Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Sarah H. (Worthen) Howard 1843-1914

Mrs. Sarah H. Worthen Howard was one of the five daughters of James and Jane Worthen, who lived north of Crokcer on a farm, now known as Abottsford. She was born March 20, 1843 and died Jan. 6, 1914, age 70 years, 9 months and 20 days.

She was married to Mr. Chas. H. Howard, April 19, 1870, one of the first merchants of Crocker. They were the pioneers of the town, and have resided here longer than any other residents. They were not blessed with children of their own but have raised and educated more children than the average large family. Mrs. Howard, like her husband, was a great reader and her center-table was supplied with the leading periodicals and current literature. She was a leader in the organization of the first literary society in Crocker in the early '80's and contributed much to its success.

In music, both vocal and instrumental, she took great interest and many owe their proficiency on the organ and piano to her early teaching. Mrs. Howard loved flowers and all nature. When they moved to the present Howard home, it may be said there was no beauty to attract the eye or stir the heart except a few forest and fruit trees and the magnificent views in all directions, particularly in the east, where can be seen Pilot Knob on the Iron Mountain R.R.., but under the ready aid of her husband, tress of many kinds were planted and she gave her greatest interest to the cultivation of flowers and the collection of the most unique geological specimens to be seen in the country. She found the place a waste, but left it the "Shaws Garden" and wonder of the county. No friends and few casual callers left her hospitable door without fragrant beautiful bouquets. The churches and Sunday schools on special occasions were recipients of fine selections from her large flower bed. Few public functions of merit, but what were graced with floral offerings, motivated by her kind and large hearted interest. The poor will miss her ministrations, her charity and philanthropy were unostentatious. She was a member of the Ladies Aid Society of the Christian Church and at the last meeting- one week before her funeral- she was the most active and jovial member present. At her burial, which was the most largely attended ever held in Crocker, she was remembered by those present and from abroad with flowers she so much loved. She is survived by her husband, Mr. Charles H. Howard, and two sisters, Miss Rebecca Worthen and Mrs. Phoebe Hascall, together with many nieces and nephews, and friends unnumbered.

The Pulaski County Democrat
Waynesville, Missouri
15 January, 1914
Page 4                      

Transcribed by Laura (Abernathy) Huffman 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Wille Mullanphy died July 2, 1886

Died, on Friday morning, July 2nd, of cholera infantum, Willie, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Mullanphy. Little Wille had been ailing for some time and was in a weakly condition when taken with his last sickness. His remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery near Frank’s Switch.

Rolla Herald
Rolla, Missouri
8 July, 1886
page 2

Transcribed by Laura (Abernathy) Huffman

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Woodrow Andres (1922-1942)


Woodrow, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Andres, was born in Rolla, Mo., December 28, 1922 and passed away late Saturday night, February 28, 1942 following injuries received in an automobile accident near the junction of Highway 17 and 66 some thirty miles west of Rolla. Besides the parents he is survived by one brother John of the home address, Jerome, Mo., two sisters; Mrs. James Bauers of Rolla and Mrs. Richard Warnol of St. Louis, besides a number of other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon from the Pisgah Church near Dixon, by Rev. Andy Sheppard. Pallbearers were: Gene Rigsby, Harry Evans, Billie Allen, Russell Heflin, Andy Arthur and Louis Woods.

At the time of his death Woodrow was employed in the laundry at Fort Leonard Wood. The large attendance of friends at the final service gave proof of the popularity of this young man. Burial was made in the Pisgah Cemetery under the direction of Null & Son Funeral Home.

Rolla Herald
Rolla, Missouri
12 March, 1942
page 8

Transcribed by Laura (Abernathy) Huffman

Monday, April 3, 2017

William Spencer Bryant (1859-1941)


William Spencer Bryant, son of David and Susan Bryant, was born in Phelps County, Missouri, September 5, 1859 and departed this life suddenly on November 13, 1941, at Rolla, Missouri, being 82 years, 2 months and 8 days of age at time of death.

