JOHN PATRICK O'HANLON
JOHN "J.P." O'HANLON OF POTOSI, MISSOURI, WAS BORN APRIL 12, 1915, IN POTOSI, MISSOURI, A SON OF THE LATE PATRICK AND ELIZABETH (ADAMS) O'HANLON. J.P. DEPARTED THIS LIFE AT ST. MARY'S HEALTH CENTER ON MARCH 30, 2000, HAVING REACHED THE AGE EIGHTY-FOUR YEARS, ELEVEN MONTHS AND EIGHTEEN DAYS.
J.P. WAS UNITED IN MARRIAGE TO MARGARET MARTIN OF JULY 18, 1953, IN POTOSI, MISSOURI.
J.P. IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE, MARGARET O'HANLON OF POTOSI, TWO SONS, THOMAS ALLEN O'HANLON AND WIFE JAN OF UNIVERSITY PLACE, WASHINGTON, JOHN AUSTIN O'HANLON AND WIFE RENEE OF POTOSI, TWO DAUGHTERS, PATRICIA ANN RAMSEY AND HUSBAND LESTER OF POTOSI, MARY ELIZABETH WOLSEY OF FORT SMITH, ARKANSAS, NINE GRANDCHILDREN, ELEVEN GREAT GRANDCHILDREN, ONE BROTHER, ROBERT K. O'HANLON OF DESLOGE, ONE SISTER, ANNA BELLE BRAY OF OAK HARBOR, WASHINGTON AND BY MANY OTHER RELATIVES AND FRIENDS. IN ADDITION TO HIS PARENTS HE WAS ALSO PRECEDED IN DEATH BY HIS FIRST WIFE, IDA MARIE (COOK) O'HANLON AND BY ONE BROTHER, THOMAS O'HANLON.
J.P. WORKED FOR ARKANSAS MISSOURI POWER COMPANY IN THE POTOSI OFFICE FOR 31 YEARS AND HE AND THE CREW WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR INSTALLING THE LINES AND POLES THAT BRINGS ELECTRIC TO MANY HOMES IN OUR AREA. HE ENJOYED HIS JOB AND REMEMBERED IN GREAT DETAIL THE PEOPLE HE MET.
ANYONE THAT KNEW J.P. WOULD TELL YOU THAT HE WAS A CHARACTER AND HIS MANY JOKES, STORIES AND ANECDOTES WERE ENJOYED BY PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER. THE FISHING STORIES WERE MANY AND THE FISH ALWAYS SEEMED TO GET JUST A LITTLE BIGGER AND MORE PLENTIFUL AT EACH TELLING.
J.P. WAS A KIND, DEDICATED, LOYAL AND LOVING HUSBAND, FATHER, GRANDFATHER, BROTHER AND A CHERISHED FRIEND WHO WILL BE SADLY MISSED AND LOVINGLY REMEMBERED.
VISITATION WAS HELD SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 2000, FROM 2:00 P.M. TO 8:00 P.M. AT MOORE FUNERAL HOME IN POTOSI.
FUNERAL SERVICES WERE CONDUCTED SUNDAY, APRIL 2, 2000, AT 1:00 P.M. AT THE CHAPEL WITH BROTHER TIM BREWER AND REVEREND BOB BULLOCK OFFICIATING. BURIAL WAS IN REDBUD MEMORIAL GARDENS UNDER THE DIRECTION OF MOORE FUNERAL HOME IN POTOSI.
SERVING AS PALLBEARERS WERE, JOE WOOLSEY, DENNIS WOOLSEY, TRACEY HAHN, MARTIN OHRENBERG, MARTIN EVANS, JACKIE PRICE, ED HORNSEY AND SCOTT MARTIN.
NAOMI LOU LITTON
NAOMI LOU LITTON OF POTOSI, MISSOURI, WAS BORN MARCH 20, 1948, IN HERCULANEUM, MISSOURI, A DAUGHTER OF THE LATE ROBERT AND VIRGIE MYRTLE (BOUSE) HIGGINS. NAOMI DEPARTED THIS LIFE SUDDENLY ON APRIL 7, 2000, HAVING REACHED THE AGE OF FIFTY-TWO YEARS AND EIGHTEEN DAYS.
NAOMI WAS UNITED TO THE LATE MARTIN EDWARD LITTON, SR. ON AUGUST 13, 1966, IN POTOSI, MISSOURI, AND TO THIS UNION FOUR CHILDREN WERE BORN.
NAOMI IS SURVIVED BY TWO SONS, MARTIN EDWARD LITTON, JR. AND WIFE DEBBIE OF POTOSI, SCOTT LITTON OF POTOSI, TWO DAUGHTERS, CAROL ANN BODIMER AND SPECIAL FRIEND JIM MEDER OF FREDERICKTOWN, HOPE ELAINE FINLEY AND HUSBAND NATHAN OF POTOSI, SIX GRANDCHILDREN, TWO BROTHERS, ROBERT HIGGINS AND WIFE DARLENE OF FORISTELL, MIKE CONLEY OF O'FALLON, THREE SISTERS, CAROLYN RICHARDS OF SPRING VALLEY, CALIFORNIA, BARBARA HOLMES OF POTOSI, NORMA BATTREAL OF PORTSMITH, VIRGINIA, ONE SISTER-IN- LAW, HATTY BERGNER OF CADET, A SPECIAL FRIEND, WILFORD "TEET" THEBEAU OF POTOSI AND BY MANY OTHER RELATIVES AND FRIENDS. IN ADDITION TO HER SPOUSE AND PARENTS SHE WAS ALSO PRECEDED IN DEATH BY ONE SISTER, VELMA HIGGINS.
