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Thursday 5/26/2016
Bryan Alan Ussery
Bryan Alan Ussery, Sr. was born on June 19, 1958 to Alvin A. Ussery, Sr. and Betty Jean (Mott) Ussery. He graduated from Hollister High School in 1977. Bryan was a member of Boilermaker Local 83 and worked as a Boilermaker welder. He had lived in Ridgedale and more recently in Reeds Spring. In his spare time, he enjoyed playing the guitar. Bryan entered into rest at the age of 57 at his home in Reeds Spring. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin & Betty Ussery. He is survived by his wife, Linda Ussery; son, B.J. Ussery and wife Cherry of Ridgedale; daughter, Angela Keeney and husband Leonard of Branson; five brothers, Andy Ussery, Jr., Mike Ussery and wife Kim of Blue Eye, Mark Ussery of Colorado Springs, CO, Steve Ussery and wife Ruth Ann of Ridgedale and David Ussery and wife Dee of Ridgedale; and five grandchildren. Graveside services will be Wednesday, June 1 at 2:00 P.M. in Ozarks Memorial Park Cemetery, Branson with Brent Potter officiating. Visitation will precede the funeral service beginning at 12:30 P.M. on Wednesday in Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home and Crematory, Branson.
Wednesday 5/25/2016
Charles Delmer Branson
Funeral services for Charles D. Branson, 90, of Rockaway Beach, will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at Elliot Mortuary and Crematory, Hutchinson, KS. The family will greet friends from 1:00 P.M. until the service. Burial with military honors will follow at the Fairlawn Cemetery, Hutchinson, KS. Mr. Branson passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at Cox Medical Center Branson. Local arrangements were under the direction of Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home & Crematory, Branson. Charles Delmer Branson was born July 29, 1925 at the Menefee home in Hoberg, Missouri. He was the son of Samuel Edward and Lillian (Menefee) Branson. After birth he returned to the family home in Branson. His family left the farm during the great depression and moved to California where they picked seasonal crops. Charles entered the U.S. Army in March of 1944 and was deployed to the European theater of war participating in the Battle of the Rhineland and Central Europe Campaigns. He received the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal. He was discharged from the 18th Infantry Regiment with the rank of Staff Sargent after the war. He continued his service in the Army Reserves until 1959. After the war Charles lived in California working several trades until he moved to Hutchinson, Kansas where he worked as a machinist until he joined the Hutchinson Fire Department in 1950. He retired from the fire department in 1975 at the rank Captain. He started and ran Branson Tree Service until he retired in 1999 moving to Rockaway Beach, Missouri. Charles married his partner and best friend Linda Kay Neufeld on May 22, 1969 at the First Baptist Church in Alva, Oklahoma. They celebrated their 47th anniversary this past week. Charles enjoyed the outdoors and loved to fish and camp. Charles is survived by his loving wife Linda of the home; son Charles E. (Kathryn) Branson of Lawrence, Kansas; three grandchildren Chance and Grace Branson of Lawrence, Kansas and Jessica (Chris) Soden of McPherson, Kansas; two great-grandchildren and a brother James (Marsha) Branson of California. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Ronald DeWayne Branson and sister Mary Lou Mueller.
