Marion L. Elder
Marion L. Elder of Columbia died Saturday, Oct. 19, 2002, at Boone Hospital Center. He was 90.
Mr. Elder was born April 18, 1912, in Boone County to Marion F. and Hattie Mae Marsh Elder. He married Adde Cunningham Kimpton on Aug. 1, 1939.
Mr. Elder lived his entire life in Boone County and was an employee of the MU Power Plant for more than 20 years before retiring.
Mr. Elder is survived by one daughter, Mary Jo Crouch of East Alton, Ill.; one son, Bob Kimpton of Columbia; three sisters, Frieda Parker of St. Joseph, Rosa Sims of St. Charles and Brooksie Wyatt of Fayette; two brothers, Bob Elder of Columbia and Jerry Elder of Ripley, Miss.; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
His wife, four brothers and four sisters died earlier.
Visitation for Mr. Elder will be from 2 to 3 p.m. today at Parker Funeral Service and Crematory, 22 N. Tenth St. A graveside service, conducted by the Rev. Ken Watson, will be held at 3 p.m. today at Memorial Park Cemetery, 609 Schwabe Lane.
Memorials may be sent to the Central Missouri Humane Society, 616 Big Bear Blvd., Columbia, Mo. 65202.
Charles F. Cottle made sports his life. At Hickman High School he played football, baseball and basketball. He also enjoyed wrestling, boxing, fishing and hunting.
Mr. Cottle was the August 2002 “Kewpie of the Month” 40 years after he helped his team win the state basketball championship. After high school, Mr. Cottle played football for Kansas State University, and was later inducted into the Illinois State High School Coaches’ Hall of Fame.
A retired teacher and coach, Mr. Cottle died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2002, in his home. He was 58.
He married Judy McCarty, who also attended Hickman. They lived in Webster Groves.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Webster Christian Church, 1320 W. Lockwood Ave., in Webster Groves.
Contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the Visiting Nurses Association, Hospice Care, 9450 Manchester, Suite 206, St. Louis, Mo., 63119 or to the Scleroderma Research Foundation, 2320 Bath St., Suite 315, Santa Barbara, Calif., 93105.
He is survived by his wife; two children, Trevor S. Cottle of Beardstown, Ill., and Leslie Cottle Nehring of Webster Groves, and three grandchildren, Shelton Cottle of Beardstown, Ill., and Caleb and Quinton Nehring both of Webster Groves.
Benjamin Franklin Wright of Columbia died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2002, at University Hospital. He was 66.
For 38 years, Mr. Wright walked to work. He was a custodian at MU until 1988.
“I don’t think he ever took a sick day,” his sister Jennie M. Johnson said. “He was a very hard worker.”
Mr. Wright was born May 24, 1936, in Columbia to Clinton Wright and Bessie Colbert Wright. He attended Douglass High School until his sophomore year. He left school so he could stay home and help to take care of his family.
“He sacrificed his life for us,” said Johnson.
Mr. Wright continued to care for his family for many years.
“He loved children,” Johnson said. “He was very kind to his nieces, nephews, and grandchildren.”
When Mr. Wright became ill, his family returned the support he had given them.
“He wasn’t alone when he passed,” Johnson said. “Someone was always with him because we didn’t want him to be alone.”
Visitation for Mr. Wright will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Warren Funeral Chapel, 12 E. Ash St. Services, conducted by the Rev. Carolus Taylor, will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Friendship Baptist Church. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery in Columbia.
Mr. Wright is survived by one sister, Jennie Johnson of Columbia, his two sons, Michael W. Logan of Minneapolis, Minn., and Anthony J. Logan of Columbia; five stepsons, Leslie Kee of Colorado Springs, Colo., Clifford Cochran and Keith Logan, both of Jefferson City, James Logan of Columbia and Joe Logan of Minneapolis; three step-daughters, Sherry Hayes and Cindy Crum both of Columbia and Maxine Cochran of Illinois; 28 grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
His parents, a sister and a brother died earlier.
Lottie Fern Allphin of New Franklin died Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2002, at Cooper County Memorial Hospital in Boonville. She was 87.
She was born June 14, 1915, in Rocheport to Leo Nolan and Edna Martin Snell. She worked in her father’s general store in Rocheport until her marriage to Phill Allphin on July 21, 1934.
