Monday, August 21, 2017

Bettie VanHooser

(From Greenfield Funeral Chapel)

Bettie J. Vanhooser, of Everton, MO, departed this life on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at the age of 90 years.

She was born on November 8, 1926 in Carthage, MO to Harvey E. and Verda (Ortloff) Richardson. Bettie graduated from Dadeville High School. She was united in marriage to Kenneth E. Vanhooser, Sr. at the Dadeville Christian Church in Dadeville. Bettie attended the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. She cherished her family and friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Harvey and Verda Richardson; one brother, Harvey Richard, Jr.; five sisters, Emily Casada, Rosetta Richardson, Arietta Norman, Aletha Carl, and Beulah Strong; and one grandchild, Carl Vanhooser, Jr.

Survivors include two sons, Kenneth E. Vanhooser, Jr. and his wife Marva of Mariam Woods Village, MO and Carl E. Vanhooser and his wife Bessie of Carthage, MO; numerous grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 24, 2017, in Greenfield Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow in Pemberton Cemetery. Friends may call at their convenience on Thursday morning from 9:00 a.m. until service time in the funeral chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to Pemberton Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared at Services are under the care of Greenfield Funeral Chapel.

Clifford Prewitt

(From Clark Funeral Home)

Clifford William Prewitt was born July 11, 1930 in Amarillo, Texas, the son of Claude and Ora B. (Johnson) Prewitt. He entered into rest on August 17, 2017 at his home in Anderson, Missouri at the age of 87. 

 Clifford was raised in Henryetta, OK and served in the U.S. Army, July 1948 – July 1968, serving in the 5th Special Forces, (Green Beret). He served during the Korean Conflict and Vietnam Wars and was stationed all over the world. He was honorably discharged as a Major. Following his discharge, he was a cattle rancher. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge. 

 Clifford married Ruth (Crofut) on Nov. 26, 1949 and she preceded him in death in 2005. He is survived by two children, Roseanna K. P. McClure of Pittsburg, Kansas and David William Prewitt of Gilbert, Arizona; three grandchildren, Justin David Prewitt, Colleen Ruth Mulhollen and Dustin William McClure and three great grandchildren, Alainna Mulhollen, Carson Mulhollen and Harrison Clifford Prewitt. In addition to his wife and parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Ted Prewitt. Clifford has been taken for cremation and no services are planned at this time.

Services are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho, MO.

Toni Bowman

(From Clark Funeral Home)

Toni Lynn Bowman, 69 of Neosho, Missouri, entered into rest on August 20, 2017 at her home in Neosho, following an illness. 

 Toni was born June 28, 1948 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the daughter of James and Patricia Deal. She moved to the area 25 years ago and owned and operated a floral and catering business, ‘Ozark Floral’. The center of her world were her children and she loved each of her children and grandchildren dearly. She enjoyed gardening and chatting and was a volunteer at school and Boy Scouts. She dearly loved Braum’s Ice Cream and Diet Coke. 

 Toni is survived by four sons, Kevin Lee Miller and wife, Shylow of Neosho; Michael Miller and wife, Jessica of Glenwood, Arkansas; Troy Sudenberg of Neosho, Missouri and Trinity Sudenberg and wife, Rhonda of Parsons, Kansas; seven grandchildren, Robert, Angeline, Kyle, Kayla, Trinity, Devon and Riley; four great grandchildren, Kaigen, Ayden, Hunter and Waylon; five siblings, Jim Deal of Climax Springs, Missouri, Lynda Crowe and husband, Rodney of Princeton, Kentucky, Kathie Comley and husband, Richard of Omaha, Nebraska, Patty Larsen and husband, Kelly of Granby and Theresa Lusby of Neosho. She is preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Nicki Smith and one brother, Timothy Deal. 

 Services will be Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 at 10 am at the Clark Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in the Kenney Cemetery and serving as pallbearers will be Kevin Miller, Mike Miller, Troy Sudenberg, Richard Comley, Jim Deal and Kyle Clarence. The family will receive friends at a time of visitation Wednesday evening at the Clark Funeral Home, Neosho from 5 to 6:30 pm. Contributions in memory of Toni may be made to the family, c/o Clark Funeral Home, PO Box 66; Neosho, Missouri 64850.

Services are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho, MO.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Betty Clark

(From Ulmer Funeral Home)

Elizabeth Ann Clark, 95, passed away August 17, 2017 at St. Luke’s Assisted Living in Carthage. Betty was born October 7, 1921 in Racine, Wisconsin to Sydney Coleman and Althea Huntoon. Betty resided in Carthage since 1988 and was a bookkeeper for 50 years. Prior to moving to Carthage, she worked at Texas Instruments in Richardson, Texas. Betty volunteered at the Civil War Museum, was active in Ulmer Funeral Home’s Surviving Spouses and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Carthage.

Betty was united in marriage to Lewis Robert Clark in March 1954 in Tucson, Arizona; he preceded her in death September 1983.

Betty is survived by one son Arthur Manning of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, one daughter Sydney Ann Clark of Carthage, and five grandchildren: Anthony “Tony” Clark, Trisha Danielle Clark, Samantha Ripper, Ryan Merritt and Michael Merritt. She is also survived by 12 great grandchildren.