Vicki Lynn Hess
Vicki Lynn (Triboulet) Hess was born in El Dorado, Kansas, on October 19, 1947 to James and Joyce (Dill) Triboulet. She is the oldest of three children born to this family, along with brother, Mike and sister, Kathy. The family later made their home in Wichita, Kansas. Vicki graduated from Wichita Heights High School, where she enjoyed music, drama, and time with friends. She became an accomplished pianist with only a few years of lessons and played piano for church her whole life. She married Henry Helming in 1967 with two children, Jeanne and Jamey, born to this union. When this marriage ended, Vicki moved with her children to the Branson, Missouri area. She married Jay Hess in 1975 and later adopted his son, Boe as her own. They became very active at Branson Bible Church. She led in the music department for the rest of her life as choir director as well as pianist. She worked several different jobs during her life but her last two were her favorite. She started as a nurses’ aid at Skaggs Hospital in Branson and later became an Arrhythmia Tech in their new critical care unit. In 1987, she became the secretary for the Branson Bible Church, where she served until her health issues prevented her continuing. In 2008, she moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, so that her son and daughter-in-law could care for her. After a long illness, Vicki went to be with her Savior and Lover of her soul on the morning of Wednesday, May 25, 2016, surrounded by her family at the Glenwood Healthcare Facility in Glenpool, Oklahoma. Vicki had a love for life, a strong love for people, and a deep love for Jesus. She never met a stranger! She was a counselor, confidante and friend to people of all ages and backgrounds. She loved music, ladybugs, fairies, flowers, and especially her family. She was serious about Jesus—she truly treasured Him above all else--but had a great sense of humor about everything else. She was known for her ornery antics and imagination. She lit up any room she walked into! She is preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Joyce Triboulet; her brother, Mike Triboulet. She is survived by her husband of over 40 years, Jay Hess, of Mt. Vernon, Missouri; her sister-in-law, Toby Triboulet, of Hollister, Missouri; her sister, Kathy Hess, of Fort Myers, Florida; her daughter, Jeanne (Russ) Gaar, of Grant, Nebraska; her son, Boe (Sandra) Hess, of New York, New York; her son, Jamey (Jill) Hess, of Jenks, Oklahoma; Her five grandchildren—Kasey, Tyler, Krystal, Kaleb and Kenyon; and numerous other family and friends. Visitation will be Saturday evening, May 28 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home and Crematory. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 31 at 10:00 a.m. at Branson Bible Church with Dr. Rich Toliver officiating. Burial will follow in Ozarks Memorial Park Cemetery, Branson. In Vicki’s memory, donations may be made to the Music Ministry of Branson Bible Church, 533 Branson Landing Blvd., Branson, MO 65616.
Wednesday 5/18/2016
Deborah Kay Morga
Deborah Kay Morga was born on March 15, 1955 in Honolulu, Hawaii. She was the daughter of Jack Tiemann and Gwendolyn (Vorce) Tiemann. She moved to Branson twenty years ago from St. Louis. Deborah worked at Holiday Hills Resort. She was an avid St. Louis Cardinal’s fan and enjoyed gardening. Deborah entered into rest on Wednesday, May 18 at Golden Living in Branson at the age of 61. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Daniel Tiemann. She is survived by her son, Stephen Schmidtt of Arlington, MN; one sister, Diane Towfeet of Grain Valley, MO and one granddaughter. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home and Crematory, Branson.
Tuesday 5/17/2016
Raymond Samuel Ogden, Sr.
Raymond Samuel Ogden, Jr., 69, of Alpena passed away on Tuesday, May 17 at Cox Medical Center, Branson. Ray was born on February 8, 1947 in St. Joe, Missouri. He was the son of Raymond Samuel Ogden, Sr. and Mary Louise (Cook) Ogden. He married Sandra Kay Hunt on February 14, 1974 in Platte City, MO. He worked as a truck driver, driving coast to coast. Ray moved to Alpena from Leavenworth, Kansas. He enjoyed fishing, drinking coffee, driving trucks and going to the casinos. Ray was preceded in death by his parents and one granddaughter, Ariel Nicole Ogden. He is survived by his wife, Sandy Ogden of Alpena; son, Raymond S. Ogden, III of Harrison; daughter, Tammy Wolf and husband Rodney of Ferrelview, MO; borther, Randy Ogden of Ferrelview; sister, Gwenda Smith and husband Gary of Gregory, SD; two grandchildren, Brittany and Ashley and five great grandchildren, Brooklyn, Carlee, Lucas, Keegan and Joshua. Cremation arrangements were by Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home and Crematory, Branson.
