Robert Norman Cunningham, Sr.
Robert Norman Cunningham, Sr., 82, West Plains, Missouri, passed away at 12:47 p.m., Saturday, March 28, 2020, at his home. Arrangements under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
This will not be a conventional obituary because these are not conventional times, and the man about whom this is written was not a conventional man.
Steven Kent Thompson, 61, West Plains, Missouri, beloved father of Buddy Ray Thompson, entered into eternal rest on Thursday morning, March 26, 2020, surrounded by his loving family and ministers of the Christian faith.
In life, Steven might have been regarded as a simple man, but to think that was the sum of him would be a mistake. He was a complex soul whose complexity may have been easily hidden or overlooked except by those who knew him best. Without an advanced degree, he was a marvel of a mechanical engineer. There was nothing he could not ponder and study and figure out the workings of. He was a deliberate and studious man, but he did not often study in books. In life, some might have regarded Steven as unchurched, but he lived and breathed every day in the natural cathedral God created. He had a special appreciation of God’s world and the creatures in it and enjoyed a remarkable bond with his animal companions. He loved doing almost everything that a person can do outdoors. He had gifted hands to do the bidding of his mind.
Steven was born on Monday, August 25, 1958, at Christa Hogan Hospital in West Plains, Missouri, the son of Laurel Ray and Margaret M. Thompson. From an early age, he shadowed his maternal grandfather, from whom he learned the basics of carpentry, and his dad and adored uncles. His imagination was filled with bulldozers and diggers and other big machines. He spent long hours and hot summer days operating imaginary machinery in the yard, until he began working on real machinery such as his bicycle and, later, an ancient Cushman scooter he rebuilt from the frame up, then a Honda motorcycle, and later still, his 1982 3/4-ton Chevrolet truck. That old truck was the last machine he worked on before he fell ill. Steven was never afraid of hard work. His first job was delivering newspapers for the West Plains Daily Quill, back when paper boys were a chattering, yelling, ink-smeared subculture of our community, those boys who popped wheelies on their bikes outside the newspaper building as they waited for the day’s news to be ready to stuff and roll into tight cylinders to be thrown on front porches all over town. He made life-long friends in his years at the Quill, both among his co-workers and the subscribers he served. Much to his parents’ relief, Steven graduated with the West Plains High School class of 1976. Auto-body and shop classes were probably the only things that got him through those high school years. Decades later, he was likely the only graduate who not only still owned, but could still wear, the plaid sport coat that he wore then (never mind the polyester pants). Without question, Steven lived by the maxim “waste not, want not” or, better, “use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.” It was just in his nature. Metal odds and ends, nuts and bolts, odd engine parts, and pieces of angle iron were filled with possibility for him and might one day be useful. Often, they were. He was a mechanical visionary. Following his paper-boy years, Steven worked as a parts man at Smith Auto Parts, on the line at International Shoe Company, in various positions at Marathon/Regal-Beloit, and as a self-employed small engine repairman and welder. Sometime in his manufacturing years, he became known for wearing cut-off jean shorts (the pockets hanging down below the cut) with combat boots. He cut quite a figure, as he always did have legs prettier than any man deserves. As a self-employed mechanic and artisan, he kept many lawnmowers and a lot of landscaping equipment and lawn tractors in service. He made feed bunks. He crafted wind chimes. He welded fencing for private homeowners and a local church. He even built the forms for a coral reef display in a far-away aquarium. He kept careful accounts, but it is certain the numbers in his notebook never reflected the full value of his work. He was a reliable and steadfast friend, ready to help when and where needed, asking nothing in return. He was steady, gritty, and fiercely independent. He kept his own schedule and his own counsel, attributes that were as endearing as they were sometimes frustrating to others. He never told a story in a hurry. His accounts were filled with deliberative silences bridged by small portions of abundant detail delivered in a slow drawl. A phone conversation with Steven could be an exercise in mindfulness, focus, and patience. He was always himself and he was dearly loved.