NAOMI ENJOYED SPENDING TIME PLAYING BINGO, GOLF AND BOWLING ON THE REDWING TEAM WITH ALL HER FRIENDS. SHE HAD A GREAT LOVE FOR BOTH FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND CHERISHED THE TIME SPENT WITH EACH OF HER GRANDCHILDREN. NAOMI WAS ALWAYS READY TO GO VISIT HER MANY FRIENDS AT ANY TIME.
VISITATION WAS HELD MONDAY, APRIL 10, 2000, FROM 5:00 P.M. TO 9:00 P.M. AT MOORE FUNERAL HOME IN POTOSI.
FUNERAL SERVICES WERE CONDUCTED TUESDAY, APRIL 11, 2000, AT 1:00 P.M., AT THE CHAPEL WITH ELDER LEONARD COMPTON OFFICIATING. BURIAL WAS IN REDBUD MEMORIAL GARDENS UNDER THE DIRECTION OF MOORE FUNERAL HOME, POTOSI.
SERVING AS PALLBEARERS WERE, JOHNNY AYRES, GORDEN LITTON, STEVE BROWN, BUCKSHOT EAST, JOE LITTON AND JIM LANDS. SERVING AS HONORARY PALLBEARERS WERE, KENNY HIGGINS, BRUCE HIGGINS, JOHN BATTREAL, MIKE CONLEY, JR. AND JIM MEDER.
ELMER CHARLES "PUNK" PRATT
Elmer Charles "Punk" Pratt of Bismarck, Missouri was born Tuesday, February 15, 1916 in Irondale, Missouri, a son of the late Mamie (Phayre) Pratt and Christopher Pratt. Punk died on Friday, April 7, 2000 at the Mineral Area Regional Medical Center at the age of Eighty-four years, one month and twenty-three days.
Punk was united in marriage to Myra Fay Hardy on December 23, 1944 in Irondale, Missouri, they were blessed to have Four Daughters and Five Sons born to the union.
Punk is survived by his loving and devoted wife Myra Pratt of Bismarck, Missouri; Four daughters, Nancy Phillips and husband Curtis of Anniston, Alabama, Mary Ellen Anderson of Leadwood, Missouri, Cheryl Bockenkamp and husband Bill of Bismarck, Missouri, Susie Bockenkamp and husband Charles of Bismarck, Missouri; Five sons, Leslie Barton and wife Omalee of Ironton, Missouri, Robert Pratt, Charles Pratt, Darrell Pratt and wife Sandra and Billy Pratt all of Bismarck, Missouri; Twenty-nine Grandchildren, 20 Great Grandchildren; Four brothers, Roy "Dink" Pratt and wife Sandy of Bismarck, Missouri, Edward Pratt and wife Ellen of Irondale, Missouri, Earl Pratt of Chester, Illinois, Clifford "Skip" Pratt and wife Mary of Centralia, Illinois; Three sisters, Loretta "Chub" Jamison of Frankclay, Missouri, Winnie Knox of Park Hills, Missouri, Helen Eichenberger of Irondale, Missouri. In addition to his parents, Punk was also preceded in death by three brothers, Jack Pratt, Robert Pratt and Bill Pratt and by one sister Emma Taylor.
Visitation was held Sunday, April 9, 2000, from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Moore Funeral Home in Irondale.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, April 10, 2000, at 10:00 A.M. at the chapel with Reverend Gene Leach officiating. Burial was in Hopewell Cemetery under the direction of Moore Funeral Home, Irondale.
Serving as pallbearers were, Rusty Pratt, Donnie Pratt, Chris Pratt, Jeff Pratt, Tommy Knox, Lonnie Taylor, Dewain Taylor and Keith Pratt.
JESSIE FRANCES HENDERSON
Jessie Frances Henderson passed away April 16, 2000, in St. Louis, Missouri, at the age of eighty-eight. She was born August 15, 1911, in Iron County, Missouri, to the late Charles Preston and Louise (Orrick) Light.
She was united in marriage to Dolph E. Henderson on January 31, 1931. He passed away February 14, 1977.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her son Wayne E., grandson Dwayne E., brother Edward Light and sister Gladys Clyde.
Those who remain to mourn her passing are her son Wallace G. and his wife Jan of St. Louis, Missouri: sisters-in-law Eva Henry of St. Charles, Missouri, and Iris Henderson of DeSoto, Missouri; brothers-in-law Eugene Henry of St. Charles, Missouri, and William Lotz of Ironton, Missouri; cousins, nieces nephews and friends who will sadly miss her.
Prior to her marriage to the late Dolph Henderson, Mrs. Henderson taught school in what was then called the "little one-room schoolhouse", where one teacher taught students in the first through the eighth grades. She spent her early life in the Belleview Valley. In 1942 she and her family moved to Potosi, Missouri, where she was associated with many Washington Countians through the shoe factory. She was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother, living her life for her family. Second to her family was her love for her gardens, vegetable and flower. She always sowed lettuce on Valentine's Day, even if she had to scrape away the snow to do so. She and Dolph were great followers of the Potosi Trojan High School teams as well as the "ole Red Raiders" at which they always had front row seats.
Services were held April 19, 2000, at Moore Funeral Home in Potosi, Missouri, and burial was at the Arcadia Valley Memorial Cemetery with Reverend Robert Bullock of the United Methodist Church officiating. James Trolinger, James Taylor Richards, George B. Richards, Robert H. Richards, Thomas Casey and James Kirby were the pallbearers.