Harold Dean Crampton, 59, 2302 Adele Ave., died at 11:35 a.m. Monday, Jan. 12, 1998, at his
home, after an illness. Mr. Crampton was born Nov. 4, 1938, at Joplin, and was a lifetime resident. He graduated from Joplin High School and worked at the former RocketDyne in Neosho for several years and at Vicker's Inc. for 17 years. He worked for Cardinal Scales in Webb City for six years, retiring due to ill health in 1996. He served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of Forest Park Baptist Church.
He married Bettie Jo Pierce at Miami, Okla. on March 18, 1963. She survives.
Additional survivors include two sons, Tony Lee Pierce and Nicholas Dean Crampton, both of Joplin; three daughters, Evelyn Ann Crampton, Dallas, Texas; Glenda Kay Lett, Joplin, and Betty Lynn Crampton, Kansas City; his mother, Alice Crampton, Joplin; a brother, William Crampton, Joplin; and 12 grandchildren.
Services are pending with Parker Mortuary.
Helen Elizabeth Maxey, 83, Joplin, died at 10 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, 1998, at her home, after a long illness.
Mrs. Maxey was born Nov. 22, 1914, at Grove, Okla., and had lived in Joplin since 1994, moving from Colorado Springs, Colo. sold insurance in Blunt, S.D. for 15 years, retiring in 1968. For nine years, she worked for the Dakota Wheat Commission. In 1977, she moved to Huron, S.D. and worked as a bookkeeper for Dakota Bible College. She was a member of Duenweg Christian Church.
She married James Alvin Moore on Jan. 10, 1936, at Louisville, Ky. He died on July 12, 1968.
She married Robert Tibbs Maxey on Feb. 14, 1986, in Colorado Springs, Colo. He survives.
Additional survivors include a daughter, Patricia Gail Sidebottom, Topeka, Kan; two stepsons, Warren Maxey, San Angelo, Texas, and Dale Angela Owens, Orlando, Fla.; three stepdaughters, Judy Clark, Richardson, Texas, Marilyn Lewis, Joplin, and Linda Chambers, Orlando, Fla.; two grandchildren; a step-grandchild; four great-grandchildren; 12 step-grand-children, and 13 step-great-grand-children.
The body has been cremated.
Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Duenweg Christian Church. The Rev. Allen Brintnall and Chris Richardson, minister, will officiate.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Parker Mortuary.
Contributions may be made to Duenweg Christian Church or to Trucker's Christian Chapel of Topeka, Kan., in care of the mortuary.
SHELL KNOB - Diane Lynne Bahr, 45, Shell Knob, died at 2:35 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, 1998, at the scene of an accident on U.S. 60, a mile east of Aurora.
Mr. Bahr was born July 25, 1952, in St. Louis County. She received her education at St. Louis County schools, graduating from high school in 1970. She had lived in Springfield for several years, moving to Shell Knob two and a half years ago. She was a dispatcher for a Springfield transport company for seven years.
She married Mike Bahr on Feb. 22, 1972, at Little Rock, Ark. He survives.
Additional survivors include two daughters, Sheila Bahr and Angela Bahr, both of Springfield; her mother, Venita Kory, Shell Knob; two brothers, Duane Kory, St. Louis, Douglas Kory, Springfield, and a grandchild.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Fields Cemetery, Shell Knob. The Rev. James Lee will officiate.
Services are under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville.
Pete Banels Jr.
CARTHAGE, Mo. - Pete Banels Jr., 52, 1010 Sophia St., was found dead at 7:15 a.m. Monday, Jan. 12, 1998, in a parking lot in Carthage.
The Jasper County corner has ruled the death a suicide.
Mr. Banels was born Oct. 25, 1945 at Chicago. He served 21 years in the U.S. Navy, being discharged in 1987. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War.
