JESSIE M. PHILLIPS
Jessie M. Phillips, 93, Dunnegan, passed away on Monday afternoon, Feb. 4, 2002, at Community Springs Care Center, El Dorado Springs.
She is survived by her husband, Burl, of the home; two sons, Joe Burl Phillips-Stockon and Bob Phillips-Dunnegan; one brother, George Moore-Virginia; one sister, Ruth Moore-Idaho; and six grandchildren.
Services will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Hackleman Chapel. Interment will be in the Lindley Prairie Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8.
SAMMY LEE SMITH
Sammy Lee Smith, 54, was born Oct. 10, 1947, in Joplin to Samuel Leroy and Eleanor (Hale) Smith. He passed away Feb. 3, 2002, at Pittsburg, MO.
Sammy was an Oklahoma and El Dorado Springs resident for many years, moving back to El Dorado Springs six years ago. He was a musician.
He was preceded in death by his father, Sam Smith, and his uncle, Callie Smith.
Sammy is survived by his son, Travis Smith; and his wife, Kristal, of El Dorado Springs; his mother, Ellie Bates, Norman, OK; his brother, Carl Whitman, El Dorado Springs; brother, Scott Bates, Norman, OK; two grandchildren, Wade and Rileigh Smith, El Dorado Springs; and his lifelong partner, Brenda Beeson, El Dorado Springs.
Anyone who knew him knew of his love for music. We hope that will be the memories we go on to remember. He will be greatly missed.
Services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, in Sheldon Funeral Home with Rev. Dana Taylor officiating. Dave Meyers sang “Remember Me”. Services and cremation were under the direction of the Sheldon Funeral Home, El Dorado Springs.
DAVID WILMER SMITH
David Wilmer Smith, 90, El Dorado Springs, was born north of Virgil City, on Sept. 14, 1911, to Thomas Lewelyn and Elsie Williams Smith. He departed this life on Thursday morning, Jan. 24, 2002, at Community Springs Care Center in El Dorado Springs.
On Dec. 5, 1931, Wilmer was united in marriage to Jessie Mildred Barker, To this union was born a daughter and twin sons. Jessie preceded him in death on Dec. 21, 1999, after 68 years of marriage.
Wilmer graduated from the El Dorado Springs High School in the class of 1930. After school, he farmed and worked at Producer's Grain Company. In 1941, he worked at North America building the B25 Bomber. In 1944, he became a test pilot.
After the war, Wilmer owned Marshall Auto Stores in Pleasant Hill and Holden. In 1952, he opened Smith's Variety in El Dorado Springs for 12 years. In the late 50's, he served as an El Dorado Springs city councilman and served as mayor of El Dorado Springs from 1962-1964. Wilmer remodeled and built several houses in the area. From 1973-1981, he enjoyed raising registered Angus cattle.
He and Jessie traveled in 48 states, Canada and Mexico. His pastime was gardening and had great pride in his roses.
For several years, Wilmer served on the board of the POPS Museum. He was an active member of the First Baptist Church until his health started to fail. He served as a deacon for about 50 years.
Besides his wife, Jessie, Wilmer was preceded in death by an infant son, his mother and father; and a brother, Ernest Smith. He is survived by his children and their spouses, Nina and Leo Markham-El Dorado Springs, and Leroy and Carlene Smith-Kernersville, NC; four grandchildren and their spouses-Mike and Robin Markham-Jefferson City, Dennis and Melissa Markham-El Dorado Springs, Jeff and Sue Smith-Lincolntown, NC, and Teri and Rodney Trask-Walkertown, NC, seven great-grandchildren-Amy Markham, Zach Markham, Heather Smith, Justin Smith and Dylan and Syndey Trask; one great-great-grandchild, Christian Rogers; one sister, Mildred Eslinger and her husband, Martin-Nevada, brother-in-law, George Barker, and his wife, Ruth-El Dorado Springs; sister-in-law, Norma Smith-San Diego, CA; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Services were held on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Tom Willoughby officiating. Musical selections were provided by Karen Rains. Interment was in the El Dorado Springs Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Mike Markham, Dennis Markham, Joe Renfro, Mert Fogler, Larry Nichols and Bob Curtis.
Memorial contributions may be made to the El Dorado Springs Senior Center
WILLIAM LAUREN BEAIRD
William Lauren Beaird, 81, the son of Jessie Earl and Otha (Offield) Beaird was born Oct. 12, 1920, in St. Clair County, and passed from this life on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002, at Skaggs Community Health Center in Branson.
After graduating from Roscoe High School in 1937, Lauren moved to Schell City to work on the Triangle S. Ranch. In August 1942 he entered the U.S. Army serving both here and abroad until December 1945. After his military duty, Lauren returned to Schell City, this time to work for the Katy Railroad.
