Billy W. Wolgamott Sr.
Billy W. "Bill" Wolgamott Sr., 69, of Parsons died early Wednesday morning, Feb. 18, 2004, at his home. He had been in failing health for several months.
He was born April 1, 1934, in Jasper, Mo., to Walter O. and Effie M. (McNeely) Wolgamott. He grew up and attended schools near Granby, Mo. In the late 1940s he moved with his family to Parsons. He worked in various construction jobs. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956.
He married Joy M. Schmid on July 11, 1956, in Miami, Okla. They lived in Missouri for about 12 years and returned to Parsons in 1968. She survives of the home.
He was a member of Brown-Bishop Post No. 704, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and had served as post commander; Parsons Elks Lodge No. 527; and the Mirza Shrine of Pittsburg. In Missouri he was a member of Jaycees.
He enjoyed drawing and building models.
Other survivors include three sons, Gary Wolgamott and his wife, Lovina, of Pittsburg, Bill Wolgamott Jr. and his wife, Connie, of Parsons and Jim Wolgamott and his wife, Bobbi, of Bonham, Texas; three daughters, Sharon Wolgamott and Judy Nance and her husband, Robert, all of Parsons, and Beth Jackett and her husband, Doug, of Chanute; 18 grandchildren; one brother, Dale Wolgamott and his wife, Valerie, of Whittier, Calif.; and two sisters, Ruby Hensel of Farmington, Mo., and Alma Green of Bonham.
He was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.
The service will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home with the Rev. Mark Koch officiating. Burial will be in Springhill Cemetery with military honors by U.S. Army Honor Guard from Fort Riley. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials to St. John's Hospice may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, 405 Main, Parsons.
Virginia L. Williamson
SEDGWICK - Virginia Lea Williamson, 71, of Sedgwick died Saturday, Feb. 14, 2004.
She was born Sept. 5, 1932, in rural Howard to Ray and Sula Hendrix. She grew up and attended schools in Elk City.
She married Bill J. Williamson, formerly of Parsons, in Minden, Nev., in 1955. He survives.
They lived near Sedgwick since 1971.
She was a homemaker.
Survivors include one son, Michael R. Williamson of Sedgwick; one daughter, Kathy J. Temple of Sedgwick; one granddaughter; and one brother, Vernie Hendrix of Cawker City.
A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Oak Hill Cemetery in Elk City.
Memorials may be made to The Roving Good Sams Chapter, 1617 S. Estelle, Wichita, 67211. Broadway Mortuary of Wichita is in charge of the arrangements.
SALINA - Marian Woods, 86, of Salina died Saturday, May 1, 2004.
She was born Aug. 21, 1917, in Parsons to O.H. "Harry" and Muriel (Lough) Woods.
Survivors include a brother, O.H. Woods Jr. of Bartlesville, Okla.
A graveside service will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Parsons. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Ryan Mortuary in Salina.
Memorials may be made to Presbyterian Manor in Salina.
James W. Wright
PITTSBURG - James Wesley "Wes" Wright, 77, of Pittsburg died at 4 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, 2004, at Mount Carmel Regional Medical Center following a short illness.
He was born June 8, 1926, in Weir to Verner R. and Fern L. (Bates) Wright. He was a graduate of Columbus High School and while in the service attended Iowa State, South Dakota State and Oregon State universities.
He lived in Pittsburg until 1955, when he and his family moved to McCune. He moved to Parsons in 1963 and returned to Pittsburg in 1990.
He was a private in United States Army during World War II from 1943 to 1946.
He was a system operator for KG&E. He began working in Pittsburg in July 1946. He was transferred to Parsons to work at Neosho Plant in June 1955. He retired in 1986 after 40 years of service.
He married Jean Scott on July 14, 1945, in Pittsburg. She survives of the home.
He was a Methodist. He was a member of VFW, Masonic Scottish Rite and KG&E retiree's association.
Other survivors include one daughter, Wendy Wright of Arma; two sons, Jeffrey Wade Wright of Topeka and Russell Paul Wright of Arkansas City; six grandchildren; and his father, Verner R. Wright of Columbus.
