Lelia M. Simone, 100 of Pittsburg, KS died Saturday, August 1st, 2009 at
the Cornerstone Village. Services are pending and will be announced by
the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home of Pittsburg.
She was born November 29, 1908 in Cherokee County, KS the daughter
of Charles and Cora (Steinbrook) Green. She attended area schools
and graduated from the Columbus High School with the Class of 1927.
On September 7, 1929 she was united in marriage to Jimmie Simone in
Independence, KS; he preceded her in death on June 11, 2002.
Lelia was a homemaker and a lifetime area resident.
Survivors include a son Charles Simone of Mesa, AZ, a daughter
Margaret “Maggie” Marion of Pittsburg; a sister Margaret “Margie” Miller
of Wheatland, MO and a son-in-law Larry Sandberg of Pittsburg; 7
grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 1 great-great granddaughter.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter Janet
Sandberg, 4 brothers Charles and Leroy Eaton and Harry and Ralph
Green along with a son-in-law Lee Marion.
Funeral services will be 10 am Thursday, August 6th, 2009 at the Bath-
Naylor Funeral Home with Rev. Dennis Paschke officiating. Burial will
follow in the Garden of Memories Cemetery. Family will receive friends at
the funeral home from 7-8 pm Wednesday.
Memorials may be made to Angels Among Us;
these may be left at or mailed to the funeral home. Services and
arrangements are under the direction of the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home
522 S. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS 66762.
PITTSBURG — Faye E. Luebber, 82 of Pittsburg, KS died at 10:27 p.
m., Friday, July 31, 2009 at Mt. Carmel Regional Medical Center in
Faye was born December 20, 1926 in Kansas City, KS to Clayton and
Lena (Taylor) Hoffman. She attended and graduated schools in Paola,
May 17, 1980, in Scammon, KS she married Kermit Luebber. He
preceded her in death in January 2005.
Faye worked in the office for Glick Mercantile, Harvest Brand and Food
Town Foods. Most recently she worked at Kansas State Teachers
College (known today as PSU), in the Graduate and Housing
Department for numerous years, retiring in 1981.
Faye was an active member with the Church of Christ, in Pittsburg, KS,
where she taught Sunday school, did bulletins and attended bible
studies. She loved to fish, go to garage sales and flea markets. Also,
she enjoyed playing cards and polka dancing.
Survivors include her daughters Karrolyn Wilbert and husband Dick of
Pittsburg, KS and Sharon Piccini and husband Ron of Pittsburg, KS;
brother Ken Hoffman and wife Pat of Paola, KS; grandchildren Tammy
Duley and husband Cary, Chuck O’Malley and wife Robyn, Ryan
Wilbert and Branden Wilbert and wife Amy; seven great-grandchildren
and numerous step-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and four brothers Orion,
Jerry, Purl and Dewayne Hoffman.
Memorial services will 10:30 a.m., Monday, August 3, 2009 at the
Church of Christ, 802 E. Centennial Dr., Pittsburg, KS with Rev. Jerry
Kendall officiating. The family will receive friends afterwards at the
church. The family suggests expressions be in the form of
memorial to the Church of Christ in Pittsburg. Memorials may be left at
or mailed to the church. Arrangements under the direction of Bath-
Naylor Funeral Home, 522 S. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS.
Clarence J. Grayson 71, of Pittsburg, KS ascended to the heavens on
Thursday, July 30, 2009 from Joplin Health and Rehabilitation Center in
Clarence was born March 26, 1938 in Vaughan, Mississippi to Henry and
Kattie Lee (Geralds) Grayson. He started out on his own at the age of
16 and has been a hard worker ever since. He was employed for over
30 years until retiring from Yellow Freight System where he worked as a
On October 31, 1970 he married Onether Marie (Dorsey) Grayson in
Pittsburg, KS ; she preceded him in death on January 11, 2009.
Clarence was a member of Lighthouse Temple Church of God in Christ
where he served as a Deacon. He was lovingly known by most as Dad
Grayson. He was a robust, caring man who loved to work on cars,
engines of all kinds, and his family was the most important thing in his
Clarence leaves to cherish his memory his children; Gloria Jeanny
Meadows of Pittsburg, KS, Selena Darlene Strawn of Rowlett, TX, Serena
Beatrice Brown of Dallas, TX, Jerome (Christina) Strickland of Carthage,
MO, Regina (Walter) Gentry of Joplin, MO, Edward W. Blurton of
Parsons, KS, Elizabeth Bernice (Damon) Shelby of Garland, TX, and
Sallye Irene West of Rowlett, TX; sisters Elizabeth Harrington of Sikeston,
MO, Dorothy (Herman) Jefferson of Fairview Heights, IL, Hattie (Leo)
Ward of East St. Louis, IL, Shirley Nelson of Sikeston, MO; brothers
Moses (Margaret) Grayson of Essex, IL, Emory (Annie) McCauley of
Sikeston, MO, Leroy (JoAnn) McCauley of Cape Girardeau, MO, David
(Pearl) McCauley of Sikeston, MO, Calvin Grayson of Sikeston, MO; 15
grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and a
host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, and two siblings Sam
Grayson and Cleveland Turner.