Friday 5/13/2016
Betty Ruth Smith
Funeral services for Betty Smith, 92, Hollister formerly of Moline, Kansas, will be held Tuesday, May 17 at 10:00 A.M. in the First Church of the Nazarene in Branson with Rev. Jim Cariker officiating. Burial will follow in the Longton Cemetery in Longton, Kansas with Tom Eastman officiating. Mrs. Smith passed away Friday, May 13, 2016 in the Point Lookout Nursing and Rehab in Hollister, Mo. Services were under the direction of Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home and Crematory, Branson. Mrs. Smith was born Sept. 6 1923 in Longton, KS to William Paul Stone and Ella Ferguson Stone. She married John Smith and they were blessed with one daughter. Betty was a secretary for Sinclair Oil, Arco and BP Oil Company from which she retired. Betty is survived by her daughter Ione Smith of Branson; three grandchildren Patricia Girard, Greg & Lisa Girard and Chad & Kandice Adamson; three great grandchildren Patrice Girard, Jacque Lear and Nicole Ledbetter; two step great grandchildren, Stephany Heck and Trenton Brooks and two great-great grandsons Aidrik Cotton and Clay Heck.
Mary C. Wasielewski
Mary Cecilia Wasielewski, of Hudson, New Hampshire, 37, passed away on May 13, 2016. She is survived by her mother, Mary E. Wasielewski (Walker), her father, Edward J. Wasielewski, her brother, Donald E. Wasielewski; her sister-in-law, Tamara (Knopp) and her four nephews, Connor, Trevor, Hunter and Walker and one niece, Emma. She also leaves behind dozens of cousins, aunts and uncles that will miss her immensely. Mary had been a student at Cape Cod Community College and loved learning new things. She loved hiking through the White Mountains, relaxing on the beach on Cape Cod, writing her poetry and creating artistic portrayals of her life. She was an accomplished author and had her poetry published. Most obituaries do not mention the cause of death but we felt, as a family, it was important in this case. Mary was a very private person but if her life can be an example that inspires someone else…if she, through her death, can save someone else’s life, then sharing this was worth it. Since early adolescence, Mary suffered from incremental mental health issues that included depression, anxiety, bipolar and PTSD. She became an addict of prescription medication and alcohol. Much attention in the media is focused on the Opiate and Methamphetamine epidemic in this country but Mary suffered from an addiction to Ambien, Ritalin and other mental health related controlled substances. She had never entered into the criminal justice system, which was unfortunate, because she had no one to order her into rehab as an adult. Her mental health professionals prescribed drugs to treat her symptoms, but never focused on her underlying issues. She turned to alcohol in her late teens to numb the pain of her life. As a family, we always encouraged her to seek help and did all we could, but in the end, it was too much for her. In the end, Mary went on a significant drinking binge that lasted a week. She couldn’t swallow her medication due to her cardiac sarcoidosis so she crushed her pills and snorted them. She was found with a lethal amount of alcohol in her system and a straw next to her body. She fell asleep on Earth and woke up with Jesus. Her death was unintentional, as she planned on moving to Branson, Missouri to be with her parents, brother, nephews and niece. She’s going to make the trip still, this time for burial. Mental health, too many times are dealt with through prescriptions of controlled substances. They numb the patient and in Mary’s case, prevented her from dealing with her deep seated issues. We changed her psychiatrists several times but they just prescribed the same drugs and nothing more. She needed intense therapy and never received it. She never healed. If you have a family member suffering from mental health issues, please, seek out alterative means to controlled substances unless it is absolutely necessary. If your family suffers from alcoholism, don’t keep it in the closet. There are others who suffer with you, even in silence. Be proactive, be engaging and be supportive. There was nothing we could do to save Mary but there’s still time for you. Be bold and seek help. Learn to give yourself to God and remain humble. Trust those around you. Surround yourself with sober, positive people and know that you are worth saving. There are people that love you and want you to live. Mary’s laugh and smile would brighten any situation. She always ended a conversation with her family with “I love you” and she always thought of others before herself. In the end, she was healed and her pain of addiction was taken away. We love you Mary. – Mom, Dad and your brother Donny. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Burrell Behavioral Health at 155 Corporate Place, Branson, MO 65616 or Our Lady of the Lake at 202 Vaughn Drive, Branson, MO 65616. Her Catholic funeral will be held at Our Lady of the Lake, Branson, Missouri on Tuesday, May 24th at 10:00 a.m. with burial following in Ozarks Memorial Park Cemetery, Branson. There will be a Rosary at 6:00 p.m. and a wake from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, May 23rd at Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home and Crematory in Branson.
