Sunday, June 17, 2018

Dave Yen

On May 10, 2018 our community lost an amazing man to a sudden, unexpected cardiac event. 

‘Dave’ Cho-Wei Yen was born October 10, 1970 in Taiwan. His family moved to the US when he was a young boy. The family then moved from New Orleans to Springfield to Joplin where Dave began building a legacy of great food, outstanding customer service and most importantly, friendship and community. 

During his school years he acquired many honors, medals and accolades. He graduated from Joplin High School where he was adored by students and faculty alike. Growing up, when he was not working, you could often find him tinkering on his latest car projects, cruising the old iconic Main Street, organizing bonfires and other fun shenanigans to bring together his magnitude of friends and hanging out with his “brothers” (with whom he remained close until his passing). 

Throughout his life, Dave could often be found at one of the many Joplin and Springfield area restaurants that he was associated with. He was known to go above and beyond, ensuring that you always had a great experience at any of his or his family’s establishments. Many customers became friends, Dave considered those friends extended family. This extended family was vast. 

In his most recent years, he enjoyed dining out-especially at places owned locally as he liked to support his fellow entrepreneurs, shopping although he usually was buying gifts for others, going to the lake and traveling (most often with his “brothers from another mother”) and hanging out with his friends. He loved to share stories of his larger than life experiences and enjoyed talking about his family and did so with great pride and admiration. He simply enjoyed the people around him and the feeling was always mutual. Dave was the epitome of what a friend should be, he would drop everything to help a friend in need. He always offered a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on, a big bear hug, a gentle hand to wipe a tear and simple, yet profound words of encouragement. Although his stature commanded respect, it was superfluous and contradictory to his demeanor. He was often teased by his aforementioned brothers, dubbing him the Big Asian Teddy Bear. A name of which Dave would be secretly proud. 

The vast respect for Dave by his peers was earned and warranted by his strong work ethic, his generous heart, his fiercely protective nature, his nurturing spirit and his desire for everyone to simply “be happy”. You rarely saw Dave without a smile and if he saw you without one, he would immediately remedy that. 

Dave is survived by his mother Li Chen, sister Jennifer, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and a number of friends and their children who wholeheartedly loved their dedicated, attentive Uncle Dave. 

Dave has always been and will always be remembered and treasured in our family and community. We can honor Dave by living with good intentions for everyone around us and simply living by his motto “I just want everyone to be happy!” 

Dave loved his family and his friends irrevocably with no limits, no judgement and when you expressed gratitude for his friendship he would say, “We are family.. family for LIFE!”, little did he know that the example and standards he set for friendship and love would transcend all bounds of his earthly life.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Rolita Cook

(From Ozark Funeral Home)

Rolita Cook, 61 years, of Powell, Missouri passed away on Friday, June 15, 2018 at her residence with her loving family by her side.

Rolita was born on December 3, 1956 in Stafford, Kansas, daughter of the late Edwin and Maxine (Strickland) Burr. She married Bud Cook on December 23, 1993. Rolita enjoyed cooking, flowers and was a floral designer for several years. She worked as a product analyst for Wal-Mart. Her passion was traveling, making it to 49 states. Rolita was a faithful member of the Agape Church in Pineville, Missouri.

Rolita is survived by her husband, Bud Cook of the home; a son, Paul Cook and wife, Caitlin of Anderson, Missouri; step-son, David Cummings and wife, Jean of Virginia Beach, Virginia; five sisters, Teresa Booth and husband, Hillary of Bella Vista, Arkansas, Tammy McKenna and husband, Conrad of Rogers, Arkansas, Rebecca Sainsbury and husband, Tom of Weleetka, Oklahoma, Delana Halstead of Wichita, Kansas, Janet K. Scott of Shelley, Idaho; two grandchildren, Tyler Hasty and Scott Cummings; several nieces and nephews, as well as a host of other family and friends who will severely miss her.

Funeral Service for Rolita will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at the Grace Life Church in Anderson, Missouri. Pastor Jedidiah Hall will officiate. Burial will follow in the Union Cemetery in Stella, Missouri. Visitation will be held from 5:00 - 7:00 pm on Monday, June 18, 2018 at the Anderson Chapel of the Ozark Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at this time.

