Darwin E. Cleek
Darwin E. Cleek of Sherwood, Ark., died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000. Mr. Cleek, whose family owns Cleeks Appliance stores throughout mid-Missouri, was 84.
He was a lifetime member of Southwestern Bell Telephone Pioneers. He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church of North Little Rock, Ark.
Visitation for Mr. Cleek was Thursday night. Funeral Services will be today in North Little Rock.
Mr. Cleek is survived by his wife, Ruth Cleek of Sherwood, Ark.; one daughter, Marsha Roe of Cabot, Ark.; one son, Richard D. Cleek of Providence, R.I., and many other family members and friends.
One son, one grandson, one sister and seven brothers died earlier.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 3822, Little Rock, Ark. 72203 or the Multiple Sclerosis National Society Arkansas Chapter, 1100 N. University, Little Rock, Ark. 72207.
Frances C. Gentry
Frances C. Gentry of Columbia died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000, at the Columbia Regional Hospital. She was 93.
Mrs. Gentry was born Dec. 15, 1906, in Stet to George Taylor and Maggie Mae (Newham) Temple. In 1928, she married Sidney C. Gentry who died in 1994.
Mrs. Gentry received her bachelor of science degree in Education from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg.
Before she retired in 1985, she was a school teacher for 35 years and served as the Braymer elementary school principal for 25 years. Mrs. Gentry lived her last six years in Columbia.
A member of the Bethany Church of the Brethren since she was 9 years old, Mrs. Gentry was very involved in church activities.
She is survived by two sons, Marion Gentry of Fulton and LaVerne Gentry of Columbia; three daughters, Patricia Eggleston of Minneapolis, Winona Marshall of Columbia and Loretta Falvo of Salt Lake City, Utah; one sister, Lenora Cooper of Topeka, Kan; 17 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; five nephews; and five nieces.
Her husband, two brothers, Gilbert Temple and Carl Temple; and one sister, Delores Byerly, died earlier.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bethany Church of the Brethren or the Rockingham Church of the Brethren.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 8 at the Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond.
Services will be at 11 a.m. on the same day at the funeral home. Burial will be at Richmond Memory Gardens.
Boyd Lindsey Harlan
Boyd Lindsey Harlan of Port Charlotte, Fla., formerly of Columbia, died at St. Josephs Hospital in Port Charlotte on Dec. 28, 1999. He was 48.
Born on May 26, 1951 in Houston, Texas, to Erma Rose Harlan, Mr. Harlan was adopted by William Marion Haran in Aug. 1952. He was eight years old when he joined First Baptist Church, Columbia.
Mr. Harlan attended West Boulevard Elementary School, West Junior High School, Hickman High School and the University of Missouri in Columbia, and Lincoln University in Jefferson City.
He was a former officer for the Boone County sheriffs department and the Jefferson City police department. Mr. Harlan also worked as an investigator for the Division of Family Services and the Medical Examiners Office in Jackson County.
Mr. Harland was employed as a forensic specialist for the Charlotte County, Fla. Medical Examiners Office.
He is survived by his wife, Pamela Renee Cochran, of the home; a son, Joshua Andrew Harlan of Columbia; a daughter, Lindsey Jo Harlan of Independence; his parents, Marion and Erma Harlan of Columbia; and a brother, Stanley Ray Harlan, of Columbia.
Visitation for Mr. Harlan will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, in the Fireplace Room at First Baptist Church at Broadway and Waugh streets in Columbia.
A memorial service will begin at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 33 East Broadway, Columbia, Mo. 65203, or, to The Rainbow House Childrens Advocacy Center, 2305 Oakland Gravel Rd., Columbia, Mo. 65202, or, to The American Humane Association, 63 Inverness Dr., Englewood, Co. 80113, or to a charity of the donors choice.
Eris Ivan Lytle
Eris Ivan Lytle of Columbia died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2000, at Boone Hospital Center. He was 95.
Mr. Lytle was born on September 22, 1904 in Griggsville, Ill. to Ivan and Barbara Lytle.
A lifelong worker with his hands, Mr. Lytle as a child learned blacksmithing from his father.
When he was a teenager, he built a usable skeleton of a Model T Ford, taught himself stone masonry and, in 1927, drove the Ford to Columbia.
After securing a job with Hathman Construction Co., he moved his wife and extended family down to Columbia.