Thursday 5/12/2016
Gladys Marguerite "Micki" Lynch
Gladys Marguerite “Micki” Lynch was born on October 6, 1924 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. She was the daughter of Clarence Burns and Alice (Davis) Burns. She was baptized as one of “Jehovah’s Witnesses” on July 20, 1947. She worked as a certified nurse’s assistant and in housekeeping in Branson. Micki belonged to the Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Branson. She was a loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother and enjoyed taking care of her family. Micki entered into rest on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at her home in Hollister at the age of 91. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lee “Cappy” Lynch; brother, Charles Burns; two sons, Larry Lynch and Lonnie Lynch; two grandsons, Darol LeMar and Doug Lynch; one great-great granddaughter, Iva Lee Potter and one son-in-law, Dennis LeMar. She is survived by her brother James Burns of Branson; her sister, Hattie Burns of Topeka, KS; four daughters, Marilyn Lynch LeMar of Hollister, Elaine Lynch Burkhead and husband Gary Burkhead of Hollister; Darla Lynch Signs and husband Bill Signs of Hollister and Karen Lynch Ingram and husband Jerry of Hollister; 21 grandchildren, 50 great grandchildren; 19 great-great grandchildren, 38 nieces and nephews and 90 great nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Tuesday evening, May 17, 2016 from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. in Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home and Crematory in Branson. Funeral services will be Wednesday, May 18 at 2:00 P.M. in the funeral home with Kenny Welch officiating. Burial will follow in Ozarks Memorial Park Cemetery.
Wednesday 5/11/2016
Jacinto Roberto Tamez Marroquin
Jacinto Roberto Támez Marroquin was born on July 13, 1948 in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico. He was the son of Jacinto Tamez and Vicenta Marroquin. He grew up in Mexico and worked as a bank president there. He married his beautiful wife, Maria Teresa Flores on October 25, 1972 in Allende, Nuevo León. Jacinto moved to Branson 14 years ago. He enjoyed drinking coffee, singing and playing dominoes. More than anything though, he loved spending every moment with Maria Teresa. Jacinto entered into rest on May 11, 2016 at Cox Medical Center in Branson at the age of 68. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jacinto Tamez and Vicenta Marroquin, one brother and three sisters. Jacinto is survived by his wife, Maria Teresa Flores; two sons, Julio David Támez, Robert Armando Támez; his daughter, Alejandra Támez and fourteen grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Friday, May 13 at Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home and Crematory with Hector Maria officiating. Burial followed in Ozarks Memorial Park Cemetery, Branson.
Tuesday 5/10/2016
Sue Ann McCarver
Sue Ann McCarver was born December 4, 1946 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She worked as a waitress and managed the Villa Pizza in Houston, Texas. Sue married Hugh William “Blue” McCarver on July 15, 2000 in Gulfport, Mississippi. After moving to Hollister, Sue worked at Denny’s, Beer & Bottle and Casey’s. She loved riding on the back of Blue’s motorcycle. She also enjoyed the outdoors and fishing. Sue passed away on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at Point Lookout Nursing & Rehab at the age of 69. Sue is survived by her husband Blue McCarver of Hollister; one son, George Vix, Jr. of Odessa, TX; one daughter, Melissa Leach of Odessa; thirteen grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. Cremation arrangements were under the direction of Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home and Crematory, Branson. Burial will be at Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Springfield.