Steven never wavered in his devotion to his son, Buddy, who with his wife Jama and two daughters, Braylen and Lilly, survive him. He is also survived by his parents, Laurel and Margaret Thompson, West Plains; two brothers, Jim Thompson (Sarah), West Plains, and Russell Thompson (An), Soddy Daisy, Tennessee; one sister, Vickie Petkovic, West Plains; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Thomas E. and Ivy Morrell and Earl H. and Faye Thompson; one sister, Sherrill A. Thompson; and one nephew, Jeffrey Scott Thompson.
The family plans a private graveside service, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. A memorial service may be planned for a later date as circumstances allow. Though we cannot gather together now, we would love to know your memories and stories. Memorial contributions may be made to Bridges, A West Plains School District Project, or charity of choice and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Private Graveside Services for Isom Sherwood Vaughan, 83, West Plains, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mr. Vaughan died 1:35 p.m., Friday, March 27, 2020 at his home. He was born November 18, 1936 at Leota, Missouri to Oliver Vaughan and Ozella Alexander Vaughan. On November 25, 1961, he was married at Alpaugh, California to Nina Cox. Mr. Vaughan was a veteran having served with the United States Army. He enjoyed golf, working puzzles, doing his blog on politics, gardening and fishing. Mr. Vaughan was a member of the West 160 Church of Christ.
He is survived by his wife, Nina Vaughan, of the family home; two daughters, Rhonda Hatley and husband, John, West Plains, Missouri and Sonja McClain, Viola, Arkansas; five grandchildren, Summer Vaughan, Cody McClain, Shain Baile, Kaylee Hatley and Kaycee Hatlley; one brother, Max Vaughan and wife, Elaine, Bakersfield, Missouri; and Bonnie Carlile, West Plains, Missouri.
His parents, three sisters, Marjorie Cockrum, Maxine Vaughan and Opal Hicks, three brothers, Bob Vaughan, Otis Vaughan and Orvis Vaughan and one great-granddaughter, Journey Starr, preceded him in death.
A private family graveside service for Charles Grant Thompson, 70, Dora, Missouri, will be held at Pleasant Mound Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mr. Thompson passed away 6:16 p.m., Thursday, March 26, 2020 at Willow Care Nursing Home.
He was born February 22, 1950, at West Plains, Missouri, to John Lee Thompson and Floralee Lovan Thompson. He enjoyed deer hunting, and tinkering with old tractors. Mr. Thompson took much pride in his registered Angus cattle.
He is survived by longtime family friend, Robert Storment; one uncle, Bill Thompson; and many cousins, including, Jearld Collins and wife, Vivian, Stanley Collins and wife, Rita, Diana Carter and husband, Larry, David Collins, Jim Moritz and wife, Shirley, Joe Bill Thompson, Ron Lovan, Ann Smith and husband, Don, Kathy Hudson and husband, Ron and Susie Fry and husband, Chris.
His parents, one brother, Steve Lee Thompson and cousins, Jane Taylor and Jerry Moritz, preceded him in death.
Memorial contributions may be made to Pleasant Mound Cemetery and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Private Graveside Services for Virgil Eugene Wilson, 88, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mr. Wilson died 12:40 a.m., Saturday, March 28, 2020 at NHC HealthCare, West Plains. He was born August 10, 1931 at Brandsville, Missouri to Charles Ruben Wilson and Alta May Willard Wilson. On June 15, 1956, he was married at West Plains, Missouri to Rosie Faith Strickland. Mr. Wilson was a veteran having served in the United States Navy SeeBees. Before his retirement, he was employed with Caterpillar in Peoria, Illinois for thirty years. Mr. Wilson was a member of the Curry Street Church of Christ.
He is survived by his wife, Faith Wilson, of the family home; sister-in-law, Shirley Wilson; and several nieces and nephews.
His parents, one sister, Kathryn Anderson and two brothers, Fred Wilson and James Wilson, preceded him in death.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Free Union Cemetery and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Marjorie Helen Kelly, 77, West Plains, Missouri, departed this life Saturday, March 28, 2020 at Ozark Medical Center.
She was born March 5, 1943 in Margaretville, New York to Albert and Winifred (Roberts) Wickham. Marjorie was raised on a large dairy farm and attended Margaretville High school. She had four siblings Gayle, Frances, George and Gary all preceding her in death. Marjorie united in marriage to Carl Dalton Kelly Sr., March 1966 and had three children Catherine Anne Kelly, Carl Dalton Kelly Jr., and Craig Dallas Kelly.