Mrs. Allphin retired from MU after 30 years of employment at the student union. She was a member of Sulphur Springs Baptist Church and Rebekah Lodge.
Visitation for Mrs. Allphin will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services, conducted by the Rev. Gary Humphrey, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mrs. Allphin is survived by her son, David Leo Allphin of Armstrong; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Her husband, Phill Allphin, and her son Wayne Allphin died earlier.
Memorials can be sent to Howard County Home Health and Hospice, 600 W. Morrison St., Fayette, Mo. 65248.
Jane McElreath Johnson died Friday, Oct. 18, 2002, at West Village Manor in Columbia. She was 88.
Mrs. Johnson was born Jan. 22, 1914, in Oxford, Miss., to Andrew Calvin McElreath and Vallie Hughes McElreath. She was the youngest of seven children and a graduate of Tula High School in Tula, Miss. She married James Clarence Johnson.
Mrs. Johnson and her husband lived all over the United States and overseas during his career as a military officer. After living in occupied Japan, they moved to Madison, Wis., where she taught preschool and sponsored college students studying for ministry in the Baptist church. She and her husband were active members of the First Baptist Church in Madison for more than 20 years.
After they both had retired, the Johnsons moved to Oxford, Miss. After her husband’s death in 1979, Mrs. Johnson remained active in her church activities there until moving to Columbia in 1990. She attended the First Baptist Church in Columbia.
Mrs. Johnson is survived by her daughter, Dixie Johnson Grupe of Columbia; sisters Flora Tucker of Oxford, Miss., and Robbie Sue Rice of Clear Lake City, Texas, and two grandchildren.
A sister, three brothers and her husband died earlier.
Visitation and services were held Tuesday at the Waller Funeral Home in Oxford, Miss. Burial will be in Kingdom Cemetery, Yocona, Miss.
Memorials may be sent to the Kingdom Cemetery Fund, care of Bobbi Clark, Waller Funeral Home, 419 Highway 6 W., Oxford, Miss. 38655.
Mark Ronald Lavinder of Columbia died Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2002. He was 41.
Mr. Lavinder was born Sept. 22, 1961 in Flint, Mich., to Ronald and Joy Surbaugh Lavinder.
Mr. Lavinder was an emergency medical technician and registered nurse before becoming a teacher. For seven years, he taught government, social studies and current issues at Hallsville School. He was a member of the Missouri State Teachers Association.
Mr. Lavinder was also a member of Oak Hills Community Church and played in the Partners in Crime rock band for 11 years in Columbia.
Services conducted by the Rev. Geoff Gairrett will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Hallsville School Elementary Building in Hallsville. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mr. Lavinder is survived by a brother, Charles Davis of Columbia; a sister, Kim Duncan of Jefferson City; a grandmother, Barbara Surbaugh Kincaid; a nephew, Joseph Duncan; and a niece, Rachael Lavinder.
His parents died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the Mark Lavinder Benefit Fund, 3701 Woodland Dr., Columbia, Mo. 65202.
Wesley Logan Winters died Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2002, at University Hospital of complications of a premature birth. He was 26 days old.
Wesley was born on Sept. 27 in Columbia to Steven Curtis and Reng Kelly Vanderslice Winters.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W., and from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday at First United Methodist Church, 201 Monroe St., Jefferson City. Services, conducted by the Rev. Jerrol L. Boehmer, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the church.
Wesley is survived by his parents, Steven Curtis and Reng Kelly Vanderslice Winters; a grandmother, Sharleen Winters of St. Louis; and his aunts, uncles and cousins.
His grandparents died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the University of Missouri Children’s Hospital, NIC Unit, 1 Hospital Dr., Columbia, Mo. 65212.
For ages Missourians have debated whether they resided in “Missour-ee” or “Missour-uh.” For most, it was good fun.
But for MU professor Donald Lance, who died Wednesday at his home, it was a passion — a passion that grew out of a lifelong love of words and an admiration for the beauty of language.
As a professor of linguistics, Dr. Lance, 71, devoted endless hours to studying things such as dialects, place names and phonetics. He was fascinated by how words worked and why people used them the way they did.
