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Michael Franklin Harrell

October 17, 1944 - February 5, 2016

Michael Franklin Harrell, 71, of Springfield, MO was born on October 17, 1944 in Springfield to Mary Margaret (Morton) Harrell and Frank Harrell.   He departed this life on Friday, February 5, 2016 after a long illness and brief battle with Cancer while at St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, surrounded by his loved ones.

He lived on US Army bases from the age of 6 week old til 16 years of age. He attended High School in Wurzburg, Germany returning for his senior year to Springfield. He graduated from Parkview High School in 1962 and attended SMSU, Drury, MIT and Missouri School of Banking. He served six years during the Vietnam era, in the Army Enlisted Reserves discharged as a Supply Sergeant. He was married to Phoebe Ann Adams (Blaine) on October 10, 1980. He was a past member of Ducks Unlimited Monett (long term sponsor), Monett Sportsman League, and Kiwanis Club serving on their board as the Secretary of the Monett, MO Club for 10 years. He was the Kiwanis Charter Club President of the Mt. Vernon, MO club and served on their board for 10 years. Mike served on the board of the Center for Financial Training, Mr. Vernon Betterment Association and Find. Mike spent over 42 years in the financial field. He ended his career as a Bank Vice President, Area Senior Lender, in Mt. Vernon, MO on July 1, 2008.

Mike loved to deer hunt both archery and with guns. He also enjoyed spending time with his friends and family.

Mike was preceded in death by his mother Mary Luse; stepfather Wayne Luse; his biological father Frank Harrell; Two of his sons, Lance Christopher and Michael “Scott” Harrell.

He is survived by his wife Phoebe of 35 years; daughter Michelle Sloan and husband Tracy of Harrisonville, MO; Son Brent Harrell and wife Hope of Rome, Italy; Son Scott Adams and wife Renee of Jacksonville, FL; Son Thom Adams and partner Mark of Overland Park, KS. He has seven grandsons Jordan; Jarrod and wife Niomi Adams; Austin and wife Ashley Sloan; Aaron Sloan, Alec Sloan; Brayden Harrell and Cade Harrell Pilkinton. Four granddaughters Autumn Ladd, Kyleigh Harrell, Isabella and Olivia Harrell. Two brothers Rick (Sue) and Tim (Lori) Luse and two sisters Cherie Salois and Laurie Luse.

Visitation will be at Greenlawn Funeral Home East in Springfield on Monday, February 8th, 10:00a.m., Funeral at 11:00a.m.with graveside to follow at the Greenlawn Cemetery.

Sherry Gay Sharp

December 16, 1962 - February 3, 2016

Services for Sherry Gay Sharp will be at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Greenlawn Funeral Home East with visitation from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. prior to services. Interment will be at Holland Cemetery near Rogersville, Missouri.

Maxine “Bingo Granny” Stinson

July 7, 1924 - February 3, 2016

Maxine Wellbaum Stinson age 91 went to be with her Heavenly Father on February 3at Woodland Manor in Springfield Mo.  Maxine was a life long resident of Springfield.  Born on July 7 1924 to Moses and Lockie Wellbaum. Maxine was preceded in death by her parents and 3 brothers, Willis, Wilbur, and Authur. She is survived by her son William Robert “Bob” Stinson, daughter Patricia Stinson Whitman, son-in-law Darrel Whitman, 3 grandchildren, Daren Whitman and wife Amanda, Scott Whitman and wife Jill, and Jon Whitman and wife Mandy, and 6 great-grandchildren, Mitchell, Brody, Virginia, Kally, Benjamin and Raleigh. axine was a retiree of General Electric of Springfield.  She was a lifelong lover of Jazz music and was a founding member serving on the board of directors of the Springfield Jazz Society.  Maxine was also a bingo enthusiast and in her later years founded Fun Travels specializing in charter trips to bingo halls and casinos around the nation.  She was affectionately known as Bingo Granny around the community and gained national notoriety with appearances on the NBC Today Show and the David Letterman Show after an encounter with Missouri Highway Patrol over Dollar bingo games.

A visitation for Maxine Stinson will be from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Monday, February 8, 2016 at Greenlawn Funeral Home East. Interment will be at a later date at Clear Creek Cemetery.