Marjorie was a quick witted, friendly and loving person who held deep affection for the military and all things supportive of America. Throughout her life she served as a Soldier in the Women’s Army Corps (WACs), a senior administrative assistant in the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) department and a technical administrative analyst for the U.S. Army. She enjoyed animals (especially dogs), reading, games of chance (I.e. slots/bingo), participating in supportive initiatives for the Republican Party, spending time with friends/family, and late in her life painting/crafts. Marjorie was the rock of her family and would always be there to guide and help those in times of need. She held firm in her faith/beliefs and did not back down if challenged in either. She is remembered as a loving and loyal wife and an exceptional mother, sister, staunch patriot and friend to all.
She is survived by her son Carl D. Kelly Jr. (Colonel USA retired), his wife Gretchen and their two daughters Logan and Tatum; her grandchildren Amanda Grayson her husband Gray and their sons Dalton and Corben; Amber Jones and her children Andrew, Kyler and Harlie; Stephen Rosas; Lauryn (Sutton) Kelly her fiancé John and their son Kastor; Jayda Graham and her husband Alex; Amethyst Rich and her husband Jacob.
Marjorie is preceded in death by her husband Carl Sr., her daughter Cathy and her son Craig.
The family will hold a private graveside service at Oak Lawn Cemetery. Due to the current social distancing restrictions, attendance is only for immediate family and designated loved ones. The family will not hold a gathering afterward but intends to conduct another memorial service sometime this Spring/Summer in order to provide full military honors and celebrate the reinternment of her husband Carl Sr., next to her. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer any donations be made to the Special Operations Wounded Warrior Foundation in Marjorie’s name.
Celebration of Life Services for Jeanette Ann Duke, 46, Hot Springs, Arkansas will be held at a later date.
Mrs. Duke died 8:45 p.m., Friday, March 27, 2020 at National Park Hospital, Hot Springs, Arkansas. She was born July 19, 1973 at Piggott, Arkansas to Aderon Joe Gray and Donna Guthery Gray. Mrs. Duke was an insurance sales person and was of the Baptist faith.
She is survived by three children, Cody Duke and wife, Megan Hall, Aaron Duke and Brandon Duke, all of Caulfield, Missouri; four grandchildren, Melody, Macie, Lydia and Addie; her parents, Joe and Donna Gray two brothers, Nathan Yandell and Donnie Yandell; two sisters, Laura and Pamela Gilmore; several nieces and nephews; and her fiance, Jeff Howe and his daughter, Savannah Howe.
Lawrence Lee Goure, 67, Peace Valley, Missouri, passed away at 7:03 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at his home.
He was born June 9, 1952, at Greeley, Colorado, to Floyd Goure and Belva Ball. On December 27, 1998, he was married at Las Vegas, Nevada, to Linda Barry. Mr. Goure was the owner of Supreme Kitchen & Bath. He loved his family and enjoyed riding motorcycles and looking for antiques.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Goure, of the family home; three children, Shawn Goure, West Plains, Missouri, Amy Batterton, Mountain Home, Arkansas and Claudia Leaver and husband, Ken, Flippin, Arkansas; his mother, Belva Trebilcock and husband, Robert, Caulfield, Missouri; five grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; one brother, Michael Goure and wife, Annette, Koshkonong, Missouri; and one sister, Karen Gruender, West Plains.
His father, one son, Robert Goure and one brother Gary Goure preceded him in death.
A private family graveside service for Walter Eugene Botzenhart, 74, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at Union Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mr. Botzenhart passed away 6:38 p.m., Sunday, March 22, 2020 at his home.
He was born September 17, 1945, at West Plains, Missouri, to George Botzenhart and Hermine Moerschel Botzenhart. On September 4, 1965, he was married at Huntsville, Arkansas, to Kay Rideout. He enjoyed going on cruises, playing golf, fishing and watching sports. Mr. Botzenhart attended Brandsville Pentecostal Church.
