James Garth Holly
James Garth Holly of Columbia died Wednesday, March 14, 2001, at Oakview Living Center in Jefferson City. He was 83.
As a self-employed builder, Mr. Holly oversaw the construction of Columbia's post office, Downtown Ramada Inn, and the Boone County Historical Society.
Mr. Holly was born Aug. 16, 1917, in Harris, Tenn., to James Monroe and Mary Ward Holly. He graduated from Crutchfield, Ky., High School before joining the U.S. Navy. He married Bernice L. Findley on Nov. 23, 1946.
Mr. Holly was stationed in the Philippines during World War II. He moved to Columbia in 1958 for employment opportunities. He was active in the Midway Breakfast Club and the Columbia Senior Center, where he and his wife celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Mr. Holly enjoyed fishing, playing bridge, pool and telling stories.
"He could talk your ear off," said his daughter, Diane Dryden of Lake in the Hill, Ill.
He had a pilot's license and owned a 180 Cherokee airplane that the family used to visit relatives in Kentucky.
"He had a nice singing voice," Dryden said.
"The Old Rugged Cross" and "Onward Christian Soldier" were two of his favorites.
Visitation for Mr. Holly will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Parkade Baptist Church, 2102 N. Garth Ave. Services, conducted by the Rev. Terry Hunsaker, will follow. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.
Mr. Holly is survived by one daughter, Diane M. Dryden, of Lake in the Hill, Ill.; three sons, David W. Holly of Rocheport, Michael E. Holly of Kirkwood and Wayne K. Holly of Mt. Clemmons, Mich.; a brother, Girvus W. Holly, of Fulton, Ky; and seven grandchildren.
His wife and a brother died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to Boone Country Historical Society, 3801 Ponderosa Drive, Columbia, Mo., 65201. The Historical Society has a tree planted in memory of Mr. Holly and his wife.
Lester E. Brink
Lester E. Brink of Columbia died Tuesday, March 13, 2001, at his home. He was 52.
Mr. Brink was born on June 7, 1948, in Columbia to John and Aileen Martin Brink. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and worked in construction.
Visitation for Mr. Brink will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Nilson Funeral Home, 5611 St. Charles Road. Services, conducted by the Rev. Joe Hendren, will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Nilson Funeral Home.
Mr. Brink is survived by two daughters, Kelly Seidenberg of California and Wendy Bennett of Columbia; one brother, David Brink of Sturgeon; four sisters, Carol Chick of Millersburg, Wanda Baize of Auxvasse and Mary Sheerick and Theresa Brink of Sturgeon; and four grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to the Mt. Horeb Cemetery Association, c/o Sturgeon City Hall, Sturgeon, Mo. 65284.
Lula Ida Thomas
Every week for 30 years, about 15 to 20 people in Lula Ida Thomas' family feasted on her Sunday dinner.
Using food she and her husband raised on the farm, she cooked almost every week for her children and grandchildren, her son, Howard Thomas, said.
She canned the food herself and prepared it. "It was a big, fun day," her daughter, Juanita Bennett, said. "They really enjoyed it."
Lula Ida Thomas of Hartsburg died Tuesday at Ashland Healthcare in Ashland. She was 89.
Mrs. Thomas was a homemaker all her life on her farm. "She worked right alongside her husband doing everything he did," Ruth Thomas, her daughter-in-law, said.
Mrs. Thomas was born on May 12, 1911, in Tripplet to John Wohlgemuth and Myrtle Wilson Wohlgemuth. She attended Cadet Public School in Bonnots Mill.
She married Oscar Thomas on Dec. 31, 1928, in Linn.
"It was a pretty close-knit family due to her and my dad," Howard Thomas said.
Visitation for Mrs. Thomas will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Robinson Funeral Home, 601 N. Henry Clay Blvd., in Ashland. Services, conducted by Elder Wallace Johnson, will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday at Robinson Funeral Home. Mrs. Thomas will be buried at Freidens Cemetery in Hartsburg.
Mrs. Thomas is survived by a son, Howard Thomas of Tibbetts; a daughter, Juanita Bennett of Hartsburg; a brother, Herbert Wohlgemuth of Hale; two sisters, Wilma Wohlgemuth of Gladstone, and Melva Porie of Bosworth; 16 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great grandchild.
Her husband; a son, Clyde Wayne Thomas; five brothers; three sisters; one great-grandchild; and one great-great-grandchild died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the Hospice of Jefferson City and Mid-Missouri, 601 E. High St., Jefferson City, Mo. 65101.
Sarah Delma Voytko of Lenexa, Kan., formerly of Columbia, died March 8, 2001, in Lenexa. She was 80.