The service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home in Pittsburg with the Rev. Verl Strong officiating. Burial will be later in Highland Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials to American Diabetes Association may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, 522 S. Broadway, Pittsburg, 66762.
Alisha J. Wright
Alisha J. Wright, 21, formerly of Parsons, was found dead Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2003, in Tulsa, where she had recently moved.
She was born July 24, 1982, in Harbor City, Calif., to Phillip N. and Maxine (Meadows) Wright. When she was 2 years old, she moved with her family to Chetopa. In September 1989 they moved to Parsons. She entered the second grade at Washington Elementary School and graduated from Parsons High School in 2000.
She was a member of the Hamilton Chapel United Methodist Church. While in high school, she was active in the orchestra, debate and forensics. She had been a member of the Suzuki Strings and the Kaleidoscope Children's Theatre. She enjoyed reading.
She married Aaron Thomas on June 30, 2001, in Parsons. They were separated.
Survivors include one daughter, Quatera Wright of the home; her mother, Maxine Cavitte of Parsons; her father, Phillip Wright of San Bernardino, Calif.; two brothers, Lloyd Cavitte Jr. of the home and Michael Cavitte of Joplin; two sisters, Jamie Meadows and Brittany Cavitte, both of the home; a niece who was raised in the home with her, Mercedes Cavitte of Pittsburg; her maternal grandmother, Mary Barber of Parsons; and several aunts and uncles.
The service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home with the Rev. Lewis O. Smith officiating. A private family burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to an educational fund for her daughter.
John M. Wyrick
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - John M. Wyrick of St. Louis died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004, in St. Louis.
He was born in 1934 in Parsons to Louis F. and Cecelia (Munding) Wyrick. He was a graduate of St. Louis University with a Ph.D in nuclear physics. He was a physics professor at Harris-Stowe State College for 38 years and an adjunct professor at St. Louis Community College at Meramec, St. Louis University, SW Illinois College, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and Illinois State College. He did nuclear physics research at the Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago and the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in California. He was a board member of Manchester Center for the Developmentally Disabled.
Survivors include his wife, Suzanne (Davison) Wyrick; three sons, Thomas J. Wyrick, Matthew M. Wyrick and John M. Wyrick Jr., all of St. Louis; one granddaughter; and one sister, Mary LouAnne Corey of Waynesboro, Va.
The service will be at 10 a.m. at St. Genevieve Du Bois Catholic Church in St. Louis. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. The family will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Bopp Chapel. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Manchester Center for the Developmentally Disabled, 129 Woods Mill Rd., Manchester, Mo., 63011.
Sheri A. Yeoman
Sheri A. Yeoman, 50, of Parsons died at 8:41 a.m. Wednesday, June 18, 2003, at the St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. She had been in failing health.
She was born June 14, 1953, in Coffeyville to Leon and Evelyn (Hudspeth) Fugate. As a young girl, she moved with her family to Vinita, Okla., where she attended school.
She married Pat Yeoman on Nov. 11, 1973, in Vinita. They resided in Parsons since then. He survives of the home.
She loved doing craftwork and going camping. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.
Other survivors include one son, Brad Yeoman and his wife, Karen, of Parsons; one daughter, Lesle Gray and her husband, Billy, of Oswego; two stepsons, Randy Yeoman and his wife, Karla, of Scott, Ark., and Doug Yeoman of Joplin; one stepdaughter, Debbie Nash and her husband, LeRoy, of Galesburg; 11 grandchildren, Justin Nash, Amber Nash, Cody Yeoman, Taylor Yeoman, Tyler Yeoman, Brian Yeoman, Alex Yeoman, Dathan Gray, Tristan Gray, Cruz Yeoman and Jessica Yeoman; and two sisters, Karen Folsem of Sedalia, Mo., and Sharon Cristler of Springfield, Mo.
The service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home with the Rev. Mark Koch officiating. Cremation will follow the service. Friends may call at their convenience after 5 p.m. Friday.
Claude H. Zink
Claude H. Zink, 80, of Parsons died at 4:17 a.m. today, Wednesday, June 2, 2004, at Mount Carmel Regional Medical Center in Pittsburg.
His wife, Wilma Zink, survives of the home.
Funeral arrangements will be announced by Carson-Wall Funeral Home.