He is survived by his wife, Kay Botzenhart; one daughter, Kimberly Ann McCartney and husband, Kevin, Sardis, Georgia; three grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
His parents, one daughter, Kathleen, two grandchildren and one brother, George, preceded him in death.
Mr. Botzenhart will lie in state from 5:00 p.m., until 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to ALS Foundation and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
A private family celebration of life service for Christopher Jeff Girdley, 33, West Plains, Missouri, will be held in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mr. Girdley passed away at 6:04 p.m., Friday, March 20, 2020, at his home.
He was born August 23, 1986, at West Plains, Missouri, to Jeffrey Girdley and Karen Hunt Avey. Mr. Girdley was a veteran, having served with the United States Army. Christopher loved his kids and enjoyed hunting, fishing and motorcycles.
He is survived by three children, Joseph, Chloe and Madeline Girdley; his father, Jeffery Girdley and wife, Heather, West Plains, Missouri; his mother, Karen Avey and husband, Jeff, Fortuna, Missouri; three brothers, Andrew Girdley, Andrew Garner and Joshua Avey; four sisters, Amber Girdley, Abbigail Garner, Allison Garner and Heather Steward; and his grandmother, Jackie Hunt.
His grandparents and several aunts and uncles, preceded him in death.
Memorial contributions may be made to West Plains Regional Animal Shelter and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
A memorial service will be held at a later date for John Ray Justus, Jr., 71, West Plains, Missouri.
Mr. Justus passed away Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Ozarks Medical Center.
He was born November 2, 1948, at Eminence, Missouri, to John Ray Justus and Martha Gregory Justus. On June 22, 1985, he was married at Las Vegas, Nevada, to Colleen Ficken. He was of the Lutheran Faith and was very active in his church. John owned and operated A&A Enterprizes, a transportation brokerage. He also was a bookkeeper for E.H. Carrol Sand and Gravel. John was a Vietnam veteran who proudly served in the United States Air Force. He was quick with a joke and had lots of friends. He was loved by many and will be truly missed.
He is survived by his wife, Colleen Justus; one son, Darren Summers and wife, Kristy, and their three children, Henry, Beau and Reid; his daughter, Kimberly Daggett and husband, Jake, and their son, Pierson and a baby on the way; one sister, Betty Algeo; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
His parents, one sister, Dorothy Lewis and one brother, Leroy Justus, preceded him in death.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to The elevator fund at Immanuel Lutheran Church and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Karen Kathleen Davis, 79, Udall, Missouri, passed away 12:54 a.m., Sunday, March 22, 2020 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri.
She was born July 29, 1940, at Tecumseh, Missouri, to Eldon Pitcock and Linnie Marie Crawford Pitcock Ingram. Karen graduated from Gainesville High School with the Class of 1958. On November 5, 1959, she was married at Knob Noster, Missouri, to Lawrence David “Dave” Davis, who preceded her in death on February 22, 2020. She was a loving mother and grandmother. Karen never met a stranger and always put others first. She held a pilot’s license, was a great cook and enjoyed going to flea markets, traveling and feeding wildlife.
She is survived by two children, Lisa Keller and Dana Taylor and husband, Chet; one daughter-in-law, Chris Davis; six grandchildren, Keith Davis, Tara Hendrickson and husband, Jeremy, Cindy Hensley, Jonathan Mitchell and wife, Amanda, Jessica Mitchell and Ben Mitchell and wife, Jessica; twelve great-grandchildren; her mother, Linnie Ingram; two brothers, Marlyn Pitcock and wife, Charlene and Lyndon Pitcock and wife, Linaia; one sister, Kris Luebbert; and several nieces and nephews.
Her father, Eldon Pitcock, husband, Lawrence David “Dave” Davis and one son, Lawrence David “Larry” Davis, II, preceded her in death.
A memorial service for Mr. and Mrs. Davis will be held at a later date.
A private family graveside service for Joan Violet Woods, 86, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mrs. Woods passed away 6:51 a.m., Sunday, March 22, 2020 at her home.
