie Bowden (Mother) of Warrenton, MO, Jefferson Bowden (Brother) of Kansas City, MO, W. Brian Bowden (Brother) of Warrenton, MO, Iona Clark (Grandmother) of Horseshoe Lake, AR, Chloe York (Grandmother) of Paris, TN, Aunts, Uncles, cousins, & Friends, Memorials: Susan G. Komen Foundation in care of Pitman Funeral Home P.O. Box 126 Warrenton, MO 63383 Organizations: Worked at Market Street Grill,Warrenton, MO

Funeral was April 27 from Pitman Funeral Home in Warrenton. Burial was private.

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Heidi Jeanne Strodtman

Heidi Jeanne Strodtman, 19, of Salisbury, died April 21, 2007 due to an automobile accident. Heidi was born July 8, 1987 in Columbia, Missouri the daughter of Bruce and Debra (McCurry) Strodtman.

Heidi was a lifelong Salisbury resident. She was a graduate of Salisbury High School Class of 2006, and was currently a student at the University of Missouri at Rolla. Heidi was a member of the Auxiliary of the Rucker-McAllister American Legion Post #7 of Brunswick, St. Joseph Catholic Church in Salisbury; and worked at the St. Patrick Newman Center in Rolla.

Heidi is survived by her parents Bruce and Debra Strodtman of Salisbury; two brother’s Kent Strodtman and wife Erin of Columbia, MO, Kirk Stodtman and wife Vanessa of San Diego, CA; a sister Katie Strodtman and fiancée Rick Hammond of Columbia; maternal grandmother Virginia McCurry of Brunwick, paternal grandmother Marcella Strodtman of Armstrong, MO; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather Larry McCurry and paternal grandfather Kenneth Strodtman.

Visitation is 2-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 24th with a Rosary at 4 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m. at the Summerville Funeral Home in Salisbury. Mass of Christian Burial is Wednesday, April 25th at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Joseph Catholic Church with burial in St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Heidi Strodtman Memorial Fund.

Summerville Funeral Home


Dallas Graham French

Dallas Graham French, age 20, of Joplin, died Wednesday, April 18, 2007, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

Dallas was born on Nov. 18, 1986, in Joplin, the son of Don French and Robin Wilson Bashor. He was a graduate of Carl Junction High School, a member of the “class of 2005.” He was a varsity letterman of the Carl Junction football and basketball teams. He enjoyed playing poker and riding motorcycles.

Dallas was a vibrant young man who lived life to the fullest. His smile would light up a room, his laughter and humor was captivating and that passion and love for life came through to anyone that had the pleasure of meeting him. He will be remembered in our hearts and deeply missed.

He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Robin and Brian Bashor, Bella Vista, Ark.; his father and stepmother, Don and Robin French, Mount Enterprise, Texas; five brothers, Sawyer French, Joplin, Daniel French and wife, Amanda, and niece, Avery French, all of Chandler, Ariz., Brent Bashor, Bella Vista, and Tate and Coleton French, both of Mount Enterprise; one sister, Shasta Poole, Bella Vista; maternal grandparents, Bob and Pam Wilson, Joplin, and Ted and Sonja Duval, Bella Vista; paternal grandmother, Dorothy Bell, Webb City, Mo.; his girlfriend, Chasity Whyte, Joplin; aunt and uncle, Mike and Becky Jones, Rogers, Ark.; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

A celebration of Dallas’ life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Joplin Family Worship Center. Pastor Terry Baker will officiate. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sawyer French Scholarship Fund in care of the mortuary.

Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Chapel.

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Myesha Holt

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Victoria Ann Bernard

Ashley Lynn Bernard

Victoria Ann Bernard, 19, and Ashley Lynn Bernard, 14, Liberty , Mo. , died Easter Sunday, April 8, 2007. Vicki was a 2006 graduate of Liberty High School and worked for William Jewell College , where she was planning to continue her education. Ashley was a freshman at Liberty Junior High School . She was a member of the Livewires softball team and also played for the Liberty Blue Jays. Both were so young and full of life and love for their family and friends. They were preceded in death by their grandfather, Earl Bernard; an uncle, Steve Bernard; and an aunt, Patty Hedgepeth. Survivors include their parents, Victor and Teresa Bernard; their sister, Brooke Bernard; their grandparents, John and Alice Stevenson and Joy Bernard; four uncles, Mike Bernard, Gerald Bernard, John Stevenson, and Richard Stevenson; one aunt, Loretta Covey; and other relatives and friends. Visitation will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Liberty, followed by services at 2:30 p.m. Arrangements are through Fry-Bross & Spidle Funeral Home in Kearney. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bernard Family Fund at Liberty First Bank, 913 W. Liberty Dr. , Liberty , Mo. 64068 .

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Kelly McGinnis

Kelly Jo McGinnis, 18, Cameron , Mo. , died Sunday, April 8, 2007. Miss McGinnis was born Nov. 2, 1988, in North Kansas City , the daughter of David Aaron and Alice Stevenson McGinnis. She participated in dance and soccer and worked at Over the Rainbow Child Care. She was a senior at Cameron High School , and her pastimes included hanging with friends, Fox Racing and John Deeres. Survivors include her parents, of the home; brothers, Aaron and Scott McGinnis, Lathrop; sister and family, Marsha, Scott and Connar Long, Lawson; and aunts, uncles and cousins. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 13, at Providence Baptist Church in Kansas City ; burial in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 11 a.m. To 1 p.m. Friday at the church. Arrangements are through Fry-Bross & Spidle Funeral Home in Kearney . Memorial contributions may be made to Kelly's Memorial fund at Federal Savings Bank in Cameron.

Courtesy Excelsior Springs Standard who publishes death notices free of charge as a public service