Oct. 16, 1935 - March 31, 2003
William Rupert “Billy” Gordon, Jr., 67, of Anderson, Mo., died at 5:10 a.m. Monday, March 31, 2003, at St. Mary’s Memorial Hospital in Rogers, Ark., after an illness.
Billy was born Oct. 16, 1935, in Henrietta, Okla., to the late William and Maxine Gordon. He had lived in Anderson, Mo., since 1985, coming from Rogers, Ark. He was a member of the National Guard for six years. He was a water well driller since 1955 in the tri-state area, and a farmer. He was a member of the Buffalo Creek Baptist Church in Tiff City, Mo.
He married Rosemary Barnes May 19, 1975, in Miami, Okla. She survives of the home.
Additional survivors include two sons, William Rupert Gordon III and wife Gwenith of Prairie Grove, Ark., and Thomas Jefferson Gordon and wife Johnna of Anderson, Mo.; four stepsons, Charley Meeker and wife Pam, Larry Meeker and wife Laura, and Glen Simpson, all of Rogers, Ark., James Meeker and wife Angela of DeQueen, Ark.; four stepdaughters, Carol Chambers and husband Jon and Versetta Woolverton and husband, John, all of Pea Ridge, Ark., Arnetta McDonald and husband Charles, and Glenda Green and husband Mark, all of Rogers, Ark.; 16 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Billy Gordon were held Thursday, April 3, 2003, at the Ozark Funeral Home in Anderson, Mo. The Rev. Lloyd Crawford officiated. Burial was in the Gordon Cemetery in Anderson, Mo.
Pallbearers were grandsons, Sam Meeker, Roger Meeker, Paul Meeker, Andy Meeker, Jason Taylor and Jimmy Wiltgen. Honorary pallbearers were Larry Meeker and Charley Meeker.
Visitation was held Wednesday, April 2, 2003, at the Ozark Funeral Home in Anderson, Mo., where the family received friends.
Dec. 9, 1935 - April 3, 2002
Dorothy A. Willis, 67, of Anderson, Mo., died at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, April 3, 2003, at McDonald County Beverly Health and Rehab Center in Anderson, Mo., after an illness.
Dorothy Willis was born Dec. 9, 1935, in Anderson, Mo., to the late E.R. “Pete” and Antonia (Krause) Crosby. She had lived all of her life in McDonald County. She was a farmer.
She married Harold Willis Oct. 19, 1951, at Joplin, Mo. He survives of the home.
Additional survivors include three sons, Terry Willis of Noel, Mo., Dwayne Willis and Joe Willis, both of Anderson, Mo.; four daughters, Sharon Rasmussen of Goodman, Mo., Louise Keeton of Liberty, Mo., Toni Jane Harrell of Reading, Mo., and Karen Sue Hake of Liberty, Mo.; three sisters, Beatrice Tosh of Goodman, Mo., and Evah Jean Duncan and Emma Daugherty, both of Anderson, Mo.; 25 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Dorothy Willis will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, 2003, at the Ozark Funeral Home in Anderson, Mo. The Rev. Ronnie Tosh will officiate. Burial will be in the New Bethel Cemetery in Anderson, Mo.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Leon Bornales, Jason Willis, Mark Rasmussen, Steve Harrell, Joey Hake and Dustin Jackson.
Visitation will be held Saturday, April 5, 2003, at the Ozark Funeral Home in Anderson, Mo., from 10 a.m. until service time.
July 1, 1939 - June 11, 2003
Jerry Bloxom, 63, of Galveston, Texas, passed away Wednesday, June 11, 2003, at UTMB Hospital.
Jerry was born July 1, 1939, in Lockney, Texas, to Albert and Allie Bloxom. He was retired after serving 30 years as a federal court reporter. Jerry served under two federal judges, the Honorable Chief Judge Joseph Fisher and the Honorable Chief Judge Robert Parker. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Galveston, Texas.
Jerry is preceded in death by his parents, Albert Ray and Allie Lee Bloxom, and his brother, Terry Lee Bloxom.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Bloxom of Galveston, Texas; daughters, Tammy Bloxom Kirby of Pearland, Texas, and Tiffany Monique Bloxom of College Station, Texas; a son, Stern Thomas Hatcher and wife, Patricia of Dallas, Texas; brothers, Billy R. Bloxom and wife Barbara of Sante Fe, N.M., and Thomas G. Bloxom and wife, Glenda of Alma, Ark.; sister-in-law, Sharon Bloxom Stapleton of Grove, Okla.
Graveside services for Jerry Bloxom were held Thursday, June 19, 2003, at 11 a.m. at the Peace Valley Cemetery in Anderson, Mo.
Visitation was held Thursday, June 19, 2003, at the Ozark Funeral Home in Anderson, Mo., where the family received friends.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Zion Lutheran Church or the American Diabetes Association in care of the funeral home.
Franklin J. Griffin
April 30, 1920 - May 4, 2003
Our beloved husband and father, Franklin J. Griffin, 83, of Helena, Mont., went to be with the Lord May 4, 2003.