She was born December 19, 1933, at Norwich, England, to Arthur Elgood and Alice Selina Pond Elgood. On November 24, 1951, she was married at Norwich, England, to Robert Woods. Mrs. Woods enjoyed knitting and loved taking care of her home and family.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Woods, of the family home; six children, Steven Woods, Naples, Italy, James Woods and wife, Vicky, Cherokee Village, Arkansas, Michael Woods and wife, Debra, West Plains, Julia Hoover and husband, Randy, West Plains, Rebecca Eckman and husband, Bob, Thayer, Missouri and David Woods and wife, Rhonda, San Antonio, Texas; fifteen grandchildren; twenty-one great-grandchildren; one brother, Peter Elgood, Norwich, England; one brother-in-law, Larry Woods and wife, Evie; and two sisters-in-law, Ena Elgood and Nancy Flannigan.
Her parents, one daughter-in-law, Angela Woods, one brother and one sister, preceded her in death.
Mrs. Woods will lie in state from 5:00 p.m., until 9:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association or American Cancer Society and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
James Guy O’Dell, Jr., 60, West Plains, Missouri, passed away at 12:10 a.m., Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at West Vue Nursing Center.
He was born February 7, 1960, at Albuquerque, New Mexico, to James Guy O’Dell and Betty Lou Vandagriff O’Dell.
He is survived by his mother Betty O’Dell; sister Kathy Parker along with Victor Parker, son Casey Parker and wife Michelle and children Peyton, Caden and Ren; one brother David O’Dell and wife Lily and daughter Cassie O’Dell all of West Plains.
He is preceded in death by his father, James G. O’Dell.
Funeral services for Eileen Turner Blacksher, 76, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at a later date at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Mrs. Blacksher passed away 9:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at her home.
She was born June 16, 1943, at Pasadena, California, to John Turner and Ruth May Vincent Turner. On December 31, 1978, she was married at Etiwanda, California, to Hershel Ray Blacksher, who preceded her in death on August 16, 2010.
She is survived by seven children, Paula, Glenn, Donna, Dale, Christina, Eric and Tammy; five step-children; forty-three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Her parents, husband, two sisters and two brothers, preceded her in death.
Memorial contributions may be made to West Plains Regional Animal Shelter and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Graveside services for Pare Daily “Ace” Baker, Jr., 87, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 22, 2020 at Oak Lawn Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mr. Baker passed away 7:59 a.m., Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at his home.
He was born December 15, 1932, at Batesville, Arkansas, to Pare D. Baker, Sr. and Rebecca Mae DePriest Baker. On March 15, 1957, he was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Mary Jo Smith. Mr. Baker was a veteran, having served with the United States Navy. Before his retirement he was the Assistant Parks and Recreation Director for the City of West Plains. He enjoyed playing golf, hunting and gardening. He never met a stranger. Ace loved his children, grandchildren and the love of his life, Mary Jo.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Jo Baker, of the family home; two children, Vicky Deatherage and husband, Dr. Ted Deatherage and Kenny Baker and wife, Jackie, all of West Plains; seven grandchildren, Samantha, Corey, Jazlynn, Kayla, Tim, Tonya and Alec; four great-grandchildren, Makenna, Haily, Mikah and Ellaina Jo; one sister-in-law, Sherrel Baker; and several nieces and nephews.
His parents and three brothers, Homer, Joe and James “Red” Baker, preceded him in death.
Mr. Baker will lie in state from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m., Saturday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Graveside services for Claude Edward “Eddie” Richards, 83, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 12:00 Noon, Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Oak Lawn Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mr. Richards passed away 9:40 a.m., Saturday, March 7, 2020, at Ozarks Medical Center.