Survivors include a daughter, Christie Turk, Mesa, Ariz.; a stepdaughter, Doritha Headrick, Carthage; a brother, Harold Russell, San Antonio, Texas; three sisters, Helen Taylor and Barbara Sanders, both of Carthage, and Sylvia Lara, Sacramento, Calif., and two grandchildren.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Knell Mortuary, with the Rev. Larry Graham officiating. Burial will be in Jasper Cemetery, southeast of Carthage.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the mortuary.
SENECA, Mo. - Dorothy M. Brown, 83, Seneca, died at 10:05 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, 1998, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, of an illness.
Mrs. Brown was born March 22, 1914, at Seneca, where she was a lifetime resident. She was a homemaker and a member of Full Gospel Church.
She married Julius Brown on Dec. 25, 1932, at Seneca. He died Sept. 25.
Survivors include a daughter, Mary Margaret Hamilton, Seneca; three grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Full Gospel Church, Seneca. The Rev. Jack BowyerSTET and the Rev. Bob Wilson will officiate. Burial will be in Seneca Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. todaytues at Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, Seneca.
CARTHAGE, Mo. - Robert "Bob" W. Bryan, 52, 1120 Oak Hill Road, Carthage, died at 12:35 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, 1998, at his home after a two-year illness.
Mr. Bryan was born April 16, 1945, at St. Louis. He moved to Carthage in 1987. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving as a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force Military Police.
He was a computer operations manager at the corporate office of Leggett & Platt Inc. He also was a scrimshaw artist.
He married Jan Cunningham on April 6, 1973, at St. Louis. She survives.
Other survivors include a daughter, Lisa Mueller, St. Charles; two step-daughters, Tracy Walters, Nampa, Idaho, and Kelly Dunn, Biloxi, Miss.; a sister, Carol Erickson, Wentzville; three grandchildren, and three step-grandchildren.
The body has been cremated.
Services are pending with Knell Mortuary.
Contributions may be made to the audio novels on tape section at the Carthage Public Library.
PURDY, Mo. - Wavah Emma Clifton, 86, Purdy, died at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, 1998, at the home a daughter in Joplin after a long illness.
Mrs. Clifton was born March 10, 1911, at Kalamzoo. Mich. She was a homemaker and longtime resident of Barry County.
She was a member of Arnhart Baptist Church, near Purdy.
She married Elmer Clifton on June 14, 1930, at Phoenix, Ariz. He died Sept. 2, 1988.
Survivors include three sons, Loren Clifton, Purdy; Leroy Clifton, Kansas City, and Leon Clifton, Tucson, Ariz.; two daughters, Geneva Radcliffe, Little Rock, Ark., and Eleanor Mann, Joplin; a brother and two sisters; names and addresses unavailable; 15 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett. The Rev. Jerry Williams will officiate. Burial will be in Arnhart Cemetery, Purdy.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Contributions may be made to Arnhart Cemetery, in care of the funeral home.
AURORA, Mo. - Marcella C. Irby, 90, Aurora, died at 7:35 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, 1998, at an Aurora nursing home after a long illness.
Mrs. Irby was born June 2, 1907, at Galena, Kan. She had lived in Aurora most of her life.
She was a homemaker.
She married Luther Irby on Nov. 30, 1931, at Springfield. He died on March 14, 1997.
Survivors include three daughters, Carol Rapp, Phoenix, Ariz., Gloria Gold, Wheaton, and Linda Rauch, Aurora; a brother, Jerome Wallace, Monett; a sister Helen Shreve, Monett; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grand-children; and four great-great-grand-children.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora, with the Rev. Harold Gold officiating. Burial will be in Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora.
GRANBY, Mo. - Eva R. Bartholomew Nelson, 87, Granby, died at 9:45 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, 1998, at a Granby nursing home after a long illness.
Mrs. Nelson was born Aug. 31, 1910, at Neck City. She had lived in Granby the past six years. She had previously lived at Webb City.
She was a homemaker and a Baptist.