"He was a superb craftsman, a perfectionist," said his daughter Marian Kathryn Beebe of Columbia. "Any job he did was well-known."
Mr. Lytle spent most of his career with the John Epple Construction Co. A union man, his most challenging assignment came in the mid-1960s, when Epple was commissioned to rebuild a war-torn London church at Westminister College, Fulton.
As the head stone mason, he worked long hours repairing the stones and studying plan sketches at night. Working without the original plans, which were lost, he and his crew reassembled the Church of St. Mary of the Virgin, of Aldermanbury.
For his lifelong work, and especially for the Westminister church restoration, Mr. Lytle received honors from the Boone County Commission in an official proclamation Sept. 21, 1999.
Visitation for Mr. Lytle will be at 1 p.m. today at the Church of St. Mary of the Virgin, at Westminister College, Fulton.
Services, conducted by the Rev. Dennis Swearngin, will follow at 2 p.m. at the church.
"It seemed like a fitting tribute for him to have the services there because he was a major part of that reconstructive process," Beebe said.
Mr. Lytle will be buried at Memorial Park Cemetery in Columbia.
Mr. Lytle is survived by his daughter, Marian Kathryn Beebe of Columbia; one grandson, and one great-grandson.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Winston Churchill Memorial, 501 Westminister Ave., Fulton, Mo. 65201.
Wilfred LeRoy Page
Wilfred LeRoy Page of Columbia died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2000, at the Williamsburg Nursing Home. He was 84.
Mr. Page was born in Denver, Co., to Wilfred LeRoy Sr. and Imogene Bartels on Aug. 21, 1915. In 1940, he married Fern Tedd who died in 1979.
Mr. Page was a member of the Lambskin Masonic Lodge AF & AM in St. Ann, and the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints. He worked in military aircraft maintenance.
Mr. Page is survived by three sons, Brian Page of Columbia, Alan Page of Arnold, and Roger Page of San Rafael, Ca.; a sister, Imogene Williams of Golden, Co.; one great grandchild and five grandchildren.
His wife and one sister died earlier.
No services are scheduled. His remains will be cremated.
Mary E. Grieves
Mary E. Grieves of Columbia died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000, at South Hampton Place, Columbia. She was 84.
Mrs. Grieves was born Aug. 3, 1915, in Pittsburg, Kan., to Joseph and Mary Rehack Pichler. In 1937, she married Raymond Reeves, who died in 1959 in Lamar. She married Arthur Grieves in October 1962 in Pontiac, Mich.
She was a member of Family Worship Center in Columbia.
Visitation for Mrs. Grieves will be at 2 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services, officiated by Pastors Tom and Vicki Luther, will be held at 3 p.m. at the funeral home.
Mrs. Grieves will be buried at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mrs. Grieves is survived by her husband, Arthur Grieves of Mexico, Mo.; one son, Ron Reeves of Columbia; two brothers, Joseph Pichler of San Antonio and Henry Pichler of Franklin, Kan.; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Her parents and one sister died earlier.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association, 1121 Business Loop 70 E., Columbia, Mo. 65201 or to Eldercare, 137 Clark Hall, Columbia, Mo.
Emmitt Verdell Lewis
Emmitt Verdell Lewis of Hallsville died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000, at Columbia Regional Hospital. He was 66.
He was born on May 25, 1933, to Emmitt and Pearl Lewis of Columbia.
Visitation for Mr. Lewis will be at 10 a.m. today at Grandview Baptist Church, 9000 Reams Road, Centralia. Services, conducted by the Rev. James Spinner and the Rev. James Smith, will be at 11 a.m.
Mr. Lewis will be buried at Grandview Baptist Cemetery.
Mr. Lewis is survived by his wife, Ruth Lewis; two sisters, Gertrude Robien of Fulton and Ruby Mountjoy of Columbia; one son, Verdell Lewis of Columbia; five daughters, Trudy Langley and Debbie Schull of Columbia and Anna Cavanaugh, Peggy Smith and Marlene Todd of Hallsville; 15 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
His first wife, one son, one daughter, one brother and two sisters died earlier.
Helen Monroe of Boonville died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, at her home. She was 86.
Mrs. Monroe was born August 27, 1913 to Ollie and Martha Banty of Speed. She graduated from Speed School and later served as a stewardess and church clerk for St. Matthew's A.M.E. Church.
