LOIS EVONNE WRIGHT MARTIN
Graveside services for Lois Evonne Martin, 84, were at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2002, in the El Dorado Springs City Cemetery. Rev. Sam Nichols officiated. Lois passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002.
Born on Feb. 12, 1917, in Weatherby, MO, Lois was the daughter of Earnest Cleveland and Eula Eveline Wright. Reared and educated in El Dorado Springs, she graduated from high school and moved to California where she married William Ralph Martin, a fellow Missourian. Lois was employed with the California Motor Vehicle Department. The couple and their two sons lived many years in Ontario, CA, retiring to Big Bear Lake. In 1990, however, they made a move to Tulsa and a short while after Ralph's passing in 1996, Lois moved to Claremore to be closer to family.
She was a very supportive mother who was proud of each of her sons and her three grandsons. Though she was fun-loving and always ready with a joke, Lois had a deep concern for the plight of others which manifested itself in her willingness to give even in the midst of her own struggles.
Those who survive this beloved mother and grandmother include: her sons, Ron Martin and his wife, Vicki-Claremore, Lowell Martin and his wife, Anne Marie-Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; grandsons, David and Tim Martin-Tulsa, and Christopher Martin-Kuala Lumpur; brother, Kent Dimick, and his wife, Margie-Belton; six nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and brother, Lowell Wright.
VIRGIE LEONA MESSICK
Virgie Leona Messick, 88, was born to Alta and Joel Robison in Arkansas on May 28, 1914, and passed away on Feb. 4, 2002.
She graduated from the El Dorado Springs High School and received a B.S. in Education from Central Missouri State College in 1960. Virgie received a Master's Degree from Kansas State College of Pittsburg in 1968.
She taught in the country schools of Cedar County and later taught grade school in El Dorado Springs. She was an Elementary Guidance Counselor in the El Dorado Springs school system until her retirement in 1984. Virgie enjoyed her career and truly loved working with young people.
She was active in many organizations including the Retired Teacher's Association, P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization), the Twentieth Century Club, Alpha Delta Kappa and the Order of the Eastern Star.
On May 27, 1938, Virgie was united in marriage to Joy Messick. They enjoyed 41 happy years together until his death in 1979. She was also preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Fern Robison and Ruth Robison Englert.
Virgie is survived by her son, Lloyd Messick; his wife Nancy and grandson, Ryan (the light of her life), Lee's Summit; sisters-in-law, Nadine Messick and Agnes Smith; many nieces, nephews, cousins and their families.
Virgie especially loved being with family and friends. She enjoyed her farm, nature, gardening and crafts, such as crocheting, quilting and painting. We will miss her generous and caring spirit, humor and love of life more than words can say. The family wishes to extend special thanks to all the wonderful friends and relatives who have helped during these difficult four months.
Services were held on Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Hackleman Chapel with Rev. Renee Hackleman officiating. Musical selections were provided by Faith Trussell. Interment was in the Hazel Dell Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Ken Messick, Dennis Messick, Gary Messick, Randy Messick, Jerry Messick and Mike Lane.
DARRYL WAYNE PERKINS
Darryl Wayne Perkins, 40, Harrisonville, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2002, in Harrisonville. He was born Jan. 9, 1962, in Independence, the son of Harold and Gladys (Dailey) Perkins.
He grew up in El Dorado Springs and was a 1980 graduate of El Dorado Springs High School. He married Sarah Elizabeth Moler on Dec. 19, 1981.
Mr. Perkins owned and operated Perkins Transmission in Harrisonville for the last nine years.
Survivors include his wife, Sarah, and one daughter, Sarah Fae Perkins, both of the home; his parents, Harold and Gladys Perkins, El Dorado Springs; one brother, Harold Perkins Jr., El Dorado Springs; and one sister, Debra Richters, and her husband, Randy-Fort Collins, CO.
Services were held Friday, Feb. 1, in Atkinson Chapel, Harrisonville with Pastor Charles Kaighan, Grace Baptist Church, Harrisonville officiating. Music was “Where Could I Go” with Hannah Kaighan-vocalist, Susanna Kaighan-vocalist and Elaine Kaighan-pianist and “In The Garden” with Carla Hargis-clarinet, Vonda Savage-clarinet and Elaine Kaighan-pianist.
Casketbearers were David Cox, Jason Ogle, Randy Richter, Billy Moler, Harold Perkins Jr. and Matthew Moler. Interment was in the Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville.
JESSIE MILDRED MOORE PHILLIPS
Jesse Mildred Moore Phillips, 93, passed away on Monday, Feb. 4 2002, in Community Springs Nursing Home, El Dorado Springs.
Jessie, who would have been 94 on Feb. 12, 2002, was born in 1908, on a farm in Polk County to Joseph (Joe) W. and Sallie Hutcheson Moore. She was saved at the age of 15 and united with Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School. She loved to talk about church and play church songs on her piano.
Jessie was a 1929 graduate of Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar. Upon graduation she taught school for a couple of years. Jessie was Deputy Circuit Clerk at the Polk County Courthouse from 1931-1940, after which she worked for MFA Milling Company in Springfield.
On April 7, 1942, Jessie was united in marriage to Burl E. Phillips by and in the home of the Rev. Frank Little, pastor at Mt. Olive, thus living only two months short of celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. To this union was born two sons, Joseph (Joe) Burl and Robert (Bob) Harold. Except for a few years in Springfield, Burl and Jessie spent their lives on the Phillips family farm near Bear Creek.
Jessie was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Sallie Moore; her brother, Harold Moore; and by her brother, Travis Moore and his wife, Mary Alice, and daughter, Sallie Marie.