Saturday 5/7/2016
Brendan Carl Frank
Brendan Carl Frank was born July 5, 1974 in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. He was the son of Clayton H. and Brenda A. (Uglem) Frank. Brendan entered into rest on May 7, 2016 in Branson, Missouri at the age of 41 years. Brendan moved to the Ozarks from Sherburne County, Minn. He was a self-employed construction worker. Brendan built residential and commercial buildings. His hobbies included fishing, hunting, disc golf, woodworking, playing cards, singing, dancing and performing. He married Jennifer Preston on Feb. 21, 2015 in Eureka Springs, Ark. He was preceded in death by his father Clayton Frank and a niece Allison Bartes. Brendan is survived by his loving wife Jennifer Frank of Merriam Woods; three daughters Chloe Frank, Courtney Frank and Cassidy Frank all of Branson; one step son Tyler Pulley of Wichita, Kansas; two step-daughters Krystian Preston and Ashley Preston of Merriam Woods; his mother Brenda Frank of Big Lake, MN; three brothers Clayton Frank of Zimmerman, MN, Erick Frank of Big Lake, MN and Dillon Frank of Montrose, MN; and two sisters Pamela Bartes of Clearwater, MN and Valerie Frank of Princeton, MN. He will also be missed by extended family and friends. Memorial services will be Thursday, May 12 at 3:30 P.M. in Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home and Crematory in Branson with Pastor Larry Kackley officiating.
Friday 5/6/2016
Charles Edward Trogner
Memorial services for Charles E. Trogner, 90, of Branson were held Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 5:00 PM at the Fellowship at Cross Creek Church with Pastor Joe Cross officiating. Burial will be held at a later date in Marshall, Mo. Mr. Trogner passed away Friday, May 6, 2016. Cremation was under the direction of Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home and Crematory, Branson. Charles Edward Trogner was born Jan. 14, 1926 in Takoma Park, Maryland. He was the son of Arthur M. and Evelyn (Serin) Trogner. Charles married Belleadonna Sullivan on August 28, 1944. They were blessed with three daughters to this union. Charles served his country in the United States Navy during World War II. Charles had graduated from the Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo. He had lived in many places during his lifetime from Marshall to Chicago, West Plains, Kimberling City and to Branson. Upon retiring from Montgomery Ward’s where he was a merchandise distribution manager, they moved to Kimberling City where he enjoyed working for Silver Dollar City. Charles was manager of the Tin Type Books & Print Shop. He attended the United Methodist Church in Kimberling City. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Belleadonna; and two brothers Arthur and John. Charles is survived by his three daughters and their spouses, Evelyn and Fred Schindler; Lisa & Vick Piemonte and Sember & Neil Sharpe all of Branson; six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Thursday 5/5/2016
Hilda Elizabeth Schwandt-Johnson-Jones
Hilda Elizabeth Schwandt-Johnson-Jones was born on January 11, 1931 in Walker, Iowa. She was the daughter of Carl & Francis (Hoffman) Lafler. During her life, she had lived in Cedar Rapids, IA; Merriam Woods, MO; Fairgrove, MO; and finally Forsyth. She worked as a cashier and hostess at the Baldknobbers Restaurant. Hilda was a member of the Bryant Ridge Church in Taneyville. She enjoyed needlework, including knitting, sewing, crocheting and embroidery. Hilda entered into rest on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at her home in Forsyth at the age of 85. She was a wonderful mom, sister and grandmother and friend and will be deeply missed. She was preceded in death by her parents; three husbands, Richard Schwandt, Jodie Johnson and Richard Jones; two brothers, Bill Lafler and Bob Lafler; and one sister, Bernice Walker. She is survived by her three sons, David Bowers of Cedar Rapids, IA, Randy Bowers and wife Janet of Taneyville, MO and Tim Bowers and wife Zenaida of Cedar Rapids; three brothers, George Lafler and wife Louise of Cedar Rapids, Chuck Lafler and wife Kay of Central City, IA and Don Lafler and wife Ann of Marion, IA; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Funeral services will be Friday, May 13 at 10:00 A.M. in Bryant Ridge Church at Hwy AA and Sims Road in Taneyville with Pastor Rob Dalton officiating. Burial will follow in Ozarks Memorial Park Cemetery, Branson. Visitation will be Thursday, May 12, 2016 from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. in Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home and Crematory in Branson.
