Sunday, November 18, 2018

Lt. George Richard (Dick) Knight d. 5 November 1969

State Patrol's Lt. Knight Dies of Leukemia

WAYNESVILLE (Special)- Funeral services for Lt. George Richard Knight, 59, of Waynesville, will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the West Side Baptist Church, Waynesville, with the Revs. Wilbur Harbaugh and Billy Dudley officiating. Burial will be in Waynesville Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Moss-Williams of Waynesville.

Lt. Knight was deputy commander of Highway Patrol Troop I at Rolla and had been with the highway patrol since 1942. He was acheduled to retire next May.

He died at 9:55 a.m. Wednesday in Pulaski Memorial Hospital here where he had been hospitalized six months. His death was attributed to leukemia.

Survivors include his wife, Anna; one son, James, who is serving with the Marine Corps; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Knight of Moberly; three brothers, Albert, Quincy, Ill., Everett of Roanoke, Va., and Curtis of the state of New Jersey; and three grandchildren.

The Springfield News-Leader
6 November 1969

Transcribed by Laura (Abernathy) Huffman

Clarence A. Ballard d. 29 January 1969

WAYNESVILLE- Funeral services for Clarence Albert Ballard, 72, Waynesville, who died in Pulaski County Hospital Wednesday, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. Norman Sanders and the Rev. Barry Hampton officiating. Burial, under direction of Moss-Williams of Waynesville, will be in Mount Gibson Cemetery.

Mr. Ballard is survived by his wife, Brilla; three sons, Sylvanus, Charlie and Bland; six daughters, Mrs. Elva Debar, Mrs. Ollie Stewart, Mrs. Clairia York, Mrs. Sue Rhoades, Mrs. Ethlyn Bales, and Miss Elizabeth Ballard; and 21 grandchildren.

Springfield Leader and Press
30 Janaury 1969

Transcribed by Laura (Abernathy) Huffman

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Mrs. Virgil Hutton d. 24 Janaury 1969

WAYNESVILLE- Mrs. Caroline Jewell Hutton, 41, of Waynesville, died Friday in the Pulaski County Memorial Hospital.

She is survived by her husband, Virgil; three sons, Richard Stewart, Peoria, Ill., and Ellis R. and Roger L. Hutton, both of the home; her mother, Mrs. Ruth Rowden; two brothers, William Rowden, Waynesville, and Charles Rowden, Lexington, Mo.; a sister, Oleta Tucker of the state of California, and a grandson.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today in the Buckhorn Baptist Church, with the Rev. Norman Sanders officiating. Burial, under direction of Moss-Williams of Waynesville, will be in Buckhorn cemetery.

Springfield Leader and Press
26 January 1969

Transcribed by Laura (Abernathy) Huffman

Clyde Johns d. 14 January 1969

WAYNESVILLE- Funeral services for Clyde Johns, 64, Route 2, Newburg, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Moss-Williams Chapel here with the Rev. Wilson Davis officiating. Burial will be in Waynesville Memorial Park.

Mr. Johns died Tuesday in Pulaski County Hospital here after a lingering illness.

Surviving are his wife, Elsie; four daughters, Mrs. Edith Nelson, Jonesboro, Ind.; Miss Betty Johns, of the home, and Mrs. Barbara Deckard and Mrs. Mary Backues, both of Jefferson City; four sons, Raymond of Dixon, Ernest, Commerce, Calif.; Wilmer, Wichita Falls, Tex., and James, of the home; a sister, Mrs. Zelma Gibbs, Salem; a brother, Fred, East St. Louis, Ill.; 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Springfield Leader and Press
15 January 1969

Transcribed by Laura (Abernathy) Huffman

Friday, November 16, 2018

James Ellis Dodds d. 17 November 1968

WAYNESVILLE- Funeral services for James Ellis Dodds, 72, Waynesville, who died at 1:30 a.m. Sunday in Pulaski County Hospital here after a long illness, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Waynesville Methodist Church. The Rev. George Tait will officiate, with burial in Waynesville Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Moss-Williams.

Springfield Leader and Press
Springfield, Missouri
18 November 1968

Transcribed by Laura (Abernathy) Huffman

William Allen Miller d. 16 November 1968

WAYNESVILLE- Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today in the Moss-Williams Chapel here for William Allen Miller, 41, St. Robert, who died about 1 a.m. Saturday.

A funeral home spokesman said Miller apparantly took his own life. Pulaski County Coroner C.E. Moss said there would be no inquest. The Rev. Bill Elam will officiate with burial in Rolla.

He is survived by his wife, Lucy Jeanette; a daughter, Melinda Kay, Chaffee; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Miller, of the home; and a brother, Jesse, Carbondale, Ill.

Springfield Leader and Press
Springfield, Missouri
17 November 1968

Transcribed by Laura (Abernathy) Huffman

Colly Decker d. 8 November 1968

CROCKER- Funeral services for Colly Decker, 63, Crocker, who died at 11:30 p.m. Friday in Pulaski County Hospital, Waynesville, will be at 2 p.m., Monday in the First Baptist Church, Crocker, with the Rev. Calvin Parrish officiating. Burial, under direction of Moss-Williams, will be in Crocker Cemetery.