Survivors include Jessie's husband, Burl; two sons, Joe Burl and his wife, Carol, and Bob and his wife, Julia; six grandchildren-Bron, Tondra, Bren, Sam, Jim and Carrie Phillips; one brother, George Moore, and his wife, Fran, Rixeyville, VA; one sister, Ruth Moore, Cocur d' Alene, ID; one sister-in-law, Juanita Moore, Bolivar; and seven nieces and nephews.
Services were held Saturday morning, Feb. 9, at the Hackleman Chapel with Bro. Butch Smith officiating. Musical selections were provided by Don and Karen Rains. Interment was in the Lindley Prairie Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Samuel Phillips, James Phillip, Bron Phillips, Bren Philllips, James Moore and Bill Moore.
ARMINTA VIOLA STEWARD
Arminta Viola Steward, 81, was born on Nov. 20, 1920, to Walter Steward and Ella Mae (Leedy) Steward in Montevallo. Viola left this world on Sunday morning, Feb. 10, 2002, with complications from pneumonia.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Artie Stevens and four brothers-Douglas, Lavere, Ernest and Irven Steward.
Loved ones left behind include two sisters, Edna Mae Jones and Lula Fast, both of El Dorado Springs; three sisters-in-law-Velma Steward-El Dorado Springs, Bonnie Steward-Waverly, KS and Josephine (Steward) Johnson-Stockton; many nieces and nephews and many friends.
Viola was saved as a young girl at Glade Springs Missionary Baptist Church south of Montevallo. At the age of 19 she moved to Fort Scott, KS. She retired from Key Industries in 1982 after 40.5 years.
She was a member of First Baptist Church of Ft. Scott. She loved her church and helped anywhere she was needed.
Viola was happiest when she was helping others. Viola was known as Antie Vie by her many nieces and nephews, who all loved her a lot and will miss her deeply.
Viola set a good example by the way she lived her life. She was a kind, happy Christian person who will be missed greatly by all who knew and loved her.
What a great 54 years. (March 3, 1947 - Feb. 12, 2002) Growing up as an only child on a farm near Schell City I had no idea of the experiences, fun and love that lay ahead. While there wasn't much money, my mother, Hedia and dad, J.W. (both deceased) made sure there was always lots of love and encouragement. I developed a burning passion for basketball at an early age and was privileged to play first for Schell City, then El Dorado Springs and finally the SMS Bears. Our 1968-1969 Bear's team was arguably the best Division II team in school history. While our 2nd place finish in the NCAA tournament was a big accomplishment. I'm most proud of the breakthroughs we made in racial harmony. At a potentially explosive time in history, we were able to take a few white kids from racist backgrounds, blend them together with a few black kids from inner city Washington D.C. and St. Louis, learn that skin color means nothing and form true friendships that extend far beyond the basketball court. (Forget the Titans: Remember the Bears) After SMS came two years in the army; then back to Springfield to live. While spending 31 years in sales; insurance, Rose Advertising and in 1981 creating Phone Bill Auditing, a business that still operates today. I was privileged to spend my entire adult life without ever having an 8 to 5 job.
My survivors include two aunts, several cousins, nieces and nephews. There are two beautiful granddaughters, Casey LaRose and Sophia Perkin; two stepsons, Chris LaRose and his wife, Dawn, and Shawne Clayton. I also have three remarkable children of whom I'm extremely proud, Erica Perkin and her husband, Joe, Trevor Gee and Matt Gee. Then there is my beautiful wife and soul mate forever, Carol Rose Gee (why did you wait 34 years to show up?).
In addition to my wonderful life, I've had a truly remarkable dying experience. The last one and a half years have been best of all my 54 years. By my openly sharing my strong spirituality and ideas on maintaining a positive attitude, many of you have expressed how this has helped you refocus your lives on God and family. What more could a man ask for, than to help his friends and family improve their lives and more importantly, to recognize that “Max Gee” did not help them, but the “Grace of God” through the use of “Max Gee” helped them.
Thank each of you for your part in making my life so full. I've now gone on to be with Jesus and hope to see each of you again. Remember, “Don't Cry Because It's Over, Smile Because It Happened.”
In lieu of flowers, you may make memorial contributions to the educational fund for Matt Gee directly to Signature Bank, 4039 S. Kansas Expressway, Springfield, MO, 65807.
Max was loved by many. We were connected in a way that goes beyond romance, beyond friendship, beyond our sacrament of marriage. It has defied time, distance and changes in us and in our lives. And like his, the only explanation is purely and simply, we are soul mates. I am so sad he is gone from my sight but he lives on always in my heart. We will be together again. Now, I grieve.
A memorial mass and Celebration of Life service was held Friday, Feb. 15, 2002, in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church (Fremont and Primrose) with the Rev. Lewis Helna Celebrant.
Private Interment was in Missouri Veterans Cemetery under the direction of Gorman-Scharpf Brontwood Chapel.
KAILEY ANN HUNT
Kailey Ann Hunt, infant daughter of Crystal Ann Hunt and Richard Hannaford II, passed away on Monday, Feb. 11, 2002. She was born on Dec. 24, 2001, in El Dorado Springs.
She is survived by her parents, Crystal Hunt of El Dorado Springs and Richard Hannaford II of El Dorado Springs; her brother, Caleb, of the home; grandparents, Tony and Kim Nemo-Milo, Gene and Tina Hunt-Baxter Springs and Joyce Mosher-Virginia; great grandparents, Albert and Barbara Barger-El Dorado Springs, Mary Hunt-Baxter Springs, Jerry and Shirley Waddle-Oklahoma and Renee and Dick Hannaford-Arkansas; and several aunts and uncles. Kailey was preceded in death by her grandfather, Mark A. Hannaford.
Graveside services were held on Thursday afternoon, Feb. 14, at the Hamby Cemetery with Rev. Dana Taylor officiating. Interment was in the Hamby Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home.