She also served as the church treasurer for more than 30 years and was a member of the Frances Patterson Missionary Society.
Mrs. Monroe was married to Emery Monroe on March 8, 1941, in California, Mo.
Visitation for Mrs. Monroe will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at H.T. May & Son Funeral Home in Boonville.
Mrs. Monroe is survived by her husband; one foster son, Leonard "Butch" Crump of Auro, Colo.; one sister, Margaret Banty of Marshall; two grandsons and four great-grandchildren.
Gladys M. Murphy
Gladys M. Murphy of Fulton died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2000, at Boone Hospital Center. She was 91.
Born May 14, 1908, to Jack and Sarah McNabb in Clark County, Ind., she was a member of Bardstown Methodist Church of Bardstown, Ky. Mrs. Murphy married Hubert Murphy in Indiana.
Visitation for Mrs. Murphy will be at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, at Mann-Greenwell Funeral Home, Bardstown, Ky. Graveside services, conducted by the Rev. Jim Smith, will start at noon that day at Bardstown Cemetery.
Mrs. Murphy is survived by one son, Charles Murphy of Bardstown, Ky.; one daughter, Lena Dambach of Fulton; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Gladys Murphy Memorial, c/o Mann-Greenwell Funeral Home, 212 S. 3rd St., Bardstown, Ky. 40004.
Lloyd Manning Wells
Lloyd Manning Wells of Columbia died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000, at the University Hospital & Clinics. He was 80.
A World War II veteran, Dr. Wells returned from overseas to receive his master's degree from MU in 1951.
He earned his doctoral degree in political science from Princeton in 1955, served on the faculty of Southern Methodist University and then returned to teach at MU in 1958.
"He had a good sense of humor and was a really great teacher," said fellow faculty, professor emeritus Art Kalleberg. "He could engage the class in subjects that really weren't very interesting."
Specializing in public administration and government administration, Dr. Wells published papers on these fields in such journals as Public Administration Review. He served in many administrative posts, including departmental chair from 1967 to 1970. He retired in 1985.
"He chaired the department with a great deal of sensitivity," said Dean Yarwood, professor of political science at MU. "He was a very gentle man who had a real understanding of the teaching and research needs of the university."
Even when not chairman, Dr. Wells was remembered for his mediating skills.
"When we had issues in front of the department and the faculty took opposing sides, he was usually able to make some comments and get the argument back on track," Kalleberg said.
Kalleberg also remembered Dr. Wells' skill in weaving a tale.
"He had a very Celtic facility for telling stories," he said.
Dr. Wells was born Sept. 26, 1919, in Christian County. After being drafted into the army, he attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned in the summer of 1942. He served as a first lieutenant with the 1st Armored Division, earning the Combat Infantry Badge, the Purple Heart with two oak leaf clusters and the Bronze Star.
Dr. Wells married Carolyn Ruth Adamson of Springfield on June 5, 1949.
His health worsened in later years to the point where he could not leave his home.
But that did not worsen his attitude, according to Yarwood.
"Even as he was confined to his home, he was always in good spirits," Yarwood said. "He maintained his pleasant disposition to the end."
Visitation for Dr. Wells will be from 7:30 to 8:30 tonight at Parker Funeral Home, 22 N. Tenth St., Columbia.
Dr. Wells will be buried at Wise Hill Cemetery in Cleber; graveside services will precede the burial. A date has not been set.
Dr. Wells is survived by his wife, Carolyn; one brother, Carl Wells of Overland Park, Kan.; three grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and two nieces.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Graduate Student Fund of the Department of Political Science, University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo. 65212.
G. Eleanor Rhynsburger
G. Eleanor Rhynsburger of Columbia died of natural causes Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, at Boone Hospital Center. She was 95.
Mrs. Rhynsburger was born June 22, 1904, in Macon, Ga., to John Fabian and Clara Eckles Minton.
Mrs. Rhynsburger was a professional dancer. After receiving a bachelor of arts at Texas Women's College in Denton, Texas, she came to Columbia in 1927 and taught physical education at MU.
She was director of campfire girls in Columbia and started Campe Tepeetoto in McBaine. During World War II she started the first teen town in Columbia.