She married Paul Jackson, who died in 1959.
She married Frank Nelson, who died in 1985.
Survivors include two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Forest Park Cemetery, Joplin, with Rick Patterson, pastor, officiating.
Arrangements are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City.
CARTHAGE, Mo. - Robert W. Spain, 79, 412 Olive St., died at 10:20 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, 1998, at the home of a daughter, Sharon Kohley, Alba, after a year's illness.
Mr. Spain was born Sept. 5, 1918, at Carthage. He graduated from Pittsburg (Kan) High School and returned to Carthage in 1943. He operated Bob's Conoco Station from 1960 to 1970, and worked at H.E. Williams Company from 1970 to 1985. He worked as a security guard at Leggett & Platt Inc., Carthage, until 1988.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
He married Jeane Wise on Dec. 12, 1943, at Columbus, Kan. She survives.
Other survivors include a son, Robert Spain, of the home; two other daughters, Robin VonGonten and Karen Taylor, both of Carthage; 11 grandchildren and eight great-grand-children.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Park Cemetery, with the Rev. Charles Paden officiating. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Knell Mortuary.
Pallbearers will be Allen Garrison, Mark Garrison, Tom Garrison, Corey Dickson, Chris Kohley and Brett Spain.
PURCELL, Mo. - Services for Don Witherspoon, 65, 103 E. Fifth St., who died Sunday, will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, at Christ's Church of Oronogo.
Officiating will be Dale Peterson, Toney Salva, Lee Williams, and David Duncan, ministers. Burial will be in Friends Cemetery, Purcell, under the direction of Hedge Lewis, Webb City.
Pallbearers will be Dan McGrew, Clifford Wert, Butch Gillman, Andy Hansen, Tom Michael, Jack Udell, David Duncan and Dale Peterson.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today at Hedge Lewis Funeral Home.
Contributions may be made to the building fund of Christ's Church of Oronogo, in care of the funeral home.
SCAMMON, Kan. - Anna Reynolds, 96, Scammon, Kan., died at 9:10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 12, 1998, at St. John's Regional Medical Center , Joplin, Mo., after a long illness.
Mrs. Reynolds was born Feb. 23, 1901, at Coal Valley, north of Weir, Kan. She was a lifetime area resident and a homemaker. She was a member of the Methodist Church.
She married Edgar C. Reynolds on Aug. 14, 1922, at Girard, Kan. He died in July 1965.
A daughter also preceded her in death.
Survivors include three sons, Billy Reynolds, Miami, Okla., Ed Reynolds, Scammon, and Robert Reynolds, Orange, Texas; a daughter, Donna Nichols, Grove, Okla.; a brother, Alex Adamson, Pittsburg; a sister, Madge Potter, Weir; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Weir, with Larry Reynolds officiating. Burial will follow in Hosey Hill Cemetery, Weir.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
WYANDOTTE, Okla. - Ruben B. Rhodes, 85, Wyandotte, died at 8:45 a.m. Monday, Jan. 12, 1998, at Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, after an illness.
Mr. Rhodes was born Oct. 12, 1912, at Turkey Ford. He had lived in the Wyandotte area all of his life. He was a retired lead and zinc miner, working in the Picher Mining Field. He was an Army veteran of World War II.
He attended Sycamore Valley United Methodist Church, Wyandotte.
He married Lela Jane Crowder on April 13, 1940, at Miami. She died Sept. 2, 1996.
Survivors include two sons, Cleo Franklin Rhodes, Commerce, and Ronald E. Rhodes, Miami; a daughter, Colleen Chuckluck, rural Wyandotte; 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Sycamore Valley United Methodist Church, southeast of Wyandotte. The Rev. Fred Jones will officiate. Burial will be in Wyandotte Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Greg Rhodes, Eric Rhodes, Matt Rhodes, DeWayne Chuckluck, Virgil Crowder and Phillip Brice.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami.