ELTON “JACK” BLAND
Elton “Jack” Bland, El Dorado Springs, passed away Friday, Sept. 14, 2001, in his home after a prolonged bout with cancer.
Elton was born on May 3, 1912, in Blackjack, the son of L.W. and Mary Bland. There he met and married Willie Millsap, his wife of 69 years and raised their only child and daughter, Marcella.
Elton farmed in the Sac River bottom and was an avid coon hunter. Elton and Willie retired and moved to El Dorado Springs in 1982. Elton was a faithful member of the Church of God (Holiness) in Blackjack.
Preceding Elton in death were his wife, Willie; two brothers, Lewis and Marion Bland; and five sisiters-Nettie Mays, Nora Mays, Virgie Witt, Carrie Williams and Agnes Casey.
Survivors include his daughter, Marcella (Gilpin) Kline-Tulsa, OK; a grandson, Larry Gilpin-Amherst, NH and two brothers, Lester “Babe” Bland-El Dorado Springs and Len Bland-Kansas City.
Services were held on Monday, Sept. 17, at the Hackleman Chapel with Rev. James Coleman, Rev. Leland Trussell and Bro. Paul Gingerich officiating. Music was provided by Debbie Menefee and Barry Witt. Pallbearers were Lyle Bland, Kyle Bland, Gaylen Bland, Jim Davis, Terry Estes and Nolan Davis. Interment was in the El Dorado Springs Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Son Funeral Home.
ROGER DALE NEWMAN
Roger Dale Newman, 54, a former resident of El Dorado Springs, died Sept. 17, 2001, in Kill Devil Hills, NC. Born in Baltimore, MD, he was a son of the late Dale Eugene and Elizabeth White Newman and a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. He retired from the National Guard and was a member of Tucker Swamp Baptist Church.
Survivors include one son, Jesse Newman-Shawnee, KS; two sisters, Patricia N. Pritchard-Wellington, KS and Susan N. Blount-Kill Devil Hills, NC; a brother, John Newman-Manteo, NC; and several aunts, uncles and many other family members. He was predeceased by a son, Roger Dale Newman Jr. and a brother, Walker Newman.
A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in the chapel of Wright Funeral Home, Franklin, VA, with Rev. Steve Bradshaw officiating. Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery, Courtland, VA.
Memorials may be made to a favorite charity.
JOHN B. OBERLY
John B. Oberly, 80, son of Walter J. and Oma E. (Shouse) Oberly was born on Feb. 20, 1921, in Rockville. He passed away on Sept. 9, 2001 at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City.
John lived in the Rockville area nearly all of his life with the exception of the time he served his country in the Army during the World War II from 1942-1945 in the South Pacific, Phillipines, New Guinea and Korea.
He was united in marriage to Clara Belle Garver on Oct. 11, 1946, in Iola, KS. To this union three children were born.
John attended the Church of God (Holiness) in Appleton City where he has served on the church board for a number of years and was a Sunday School teacher for around 50 years. He was a member of the Appleton City VFW Post 11242.
John farmed all of his life. He loved his family and especially loved the times spent hunting with his sons and grandsons. He spent many hours relating his experiences to his family and friends, sharing stories of hunting trips, childhood memories and his time served during WW II.
He was preceded in death by his parents and niece, Ronda Oberly. He is survived by his wife, Clara Belle, of the home; two sons, Jerry and wife, Judy-Collins and Steve and wife, Judy-Nevada; one daughter, Janie, and husband, Gary Cook-Butler; one brother, Dan Oberly, and wife, Peggy-Rockville; one sister, Jody, and husband, Noble Davis-Raymore; eight grandchildren-Debbie and husband, Craig Siegismund; Mike and wife, Jamie; John David; Ronnie Lee; Nicholas and Justin Oberly and Bryan and Darren Cook; five great-grandchildren-Brooklyn and Rebecca Siegismund; and Megan, Cody and Wyatt Oberly; several nieces and nephews.
Services were held at the Church of God (Holiness), Appleton City, on Wednesday, Sept. 12, with Rev. Brent Bland and Rev. Mark Avery officiating.
Mary Ann Crowder, organist and Carol Avery, vocalist, sang “To God Be the Glory” and “Amazing Grace”.
Casketbearers were John David Oberly, Justin Oberly, Ronnie Oberly, Bryan Cook, Michael Oberly, Nicholas Oberly and Darren Cook.
Military service was by Appleton City VFW Post #11242 Missouri Honor Guard.
Interment was in the Appleton City Cemetery under the direction of the Hill and Sons Funeral Home, Appleton City.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Church of God (Holiness) or the Appleton City VFW Post #11242.