Gary Spear

(From Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home)

Gary Spear, age 67, of Webb City, Missouri passed away Thursday June 14, 2018 following several months of declining health.

He was born September 24, 1950 in Parsons, Kansas to William Alfred and Norma Lee (Malson) Spear.

Gary worked at Midwest Machinery for many years and then for 14 years as a custodian with the Webb City R-VII School District. He enjoyed NASCAR and being with his family and friends. He was a positive influence on many students and faculty he had the privilege to be involved with. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He married Trudy McCreary on March 27 1987 and she survives of the home. Gary is also survived by four children Cary Lee Spear (Debbie) Jasper, Missouri, Kathy Lynn McCane (Mark) Joplin, Missouri, Brad Allen Spear (Jennifer) Tulsa, Oklahoma, Heidi Jo Marbut, Webb City, Missouri; one brother, Hollis Spear (Patricia) Grove, Oklahoma, one sister, Loretta Morris (George) Reeds, Missouri; 14 grandchildren, one great grandchild, and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

Funeral services will be 1:00 pm Monday June 18, 2018 at the Carterville Christian Church with Robin Sigars officiating. Burial will follow at the Mount Hope Cemetery. The family will receive friends 2:00 -4:00 pm Sunday at the Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home.

Those honoring his life by serving as pallbearers are, Jerry Wilson, Jim Bottles, Jeff Hickman, Jeff Montgomery, Tiffany Cox and Ken Dodd.

In lieu of flowers contributions are requested to the Webb City R-VII Schools Foundation and may be sent in care of the funeral home.



Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of the Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home Webb City, Missouri.

Michael Scobee

(From Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home)

Michael LeRoy Scobee SR., Wichita, KS, age 68, passed away on June 12, 2018 at Mercy Hospital in Joplin, MO after a short illness.

Michael LeRoy Scobee was born June 6, 1950 in Liberal, MO the son of Elmer and Mona (Patterson) Scobee. Michael was a veteran serving in the Army of the United States. He formerly worked as a delivery driver for Lampton Welding Supply CO, Wichita, KS. He loved to fish, gardening, watching football and NASCAR, gambling, both scratcher tickets and casinos. He was stubborn but at the same time he was caring to a fault. LeRoy believed in God but never pushed his faith upon anyone else. He loved to do things his way and loved his family and held them very dear to his heart.

Survivors include two sons; Michael Scobee Jr. and wife Marlana, of Wichita, KS and Darrin Scobee Hess and wife Amy, of Aurora, MO; grandsons, Michael D. Scobee, Dalton Hess and Chris Sorrels; granddaughters, Alexis Bean, Alyssa Longdon, Shelby Wyatt, Teely Johnson and Elizabeth Almoabdy; Great-grandsons, Liam Wyatt and Grayson Bean; Great-granddaughter Riley Sorrels. Siblings, Gary Smith and wife Shirley, Lois Summers, Lee Scobee, Ethel Mayes and husband Charlie, Albert Scobee and wife Diane, Billy Scobee and wife Debbie, Joyce Turner and husband Mike, Maggie Pennington and husband Bert and Ben Scobee and wife Sherri.

Michael LeRoy Scobee was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers Earl Scobee and David Poor.

The body has been taken for cremation under the direction of Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, Seneca. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Lynna Testerman

(From Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home)

Lynna J. Testerman, 60, Seneca, MO passed into eternal rest June 14, 2018 at Mercy Hospital in Joplin after a sudden illness.

Lynna J. Bennett was born April 24, 1958 in Fitchburg, MA the daughter of Melvin and Josepine (Garrett) Bennett. She formerly worked for Eagle Picher Plant in Seneca, MO. Lynna enjoy cooking, she loved watching the Hallmark Channel and cooking for family and friends. Lynna loved spending time with her family and especially her grandchildren. Lynna was a member of the Seneca Assembly of God.

Lynna J. Bennett married Kenneth R. Testerman October 15, 1977 and he preceded her in death November 19, 2009. Lynna was also preceded in death by her parents and father-in-law.