She was also a member of the board of directors of The Wardrobe, a member of the Missouri Human Rights Commission, and a lay reader in the Episcopal Church. She won the JC Penney award for volunteer services.
As a humanitarian, she volunteered thousands of hours for the underpriviledged.
"Her greatest hobby was taking care of people," said her daughter Donia Eleanor Scholar.
Mrs. Rhynsburger married H. Donovan on Aug. 12, 1931. Her husband, who preceded her in death, founded the Rhynsburger Theater in Columbia.
Services, conducted by the Rev. Frederick Thayer, will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 10, at Calvary Episcopal Church.
Mrs. Rhynsburger is survived by her daughter, Donia Eleanor Scholar of Columbia.
Donations may be sent to Donovan and Peggy Rhynsburger at Theater Endowment Fund, c/o UMC, Columbia, Mo. 65212.
Robert "Gator" Applegate of Columbia died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at his home. He was 59.
Mr. Applegate was born April 21, 1940, in Princeton, Minn., to Robert and Margaret Veal Applegate. He married Wanda Samuelson in Braham, Minn.
Mr. Applegate was employed by Checker Cab company in Columbia.
Mr. Applegate is survived by his wife, Wanda Applegate of Columbia; his parents, Margaret and Robert Applegate; two sisters; one daughter, Dana Applegate of Marshall; five stepsons and three stepdaughters.
Private family services will be held in Minnesota at a later date.
Martha J. Machens
Martha J. Machens of Columbia died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, at the Boone Hospital Center. She was 70.
Mrs. Machens was born Jan. 1, 1930, to Alfred A. and Kathryn Kansteiner Schumpe in St. Charles. She married Joseph H. Machens on Jan. 24, 1953, in St. Charles.
Mrs. Machens enjoyed traveling and going to the Lake of the Ozarks, but caring for her family was very important to her, particularly her son, Joseph Machens Jr., who has cerebral palsey.
"That was the central part of her life, especially after Dad died," said her son David Machens. "She was a wonderful mother to both of us."
Mrs. Machens is survived by two sons, Joseph Machens Jr. and David Machens, both of Columbia; one brother, Robert Schumpe of St. Charles; and two sisters, Jean Schumpe and Kathleen Beene, both of St. Charles.
Her husband, and one brother died earlier.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5, at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 West.
Services, conducted by Rev. Michael Flanagan, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to Woodhaven Learning Center, 1405 Hathman Place, Columbia, Mo. 65202 and A.C.T! (Alternative Community Training), 2200 Burlington, Columbia, Mo. 65202.
Flossie P. Williams
Flossie P. Williams of Columbia died Dec. 31, 1999, at Columbia Regional Healthcare Center. She was 92.
Mrs. Williams was born to John and Cannie Warfield Logan in Boydsville on June 28, 1907.
Mrs. Williams was an educator. Her teaching career spanned terms in Lilburn and Auxvasse and at Carver Elementary School in Fulton. She was a member of Paris Fork United Methodist Church in Fulton.
She married Clifford Willians on Aug. 22, 1953.
Mrs. Williams is survived by her husband, Clifford Williams, two sons, John H. Williams of Columbia and Frank L. Williams of St. Louis; three nieces; and several great-nieces, nephews and cousins.
Her three sisters and three brothers died earlier.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Warren Funeral Chapel, 107 W. 6th St., Fulton. Services, conducted by Rev. Henry Brewer, will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Paris Fork United Methodist Church in Fulton. Burial will follow.
Jesse Louis O'Connor
Jesse Louis O'Connor of Columbia died at home Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999. He was 5.
Jesse was born Feb. 9, 1994, to Louis Russo and Marie Elizabeth O'Connor in Queens, N.Y. He attended Delmar-Cobbler State School.
Jesse O'Connor was diagnosed earlier with cerebral palsy.
He is survived by his father, Louis Russo; two sisters, Christina O'Connor and Heather O'Connor, of Columbia; one uncle, Tom O'Connor, of Columbia; and one niece, Emerald Star Marie O'Connor, of Columbia.
His mother died earlier.
Services, officiated by Father Michael Flanagan, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 903 Bernadette Drive.
Memorials may be sent to Delmar-Cobbler State School, 108 W. Craig Columbia, Mo. 65202.
Michael Kimbrough Bruner of Denver died Dec. 11, 1999, of injuries sustained in a car accident in Austin, Texas. He was 26.