Jonah Michael Verge
Jonah Michael Verge was born on September 14, 1984 in Rogers, Arkansas to William Howard Verge and Kelly Sue (Lantz) Verge. He loved officiating baseball in North Kansas City and for the Clay County Parks and Recreation. After moving to Hollister, Jonah worked in tourism at restaurants and hotels. He was a member of the Woodland Hills Family Church. He entered into rest at the age of 31 at his home in Hollister. Jonah is survived by his parents, William & Kelly Verge of Highlandville; his two daughters, Addrianna Verge of Highlandville and Helen Hoffman of Pleasant Hill, MO; two brothers, Joshua Verge of Branson and Jordan Verge of Highlandville; great-grandmother, Helen Louise Verge of Independence, KS; grandparents, Willis and Georganna Verge of Rogers, AR and grandmother Susan Lantz of Hollister. Funeral services will be Monday, May 16, 2016 at 12:00 P.M. in the Woodland Hills Family Church in Branson. Burial will follow in the Highlandville Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home and Crematory in Branson.
Wednesday 5/4/2016
Shirley Ann Russell
Shirley Ann Russell was born on July 14, 1937 in St. Lawrence County, New York. She was the daughter of Floyd and Anna Dashnow. She grew up in St. Lawrence County. She married Henry Russell on June 2, 1956 in Hopkinton, New York and they were blessed with three sons. After moving to Branson, Shirley worked at Ripley’s Believe It or Not for twenty-one years in admissions. She attended the First Assembly of God Church in Branson. Shirley enjoyed working puzzles, reading, crocheting and was a big football fan. She entered into rest on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at Pt. Lookout Nursing and Rehab at the age of 78. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Henry in 1986; one son, William Russell and siblings, Carl, Loyd, Harold, Alfred and Francis. Shirley is survived by her two sons, David Russell and wife Pamela of Edgewater, FL and Steven Russell and wife Tammie of Branson; one sister, Helen Gibson of Churchville, NY; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Memorial services will be Monday, May 9 at 6:00 P.M. in Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home and Crematory, Branson with Pastor Don Reece officiating. Burial will be in Hill Crest Cemetery in North Lawrence, NY at a later date.
Monday 5/2/2016
Donald Edwin Hartman
Donald Edwin Hartman was born on August 19, 1936 in Burlington, Iowa. He was the son of Edwin & Agnes (Krohn) Hartman. He grew up in Iowa and graduated from high school in Cedar Rapids. Don proudly served a career in the United States Marine Corp. While in military service, he served three tours in Vietnam and earned a Bronze Star. Don married Linda Miller on October 25, 1976 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. They moved to Knoxville, Tennessee. Upon military retirement, Don worked as a car salesman and insurance salesman. Don & Linda moved to Merriam Woods from Knoxville. Don enjoyed fishing and golfing. He also attended the First Presbyterian Church in Branson. Don entered into rest on May 2, 2016 at Select Specialty Hospital in Springfield at the age of 79. He was preceded in death by his parents; two daughters, Theresa Maria Robbins and Denise E. Hartman and two grandchildren, Michael Robbins and David Robbins. Don is survived by his wife, Linda Hartman of Merriam Woods; his son, Donald Hartman II of Springfield, MO; three daughters, Tammy Killion and husband Sean of Branson, Dawn Michelle Telford and husband Scott of Arlington, TX and Amy Hartman of Merriam Woods; one sister, Suzanne Melton of Marion, IA; twelve grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Cremation arrangements were under the direction of Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home and Crematory of Branson with private services to be held at a later date.
