Clarence Bennett of Columbia died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at University Hospital. He was 56.
Mr. Bennett worked in Wentzville as a car dealer throughout his career. He had his own business there until he retired four years to Columbia.
"Cars were his passion, especially antique cars that he used to restore," said his niece Barbara Grogan.
Mr. Bennett was born June 7, 1944, in St. Louis to Danial W. and Ida Mae Cox Bennett.
He married Gwendolyn Mae Sanders on Nov. 23, 1969, in Millersburg, Mo. He was a member of Charity Baptist Church while living in Columbia.
"He was a beloved husband, father, brother, and uncle," said Gwendolyn Bennett.
Visitation for Mr. Bennett will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Charity Baptist Church. Services, conducted by the Rev. James Ford, will immediately follow.
Mr. Bennett is survived by his wife; his son, Michael D. Bennett of Columbia; one brother, William L. Bennett of Silex; and two sisters, Mary Lue Smith of Auxvasse and Barbara Ann Upton of St. Louis.
"He will be sadly missed," Grogan said.
Memorials for Mr. Bennett may be sent to the family at P.O. Box 1251, Columbia, Mo. 65205.
Hobert D. Parman
Hobert D. Parman of Ashland, formerly of Pittsburg, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at Ashland Healthcare of Alzheimer's disease. He was 80.
Deborah Melvin, his daughter, remembers Mr. Parman as a quiet man and a good father.
He played baseball for the Columbia All-Stars. Melvin recalled that he once pitched a no-hitter. For years, he coached youth baseball for the Optimist Club in Columbia.
Mr. Parman worked as a carpenter for B. D. Simon Construction and for Gary Naught Construction. He was active in the Carpenter's Union Local 1925.
Mr. Parman was born Sept. 21, 1920, in Rochester, Ind., to Alexander Parman and Ordelia O'Dell Parman. He married Mary Lee Walker on Jan. 4, 1944, in Fulton, Ind. He was a member of Living Faith Church in Ashland.
Visitation for Mr. Parman will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Robinson Funeral Home, 601 N. Henry Clay Blvd., in Ashland. Services, conducted by the Rev. Fred Martie, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Hartsburg.
Mr. Parman is survived by his wife, Mary Lee Parman of Ashland; his four daughters, JoAnn Sapp of Columbia, Penny Martie of Ashland, Donna Perkins of Pittsburg and Deborah Melvin of Hartsburg; three sisters, June Smith of Logansport, Ind., Pauline Briney of South Bend, Ind., and Mary Katherine Walker of Delphi, Ind.; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
His son, five brothers and five sisters died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to Ashland Healthcare, 301 S. Henry Clay Blvd., Ashland, MO 65010.
Chloe Crane Rippeto
Chloe Mae Crane Rippeto of Columbia died Monday, Sept. 25, 2000, in Columbia. She was 88.
She was born on Feb. 28, 1912 to Fred and Leona Crane. She married Willie F. Rippeto on Sept. 22, 1928.
Mrs. Rippeto worked for 22 years as a licensed practical nurse at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center in Columbia. She retired in 1972 and became a missionary. In 1977, she joined the End-Time-Handmaiden Ministries. She ministered 10 years, moving to Jefferson City to be close to her ministry.
Mrs. Rippeto worked with Volunteers in Correction and Chuck Colson Prison Fellowship seminars and was active in Women's Aglow. She retired from prison work due to ill health in 1988 and later wrote a number of poems she called "love poems" because they spoke of her love for God. Mrs. Ripetto's daughter, Patricia Pafford, remembers her as being an extremely caring person.
"Her family was the center of her life and she was extremely loving toward them," she said. "At the nursing home where she lived for several years, she would frequently go across to neighboring rooms to help out ailing patients."
Mrs. Rippeto returned to Columbia in 1994 after spending four years in New Mexico.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Goshen Primitive Baptist Church in Hartsburg. Burial will follow in Goshen Cemetery at Wilton. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Robinson Funeral Home in Ashland.
Surviving are two sisters, Louise Hunt of Columbia and Trudy Barnes of Centralia; three daughters, Patricia Pafford and Judy Perkins, both of Columbia, and Glenda Moss of Austin, Texas; two sons, Archie Rippeto of St. Charles and Tom Rippeto of Peoria, Ill.; ll grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.
One son, Donald Rippeto, and one granddaughter died earlier.
William O. Carr
William Oscar Carr of Sturgeon died Monday, Sept. 25, 2000, at his home. He was 86.
Mr. Carr was born Dec. 17, 1913, in Big Cabin, Okla., to Sam Oscar Carr and Bessie Emma Wright Carr. He married Vera A. Smith on March 8, 1935, in Guthrie, Okla.
Mr. Carr was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was also a member of the American Legion in Oklahoma.
