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Vernal Porter

September 18, 1918 - May 24, 2015

Vernal Porter, 96, passed away Sunday, May 24, 2015, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Mt. Vernon, Mo. He was born September 18, 1918, in Escalante Utah to Ellis and Eliza Porter. As a youth, Vern worked in C.C.C. Camps in Bryce and Zion Canyons. He attended Brigham Young University. In 1943, he married Norma Jean Price, whom he met while stationed at O’Reilly Army Hospital in Springfield, Mo. Vern was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served as a Technical Sergeant during World War II and the Korean War. He was a Springfield Firefighter for several years and retired from Paul Mueller Co. Vern was also a” gentleman farmer” and spent many happy hours tending to his cattle and garden. He was a member of Pleasant Home Baptist Church. Vern was preceded in death by his parents, wife Norma, four sisters and seven brothers. He is survived by his daughter Joyce K. Wright and her husband Joe, one granddaughter, one grandson, one step granddaughter, one step grandson, two great grandchildren and 3 step great grandchildren. Also surviving are one brother, Neal Porter, Payson Utah, one sister, Donita Pay, Salt Lake City, Utah, special niece, Denice Youd, Orem, Utah and many other relatives.

 

A graveside service will be held at Belleview Cemetery, 5105 Farm Road 169, Saturday, May 30th at 11:00 AM with Reverend Andy Bryan officiating. Military Honors will follow.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Missouri Veterans Home, 1600 S. Hickory, Mt. Vernon, Missouri, 65712. The family would like to thank the staff of C Wing at the Veterans Home and caregivers with Hospice Compassis for their loving care.

 

Elizabeth Jane Turner

August 9, 1923 - May 22, 2015

Elizabeth Jane Turner was born on August 9, 1923 in Springfield, MO to Elizabeth Cooper Rathbone and Claud Henry Rathbone. She passed away May 22, 2015 at the age of 91.

Betty Jane’s family was part of the Springfield community for five generations. She graduated from Springfield High School in 1941 and went on to graduate from Drury College where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority.

She was a member of the Drury College Auxiliary and past president of the Springfield Symphony Guild. She was responsible for starting and developing the Gray-Campbell Farmstead and was passionate about historic preservation.

In addition to attending performances of the Springfield Symphony she enjoyed playing tennis, knitting, reading and spending time at her Koi pond. Her dogs were the love of her life.

She is preceded in death by her parents Claud and Elizabeth Rathbone and her husband William M Turner.

She is survived by her daughter Elizabeth Anette Turner, a son Timothy Henry Turner, grand children Katherine Amanda Tucker and Robert Henry Turner. She is also survived by her precious Coton De Tulear, Valentina, who brought her so much love and joy during her last seven months of life.

At Betty Jane’s request there will be no service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the William M and Elizabeth J Turner Memorial Endowment Fund, (endowed French Horn chair) of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra c/o the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, PO Box 8960, Springfield, MO 65801.

The family would like express their gratitude to Melinda Lopez for the loving care that she provided to Elizabeth for the past 3 ½ years. They would also like to thank Katie Porter for her loving care of Elizabeth in her last weeks.

Larry Lemoine Skyles

March 26, 1938 - May 21, 2015

 

Larry Lemoine Skyles age 77 of Hollister, Missouri died May 21, 2015 at Cox Medical Center South in Springfield, Missouri.

He was born on March 26, 1938 at Carthage, Missouri the son of John William E. and Betty Louise Morehouse Skyles.  He received his masters degree from Southwest Missouri State Teachers College in Springfield, Missouri.  He retired as an officer with Missouri State Probation and Parole System.  He and his wife owned the Paradise Donut Shop in Branson from 1979 until 1988 and he was employed with Beverly Health Care in Branson as Social Service Director for seven years.  He was of the Christian Faith.

Survivors are his wife;  Jeane Fullerton Skyles of the home in Hollister, his son, Michael Skyles (Sandy) of Memphis, Tennessee and two grandsons, Jack and Sam Skyles.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial services will be held at a later date.  Arrangements and cremation were under the direction of Greenlawn Funeral Home in Branson.

Memorial contributions in his memory are suggested to St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital or the Children’s Miracle Network.

 

James V. Pinson

June 26, 1937 - May 21, 2015

 

On Thursday, May 21, 2015 James V. Pinson passed from the arms of his loving wife into the arms of his Savior, surrounded by all his children.

He was born June 26, 1937 to James Clayton and Nellie Pinson. Jim married Sharon Lee Bell on October 3, 1966.

Jim worked 24 years as District Manager for Kraft Foods. Retiring at 55, after one year he went back to work for Crumply & Associates. The last years he worked for 66 Auto Auction.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Inell “Neb” Pinson.