Mr. Bruner was enrolled at Southwest Texas State University in Austin. He was studying psychology. He had served in the Navy and earned the Navy achievement medal for his efforts in improving navigation. He had also earned Microsoft Certification.
Mr. Bruner was an avid tennis player and swimmer. He participated in the tennis and swimming teams in high school, and went on to teach these sports to youngsters while in college. Friends and family remember him as having a great sense of humor.
"He was a very giving and funny child," said his father, Don Bruner. "His friends said his presence made the team. With Michael on the team they didn't care if they won or lost. He made it fun just to be on the team."
Mr. Bruner is survived by his father, Don W. Bruner of Grants Pass, Ore. (originally of Columbia); his mother Jane Ahern of Denver; and two brothers, John of Denver and Stephen of Thousand Oaks, Calif. He is also survived by two aunts, Dorothy Samuels of Columbia and Marion Bartholdt of Leavenworth, Kan.
His grandparents, Claude and Lorene Bruner of Columbia, preceded him in death.
Memorials may be sent to Wildlife Images, Rehabilitation and Education Center, P.O. Box 26, Merlin, Ore. 97532, c/o Michael Bruner Memorial.
Marjorie Spence of Fayette died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at Fayette Caring Center. She was 91.
Mrs. Spence was born Feb. 1, 1908, to Arthur and Roberta Jackman Barnett in Howard County. She married Wesley Spence of Fayette and he preceded her in death. She was a member of the Church of God in Christ in Fayette. She was employed for many years by the Irvin Schnell family in Fayette.
Survivors include one sister, Opal Benson, of Fayette; two brothers, Estill Benson of Fayette and Orville McKee of Des Moines, Iowa.; one daughter-in-law, Christine Spence of Fayette; five grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one son Wesley Spence, Jr., four brothers and four sisters.
Visitation will be at H.T. May Funeral Home, 304 Walter St. in Fayette, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Wednesday, and then at the church until the time of services.
Services, officiated by Elder Richard Paige, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, at Holy Ground Church of God in Christ, Fayette. Burial will be in Fayette City Cemetery.
Richard B. Campbell
Richard Bennett Campbell of Columbia died Thursday, Dec. 30, 1999, at Boone Hospital Center. He was 43.
Mr. Campbell was born July 9, 1956, in Joplin to Leroy E. Campbell and Yetta Bennett Campbell. He was employed as a security guard.
Visitation for Mr. Campbell will be from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Nilson Funeral Home, 5611 St. Charles Road. Services, conducted by the Rev. John Foley, will follow at 1 p.m.
Mr. Campbell is survived by his mother, Yetta Campbell of Columbia; one brother, Robert L. Campbell of Glendale, Calif.; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Memorials may be sent to the family, care of Nilson Funeral Home, 5611 St. Charles Road, Columbia Mo. 65201.
Cora Anne Bowne
Cora Anne Bowne, a homemaker of Columbia, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at Boone Retirement Center. She was 96.
Mrs. Bowne was born Aug. 28, 1903, in Platte County to John & Georgia Hufford Giosney.
Mrs. Bowne was married to Charles G. Bowne on Sept. 26, 1921. He died earlier.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at International Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery in Smithville. Burial will follow.
Mrs. Bowne is survived by her niece, Helen Sterling of Kansas City.
Walter A. Nolke
Walter A. Nolke of Columbia died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at Boone Hospital Center. He was 81.
Mr. Nolke was born Nov. 20, 1918, in Saline County, to August B. and Catherine Olendorf Nolke.
He served as a crew chief in the U.S. Army Air Corps, during World War II. He married Rita T. Benskin on Jan. 23, 1945, in St. Charles, Mo. Mr. Nolke was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.
He was employed for 40 years as a sheet metal worker at Hulett Heating and Air Conditioning. He was a member of the Sheet Metal Workers Local #36 union. He was a member of Retirees of Sheet Metal Workers, Midway Optimist, and American Legion Post #202.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. There will be a prayer service at 8 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home. Services, conducted by the Rev. Michael Flanagan, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 903 Bernadette Drive.
