SAM E. MAPHIES
Sam E. Maphies, 83, Erie, KS, died at 3:15 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, 2001, at Elmhaven East nursing home in Parsons, where he had been cared for about two years.
He was born on March 11, 1918, near Sheldon, to Samuel A. and Mabel (Willhoite) Maphies. He grew up in that area and graduated from Jerico Springs High School.
In 1941, he enlisted in the United States Army and was discharged in 1945. He served two and a half years in the Pacific area.
Following the war he lived in Nevada. In 1954 he moved to Erie, KS, where he had been employed at the Ewen Motor Co. and the Ricketts Motor Co. as a mechanic. In 1981 he began employment as an insurance agent, selling crop insurance.
He was a member of the First Christian Church of Jerico Springs and was a 50-year member of the Erie Lodge, No. 76 A.F. and A.M.
He married Frances Lewallen on May 12, 1943, in Nevada. She survives at Elmhaven East nursing home.
Other survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Leslie and Cindy Maphies of Claremore, OK; two granddaughters, Jaclyn Maphies and Jayne Maphies, both of Claremore, OK; and a brother-in-law, Jim (Ace) Lewallen, El Dorado Springs.
He was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.
The service was Tuesday at the Pierce-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Erie with Rev. Bill Bingham officiating. Burial was in East Hill Cemetery in Erie, with Masonic rites and military honors given by the Erie American Legion. Friends may call at the funeral home at their convenience.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
VERNON DWAYNE SHELLHORN
Vernon Dwayne Shellhorn, 61, El Dorado Springs, was born July 11, 1940, the son of Lester and Mary Shellhorn. He departed this life on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2002.
Vernon was united in marriage to Shirley Coale on June 10, 1961. To this union three children were born-Bobby, Chris and Michelle.
Vernon was saved on Aug. 18, 1997, at Fairview Church. He currently was attending Union Hall Baptist Church.
Vernon was a loving dad and grandpa.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley, on Dec. 8, 2001, and his parents, Lester and Mary Shellhorn. Survivors include his son, Bobby Shellhorn, and his wife, Karen-El Dorado Springs; his two daughters, Chris Johnson and her husband, Kelly-Stockton, and Michelle Ketchum and her husband, Vernie-El Dorado Springs; seven grandchildren-Jessica, Courtney, Cody, Corey, Rachel, Kayla and Sarah; his sister, Jane Gannaway-El Dorado Springs; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins and a host of dear friends.
Vernon loved working on his farm, riding his horses and mules. He was always a joy to be around. You never knew what he would say or do next. Vernon enjoyed spending time with his grandkids and going to town to visit with his friends.
Services began at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, in the Hackleman Chapel with Rev. Don Palmer officiating. Musical selections were provided by Karen Rains. Interment was in the Brasher Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Bobby Shellhorn, Kelly Johnson, Vernie Ketchum, Cody Johnson, Corey Ketchum, Gary Robison, O.J. Hawkins and Leon Steward.
Memorial contributions may be made at Community Bank.
Josephine Ungerman, 84, (nee Hlavacek) born Jan. 31, 1917, passed away Dec. 24, 2001. Services were held at Svec and Sons Funeral Home, 6227 W. Cermak Road, Berwyn, IL, on Friday, Dec. 28, with Mrs. Lillian K. Chorvat, officiating. Cremation Woodlawn Cemetery, Forest Park, IL.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, five sisters and two brothers. Surviving relatives are her daughter, Ella Mae Rajnys-La Grange Park, IL; two granddaughters; two grandsons and a brother, George Hlavacek-El Dorado Springs.
LEOTA ADELE LYONS
Leota Adele Lyons, 95, Columbia, formerly of Nevada, passed away from this life Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2002, at Columbia (MO) Manor, where she had made her home for the past 14 years. She was born Sept. 7, 1906, in Lexington, NE, the second of eight children to Harvey D. Vilott and Ethel Izora Shivley Vilott.
After moving to Nevada, she worked in the railroad office for a number of years. It was in Nevada that she met her baseball player, George T. Lyons. On April 22, 1929, Leota and George were married in Nashville, TN, and lived on a farm southwest of Nevada until they moved into town in 1946. George preceded her in death on Aug. 12, 1981. Leota was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and Nevada baseball supporter/fan.
Survivors include one son, George T. Lyons-Columbia and two daughters, Sally G. Darnell-El Dorado Springs and Zona N. Gates-Springfield; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband of 52 years, she was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers, one sister, and a son-in-law, Kenneth W. Gates.
Private graveside services were held on Friday, Jan. 4, at Newton Burial Park, Nevada with John Nichols officiating.
Memorials are suggested to the George T. Lyons Stadium in care of Ferry Funeral Home, 301 S. Washington, Nevada, MO 64772.