Survived by his wife of 48 years, Sharon, children, James R. Pinson of Kansas City, MO, Cheryl Smith and husband Quin of Nixa, MO, Carl Smith and wife Carole of Ozark, MO and Melissa Hays and husband Bryan of Springfield, MO. Grandchildren, Halie Pinson, Wes and Bryan Smith and Mallory and Blake Pinson. Two Great-granddaughters. A brother Larry Pinson and wife Bonnie of Arkansas, sister-in-law Evelyn Pinson of Pell City, AL, also a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at Greenlawn Funeral Home East with Pastor Johnny Phifer officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. A visitation will be Monday from 5 – 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or Walnut Lawn Church of God.

 

James “Jimmy” Loren Pearcy

May 22, 1967 - May 21, 2015

James “Jimmy” Loren Pearcy, age 47, a resident of Springfield, Missouri passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015 in Augusta, Kansas. Jimmy was born May 22, 1967 in Springfield, Missouri to James C. Pearcy and Peggy Brooks. He graduated Hillcrest High School in 1985, and was an service technician at Reliable R.V. Jimmy was a Track Champion Modified Racecar Driver. He had many interests including dirt track racing, taking long drives, working outside, and spending time with family and friends, who could always count on Jimmy for a good joke.

Jimmy is preceded in death by his father, James C. Pearcy and his brother, Rob Pearcy.

He is survived by his loving fiancé, Kristine Kliewer; his mother, Peggy Brooks; his children, Sarah Pearcy, Jordan Pearcy, Leah Pearcy, and Kobie Dog; his brothers, Shawn Pearcy, David Smith, Jeremy Smith, Larry-Lee Smith; his sister, Cindy Spellman and her husband Keith; 14 nieces; 5 nephews; and many close friends.

A visitation will be held Tuseday, May 26, 2015 from 6-8 p.m. at Greenlawn Funeral Home South. Graveside services will be held Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at Hazelwood Cemetery in Springfield, Missouri. Memorial donations can be made at Gofundme: Jimmy Pearcy Funeral Fund http://de.gofund.me/jimmymemorial.

Wayne D. Edwards

April 17, 1943 - May 20, 2015

Wayne Doyle Edwards, age 72, of Springfield, MO, went home to be with Jesus Wednesday, May 20, 2015. He was born April 17, 1943, in Lebanon, Mo, to Clarence (Lum) and Mabel (Branch) Edwards. He was a member of the National Heights Baptist Church. Wayne enjoyed spending time in the outdoors, camping and fishing with his family. He also served his community throughout his life, volunteering as a firefighter, serving as a reserve deputy officer, and a city council member. He was always a hard worker, having been employed by Holsum Baking, Colonial Baking, Foremost Foods, Pepsi Cola, and most recently as custodian for his church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother James, his sister Mildred and a great-grand-daughter Cheyenne. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Kathleen (Kathy) Edwards, his children: David and Heather Edwards, Camdenton, MO, Lori and David Eairheart, North Port, FL, Kristina and Aric Humble, Sparta, Mo, Mark and Heidi Edwards, Willard, MO. 12-grandchildren, 14-great-grandchildren and 1-great-great-grand-daughter, as well as multiple nieces, nephews, and many friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 23, 2015, at National Heights Baptist Church, Springfield, MO with Dr. Vaughn Weatherford officiating. Burial will be held in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Springfield, MO. Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at National Heights Baptist Church. Services have been entrusted to Greenlawn Funeral Home North, Springfield, MO. Online condolences may be made at www.greenlawnfuneralhome.com.

Eva Marilyn Henderson

September 11, 1927 - May 20, 2015

     Eva Marilyn Henderson, age 87, of Bolivar, MO, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at Citizens Memorial Hospital Bolivar, MO. She was born September 11, 1927, in Schell City, MO, to Clarence and Nellie (Robinson) Bybee. She was saved at 12 years old at Lowry City Baptist Church. At her passing she had been a long time faithful member of the Hickory Grove Baptist Church. She was a loving wife, mother , and grandmother who loved to garden, quilt, and read. She spent most of her life as a devoted and faithful servant of the Lord. She married Marshall Neal Henderson April 5, 1947, and to this union five children were born.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sisters: Claire Bell Overton, and Rena Payne; and two brothers: John and Henry Bybee.

     She is survived by three daughters: Marcelene Lightfoot and husband Gayland, Cathy Taylor and husband T.M., all of Bolivar, MO, and Becky Kennedy and husband Jim of Blue Springs, MO; two sons: James Henderson and wife Crystal of Springfield, MO, and David Henderson and wife Janice of Bolivar, MO; nine grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, and one great great grandson; four sisters: Bettie Hunter and husband Joe of Bolivar, MO, Gloria McLaughlin of Springfield, MO, Neomia Keller of Bolivar, MO, and Reva Keller and husband Leo of Collins, MO; one brother Kenneth Bybee of Crane, MO; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

     Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at Pitts Chapel Bolivar, MO, with Bro.’s Jack Brakebill and Barry McCoy officiating. Burial will follow at Marshall Cemetery, Collins, MO. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Monday, May 25, 2015, in the funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Marshall Cemetery c/o of the funeral home.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Pitts Chapel Bolivar, MO.