When it came to the Missour-ee/Missouri-uh debate, Dr. Lance was less interested in which was “right,” than in discovering how the pronunciations evolved and what they meant for the people who used them, said Adam Davis, vice president of the Missouri Folklore Society.
“Donald was possibly the only person who really understood the issue,” Davis said.
Dr. Lance began studying and publishing articles on the topic in 1985, and since then has become known as one of issue’s top experts.
In August, he traveled to a conference in Sweden to speak about it, and as recently as this month, he was featured in an Associated Press story about the state’s pronunciation.
He had been putting the final touches on what many thought was the definitive article on the topic, Davis said.
Martin Camargo, chair of the MU English department and longtime colleague of Dr. Lance, said a lifetime of study began to take its toll on the professor in the early 1990s.
“He carried a heavy weight around sometimes,” Camargo said.
But Camargo said retirement in 1994 “put a spring back in his step.”
“If you ever wanted to advertise the benefits of retirement, he was your guy,” Camargo said.
Camargo said Dr. Lance loved to drive and began taking to the road for months at a time, traveling all over the United States. Two of his favorite places were Texas, where he spent most of the first 38 years of his life, and the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.
He would mix business with pleasure, traveling the road alone but meeting up with friends or attending conferences with colleagues along the way. And always leaving time to listen. Friends said Dr. Lance had a humble integrity that came through reverence for language. They said he loved many people and many things. But perhaps most of all he loved what connected them all: words.
And it is through words that Donald Lance will be remembered.
Dr. Lance graduated from Texas A&M University in 1952 with a bachelor’s degree in English education.
He served with the U.S. Army as a first lieutenant in Korea from 1952 to 1954.
He went on to earn a doctoral degree in English and linguistics in 1968 from the University of Texas-Austin.
Dr. Lance joined the faculty of the University of Missouri in 1969.
He was a charter member of the re-activated Missouri Folklore Society, in which he held several posts, including president. He also was on the board of the American Name Society.
Services for were held Saturday at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia and were followed by burial at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Dr. Lance is survived by his sister, Emma Lou LaForge of New Braunfels, Texas; two brothers, Frank Lance of Queen City, Texas, and Dempsey W. Lance of Mission, Texas; and 14 nieces and nephews. A brother died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to a charity of the donor’s choice.
James T. Pollock of Columbia died Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2002. He was 85 .
Mr. Pollock was born Sept. 11, 1917, in Boone County to O.H. and Stella Goslin Pollock.
He was a truck driver for the Boone County Special Road District for 35 years before retiring in 1982. He married Hazel Morris on March 15, 1959.
Mr. Pollock served in Germany during World War II and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #280 in Columbia. He was also a member of the New Providence Baptist Church, the American Legion Post #202 and the Odd Fellows Lodge of Columbia.
“He liked to help people,” his sister, Lois Shaw said. He helped her and her husband on their farm. He also put in a garden for them.
Visitation and services were held Saturday at Parker Funeral Service.
Mr. Pollock is survived by two brothers, Billie Mack Pollock of Selma, Calif. and O.H. Pollock Jr. of Tumwater, Wash.; a sister, Lois Shaw of Columbia; his sister-in-law, Frances Watson Crane of Columbia; a daughter, Benita Rowland of Harrisburg; and two grandchildren.
His wife and two brothers died earlier.
Arnold “Arnie” Moon Hoover of West Plains died Monday, Oct. 21, 2002. He was 54.
Mr. Hoover was born May 10, 1948, in Wichita, Kan., to Frank and Rosetta Moon Hoover.
Mr. Hoover entered the U.S. Marine Corps in 1966, served two tours in Vietnam and was honorably discharged in the early 1970s.
Mr. Hoover married Sharon Dodds on Feb. 1, 2002, in West Plains. They lived on a farm near Mountain Grove.
He also enjoyed in many activities with Missouri veterans, camping trips with friends. He also served as the special-needs chairman for Alcoholics Anonymous.
Mr. Hoover loved spending time with family, especially his daughter.
Mr. Hoover is survived by his wife, Sharon Hoover; his daughter, Hope Marie Hoover of Mountain Grove; two sisters, Wanda Angel and Frankie Head, both of Tuscon, Ariz.; and several grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to Missouri Cancer Associates, 105 Keene St., Columbia, Mo. 65201.