He was born April 10, 1936, at West Plains, Missouri, to Claude Earnest Richards and Edna Hill Richards. He received his elementary and high school education in West Plains, graduating from West Plains High School in 1953, where he was one of the most recognized athletes in West Plains history. Eddie participated in football, basketball, track, baseball and golf. He was the only athlete to ever letter in five sports in a single season. In the fall of 1953, Eddie enrolled at the University of Missouri and graduated in 1957 with a bachelor’s degree in business. He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, where he established many close friendships that lasted his entire life. He was also a member of the University of Missouri Tigers basketball team for his four years in college, which remained an important part of his life and developed his avid love of Tiger sports. After graduating college, he entered the United States Army and was stationed at Fort Chaffee in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He was honorably discharged in 1959. It was during this period that he met the love of his life, Coretta Thomas. They were married on September 19, 1959 and were happily married for sixty years. They had two children, John and Laura. He returned to West Plains and joined the family business, Richards Brothers, where he worked his entire life. Eddie took over the feed and farm division of Richards Brothers and grew it into one of the area’s leaders in agriculture. Under his guidance, Richards Brothers became one of the most recognized dealerships for Purina Mills and was awarded as a top dealership many times. His work was more than business to him, as he took a genuine interest in his customers, many of which became close friends. Eddie loved being at the feed store every day, seeing customers and friends and keeping active in the business. Eddie was an active supporter of many local organizations and believed in always helping the community grow and prosper. He was a lifetime member of the Heart of the Ozarks Fair Board and served as president multiple times; he was a strong believer that the county fair was not only a showcase for our local farmers but a real community event to be shared by everyone. He was a key organizer of the National Feeder Pig Show. He served as President of the West Plains Country Club and served on the board of directors of West Plains Bank and Trust Company. Eddie was also a Shriner and had been a Mason for over fifty years Mr. Richards supported many organizations, but was especially fond of those that promoted youth activities, such as FFA. He was an avid sportsman who enjoyed a wide variety of activities, including water skiing, boating, field trails and of course, basketball. However, you could mostly find him pursuing his two favorite pastimes, golf and quail hunting. Eddie had an outstanding career in amateur golf playing in many tournaments, including the Missouri Amateur and Senior Amateur and was the West Plains Country Club men’s champion multiple times. His joy of quail hunting established a special relationship with his many hunting dogs over the years and they would spend long afternoons together out in the quail fields. In his later years, Eddie became active in deer and turkey hunting. He bought a “farm” in the 1980’s to pursue his hunting passions and one of the real joys in life was spending time on his farm and working on it; it became a special place to him and he loved having friends and family join him there and would spend hours showing off the work he had done there. Eddie loved spending time with his friends and family; he was a true believer in enjoying life and sharing those moments with the people he loved. His favorite holiday was Christmas and he always believed it was a special time for his family to be together. He was very proud of his family. He took pride in watching his two children grow up and for the last several years the real joy of his life was his two granddaughters and watching them grow and being able to be a part of their lives.
He is survived by his wife, Coretta, West Plains; his son, John Richards, West Plains; and daughter, Laura Parker and husband, Steve; Kansas City; two granddaughters, Jessica and Anna Parker, Kansas City; his sister, Dorothy Alexa and husband, Jay, Harrison, Arkansas; sister-in-law, Claudine Richards, Kansas City; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
His parents, one brother, Lynn Richards and several aunts, uncles and cousins, preceded him in death.
Mr. Richards will lie in state from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m., Friday, March 20, 2020, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to The Boys & Girls Club of West Plains or OMC Foundation and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Funeral services for Sharon Kay Gosseck, 75, Tulsa, Oklahoma, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Bridges Creek Missionary Baptist Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Ms. Gosseck passed away at 4:20 a.m., Sunday, March 15, 2020 at her home.
She was born October 13, 1944, in Ozark County, Missouri, to Marlin Gus Lane and Rachel Frankie Twilley Lane. Sharon was very strong willed and was an amazing cook; she enjoyed flowers, casinos, bingo and country music.
She is survived by three children, Angela K. Sexton, Susan Nichols and husband, Robert and Jason Blackwell and wife, DeAnne; nine grandchildren, Jessica Teel, Shawna M. Myers and husband, Brad, Ron Teel, Amanda Honeycutt, Cheyanna Szudajski and husband, Gavin, Haley Murrill, Shelby Jeffery and husband, Ethan, Ty Blackwell and Abbie Blackwell; six great-grandchildren and one on the way; four sisters, Dixie Bayless and husband, Gerald, Linda Swadley and husband, Bill, Carol Cook and husband, Jim and Mona Gay Arnett; and several nieces and nephews.
Her parents and one brother, Rick Lane, preceded her in death.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m., Friday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Baptist Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Baptist Hill Cemetery or American Cancer Society and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.