Mrs. Voytko was born September 28, 1920, in Audrain County to Otis and Alice Margaret Wilson Gibson. She graduated from Hickman High School and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. She married Henry Olmsted on May 17, 1938, in Columbia.
She later married Paul J. Voytko in 1965 in Las Vegas, Nev.
The Rev. Fred Neiger will conduct graveside services at 3 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.
Mrs. Voytko is survived by one son, Leland Wayne Olmsted of Olathe, Kan.;, two grandsons; and one great-granddaughter.
Her brother and husband died earlier.
Hilbert D. Sample
Hilbert Dean Sample died Saturday, March 10, 2001, at Truman Veterans Hospital. He was 83.
Mr. Sample was born to Robert Rex Sample and Corella Belle O'Day Sample in Clark County on April 7, 1917. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Sample was a member of VFW Post 4958 in Memphis, Mo.
Services, conducted by the Rev. Carol Blackwell, will be held at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday at Memphis Cemetery on Highway 136 East in Memphis, Mo.
Mr. Sample is survived by a brother, John S. Sample of Tucson, Ariz.; and three sisters, Mary Ross of Davenport, Iowa, Merle Smith of Festus and Maxine Lancaster of Memphis, Mo.
Two brothers and a sister died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the Scotland County Cancer Society in care of Vernon Yoder at Rural Route #3 Box 64 Memphis, MO 63555.
Mayfria V. Ting
Mayfria Virginia Ting, formerly of Columbia, died Thursday, March 8, 2001, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Ill. She was 80.
Mrs. Ting was born March 1, 1921, in Columbia, to Louis W. and Jessie Akeman Engelage.
Mrs. Ting graduated from Hickman High School in 1940. On Dec. 26, 1953, she married Albert K.C. Ting in Springfield, Ill. She had lived in Springfield, Ill., since her marriage and was a homemaker.
There will be no visitation held for Mrs. Ting.
Graveside services, conducted by the Rev. Max Jennings, will be at 1 p.m. today at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mrs. Ting is survived by her husband, Albert K.C. Ting, of Beardstown, Ill.; and several nephews, nieces and cousins.
A brother and three sisters died earlier.
Ralph E. Hester
Ralph E. Hester Sr. of Boonville died Thursday, March 8, 2001, at University Hospital in Columbia. He was 69.
Mr. Hester was born Feb. 21, 1932, in De Soto to Clarence and Cecil Pullium Hester. He attended school in Versailles.
On Dec. 26, 1963, Mr. Hester married Barbara J. Patrick in Versailles. He worked at Butternut Bakery in Boonville for 20 years until he retired in 1993.
Every morning, Mr. Hester would go to the Main Street Cafe in Boonville. He and his friends would sit at the round table, drinking coffee and talking.
"At that coffee, there wasn't a subject that couldn't come up," said William Abele, who met for coffee with Mr. Hester for years.
"Ralph was always one of the most open, friendly, tolerant people I know," Abele said. "It was always enjoyable to listen to him talk."
Mr. Hester was a member of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Speed, where he was a past member of the Trustee Board and was active in fund-raising projects for the church. He was also a member of Concerned Citizens for the Black Community.
Visitation for Mr. Hester will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at H.T. May and Son Funeral Home, 405 Sycamore St. in Boonville. Mr. Hester's family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Services, conducted by the Rev. Rachel Williams-Glenn, will be at 1 p.m. Monday at St. Matthew African Methodist Episcopal Church, 312 Spruce St. in Boonville. Burial will be in Boonville Memorial Gardens, located on Maple St. in Boonville.
Mr. Hester is survived by his wife, Barbara Hester of Boonville; two sons, Ralph Hester Jr. of Columbia and Orlando Hester of Tulsa, Okla.; two sisters, Deloris Blanks of De Soto and Edith Rowles of Boonville; one brother, John Hester of Denver, Colo.; his mother-in-law, Myrtle Patrick of Fayette; six grandchildren; and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Two brothers died earlier.
Carol Devino of Columbia died Wednesday, March 7, 2001, at Boone Hospital Center. She was 65.
Mrs. Devino was born Dec. 4, 1935, in Southampton, N.Y. to Dr. and Mrs. William Wiley. She married Gary Thomas Devino on June 28, 1959.
Mrs. Devino received a bachelor's degree from New York State Teacher's College at Cortland and a master's in education from MU.
"She loved kids, particularly third grade - that was her favorite age," said her daughter, Nancy Devino.
Mrs. Devino taught for 10 years at Rock Bridge Elementary School in Columbia.