On March 20, 1881, he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Emma Roberts and to this union twelve children were born, seven of whom survive, five daughters and two sons. Four children died in infancy and another daughter, Mrs. J.W. Gaddy, passed away on March 15, 1922. His wife preceded him in death April 12, 1912. He had made his home with his children for the past several years.

Those who survive are his children, Mrs. W.A. Cain of Dixon, E.A. Bryant of Columbia, Mrs. F.H. Blue and Mrs. C.E. Jones of Rolla, Mrs. C.L. Mathews of Monett, Mrs. C.M. Hallett and R.G. Bryant of St. Louis.

Besides his children he leaves to mourn his passing 26 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. All of his children, all of his grandchildren except 3 and all of his great-grandchildren, except one, were present at the funeral.

He was converted early in life and united with a Free-Will Baptist church. In a few years when this church was discontinued he united with the Sheppard Methodist church, south of Dixon.

He was a true husband, a kind and devoted father and to know him was to love him. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Pisgah Cemetery under direction of F.H. Gilbert Funeral Home of Dixon.

Rolla Herald
Rolla, Missouri
20 November, 1941
page 5

Transcribed by Laura (Abernathy) Huffman

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Everett James Helton (1913-1941)


Everett James, son of Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Helton, was born near Dixon, Missouri, October 6, 1913 and passed away at the St. James Hospital following a major operation early Monday evening, October 20, 1941, at the age of 28 years and 14 days. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lyda Helton, one step-son, Floyd Pelikan; four brothers, Lloyd and Lonnie Helton of St. Louis, Mo., and Elmer and Frank Helton of near Dixon, Mo.; one sister, Mrs. Myrtle Houser of Dixon; his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Helton, of Dixon, and one grandfather, Eli Hale, of near Iberia.

Funeral services were conducted from the Old Spring Creek Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 22, by Rev. Johnson of St. James. Pallbearers were: Frank, Lucas, Clifford, Andrew, Guy, Earnest and Joe Maxwell and Earl Houser. Burial was made in the Spring Creek Cemetery under the direction of Null and Son Funeral Home.

Rolla Herald
Rolla, Missouri
23 October, 1941
page 5

Transcribed by Laura (Abernathy) Huffman

Saturday, April 1, 2017

John Edward Lonzader 1883-1941

John Edward Lonzader was born near Dixon, Mo., April 30, 1883 and passed away July 8, 1941 at the home of his nephew, Elbridge Lonzader at Newburg, Mo.

The death of Mr. Lonzader came as a shock to his many friends and relatives. He had been suffering from an abscess, when suddenly his condition grew worse and he lived only a short while.

The funeral was conducted at the Newburg Church of God, July 9, 1941. Rev. Paul Bennett officiated and was assisted by Rev. J.A. Wilson. Burial was in the Mount Olive Cemetery under the direction of Lee Johnson.

The pallbearers were Elbridge Lonzander, Ted Bunch, Ferrell Barnett, Frank Boudenot, Lester Williams, and Price Dotson. The flower bearers were Thelma and Helen Jordan, Norma Guffey and Bernadine Affolter.

He leaves to mourn his passing two brothers, Robert Lonzader of Newburg and C.B. lonzader of Oklahoma City, Okla.; two sisters, Mrs. Nellie Stewart and Mrs. Lillie Brockman of Newburg and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Lonzader was well-known and had many friends, who mourn his untimely death.

Rolla Herald
Rolla, Missouri
17 July, 1941
page 5

Transcribed by Laura (Abernathy) Huffman

Friday, March 31, 2017

James W. Hancock 1861-1941


James W. Hancock was born March 27, 1861 in Pulaski County, Mo., and passed away at his home in Dixon, Mo., April 10, 1941, being at the time of his death 80 years and 13 days.

On May 15, 1930 he was married to Mrs. Lillie Ray of Rolla, Mo., who survives. He is also survived by two daughters by a former marriage, Zola Costly of Gary, Ind. and Irene Brittan, of St. Louis, Mo., and four grandchildren and one great-grandchild, one brother, George Hancock of Dixon, Mo., three sisters, Mrs. Lin Briggs of Muskogee, Okla., Mrs. Flora Anderson of Detroit, Mich., and Rosa Bates of Dixon, Mo. He was a member of the Christian Church in Dixon and had been a Mason for 52 years.