Robin Lynette Cameron

October 26, 1981 - May 20, 2015

Robin Lynette Cameron, age 33, of Springfield, MO, passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2015 in her home . She was born     October 26, 1981, in Springfield, MO, to David and Arlene (Duane) Cameron. She was the ultimate mom to her three children, taking them to the park to play, teaching them to cook, and teaching them how to use their artistic talents. She will always be remembered for chicken and dumplings. She was always the life of the party.

She is survived by her three children, Jade Dawson, Amber Dawson, and Onyx Cameron; her father, David Mabra Cameron, Springfield; paternal grandmother, Hazel Cameron, Springfield; one sister, Shelly Annette Cameron, Springfield; one brother Michael Webster, North Carolina; her mother, Arlene Annette Willis, Ojai CA and a host of family and friends .

Funeral service will be announced by Greenlawn Funeral Home North. Memorial contributions may be made to the Robin Cameron’s Kids Fund. Services have been entrusted to Greenlawn Funeral Home North, Springfield, MO.

Mary Joan Cosolo

July 6, 1930 - May 19, 2015

 

Graveside services for Mary Joan Cosolo age 84 of Kirbyville, Missouri will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, May 23, 2015 at the Snapp Cemetery at Forsyth, Missouri with Pastor Jim Cariker officiating.  Arrangements are under the direction of Greenlawn Funeral Home in Branson.

She died May 19, 2015 at her home.

She was born on July 6, 1930 at Cabool, Missouri the daughter of Fred and Gladys Kirkland Dove.  She and her husband were the owners and operators of the Snack Shop in Branson for 16 years.  After her retirement she was a caregiver in health care for eight years.  She accepted the Lord into her life and went about serving both in the church and in the lives of all she met.  She faithfully attended the First Church of The Nazarene in Branson.  She enjoyed singing in the choir, loved cook-outs, playing cards, dominoes and board games.

Survivors are her husband:  Frank Cosolo of the home.  Sheryl Ann Smith of Forsyth, Missouri, Deborah Lee Ridinger of Kirbyville, Frank Benny Cosolo and John Vincent Cosolo both of Kirbyville and daughter-in-laws, Teresa and Deanna. a brother, Fred Boehning of Pennsylvania and a sister, Joyce Thompson of Branson, Mo.  Also five grandchildren, Charles Nathaniel, Jason Lee, Rebecca Joan, Frank Antonio and Dominick Andew. three step-grandchildren Deke Cody, Josh and Pamela.  10 great grandchildren, Dacia Ynez, Charles Ethan, Jakob Michael, Cade Evan, Austin Snow, Autumn Rain, Kaleb Paul, Cayden, Cameron and Daylon.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 PM Friday at the funeral home.

 

 

Marcella Shackelton

November 7, 1923 - May 18, 2015

     Marcella Shackelton, age 91, of Halfway, MO, passed away Monday, May 18, 2015, at Citizens Memorial Healthcare Facility. She was born November 7, 1923, in Halfway, MO, to Ollie and Sylvia (Brock) Sampson. She was united in marriage to Clyde Shackelton December 11, 1945, and to this union two children were born. She was a member of the Schofield Missionary Baptist Church. She was a charter member of the Busy Fingers Quilting Club.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 55 years Clyde Shackelton; one brother James Sampson; and in-laws Floyd and Clara Shackelton.

     She is survived by two children: Jeanette Gallivan and husband Jerry of Halfway, MO, and Tony Shackelton of Springfield, MO; six grandchildren: Janelle Gallivan of Ozark, MO, Jimmy Gallivan and wife Aimee of Halfway, MO, Jay Gallivan and wife Jamie of Ozark, MO, Mandy Anderson and husband Kelly of Springfield, MO, Lacy Wood and husband Ryan of Fulton, MO, and Cody Shackelton of Springfield, MO; eight great grandchildern: Lauren, Caleb, Ryan, Kamren, Grayson, Jackson, Ginny, and Austen; a sister in-law Maxine Sampson of Halfway, MO; a nephew Bill Sampson of Bolivar, MO; a niece Margaret Mulberry of Mountain Grove, MO; as well as many other relatives and friends.

     Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, May 23, 2015, at Pitts Chapel Bolivar, MO. Burial will follow at Schofield Cemetery Halfway, MO. Visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 AM Saturday, May 23, 2015, in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Schofield Missionary Baptist Church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Pitts Chapel Bolivar, MO.