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

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,, 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 and his wife, Lynn of Waynesville. He also leaves three nieces and two nephews: Norma Hedgpeth of City,, 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; his mother: Rosey; his brother: Ernest Lewis of 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 , 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.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Hazel Florence (Singleton) Hough 1918-2002

Hazel Florence Hough was born September 11, 1918 at Wheeler Mill near Dixon. She was one of eight children born to the union of the late Elbert "Ebb" and Emma (Wolf) Singleton. She attended the Needmore School.
On February 1, 1936, Hazel was united in marriage with Leland Hough in Waynesville. Leland preceded her in death on January 7, 1993.

Hazel and Leland worked at the Brumley's Store in downtown Waynesville before opening their own souvenir's store, grocery store and full service filling station in Buckhorn. Hazel and Leland owned and operated Hough's Market for over 42 years.

Hazel departed this life the afternoon of July 8, 2002 at the Life Care Center of Waynesville, at the age of 83 years.

She leaves to cherish her memory, two sisters: Sylvia Long of Rolla and Mae Case of Waynesville. She also leaves several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Hazel was extremely fortunate to have a wonderful caregiver: Bertha Echelberry and her husband, Larry of Buckhorn.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Hazel was also preceded in death by two sisters: Lillie George and Edith Zumwalt and three brothers: Mike, Harry and Barney Singleton.

A funeral service was held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 11 at Waynesville Memorial Chapel with Rev. Danny Graves officiating. Pianist, Becky Lercher played " Amazing Grace," "How Great Thou Art" and "I'll Meet You In The Morning." Mrs. Hough's great-nephew, Paul Long read the obituary. Serving as escorts were Dean Cogar, Larry Echelberry, Mark and Paul Long and Scott Williamson. Honorary escorts were Frank and Mike Case, Alva Foote, Frank, John and Kenneth Long, Virgil Singleton and Bob Zumwalt. 

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

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

James M. Farrar 1859-1899

JAMES M. FARRAR, the brilliant young editor of the Richland Cyclone, is dead. About a week age he was stricken with pneumonia, and death relieved him of his sufferings on Thursday (*March 21) last. MR. FARRAR was born at St. Clair, in Franklin county, and was 30 years of age. He leaves a wife and two young children. 

Rolla Herald
Rolla, Missouri
28 March, 1889
Page 2
Transcribed by Laura (Abernathy) Huffman 

*Burial at Lebanon City Cemetery 

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Ardilara (Scott) Duncan (1854-1906)


Died; at her home near Spring Creek Phelps county, April 3, 1906. Mrs. Ardilara, widow of the late John R. Duncan aged 51 years 7 months and 2 days.

Mrs. Duncan was born in Warren county Tennessee Aug, 31st, 1854, her maiden name was Scott, and she was married to John R. Duncan at Bloodland September 19th, 1872 and became step-mother to three children and mother of eight children, three have passed on before with one step-daughter, Mrs. Elmer Duncan, five children survive her. Mrs. Duncan was a true mother and grandmother several of whom she cared for so faithfully. May God in mercy comfort the bereaved ones so suddenly deprived of a mothers love and care. Some months ago she was partially paralyzed, and on Tuesday, morning at 11 she received a second stroke and passed away the same evening at five o’clock p.m. ---J.J. Watts

The Pulaski County Democrat
Waynesville, Missouri
20 April, 1906
Page 4
Transcribed by Laura (Abernathy) Huffman

Elsie (Nickels) Anderson (1886-1906)


Mrs. Ora Anderson died last Wednesday morning of consumption. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dolph Nickels, an old resident of this county. She was buried from the Ideuma church and at that cemetery.

The Pulaski County Democrat
Waynesville, Missouri
13 April, 1906
Page 10
Transcribed by Laura (Abernathy) Huffman

Jacob Lang (1830-1906)


Uncle Jake Lang passed away at his home near Hooker, the 8th day of March. He leaves a wife, daughter and many friends to mourn his loss. The bereaved family have our sympathy.

The Pulaski County Democrat
Waynesville, Missouri
13 April, 1906
Page 9 
Transcribed by Laura (Abernathy) Huffman