Steven Clark Childers

June 3, 1966 - February 2, 2016

Steven Clark Childers, 49, passed from this realm February 2, 2016 following a motor vehicle accident. Born June 3, 1966 to the loving parents of Elpha Sue Childers and Wayne Max Childers; he was a beloved son, brother, husband, and close friend to many throughout the world. Steve was a Professional Musician; a skilled guitarist whose heart and soul belonged to Heavy Metal. The bands he played for include Public Assassin, Black Witchery, and Burning Inside. Steve spent several years living in Orlando Florida were he supported his musical career by installing custom window dressings. Customers often took the time to express their appreciation for Steve’s professionalism and attention to detail. Recently Steve returned to Springfield and was employed installing motorized stair lift systems. Steve was enjoying the opportunity to reconnect with his childhood friends. Having Steve as a friend meant you had a lifelong friend. Steve loved Music, Movies, Stupid Humor, Cats, and kicking it back with friends.

He is preceded in death by his father Wayne Max Childers. He is survived by his mother- Elpha Sue Clark Childers, sister-Pam Childers Batten, brother-in-law Bobby Batten, niece-Lanie Batten-Goodman and an ex-wife Christina Turner-Childers. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Watching Over Whiskers (417) 844-7289. STEVE, WE LOVE YOU ; YOU WILL BE MISSED…

A memorial service will be held 1:00 PM, Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Greenlawn Funeral Home North.

Thomas Edward Mawhiney

October 9, 1924 - February 2, 2016

Thomas Edward Mawhiney , loving husband and grandfather of Pleasant Hope, passed from his earthly life on February 2, 2016. He had many accomplishments in his 91 years including 22 years in the U.S  Army where he fought in World War II and Korea, and received many medals including the Purple Heart. But his biggest accomplishment was his family. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Erma, and his son, Dan. He is survived by his daughter, Carrie Ann Agee, 5 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildrren, and a number of nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held at Vaughn Cemetery in Greenfield, Missouri, on Monday, February 8, 2016, at 2:00pm.

Dixie Lee Freeman

November 14, 1934 - February 1, 2016

       Dixie Lee (Sunley) Freeman was called home to Jesus in the early morning of 1 Feb 2016. She passed with her husband, Alfred, of 62 years at her side. Dixie was born in Albert, Kansas on Nov 14, 1934 to Roy and Fern Sunley.

       Dixie raised six children, one of whom, Joyce, died at an early age. Alfred served in the Army and the family moved often. Dixie ran the household creatively and always made sure her kids were well taken care of. All on a Sergeant’s pay. Later in life, Dixie had her own career as a admin assistant for the U.S. Government.

     She was strict when needed and loving to a fault. Her children are successful with families of their own, thanks in no small part to Dixie’s guiding hand. She is an active member of Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church. She loved going to shows in Branson and knew many of the performers. Dixie was creative and enjoyed quilting and sewing clothes for her girls she even made her own wedding gown.   Her neighbors Debbie, Dennis and their children were family to her. Dixie will be missed terribly by all who knew her. Heaven is only made better by her presence.

     Dixie is survived by her loving husband Alfred and her five children, Bernard, Debbie, Cynthia, Steven and Arlene, seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.   Surviving brothers, Ron, Darrell, Leon and Richard all residents of Kansas. Go with God, lovely lady.

   Visitation and prayers will be at the Greenlawn Funeral Home on Sunday, 7 Feb from 5-7pm.   A celebration of Dixie’s life will be at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church on 8 February at 11 am, her final resting place will be at the Missouri Veteran’s Cemetery off Evans Road in Springfield, MO at 2 pm. The family suggests memorial contributions be sent to the Make a Wish Foundation or the Hulston Cancer Center in Springfield, MO.  Arrangements are under the direction of Greenlawn Funeral Home in Branson.



Ethel Kaden

October 19, 1923 - January 31, 2016

Ethel Lucille (Hicks) Kaden, age 92, of Springfield, MO passed away Sunday January 31, 2016. She was born October 19, 1923 in Elkland, MO.   Ethel was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother.  She was preceded in death by her parents; 12 siblings, one son and 2 grandsons.  Survivors include:  her husband John, 6 children, 32 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren and many great-great-grandchildren.  Ethel was loved by all that knew her.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday February 4, 2016 in Greenlawn Funeral Home North at 3:30 pm. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. In Ethel’s honor, memorial contributions are suggested to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

John J. Berglund

November 11, 1925 - January 31, 2016

John J Berglund died peacefully at Cox South on January 31st in Springfield, Missouri at the age of 90.