Mr. Nolke is survived by his wife, Rita Nolke of Columbia; three sons, Robert Nolke and David Nolke, both of Rocheport, and Walter E. Nolke of Columbia; one daughter, Jo Ann Rothermich of Trenton, Mo.; two brothers, Donald Nolke of Salisbury, and Vernon Nolke of Columbia; two sisters, Leona Hackman of Glasgow, and Olivia Gotmer of Gilliam; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
One brother and one sister died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to Our Lady of Lourdes Building Fund (Stained Glass Windows), 903 Bernadette Drive, Columbia, Mo. 65203 or the charity of one's choice.
Stephen B. Adams
Stephen Bernard Adams of Kansas City died Thursday, Dec. 30, 1999, in Kansas City. He was 52.
Mr. Adams was born Jan. 17, 1947, in Princeton, Ill., to Bernard Francis and Helen Patricia Murray Adams. He served as a staff sergeant for the U.S. Air Force in England. He worked for DST Systems Incorporated in Kansas City as a staff analyst programmer. Visitation for Mr. Adams will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services, conducted by the Rev. Don Antweiler, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mr. Adams is survived by his mother, Helen P. Adams of Columbia; his fianc�e, Bobbie Miner of Kansas City; one brother, Randy Adams of Columbia; one sister, Dorothy Burks of Columbia; and two nieces and three nephews.
His father died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the American Diabetes Association, 1316 Parkade Blvd., Columbia, Mo. 65202.
Jerneal Cowans of Boonville died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at Cooper County Hospital in Boonville. She was 78.
Mrs. Cowans was born on March 19, 1921, in Bunceton. She married Leo Roland and later Homer Cowans.
Visitation will be between 7 and 8 p.m. Monday at the H.T. May and Son Funeral Home, 405 Sycamore in Boonville.
Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Horace Hopkins, will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at St. Matthew's A.M.E. Church, 309 Spruce St. in Boonville. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Bunceton.
Mrs. Cowans is survived by six daughters, Leola Hurt, Anna Graham, Eunice L. Wright, Alberta L. Jackson, Margie J. Cowans, Trina V. Cowans, all of Boonville; six sons, James D. Jackson and Russell G. Jackson of Boonville, Homer L. Cowans of Arkansas, Jackie L. Cowans of Fulton, Kenneth Cowans of Kingdom City, and Chris Cowans of Potosi; one brother, Jackie Andrews of Milwaukee. She is also survived by 55 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren, and six great-great grandchildren.
One brother, one sister, one daughter and two sons died earlier.
James W. Dye
James W. Dye of Tuscumbia died Thursday, Dec. 30, 1999, at Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City. He was 47.
Mr. Dye was born June 20, 1952, in Waynesville to William and Verna Buschbaum Dye. He married Paula Jean Hutchinson on Jan. 1, 1981. He was an Army veteran.
He worked as a mechanic for Ft. Leonard Wood 58th Transportation Battalion Motor Pool for the past 17 years. He was a member of the Waynesville Seventh Day Adventist Church.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Dye is survived by one son, Christopher Dye of Tuscumbia; one daughter, Heather Dye of Desoto; one stepdaughter, Shelby Humphrey of Tuscumbia; his mother, Verna Dye of Columbia; one sister Janet Smith of Maryland; and two brothers, Robert Dye of Columbia and Ralph Dye of Rolla.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Rekus Funeral Home, 2247 Highway 17 in Iberia. Funeral services, conducted by Pastor Al Oetman, will follow visitation at the funeral home. Burial will be in Union Cemetery near Iberia.
Jerry D. Freelon
Jerry D. Freelon of Atlanta died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, in Atlanta of a heart attack. He was 47.
Mr. Freelon was born July, 5, 1952, in Columbia to Charles S. and Nadine Williams Freelon. He moved to Atlanta in 1974. He was formerly employed with Slatery Construction Company in Atlanta. He was a member of Local Carpenters Union 225 in Atlanta.
Services, conducted by the Rev. Russell Freeman, will be at 2 p.m. Monday at United Community Full Gospel Baptist Church, 2409 N. Stadium Blvd.
Mr. Freelon is survived by his parents, Charles S. and Nadine Freelon, both of Columbia; and one brother, Wayne R. Freelon of Columbia.
Ben W. Papermaster, who served on the faculty of the MU School of Medicine from 1978 to 1990, died of cancer in his Coronado, Calif., home on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999.