Betty is preceded in death by two sisters: Marian Reeder and Marjorie Rader.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are under the direction of Ulmer Funeral Home.

Ped Read

(From Clark Funeral Home)

H. Ped Read was born September 2, 1930 in Deport, Texas, the son of Howard Perry and Ruth (Boyd) Read. He entered into rest on August 16, 2017 in Joplin, Missouri at the age of 86 years, 11 months and 14 days.

 Ped owned and operated a plumbing contracting business. He enjoyed fishing, camping, lake activities and visiting with his family and friends. He was a member of the Deport Baptist Church. 

Ped is survived by two daughters, Leslie Kirkpatrick and husband, Eddie of Seneca and Holly Halford and husband, Darrell; four grandchildren, Ashley Kilpatrick-Payne; Jessica Kilpatrick; Ethan Lee Halford and Lacy Halford; one sister, Sondra Adair and husband, Doyle of Deport, Texas; nephew, Barratt Adair and wife, Joy; niece, Kay Adair-Kiker and husband, Matt; great nephew, Adam Kiker and great niece, Holly Kiker. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Lee Balentine and son, Michael Read.

 Services were held on Saturday, August 19, 2017 in Deport, Texas, with interment in the Highland Cemetery, Deport, Texas.

Ellick Garren

(From Clark Funeral Home)

Ellick Edward Garren was born March 3, 1939 in McDonald County,,Missouri, the son of Lester Alexander Garren, Sr. and Lucille Cole Garren Anderson. He entered into rest on August 18, 2017 in Carthage, Missouri, following an extended illness at the age of 78. 

 Ellick was a lifelong area resident and had worked in construction and was a cattle farmer. He was a member of the Neosho Masonic Lodge for over 50 years and was a 32nd degree Mason. He was a member of the McNatt Baptist Church. 

 Ellick and Carlene Louise Martin were married on March 18, 1958 in Miami, Oklahoma an she survives. Additional survivors include four children, Douglas Edward Garren of Joplin; Delene L. McCoy and husband, Greg of Osage, Arkansas; Duane L. Garren and wife, Micki of Monett and Daric C. Garren of Diamond; fourteen grandchildren; six great grandchildren; two brothers, Loren Garren of Goodman and Lester A. Garren, Jr. of Stella; one sister, Cloetta Brady of Stella and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by two sisters, Geneva Tichenor and Luann Jones.


5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Monday, August 21, 2017
312 S. Wood St. Neosho, Mo 64850

1 p.m. Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Clark Chapel of Memories
312 S. Wood St. Neosho MO 64850

Bob Parish

(From Ozark Funeral Home)

Bob Parish, 56, of Noel, Missouri, departed this life on Monday, August 14, 2017, at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, after a brief illness.

Bob entered this life on November 16, 1960, in Pineville, Missouri, to the union of John and Mary Jean (Potarf) Parish. He was a lifelong resident of Noel, Missouri and a 1979 graduate of McDonald County High School. On May 24, 1980, he was united in marriage to Alesia Sherman and to this union a son and daughter were born. Besides being a hardworking cattle farmer, Bob also drove a school bus for the McDonald County School District for thirty-five years. In 1980, he accepted Christ as his personal Lord and Savior and followed the Baptist faith throughout his life. He enjoyed farming especially baling hay, fishing and spending time with his family, especially his three grandchildren whom he was very proud of. During the school year you could usually find Bob running the clock and scoreboard for all the Noel 5th and 6th Grade home basketball games and if it wasn't a home game he was driving the bus taking the team to their game. When speaking of bus driving Bob often said maybe some day he would haul someone that would become famous or even President.

Bob was preceded in death by his father John Parish, paternal grandparents Everett and Winnie (Pritchard) Parish, maternal Grandparents Marvin and Tina Potarf, and two cousins Bill Emanuel and Diane (Emanuel) Jordan.

Bob is survived by his wife of thirty-seven years, Alesia Ann Parish of the home; two children, Bobby Lee Parish, II and wife, Le’Ann, and Ann Marie Parish, all of Noel; three grandchildren, Zoe Elizabeth Parish, John Matthew Parish and Daniel Lee Parish; his mother, Mary Jean Parish of Noel; a sister, Mary Sue Parish of Noel; his aunt and uncle, Anna Lee and Wayne Emanuel of Sulphur Springs; as well as a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services for Bob Parish were held Saturday, August 19, 2017 at the Noel Elementary School with Pastor Cecil Hall officiating. Burial followed in the Noel Cemetery. Those honoring his life by serving as pallbearers were Tim Kilby, Flint Cummings, David Holloway, Andrew Sherman, Kyle Jordan, Bob Porterfield, Matt Watkins, Travis White and Nathan Sherman. Dick Davis, Don Underwood, David Collingsworth, Aaron Sherman, Wayne Emanuel and Gary Bowman will be serving as honorary pallbearers.  In lieu of flowers memorials are being directed to the McDonald County Schools Foundation for FFA scholarships c/o the funeral home. On-line condolences may be sent to the family through our website,

Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of the Ozark Funeral Home in Noel, Missouri.