OLA FRANCIS JONES
Ola Francis Jones, 91, oldest child of Earnest S. and Maude E. Jones, was born March 24, 1910, in Cedar County near Stockton. He departed this life quietly on Jan. 1, 2002, in the Community Springs Nursing Home. He had been a resident of Community Springs since April 2001.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister; two brothers; one sister-in-law; two brothers-in-law; and one nephew. Those left to mourn his passing are his sister-Delpha Berning; niece-Jean Barker, and her husband, Ronnie; eight nephews and their spouses-Brad and Nadine Jones, Roger and Sharon Berning, Max and Carolyn Berning, Denny and Kathy Berning, Danny and Bernadette Berning-all of El Dorado Springs; Barry and Carlene Berning-Nevada; and Barkley and Belva Jones and Leon and Burnette Jones of Stockton; and niece-in-law, Helen Stockton-Kansas City. He also leaves behind several great nieces, nephews and friends.
Ola grew up in the Amity Community west of Stockton and attended the local one-room school. In 1941 he was inducted into the Army, where he served four and a half years as a medic in England, France, Germany and Belgium.
Ola was saved in a revival meeting at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church while on leave from the Army. He joined and was baptized into the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church and faithfully attended as long as health permitted. Ola served several years as Sunday School Superintendent.
He had been a member of the American Legion Post 0230 at Stockton for over 50 years.
After the death of his parents, Ola moved to Stockton where he was employed by Hammons Products, later becoming companion/aide to Ralph Hammons for several years.
In 1993 Ola moved to El Dorado Springs to be near his sister and other family members. He enjoyed a large circle of friends. A couple of his favorite visiting spots were at McDonalds for breakfast and the Senior Center for lunch.
Ola liked to be busy and you could always see him either working in his yard or garden. He was a quiet and gentle man who always saw the good in everyone and never spoke ill of anyone. Although he never married, he considered his niece and nephews as his own and no family gathering was ever complete without Uncle Ola.
He will be greatly missed by all of us who knew him. God now has a new heavenly angel to help him watch over us.
Services were held on Friday afternoon, Jan. 4, at the Hackelman Chapel with Bro. Keith Freize and Bro. Don Mick officiating. Musical selections were provided by Darrin Griffen, Linda Smith and Faith Trussell. Interment was in the Stockton Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Dustin Berning, Joshua Berning, Aspen Berning, Jacob Berning, Ronnie Jones, Earl Holder and D.J. Berning.
ALVA FRANKLIN JACKSON
Alva Franklin Jackson, 87, was born June 22, 1915, in Harwood, to George and Emma Mitts Jackson and passed away Jan. 1, 2002, in Community Springs Nursing Home, El Dorado Springs.
He was married on Oct. 4, 1941, in El Dorado Springs to Irene Galloway. Most of their married life was spent in the Harwood and El Dorado Springs areas. He loved to hunt and loved his time spent in the area sales barns buying and selling cattle.
He is survived by his wife, Irene, of the home; one son, Richard-El Dorado Springs; one daughter, Mae McNeece-El Dorado Springs; six grandchildren-Greg and Heather Jackson, Darrin and Alberta Jackson, Kevin Jackson, Chipper and Richelle (Jackson) Owsley, Doug and Sheila McNeece and Donnie and Lisa McNeece; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Services were held Friday, Jan. 4, in the Sheldon Chapel, El Dorado Springs, with Rev. James Coleman officiating. Music was provided by Rhonda McNeece, soloist, and Faith Trussell, accompanist. Pallbearers were Darrin Jackson, Greg Jackson, Donnie Joe McNeece, Donald McNeece, Doug McNeece and Dean Coleman. Burial was in Hazel Dell Cemetery under the direction of the Sheldon Funeral Home, El Dorado Springs.
CLAUDE W. HALEY JR.
Claude W. Haley Jr., 81, son of Claude W. Haley and Effie Mae Haley, was born on Nov. 13, 1920. He passed away at St. Joseph's Medical Center, Kansas City, on Dec. 27, 2001.
Claude served in the Army and in WWII. Then was employed by Guston Bacon until he retired. After retiring he moved from Kansas City to Tiffin then moved to Adrian.
Claude is survived by his wife, Alice Haley-Adrian; two daughters, JoAnn Harris and her husband, Denver Harris Sr.-El Dorado Springs and Claudia Molt and her husband, Ray-El Dorado Springs; one son,Willis Haley-Independence; six grandchildren-Randy Molt-Buckner, Sherry K. Wiser-El Dorado Springs, Anna Haley-Blue Springs, Mark Haley-Blue Springs and Faith and Buck Harris-El Dorado Springs; and nine great-grandchildren. Claude also has six step-children.
Services were held Dec. 31 at D.W. Newcomer's Son Overland Park Chapel with Rev. Ben Chapman officiating. Interment was in Chapel Hill Cemetery in Kansas City, KS.