Mrs. Devino was a fighter, Nancy Devino said. She suffered a debilitating stroke in her 40s but didn't let it slow her down. After losing the use of her right hand as a result of the stroke, she changed her writing hand from her right to her left. Doctors originally predicted a 20-percent recovery and expected her to be in a wheelchair the rest of her life. Despite expectations, she was soon out of a wheelchair and began walking.
She put a lot of energy into volunteering at Boone Hospital Center. Mrs. Devino was one of the hospital's most active volunteers, her daughter Diane Devino-Wellman said. Jean Rathgeb, manager of volunteer services at the hospital, said Mrs. Devino started volunteering in 1985 and logged more than 4,000 hours of service.
Mrs. Devino also actively talked to others about her stroke and recovery. She often invited medical students who studied therapy to her home to help them understand some of the equipment that was helpful to her.
"Carol was very determined and really wanted to take care of herself," Rathgeb said. "She didn't feel handicapped in any way and wasn't going to let her stroke stop her."
Mrs. Devino enjoyed spending time at a home she and her husband owned on the Osage branch of the Lake of the Ozarks. She liked going on boat trips and appreciated the quietness of that area, Nancy Devino said.
Mrs. Devino was well-read and was a fan of the soap opera "As the World Turns."
Mrs. Devino also loved Wal-Mart.
"It was her favorite place," Nancy Devino said. "There is a sign on her mantel that says 'Gone to Wal-Mart.' "
Visitation for Mrs. Devino was from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 W. Business Loop 70. Services were conducted by the Rev. Charles Pardee at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Newman Center, 701 Maryland Ave. Mrs. Devino was buried at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 W. Business Loop 70.
Mrs. Devino is survived by her husband, Gary Thomas Devino of Columbia; two daughters, Diane Devino-Wellman of Jacksonville, Fla. and Nancy Devino of San Diego; two sons, Mark Devino of Algonquin, Ill. and Glenn Devino of Weslaco, Texas; one sister, Connie Lull of Riverhead, N.Y.; and six grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 33 E. Broadway, Suite 100, Columbia, Mo. 65201.
Stanley C. Hunt
Stanley Carrier Hunt, who co-owned Acme Plumbing & Heating Co., died Thursday, March 8, 2001, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia. He was 85.
Mr. Hunt, of Columbia, was born May 9, 1915, in Boone County to John Franklin and Georgia Metcalf Hunt. Mr. Hunt married June Ellene Richardson on Oct. 30, 1938. She died in 1984.
Mr. Hunt also coached baseball for more than 12 years. He enjoyed fishing.
Visitation for Mr. Hunt was held Saturday. Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 West. Mr. Hunt will be buried at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mr. Hunt is survived by a son, John Charles Hunt of St. Louis; a daughter, Judith Hunt of Franklin County; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Four siblings died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the Central Missouri Humane Society, 616 Big Bear Blvd., Columbia, Mo. 65202, or to the June Ellene Richardson Hunt Memorial Fund, Boone County Historical Society, 3801 Ponderosa St., Columbia, Mo. 65201.
Marietta D. Thomas
Marietta Delphine Thomas of St. Louis died of cancer Monday, March 5, 2001, at South Hampton Place in Columbia. She was 59.
Mrs. Thomas was born April 13, 1941, in Columbia to Cecil Logan Sr. and Rosetta Divers. She graduated from Hickman High School and was a member of Abundant Life Fellowship Church in St. Louis.
Elden Summers, the director of the outreach ministry program at Abundant Life, said Mrs. Thomas was a strong woman of faith.
"She was ready to go spiritually," he said. "But she wasn't ready to leave her grandchildren."
Summers said Mrs. Thomas enjoyed art, but her greatest joy came from her family and helping others.
He said Mrs. Thomas had been sick for a while but said her love for her family kept her strong.
"The doctors told her she had three days to live," he said. "That was a year ago."
Visitation for Mrs. Thomas was held Friday. Services, conducted by the Rev. Dereck West of Abundant Life Fellowship Church, were held Saturday.
Mrs. Thomas is survived by four sons, Wesley Logan and Jerry Thomas Jr., both of Columbia, Jerold R. Logan of St. Louis and Richard McDonald Jr. of Denver; two stepsons, Robert Cole III and Christopher Cole, both of St. Louis; one stepdaughter, Wanda S. Cole of St. Louis; four brothers, Howard Logan, Gregory Logan and Sherwood Logan, all of Columbia and Robert Logan of Atlanta; one stepbrother, Julius Brazil of Columbia; two sisters, Willa Rankin and Emma York, both of Denver; one stepsister, Beverly Turner of Columbia and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Her parents died earlier.