In 1950 he was united in marriage to Bertha Hicks in Bentonville, AR. To their union one daughter was born in 1953.
For many years Lauren also worked for Ditty Produce, then as a janitor for the Schell City School until his retirement. Throughout his life Lauren farmed also, both dairy cattle and row crops. His hobbies included hunting, fishing and raising coon hounds.
Survivors include his sister, Wanda Cowger, and her husband, Ronald Max-Kissee Mills; two nephews and three nieces. Lauren was preceded in death by his wife and his daughter, Brenda, who passed away in a car accident in the early 1970s.
Graveside services were held Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Green Lawn Cemetery in Schell City, with Pastor Marvin Jamison officiating. Service arrangements were under the direction of the Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home, Schell City.
JOHN F. BILDERBACK (CORKY)
John F. Bilderback (Corky), 72, Warrensburg, formerly of El Dorado Springs, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002, at the Country Club Center in Warrensburg.
Mr. Bilderback was born May 7, 1929, in Asbury, the son of Clarence and Thelma Bilderback. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Faye Bolin and Dee Severn. He is survived by his sister, Bernice Stoll of Chilhowee; two aunts; two nieces and five nephews.
Services were held on Monday afternoon, Feb. 11, at the Crocker Cemetery, near Pittsburg, KS, with Rev. Warren Haley officiating. Interment was in the Crockery Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home.
MARY JANE CARPENTER
Mary Jane Carpenter, 92, was born on July 14, 1910, in Fargo, OK, to Henry Dutch Jr. Ensminger and Lillie Susan Mouser. She was the oldest of five children. She passed away on Thursday afternoon, Feb. 7.
On June 23, 1932, she married Martin Edward Carpenter in Fargo. To this union 10 children were born.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband; three sons-Donald, Robert and Lawrence; her parents; two brothers and two sisters; one grandson; two step-grandsons and a step-great granddaughter. Those left to mourn her passing are her sons George and his wife, Geraldine Carpenter-Shelbina, Cecil Carpenter-Humboldt, KS, Bob Carpenter and his wife, Linda-El Dorado Springs, Jerry Carpenter and his wife, Cheryl-El Dorado Springs; and Alan Carpenter and his wife, Vicky-Lebanon; her daughters, Lillie Olson and her husband, Doug-Nevada and Kay Hurshman and her husband, Everett-Lee's Summit; a daughter-in-law, Hazel Carpenter-Sheldon; 25 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
Mary lived the last nine years of her life at Barone Alzheimer's Care Center in Nevada. The family wishes to thank her caregivers for taking such good care of her and for treating her like a member of their family.
Services were held on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 10, at the Hackleman Cemetery with Rev. James Coleman officiating. Interment was in the Hackleman Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Jeremy Hurshman, Craig Carpenter, Michael Olson, Daniel Sumner, Shane Carpenter and Jeff Hurshman.
SAMUEL L. (SAM) HOWERTON
Samuel L. (Sam) Howerton, 68, Odessa, died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2002, at the Meyer Care Center in Higginsville.
He was born March 13, 1933, in Osceola, the son of Lemiul Alonzo Howerton and Anna Myrtle Humphrey Howerton.
On Jan. 22, 1952, he married Mary L. Leonard in El Dorado Springs. She survives of the home.
Sam was an independent truck driver, owner/operator. He also worked for Lake City and operated heavy equipment working out the of Local 101 Operator Engineers Union Hall. Sam was a veteran of the Korean Conflict. Sam was a member of Mt. Hope Masonic Lodge #476, Odessa, and former member of Martha Chapter of the Order Eastern Star, Odessa.
Survivors in addition to his wife are two sons and spouses, Lonnie and Patty Howerton-Derby, KS, Ronnie and Donna Howerton-Odessa; daughter and husband, Connie and Jeff Sanders-Mayview; six grandchildren-Jennifer, Sarah, Kelly and Kristy Howerton and Sammi and Tylers Sanders; one great-granddaughter, Lilly Howerton.
He was preceded in death by five brothers-James, Gene, Nelson (Doc), Bill and Ed Howerton.
Services were held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Ralph O. Jones Chapel with Rev. Keith Hall officiating. Burial was in Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Higginsville. Sam was an Army Veteran and served during the Korean Conflict.
A Masonic Service was held Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the Ralph O. Jones Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Hope Masonic Lodge Relief Fund.
Pallbearers were Terry Howerton, Larry Howerton, Roy Howerton, David Howerton, David Leonard and James Compton. Honorary pallbearers were Paul Howerton, Mike Howerton and Eddie Howerton.