Rolla Herald
Rolla, Missouri
17 April, 1941
page 4

Transcribed by Laura (Abernathy) Huffman

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Roberta Leta (Parkhurst) Morris 1935-2002

Roberta Leta Morris, daughter of Johnnie William and Ester Pearl (Rhodes) Parkhurst, was born March 3, 1935 in Butler, Oklahoma. 

Roberta departed this life on March 23, 2002 at her home in Waynesville at the age of 67 years. 

Roberta worked on the assembly line at Brown Shoe Company for six years before becoming the owner and operator of Cozy Arts Theatre, Cozy Acres Mobile Home Court, Beauty Shop, Laundry Mat and Tattoo Shop. 

Roberta was a member of the VFW Post 3176 Ladies Auxiliary, Waynesville/St. Robert Area Chamber of Commerce, Gardening Club and the Arbor Day Foundation. She enjoyed gardening, reading, sewing and hummingbirds. 

Roberta will be sadly missed by three sons: Carl Dean Morris of Waynesville, and Terry and Carl Reed of the State of Oklahoma; and two daughters: Angel Hanley of Dayton, Ohio and Sherrie Montaruli of Nixa. She also leaves three brothers: Wayne Parkhurst and wife Juanice, and Melvin Parkhurst and wife Deanne, all of Cheyenne, Okla., and Robert Parkhurst and wife Nadine of Duncan, Okla.; four grandchildren: Carl Dale MorrisCharles ReedElizabeth Ann Morris and Jennifer Reed; and four stepsisters: Mary Lou VanPelt, Jane Lambe, Wanda Fay Montgomery and Lorene Schultz. Also surviving are her best friend Sharon Carrigar; friends John Culbertson and Roger Alley; sister-in-law Jean Parkhurst; and several other relatives and friends. 

Roberta was preceded in death by her parents, Johnnie and Ester Parkhurst; one son, Lou Burns; and two brothers, Jimmie Eugene and Marion Parkhurst.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2002 in the Waynesville 
Memorial Chapel with Rev. Juanice Parkhurst officiating. Roberta's daughter Angel sang "Amazing Grace" and "What A Day That Will Be" while accompanied by her husband David. Acknowledgments were read by dear friends Ivan Roberts and Loretta Terrio. The congregation sang "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Softly and Tenderly." Serving as escorts were Roger Alley, Brock Cameron, Ron James, Carl Dale Morris, Carl Dean Morris, John Montaruli, Melvin Parkhurst, and Ivan Roberts. 

Burial was in the Waynesville Memorial Park Cemetery. Services were under the direction of the Waynesville Memorial Chapel.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Chester West Parker (1901-1998)

Chester Parker

Chester West Parker, 96, son of John and Julia West Parker, was born Nov. 20, 1901, in Kansas City. He died Oct 1, 1998, at St. John's Regional Health Center in Springfield.

He attended elementary and high school in Houston and at age 17 taught in a one-room rural school. At age 18, he was a freshman at the University of Missouri-Columbia. In 1921, at 19, he was principal of an elementary school in the Picher, Okla., mining district. For two years he was a high school principal at Licking.

After another year of rural teaching, Mr. Parker began his work as superintendent of schools, which he followed for 44 years: two at Conway, 11 at Ozark, 17 at Ava, and 14 in the Waynesville/St. Robert /Fort Leonard Wood area.

He was a member of Southern Baptist churches since the age of 10. He was a member of Lions Clubs for more than 50 years and a long-time member of Toastmasters Clubs and chambers of commerce.

After retirement in 1969, he served as mayor of Waynesville for six years.

Mr. Parker had his mother's gift for writing. They both were published authors with several books written between them. He wrote countless newspaper articles. He always had a great love for fishing on the Ozarks streams.

He married Kathleen Ezzsell in 1927. They were married for more than 60 years before her death in 1987. They had three children while living at Ozark.