John is survived by his Daughter, DeeAnn Dighero of Aurora (Spouse Herb), Sister Winnifred Hasten (Berglund)

Grandkids Lance Griter (spouse Teresa) of Springfield, MO, Kim Rader Dighero of Nevada, MO, Annie DeFreece of Fair Grove, Austin Thomas (spouse Grace) of Stillwater, OK, John Dighero of Aurora, MO.

Great grandkids Jedonna J. Griter, Richmond Griter, Trenton Rader, Trevor Rader, & Triton Dighero, Elijah Lowe, James DeFreece,

Nephew Tom Pulley of Gulf Breeze, FL and Nephew Joseph Hasten of Langhorne, PA.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Nelson and Noma (Mayberry) Berglund, his wife Dorothea (Dottie) Berglund (Breshears), his sisters Nancy Jane Pulley and Willie Ann Truhitt, his oldest daughter Jedonna N. Griter (Berglund), and his grandson Erin Griter.

John was born on November 11, 1925 in Green County, MO to Nelson and Noma Berglund. He graduated from Strafford School (Strafford, MO) in 1944.  He married Dottie Breshears in Springfield, MO at Oakland Methodist Church, on December 18, 1948.

John was a life-long Jersey Dairy Farmer, Mason, former war-time state-side Marine, and Frisco Railroad retiree. He was a generous family man that had a gift with all kinds of animals.

Visitation is scheduled for Thursday, February 4th, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Greenlawn North Funeral Home, Springfield, MO. The funeral service is scheduled for Friday, February 5th, 11:00 am at Greenlawn North, followed by interment at Eastlawn Cemetery. All are welcome to attend and celebrate John’s life. If you prefer, in lieu of flowers, place donations to Fair Haven Children’s Home or Strafford School Foundation in his name.



Mary Ellen White

March 27, 1923 - January 31, 2016

Mary Ellen White went to be with the Lord on January 31, 2016 at the age of 92. She was born on March 27, 1923 in Springfield, MO to Leonard E. and Adele E. White.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Carl Thomas White Sr., infant sister, Martha Lee White, and nephew Carl T. White Jr. She leaves behind several nieces, great and great-great nieces and nephews.

Mary Ellen was employed and retired from Commerce Bank with over 44 years of service. She accepted the Lord as a young child and was a member of Second Baptist Church. She was an avid fan of the Lady Bears basketball and loved boating and fishing. She traveled extensively over the United States and Europe. She was a volunteer at St. John’s hospital and the Convention and Visitors Bureau. She played the violin with the Springfield Symphony from 1943-1947. She was well loved and will be greatly missed.

Funeral services will be on Monday, February 8, 2016 at 4:00 pm in Greenlawn Funeral Home South with the visitation prior to the service from 2:00 to 4:00 pm in the funeral home. A private burial will be at a later date in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.


Joseph C. Fletcher

January 24, 1945 - January 31, 2016

Joseph C. Fletcher, age 71, passed away on January 31, 2016 in his home in Springfield, MO. He was born on January 24, 1945 in West Plaines, MO to his parents, L.G. and Eleanor (Gavin) Fletcher. Joseph graduated from Willow Springs High School, he then joined the United States Navy for 4 years serving during the Vietnam War. He worked for One Ok retiring in May 2005.

Joseph married Dorris Greer in Willow Springs, MO in 1965. He was a member of Parkview Christian Church and loved family, woodworking and reading.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and two sisters, Mary Patterson and Martha Cook. Joe is survived by his wife, Dorris Fletcher, four children Joe Fletcher, Jr., Carl Fletcher, Rosie Fletcher and Jessica Fletcher, three grandchildren, Sydni Fletcher, Ayden Fletcher and Dylan Fletcher, two brothers Jim Fletcher and Butch Fletcher and sister Terri Fletcher, many nieces, nephews, cousins, brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws, and many friends.

Memorial services will be on Tuesday, February, 9, 2016 at 12:00 pm in Parkview Christian Church with burial following in Missouri Veterans Cemetery at 2:00 pm with full military honors.