Mr. Decker is survived by his wife, Blanche; daughter, Mrs. Doris Coleen Fogal, Crocker; sister, Mrs. Nell Parkinson, Wichita Falls, Tex.; and two grandchildren.

Springfield Leader and Press
Springfield, Missouri
9 November, 1968

Transcribed by Laura (Abernathy) Huffman

Mrs. Bertha Paulette died 4 May 1968

WAYNESVILLE- Funeral services for Mrs. Bertha Paulette, 80, Waynesville,
who died in General Hospital here Thursday, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in the
Moss-Williams Chapel here.
The Rev. Bill Potter will officiate with burial in Waynesville Memorial Park Cemetery.


She is survived by three sons, Herman K. and H.J., both of Waynesville, and
Roy C., Odessa, Tex.;
four daughters, Mrs. Delmar Greer, state of Mississippi, Mrs. J.E. Llewellyn, Anniston, Ala.,
Mrs. M.R. Hych, Waynesville, and Mrs. E.H. Carson, El Paso, Tex.; one sister,
Mrs. Annis Wright, Texarkana, Ark.; one brother, Harvey Stevens, El Paso;
22 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren.


The Springfield News-Leader
4 May 1968

Transcribed by Laura (Abernathy) Huffman

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Ersie D. Tarbell d. 9 April 1968

Ersie D. Tarbell, 73, Laquey, Mo., formerly a Kansas City architect, died Tuesday in Laquey.

He was born in Spencer, Ia., and lived in Kansas City from about 1920 to 1950. He was an architect with the Wight and Wight company for 30 years.

In 1934, after two and a half years of work, Mr. Tarbell completed a large reflecting telescope in his basement.

In 1953, Mr. Tarbell designed and built a planetarium in the Ozarks near Waynesville. The elaborate stucco-base building was capped with an aluminum dome. He still was giving lecture demonstrations there.

Mr. Tarbell was a Baptist. He was a member of the Astronomer’s club.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Kate Tarbell of the home; a son Dale Tarbell, Waynesville; three daughters, Mrs. Marjorie Demmer and Miss Shirley Tarbell, both of Boulder, Colo., and Mrs. Margaret Wehmeyer, Laquey, and three grandchildren. Services will be held at 3 o’clock Friday at the Floral Hills cemetery.

The Kansas City Times
11 April 1968
Transcribed by Laura (Abernathy) Huffman

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Jack Dale Fincher d. February 13 2013

Jack Dale Fincher, Sr., son of the late Junior Dale and Alice Marie (Richard) Fincher, was born May 22, 1947 in Hartville, Missouri. As a young boy, Jack and his family moved to the Waynesville area where he grew up and graduated from high school.

In 1964, Jack entered the United States Navy and served his country faithfully until his honorable discharge in 1968. He had attained the rank of 2nd Class Petty Officer E-5.

On October 25, 1972, Jack was united in marriage to Nellie Jean Richards in Houston, Missouri. They shared 22 years of marriage together before she preceded him in death on May 23, 1994. Jack and Nellie were blessed with three sons: Jack Dale, Jr., Steven Michael and James Darrin.

Jack moved to the Waynesville / St. Robert area and immediately became involved in the community. He served as City Administrator for the city of St. Robert and retired from that position on March 1, 2004. He also served for 20 years on the Pulaski County Ambulance Board. In his spare time, Jack enjoyed being outdoors while fishing and also liked doing photography.

On June 30, 2002, Jack was baptized at the New Friendship Baptist Church and became a member there.

Jack passed away Saturday, February 2, 2013, in Phelps County Regional Medical Center, of Rolla, Missouri having attained the age of 65 years, 8 months and 12 days. He will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by all those that knew and loved him.

Jack leaves to cherish his memory four sons: Steven Fincher (Kimberly) of St. Robert, MO, James Fincher (Melissa) of Hibbing, MN, Jack Dale Fincher, Jr. (Ida) of Madera, CA, and Matthew Voigt (Brandi) of St. Robert, MO; his daughter, Amanda Voigt of Waynesville, MO; eight grandchildren: Tiffany, Caitlin, Brittany, Ashley, Brandon, Alyssa, Rylie and Jace; four great-grandchildren: Sade’, Damarion, Maci, and Kace; two brothers: Ronnie Fincher (Karen) of St. Robert, MO and Kenny Fincher (Debi) of Lakeside, CA; his sister: Dorothy Gilstrap (Travis) of Crocker, MO; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, Jack was preceded in death by two brothers: Bob Indermuehle and Bruce Fincher.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 6, 2013 in the Memorial Chapels and Crematory of Waynesville / St. Robert with Rev. Christopher Hendrix officiating. Debra Adkins read the obituary and recalled her memories of Jack and Anita Ivey read a proclamation from the City of St. Robert honoring Jack’s service to the community. The songs “Consider the Lilies”, “Go Rest High on that Mountain” and “Amazing Grace” were played. Serving as escorts were Jerry Shaw, Junior Levett, Greg Cantrell, Matthew Voigt, Gary Carmack and Doug Adkins. Serving as honorary escort was Bob Marshall.

Burial with military honors followed in the Sunset Memorial Estates Cemetery of Waynesville. Military honors were provided by the Missouri Honors Team. Serving as funeral procession escorts were the St. Robert Police Department and the Pulaski County Ambulance Service.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Jack Fincher and may be left at the funeral home.