Memorial services for Dr. Papermaster, former director of the Columbia Regional Cancer Research Center, will be held Jan. 9 in Austin, Texas.
Dr. Papermaster was born on Nov. 30, 1934, in Minneapolis to Aaron A. and Celia Rose Papermaster. He was raised in Fargo, N.D., and graduated from Fargo High School. He received his bachelor of arts in music from Harvard in 1956.
While attending Harvard, Dr. Papermaster married a classmate from Radcliffe, Marian Papermaster.
He attended medical school and then received his doctoral degree in immunology at the University of Minnesota in 1961. During his doctoral work, Dr. Papermaster participated in research that discovered the evolution of the immune response. Dr. Papermaster went on to a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University and then to a tenured position on the faculty at the University of California at Berkeley.
Dr. Papermaster moved to Buffalo, N.Y., in 1967 to work at the Roswell Park Memorial Cancer Institute. In Buffalo, he co-founded one of the earliest biotechnology companies, Associated Biomedical Systems. Before moving to Columbia in 1978, Dr. Papermaster worked as a professor of biochemistry at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for four years.
He moved to Columbia to become director of the Cancer Research Center and to serve on MU's faculty.
Dr. Papermaster left Columbia in 1990 and began serving as president of the Imbic and Kinex Corporations in Frederick, Md., and San Diego, Calif. There Dr. Papermaster focused on the development of immunological treatments for cancer patients.
Dr. Papermaster is survived by his wife, Sue Kwentus; his brother, David Papermaster of Bloomfield, Conn.; his children, Gail, Steve, Mark, and Adrienne; and seven grandchildren.
Dr. Papermaster's first wife died earlier.
Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 9 at Congregation Beth Israel, 3901 Shoal Creek Blvd., in Austin, Texas.
Contributions may be made to the Dr. Ben Papermaster Memorial Research Fund c/o Austin Community Foundation, P.O. Box 5159, Austin, Texas 78763.
Mavis G. Smith
Mavis G. Smith of Columbia died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, at her home. She was 86.
Mrs. Smith graduated from the Music Conservatory of Melbourne University. She taught piano privately in Australia before coming to the United States. She then taught piano at the University of North Carolina and at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.
Mrs. Smith was born June 10, 1913, in Melbourne, Australia, to Gordon and Lillian Mellon Carter.
Mrs. Smith became an avid gardener when she moved to Florida. There she was president of the Tallahassee Garden Club. She began specializing in the daylily when she made her home in Missouri. Many of the plants that she hybridized won honors from the daylily society. She was vice president of Region Eleven of the American Hemerocallis Society.
In 1989, Mrs. Smith was awarded the Helen Field Fisher gold medal by the American Hemerocallis Society. She was awarded the first service award given by Region Eleven.
In addition to gardening, Mr. Smith was a weaver and a member of the Columbia Weavers' and Spinners Guild.
Mrs. Smith was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, charter member of the Central Missouri Hemerocallis Society and the MO-KAN Hemerocallis Society. She was also a member of Central Oklahoma Hemerocallis Society and Australian Hemeracollis Society.
Services, conducted by George McCall, will be at 2 p.m. today at First Presbyterian Church, 16 Hill St.
Mrs. Smith will be buried at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mrs. Smith is survived by one sister, Valda Collie of Melbourne; one niece and two nephews.
Memorials may be sent to the First Presbyterian Church, 16 Hill St., Columbia, Mo. 65201 or to American Hemerocallis Society, P.O. Box 10, Dexter, Ga. 31019.
Harold Lee Walter
Harold Lee "Hal" Walter of Canton, Ill., died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at his home. He was 83.
Mr. Walter was a photographic stylist for Good Housekeeping Magazine for many years. Later he worked as a free lance photographic stylist.
Mr. Walter received a bachelor's degree in journalism at MU.
Mr. Walter was born in Junction City, Kan., on July 23, 1916, to Russell S. Walter and Verne V. Oesterhaus.
Mr. Walter served in the Army in World War II. He fought in the Battle of Bulge in the European Theater.
Services, conducted by the Rev. Tim Ferril, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Greenwood Cemetery in Canton, Ill.
Mr. Walter will be buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Canton, Ill.
Mr. Walter is survived by three brothers, Dan Walter of Canton, Fred Walter of Pamona, Calif., and Edwin Walter of Troy, Ala.
One brother died earlier.