Survivors include two sons; Allen R. Testerman, Seneca and Nicholas R. Testerman and wife Tiffney, Joplin; one daughter, Kendra L. Testerman, Seneca; one brother, Kevin Bennett, Seneca; two sisters, Melva King and husband Shawn and Lisa Bennett both of Seneca; Grandchildren, Zachary Whitehead, Madison Whitehead, Peighton Testerman, Corey Testerman, Christian Testerman, Lillian Testerman, and Josephine Testerman. Her mother-in-law Eula Testerman and a host of extended family and friends.

The family will receive friends from 2:00pm to 3:00pm, Sunday, June 17, 2018 at the Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am, Monday, June 18, 2018 at the Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home with Pastor Denny Sikes officiating. Burial will be in the Seneca Cemetery with Robert Wetzel, Tom Bennett, Joseph Wolfenbarger, Jasper King, Dennis Kelly and Shawn King serving as pallbearers.

Arrangements under the personal direction of Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, Seneca, MO.

Jimmy Watson

(From Parker Mortuary)

Jimmy Watson, age 61, of Afton, Oklahoma, formerly of Joplin, passed away on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at home.

Jimmy was born on September 16, 1956 in Claremore, Oklahoma, the son of Clifford Lloyd Watson and Lois Mae Tennell Watson. He was raised and lived in the Noweta, Oklahoma area until 2006 when he moved to the Tahlequah area with his niece, Debbie.

Jimmy was a heavy equipment operator for Dewey Oil Field Supply for fifteen years. He was then a brick mason in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Joplin, Missouri and Springdale, Arkansas. While working in Springdale, Jimmy fell from a 44 foot scaffolding where he suffered a traumatic brain injury that resulted in grand mal seizures, which led him to being permanently disabled. Jimmy was of the Pentecostal Holiness faith.

Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents, his step-father, John Hallett; four brothers, Clifford Watson, Robert Lloyd Watson, Thomas D. Watson and Ray Watson and two sisters, Alice May Watson and Linda Hutson.

Survivors include one daughter, Mary Kathleen Carshell (Alvin); niece, Deborah Horn (Bobby); three sisters, JoAnn Teuebaugh (Curt), Carol Swepston (Gary) and Sharon McKee (Dennis); six brothers, Bill Watson, Wayne Watson (Teresa), Jerry Watson, Allen Watson, Dean Watson (Melissa) and Michael Watson (Donna); several grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many cherished friends.

Graveside services are planned for Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. in Mount Hope Cemetery with Rev. Jeff D. Martin, officiating. No visitation is planned.

Funeral services are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Pat Robinson

(From Parker Mortuary)

Patricia Ann Robinson, age 72, Joplin, passed away on Monday, June 11, 2018 at her home after sudden illness.

Pat was born July 19, 1945 in Columbus, Kansas, one of seven children born to the late William Paul Wilton and Virginia Dare Watkins Wilton. She moved to Joplin as a child, and attended Joplin Schools. She married Jerry Lee Gibson in 1963, he preceded her in death in 1992. She was currently working for Homewood Suites in Joplin.

In addition to her parents and Jerry, Pat was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Spruk.

Survivors include her children, Kevin Lee Gibson and wife Karolee of Joplin, Paul Richard Gibson and wife Jessica of Panama City, Panama, and Virginia Diane Gehrke and husband David of Dunnegan, Missouri; grandchildren, Adam Gibson, Andrea Cote, Megan Gibson, Brandon Gibson all of Kansas City, Spencer Gibson, Steven Gehrke and wife Cassie both of Joplin, Michael Gehrke of Dunnegan, Daniel, Madeline, and Eliana Gibson, all of Panama City, Panama; great-grandchildren, Zaiden, Oliver, Logan, and Asher; brothers, Richard Wilton, Jim Wilton both of Joplin; sisters, Linda Yeager of Joplin, Paula Oakes of Oologah, Oklahoma, and Pam Barr of Springfield; several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Impact Church with Pastor Dan Olson officiating.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.