His family and friends will greatly miss him. He was a very loving and caring person, helping many people throughout the years. His family was always the most important thing in his life.
Frank was born April 30, 1920, in Pineville, Mo., the son of Tilmon and Lydia Griffin. After graduating high school, he went to California to join his brother, John. He later joined the Army and served his country during World War II. He married Patricia on March 10, 1950, and they had four children.
He had many occupations throughout his life, including working on the Hungry Horse Dam, owning his own real estate business, and he was involved in mining.
He was an avid gardener and grew the best strawberries around. He loved hunting and fishing. His favorite pastime was playing crib, pinochle and backgammon. He always kept active working in the garage and helping out neighbors.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, John.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia; his daughter, Patsy Christiansen of Helena, Mont.; his son, Jerry (Nancy) Griffin of Thornton, Colo.; his son, Wayne (Karen) Griffin of Eaton, Colo.; his daughter, Barb (Ron) Williams of East Helena; his sisters, Gertrude Haggard of Richland, Wash., and Mary Coiner of Ft. Smith, Ark.; numerous grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and his very close friends, Vivian and Byron Baker.
Visitation was held May 7, 2003, at Hagler-Anderson Mortuary in Helena. Services were held May 8, 2003. Burial was at Fort Harrison Veterans Administration Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Jerry Griffin, Wayne Griffin, Ron Williams, Dylan Dickson, Ron Peaslee and Larry Baker.
Fabian Aly Walters Millan
June 9, 2003
Fabian Aly Walters Millan, stillborn son of Erasmo Araujo Millan and Amie Lee Walters, was born June 9, 2003, in Gravette, Ark., at the Gravette Medical Center.
He is survived by his parents, Erasmo A. Millan and Amie L. Walters of Goodman, Mo.; maternal grandparents, Tom and Cindy Wentz of Goodman, Mo., and Jim and Amanda Walters of Anderson, Mo.; paternal grandparents, Thomas and Margarita Moran of Villa Grerero Establo, Mexico; maternal great-grandparents, Gerald and Gloria Gibson of Southwest City, Mo., and Helen Humphrey of Tiff City, Mo.; Garland and Joyce Walters of Anderson, Mo.; paternal great-grandparents, Maria and Leoando Millan Garcia and Erasmo and Julia Millan Garcia of Mexico; several aunts, uncles and cousins.
A graveside service was held at the Anderson City Cemetery in Anderson, Mo., on June 1, 2003. Pastor Bob Cartwright officiated.
Services were by Callison-Lough Funeral Service of Gravette, Ark.
A.H. Potts, Jr.
Feb 22, 1925 - June 16, 2003
A.H. Potts, Jr., 78, of Jane, Mo., died Monday, June 16, 2003, at Northwest Medical Center of Benton County in Bentonville, Ark.
He was born Feb. 22, 1925, to Albion Henry Potts, Sr., and Mattie Sue (Yoes) Potts.
He was a veteran of the United States Army having served during World War II. He moved to Pineville, Mo., 30 years ago from Chandler, Okla. He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church. He was a member of the American Legion, V.F.W., and N.R.A. for over 30 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary “Sally” Potts of Jane, Mo.; two daughters, Jacqueline Bridge of Chandler, Okla., and Sherrie Snow of Joplin, Mo.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A funeral service was held Thursday, June 19, 2003, at the Bella Vista Funeral Home Chapel in Bella Vista, Ark. Pastor Jim Day and Pastor Jamey Cope officiated. Burial was in Jane Cemetery in Jane, Mo.
Visitation was held Wednesday, June 18, 2003, at the Bella Vista Funeral Home, where the family received friends.
Pallbearers were Larry Slinkard, Leon Russell, Bill Anderson, Harold Lawyer, Rick Archer and Dale Coberly.
May 24, 1921 - June 16, 2003
Aldora Scroggins, 82, of Exeter, Mo., passed away at 9:45 a.m. Monday, June 16, 2003, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Mo.
Aldora was born May 24, 1921, to Harry and Ethel (Miller) Bonner in Bettsville, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers, four sisters and one grandchild.
Aldora married Joe A. Scroggins Sept. 17, 1939, in Berryville, Ark. He survives. They had two children, a son, Gordon Wayne Scroggins and his wife, Ginger, of Ft. Smith, Ark., and a daughter, Jo Lynn Fields and her husband, Arlin, of Cassville, Mo.; four living grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
She was a resident of the area the majority of her life and worked as a bookkeeper for Empire Gas Company and also the Bank of Exeter. She was a member of the Eureka Springs Church of God and a member of the Rebecca Lodges in Eureka Springs, Ark., and then of Washburn, Mo.
Services were held Thursday, June 19, 2003, at the Wheaton Funeral Home. Visitation was held Wednesday, and burial was at Muncie Chapel Cemetery in Wheaton. The Rev. Darry Heupel officiated.
Pallbearers were Dustin and Todd Scroggins, Steven and Jacob Fields, and Thurman and Sherman Wiles.
Services were under the direction of Wheaton Funeral Home.
Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association in care of the funeral home.