Funeral Services will be 11am Saturday August 8, 2009 at the
Lighthouse Temple Church of God in Christ located at 202 East 9th
Street in Pittsburg, KS with Elder Walter Simpson officiating. Burial will
follow at the Highland Park Cemetery in Pittsburg, KS. Informal
visitation will be from 9am to 8pm Friday August 7, 2009 at the
Bath-Naylor Funeral Home in Pittsburg, KS. In lieu of flowers the family
ask expressions of sympathy be in the form of memorials to the
Fressenius Medical Care of Pittsburg, KS. Friends may drop off or mail
memorials to Bath-Naylor Funeral Home 522 S. Broadway Pittsburg, KS
66762. Arrangements and services are under the direction of Bath-Naylor
Funeral Home of Pittsburg, KS.
PITTSBURG — Sylvia Doris (Runge) Endicott, 95 of Pittsburg, died at 1:
20 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at the Cornerstone Village in
She was born February 16, 1914. Sylvia was adopted by Charles Runge
and Mary Melissa (Hefton) Runge of Arma, Kansas. Sylvia was
welcomed into her family of four brothers, Lem Shoup, Jake Shoup,
Homer Shoup, and Lorenzo Runge.
Sylvia was raised in Arma, Kansas and graduated from Arma High School
in 1931. She excelled in tennis and won some awards. She lived in Arma
until 1938. After dating for five years, Clifford C. Endicott and Sylvia
Doris Runge were married September 17, 1938 at Fort Scott, Kansas.
They were married for 56 years. Clifford went to be with the Lord on
January 9, 1995.
Clifford and Sylvia lived in Wichita for twenty years before moving back to
Some of the jobs that Sylvia had over the years include, driving the
county nurses to all the schools in Crawford County, selling cosmetics in
a large department store in Wichita, and at one time was a meat
wrapper. Sylvia and Clifford raised and sold black Cocker Spaniels. In
later years, Sylvia was on the Election Board and enjoyed doing her part
in the election process.
She was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Pittsburg for
many years. Former church memberships were held at The Central
Assembly of God, Wichita, Kansas, The Pittsburg Assembly of God,
Lighthouse Tabernacle, which they helped start in 1977 and The Open
Door Fellowship Center in Pittsburg.
Sylvia has always been active in her church. She had a special love for
the youth. Some of the ways she served her Lord were by teaching
Sunday School, being a Teens Choir director, helping with Bible School
and teaching Nursing Home Bible Lessons. She loved to sing and play
Sylvia has lived at Cornerstone Village since 2003. She was very
grateful for the care and love she received from her Cornerstone Village
She is survived by several nieces, nephews, and their families. A special
bond and friendship has continued through the years with Dalene
Johnson, the daughter of her dear friend Faye Owings Koker. Sylvia is
also survived by her caregiver, Sharon Dean and her family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and her four
Funeral services will be 10:30 am, Saturday, August 1 at the First Church
of the Nazarene in Pittsburg with Rev. James Sukraw officiating. Burial
will follow in the Mt. Olive Cemetery in Pittsburg. Family will receive
friends at the church from 9:30 a.m. until service time. Friends may also
call at the funeral home from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Friday at their
Memorials may be made to the Nazarene Youth Center; these may be left
at or mailed to the funeral home. Services and arrangements by the Bath-
Naylor Funeral Home 522 S. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS 66762.
PITTSBURG — Carol Jean Walz, 65 of Pittsburg, KS died at 6:36 a.m.,
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at Mt. Carmel Regional Medical Center in
Carol was born January 5, 1944 in Carlinville, IL to Russell Otto and
Dessa Mae (Wright) Varner. She attended area schools. She later
graduated from Cosmetology School.
On May 21, 1983 in Rantoul, IL, she married Michael E. Walz. He
survives of the home.
Carol was the owner/operator of Town and Country Beauty Shop for 12
years. She later was a manager of the Public Storage Inc., in Patchogue,
N.Y. from 1987 until 1990. Afterwards she road with her husband, who
was a truck driver, for many years.
In her early years, she loved to watch her children play sports. She loved
everything about the beach. She liked to go to the casino and to travel.
She was an avid animal lover and bird watcher.
Additional survivors include her daughter Kari LeAnn Varner of Litchfield,
IL and son Kevin LaRue Varner and companion Dr. Colleen Murphy of
Flora, IL; niece Genevra Miller of South America; nephews James Miller
of Champagne, IL, Glenn Miller of Long Beach, CA and Steve Miller of
She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Pauline Miller and
brother-in-law Rev. Roy Miller.
Services will be 7 p.m., Friday, July 31, 2009 at Bath-Naylor Funeral
Home, 522 S. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS. Inurnment will be at a later date in
Cedar Ridge Cemetery, Honey Bend, IL. The family will receive friends
from 6 p.m. until service time on Friday. The family suggests expression
of sympathy be in the form of memorials to Help Defray Funeral
Memorials may be left at our mailed to the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, of