Elmer Stockstill, 88, was born June 26, 1913, to Harry and Bertha Bandon Stockstill and passed away Sept. 17, 2001.
He attended Sand Ridge School and graduated from El Dorado Springs. He servied in the U.S. Army Infantry in WW II.
On Dec. 23, 1939, Elmer married Vonia Nadine Stanley. He worked in construction as a carpenter on homes and cabinet making in Spokane, WA. He retired in 1974 from Kraft Manufacturing Co., Spokane, WA. Elmer was a member of the Masonic Lodge for over 50 years.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother and two brothers, Wilbern Stockstill and Fred Stockstill.
Elmer is survived by one nephew, Max Stockstill-El Dorado Spirngs; nieces; nephews and a 2nd cousin, Earl Stockstill; and a special friend, Eileen Spillman.
No services are planned. Cremation was under the direction of the Sheldon Funeral Home of El Dorado Springs.
BILLY JOE HENDRICKS
Billy Joe Hendricks, 62, El Dorado Springs, the son of Willie Jo Fox and Harry William Hendricks, was born on May 10, 1939, in Stockton and passed away Sept. 18, 2001, at Cox South Hospital in Springfield after a brief illness.
He was united in marriage to Charlene Decker on June 16, 1962, in Miami, OK. To this union were two children-Michael Hendricks and Lisa Burton. They lived in El Dorado Springs most of their married life.
Bill served his country in the Army from December 1962 to April 1968. He received the Marksman Badge for Rifle and Carbine, Good Conduct Medal, One-Year Safe Driver Badge and was one of the Top Drivers for high-ranking officers in the military.
Bill's parents passed away when he was young and he was raised by his grandparents-Maude and Raymond Fox. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. Bill loved to joke around and was constantly cutting up with everyone but seemed to leave a part of himself with everyone he met. One of his favorite hangouts was Scooter's Restaurant, he would set there for hours drinking coffee and telling jokes.
Bill worked at Sears in Nevada for 16 years, Fugate Motors in El Dorado Springs for 12 years, Allison's in El Dorado Springs, MFA in El Dorado Springs and Stockton, Jim Rush in Bolivar, Tracker Marine in Bolvar and after semi-retiring he worked with his son, Mike, laying carpet and part time at Witt's Station in El Dorado Springs.
Bill loved his family, especially his kids and grandkids. He was a very religious and patriotic man and the love of Charlene's life. He dedicated his life to to his family and making people smile. He had nicknames for everone and was tremendously loved by his family and community. Bill touched everone's life he came in contact with and left behind an enormous amount of treasured memories.
He was proceeded in death his parents, Willie Jo and Harry William Hendricks; his grandparents- Maude and Raymond Fox, and Elmer and Maggie Hendricks; one brother, Jackie Hendricks; two uncles, Roy and Glenn Hendricks; and two aunts, Maxine Brown-Rosebrough and Evalena Smith.
Survivors include his wife, Charlene Hendricks-El Dorado Springs; one son, Michael Hendricks, and wife, Mandie-El Dorado Springs; one daughter, Lisa Barton and fiance, Fred Toeppe, and son, Andy-El Dorado Springs; three sisters-Shirley Franklin and husband, Dean-Nevada, Dorothy Weber and husband, David-Nevada and Connie Dill and husband, Ted-Granby; four aunts, Mary Lee Gray-Nixa (was like a mother to Bill), Edna Lalka-Washington, Neomi Conner-Washington, Edna Fredrick-Washington; four grandchildren-Travis Yeargan of the home, Michacla Hendricks-El Dorado Springs, Adrian Encinosa-Floria and Hunter Burton-North Carolina; 14 nieces, five nephews; numerous cousins, and a tremendous amount of friends.
There are no words on this earth that would express the love his family felt for him. He filled everone with joy and happiness and will be extremely missed.
Services were held Saturday morning, Sept. 22, at the Hackleman Chapel with Chris Bennett officiating. Interment was in the Stockton Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home.
VERNIE STEWART GLENDENING
Vernie Stewart Glendening, 89, passed away Sept. 21, 2001, in El Dorado Springs.
Vernie was born on Dec. 29, 1911, in St. Clair County, to George Jacob and Edna McKinley Glendening. He lived his years in the Tiffin area. He was a farmer.
On Oct. 1, 1965, he married Mary Helen Rogers. She preceded him in death in March of 1993.
Vernie leaves behind many nieces, nephews and cousins and numerous friends.
Graveside services were held on Monday afternoon, Sept. 24, at the Pleasant Springs Cemetery with Rev. Brent Bland officiating. Interment was in the Pleasant Spring Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home.