Visitation for Mr. Carr will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Nilson Funeral Home, 5611 St. Charles Road. Services, conducted by Chaplain Bart Larson, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Nilson Funeral Home. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery and Mausoleum, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.
Mr. Carr is survived by his wife; five daughters, Carol Fay Cook of Harrisburg, Loretta Mae Dake of Winnie, Texas, Joyce Dee Wightman of Sturgeon, and Shirley Ann Price and Beverly Kay Chastain, both of Santa Ana, Calif.; one sister, Betty Lou O'Conner of Vinita, Okla.; 17 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
One daughter, two sisters and three brothers died earlier.
Grace Ricciotti of Columbia died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2000, at Boone Retirement Center. She was 90.
Mrs. Ricciotti was born in New Rochelle, N.Y., to Luighi and Maria DeCarlo Cioffari on July 11, 1910. In 1935, she married Eliseo Ricciotti.
"She was a very hard worker," said Elizabeth Ricciotti, her daughter-in-law. "Until she got sick, she was very active."
Mrs. Ricciotti retired after working 17 years in the garment industry in New York. She was also a retired member of Ladies International Garment Workers.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. A prayer service will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
Services will be on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1115 Locust St., with the Rev. Donald Wallace officiating. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery and Mausoleum, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.
Mrs. Ricciotti is survived by one son, Dino Ricciotti of Columbia; one daughter, Bettina Ricciotti of Columbia; one brother, Ernesto Occorsio of Rome, Italy; one sister, Guisseppia Occorsio of Rome, Italy; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A brother, Carlo Occorsio, died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 33 E. Broadway, Suite 100, Columbia, Mo. 65203.
James L. Smith
James Leslie Smith of Columbia died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000, at his home. He was 71.
Mr. Smith was born April 6, 1929, in Fairy Town, Texas, to Robert and Bertha Howard Smith.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Nilson Funeral Home, 5611 St. Charles Road, with the Rev. Jack Foley officiating.
Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Mrytle Smith of Columbia; one brother, Robert Smith of Scott City; two sisters, Lura Richards of Columbia and Barbara Smith of Springfield, Mo.; a half brother, Jerry Smith of Alpharetta, Ga.; and two half sisters, Joan Singleton of Fulton and Sue Christy of Hannibal.
George Santford Fetty
George Santford Fetty of Columbia died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, in Columbia. He was 73.
Mr. Fetty was born in Fairmont, W. Va., on Oct. 8, 1926, to Marvin and Clemmia Velright Jobes Fetty.
Mr. Fetty married Helen R. Moon on Oct. 2, 1948, in Fairmont, W. Va. He was a war veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Mr. Fetty retired from the U.S. Steel Homestead District in Pittsburgh. He was a member of the Bellview Methodist Church in Fairmont.
Visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia. Services, conducted by the Rev. Michael Keith, will be held at 1 p.m. today, also at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. The burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. , Columbia.
Mr. Fetty is survived by his two brothers, William Horton Fetty and Charles Robert Fetty, both of Fairmont.
His wife and one brother died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the Cancer Research Center, 3501 Berrywood Drive, Columbia, MO, 65201 or the charity of the giver's choice.
Victoria Warren Mitchell
Victoria Warren Mitchell of Columbia died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000, at her home. She was 74.
Mrs. Mitchell was born to Lawrence and Sara Katherine Warren on June 20, 1926, in Boone County. She married John X. Mitchell in February 1951 in Columbia.
Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Friendship Baptist Church, 1410 Grand Ave., Columbia. Services, conducted by the Rev. Carlos Taylor, will follow the visitation. The burial will be held at Rock Bridge Cemetery, off Hwy. 163 S. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Green Funeral Chapel of Marshall.
Mrs. Mitchell is survived by five sons, Carl Mitchell of Glendale, Ariz., John Mitchell, Robert Mitchell, Gary Mitchell, and Ronald Mitchell, all of Columbia; four daughters, Rosie Turner Warren, Linda Kelly, Patrice Hayes, and Linda Doris Mitchell, all of Columbia; her mother, Sara Katherine Warren of Columbia; six brothers, Elder Fredrick Warren of Decatur, Ill., Charles Warren, Cecil Warren, Harold Warren, the Rev. Ray Warren and Woodson Warren, all of Columbia; two sisters, Frances Stewart of Kansas City, Kan., and Marva Jo Peppers of Decatur, Ill.; 20 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Her husband, two brothers, two sisters, one granddaughter and two grandsons died earlier.
Carol Sue Shields
Ask people who knew Carol Shields and they will tell you that she loved life. She made it a point to make everyone happy. They will also tell you she adored her son.