Surviving are his children, Lois McClendon of Springfield, Ed "Fast Eddie" Parker of Universal City, Texas, and John Parker of Columbia; one sister, Maurine Grammer of Albuquerque, N.M.; eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Services were Oct. 5 at the Soldier's Memorial Chapel at Fort Leonard Wood with the Rev. Bill Turner officiating. Burial was in the Waynesville Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Waynesville Memorial Chapel.

Houston Herald
Houston, Missouri
8 October, 1998
page 3

Transcribed by Laura (Abernathy) Huffman

Friday, March 17, 2017

Clarence William Lewis (1931-2002)

Clarence William Lewis was born March 16, 1931 in Pulaski County, to Joseph Henry and Rosey Bell (Kelly) Lewis. While working on the WPA projects during the depression, Clarence's father Henry caught pneumonia and died in 1934. In 1943, his mother Rosey married Monroe http://www.awltovhc.com/image-2326881-10471554-1404254934000Foster.

Clarence attended school at Dry Creek before his family moved to Waynesville in 1940 and he attended Waynesville schools.

When Clarence was young, he had jet black hair, and was therefore given the name "Blackie" by Fred Cook when he carried newspapers on Fort Leonard Wood for Lyle Cox. Blackie had a reputation for being a hard worker and he worked for many well known business people in the area. He worked at Waynesville Lumber Company for Mark Blue and Gene Farnham and he worked on farms for Jim and Claude Laughlin and for Joe Morgan, Bill Hensley and Whis Dye. He also worked for Arch Cohn and Louie Carmack.

In 1947, Clarence accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal savior and was baptized by Andy Shepard at Deerlick Baptist Church. In 2000, he moved his membership to the Gateway Baptist Church where his close friend, Rev. Wilbur Harbaugh serves as pastor. Blackie also attended Westside Baptist Church with Rev. Harbaugh.

Blackie departed this life the morning of July 8, 2002 at Sunset Village of the Ozarks, St. Robert, http://www.awltovhc.com/image-2326881-10471554-1404254934000Missouri, at the age of 71 years.

He is survived by one brother: Jesse Lewis and his wife, Lucy of Mexico, Mo., and a half brother: Roy Lee http://www.awltovhc.com/image-2326881-10471554-1404254934000Foster and his wife, Lynn of Waynesville. He also leaves three nieces and two nephews: Norma Hedgpeth of http://www.awltovhc.com/image-2326881-10471554-1404254934000Missouri City, http://www.awltovhc.com/image-2326881-10471554-1404254934000Texas, Sharon Kay Mitchell of Jefferson City, Linda Cox and Donnie and Larry Lewis all of Mexico, Mo., and numerous cousins.

Clarence was preceded in death by his baby brother, Raymond; his father: Henry; his stepfather: Monroe http://www.awltovhc.com/image-2326881-10471554-1404254934000Foster; his mother: Rosey; his brother: Ernest Lewis of http://www.awltovhc.com/image-2326881-10471554-1404254934000California and one sister: Alene Quiggle.
Blackie Lewis was well known in the Waynesville-St. Robert area. Blackie loved people and loved to visit. His favorite conversations revolved around politics, current events and religion. Blackie worked hard all of his life, and lived up to all financial responsibilities…he never asked for credit, and paid when purchasing items. He felt deeply about his country, and never missed an opportunity to vote. He was kind, was never heard to speak ill of others and never complained about his own condition nor those situations existing in our world.

Those people who knew Blackie will miss seeing him driving his blue car, sitting on the courthouse lawn or on his porch. 

A funeral service was held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 13 at Waynesville Memorial Chapel with Blackie's good friend, Rev. Wilbur Harbaugh officiating. Pianist, Kitty Scott played as the congregation sang, "The Old Rugged Cross." Serving as escorts were John Bonebrake, Kenny http://www.awltovhc.com/image-2326881-10471554-1404254934000Foster , John Hedgpeth, Dwight Hensley, Judge Doug Long and Chuck Thompson. Claude Laughlin, Jim Laughlin and Frank Farris were honorary escorts.

Burial was in the Waynesville Memorial Park Cemetery.