"She was a great person. Very happy. Very bubbly. She worked in sales, and it showed," said Toni Guillot, general manager at Country Hearth Inn in Kansas City. "She could make anyone feel like they were her best friend."
Carol Sue Shields of Parkville died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000. She was 39. The cause of death has not been determined.
Born Nov. 11, 1960, in Windsor to Rudy and Lois Black Davidson. Mrs. Shields was looking forward to her 40th birthday, Guillot said.
"We were planning a surprise party," she said.
Mrs. Shields married Mark Shields on May 22, 1981, in Kansas City. Their son Kyle is 14.
She was employed as a sales manager at Country Hearth Inn in Kansas City. Mrs. Shields was also very active in the community. For many years, she participated in the Walk of Life to benefit cancer research. She was a member of several professional organizations, including the Northland Chamber of Commerce and the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. Mrs. Shields spent a lot of her time attending hotel and sales conventions.
But she spent most of her time with her son. "Baseball, football, anything to do with Kyle," Guillot said. "She was a very devoted mom."
Services will be held at noon Tuesday at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Mrs. Shields will be buried at Memorial Park Cemetery in Columbia. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Shields is survived by her husband; her son; her parents; one brother, James Davidson of Adrian; and a sister, Eva Smith of Adrian.
Memorials can be sent to the Kyle Shields College Fund, c/o Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop W., Columbia, Mo., 65202.
James W. Wilson
If Virginia Wilson ever needed her husband, James, she knew where to find him - the garden. The Boonville resident loved to spend his retirement days outdoors surrounded by the fresh Missouri air and his vegetable and flower gardens.
"That's all he did," Virginia Wilson said. "In the summers, he cut grass. In the winters, he shoveled snow."
James W. Wilson died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000, at Cooper County Memorial Hospital. He was 88.
Born Nov. 25, 1911, in Sumter, S.C., to Evelyn and Asbury Wilson. Mr. Wilson married Virginia Drew in New Jersey on Aug. 26, 1979. The couple moved to Boonville in 1986 for their retirement.
Services, conducted by the Rev. Horace Hopkins, will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Morgan Street Baptist Church. Mr. Wilson will be buried at Boonville Memorial Gardens Cemetery. The family will accept calls from 4 to 8 p.m. and visitors from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the H.T. May and Son Funeral Home, 405 Sycamore St. in Boonville.
When he wasn't working in the yards surrounding his home, Mr. Wilson sang tenor in The Uplifters Male Chorus, which performed at the Morgan Street Baptist Church. He used to laugh with friends about his younger days when he sang in a club in New York City, Virginia Wilson said.
Mr. Wilson was also on the Trustee Board of the Morgan Street Baptist Church, where he was a member. He served as treasurer of the Benefit Fund and a member of the Concerned Citizens for the Black Community and the Ironworkers Local #455 Union. Mr. Wilson is survived by his wife, Virginia Wilson; a daughter, Catherine Brown of Crisfield, Md.; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Three sons and two sisters died earlier.
Frances O. Gini
Frances O. Gini of Columbia died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000, at Boone Hospital Center. She was 71.
Mrs. Gini was born on May 3, 1929, in Harvey, Ill., to Raymond and Esther Hoffman Malher. She married Guido A. Gini on Jan. 3, 1948, in Tinley Park, Ill.
Mrs. Gini was a farmer and a housewife, and she spent 20 years as a certified professional secretary at MU.
Mrs. Gini is survived by three sons, Ron Gini and Joe Gini, both of Hallsville, and Jim Ray Gini of Higbee; two daughters, June Gini of Columbia and Cheryl Bexten of Hallsville; nine grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Her husband and four brothers died earlier.
Visitation was held Saturday. Services, conducted by the Rev. Michael Keith, will be at 1 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 West. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to the Central Missouri Kidney Association, P.O. Box 1915, Columbia, Mo. 65205.
Sandra June Rhine
Sandra June Rhine of Rocheport died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, at Boone Hospital Center. She was 55.
Mrs. Rhine was born Jan. 17, 1945, in Boone County to William and Mary Mahan Hunt. She married Dean Rhine on Dec. 25, 1965, in Columbia.
Visitation for Mrs. Rhine will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 West. Services, conducted by the Rev. Dave Schawo, will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Memorial Funeral Home. Mrs. Rhine will be buried at Midway Locust Grove Cemetery in Columbia.
Mrs. Rhine is survived by her husband; one son, Stephen Rhine of Rocheport; one daughter, Rebecca Carter of Harrisburg; two brothers, Joe Hunt of Columbia and Tom Hunt of Rocheport; five sisters, Barbara Roberts of Columbia, Wanda Hartley of Rocheport, Jane Tutt of Columbia, Betsy Rule of Rocheport and Glenda Heath of Rocheport; and five grandchildren.
Her parents and two sisters died earlier.