Friday 4/29/2016
Rhonda Maria Holman
Memorial services for Rhonda M. Holman, 67, of Branson will be Monday, May 2, at 2 PM in the Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home & Crematory, Branson. Evangelist Alice Sanders and Pastor Rickey Stone will officiate. Mrs. Holman entered into rest Friday, April 29, 2016 at Mercy Hospital, Springfield. The cremation is under the direction of Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home & Crematory, Branson. Rhonda Maria Holman was born April 13, 1949 in St. Louis, Missouri. She was the daughter of Edmon and MaryJeanne (Gabbert) Russell. Rhonda graduated from Webster Groves High School in St. Louis, attended junior college at the St. Louis Community College at Meramec and finished her bachelor’s degree at School of the Ozarks, Hollister. She taught special needs children in elementary schools for a couple of years. Rhonda married Charles G. Holman on October 18, 1974 in St. Louis, Missouri. They celebrated forty-one years together this past fall. Rhonda and Charley were blessed with seven children to this union. Rhonda had attended My Father’s House and Inhive Churches in Harrison, Ark. She will be remembered for her interests in gardening, enjoying nature, bird-watching, reading, her Bible studies, being a prayer warrior and an intercessor, her friendly attitude and being a witness of God to friends and family; along with her love for her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edmon and MaryJeanne Russell, and one brother, James Russell. Rhonda is survived by her loving husband, Charley Holman, of Branson; three sons, Gregory Holman and Steve Holman, both of Springfield; Russell Holman of Branson; four daughters, Mary Kaloto (Chilufya) of Evansville, Ind.; Jenny Holman of Hollister; Cynthia Holman of St. Louis and Faith Holman of Branson; one brother, Ed Russell, of Durango, Colo.; two sisters, Mary Ann Russell of Bonne Terre, Mo.; Cynthia Kuehnle (Michael) of St. Louis, Mo.; and two grandchildren, Chiwala Kaloto and Mwila Kaloto. Visitation will be Monday, May 2, from 12:30 PM until service time at 2 PM in the Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home and Crematory, Branson.
Thursday 4/28/2016
Lloyd "Charlie" Ray Taylor
Lloyd 'Charlie’ Ray Taylor, 69, of Branson passed away on Thursday, April 28 at Cox Medical Center Branson. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home and Crematory, Branson. Final disposition will be in Colorado. Lloyd was born on June 19, 1946 in Memphis, TN. He was a concert pianist and attended Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Branson. He enjoyed playing for special occasions at the church. Charlie was known all around town by his ever present smile that came from his love of the Lord. Charlie's presence will be missed, but his beautiful spirit will remain. He is survived by his son, Drey Taylor of Colorado and his daughter, Whitney DeSpain of California and two brothers, John Taylor of Kentucky and Don Taylor of Louisiana. Donations in Charlie's memory can be made to Our Lady of the Lake Music Ministry in Branson, MO.
Wednesday 4/27/2016
Thomas L. Ellison
Mr. Thomas L. Ellison, 79 of Hollister passed away Wednesday April 27, 2016. Memorial and burial will be held at a later date at the IOOF Cemetery in Monett, Mo. Mr. Ellison has been cremated under the direction of Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home and Crematory, Branson. Thomas Leonard Ellison was born Feb. 23, 1937 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was the son of Harold and Alberta (Jones) Ellison. Thomas graduated from the La Harpe High School. He married Diana Kay Dowell on Aug. 30, 1955 in Disco, Illinois. They had celebrated sixty years together this past fall. Tom served his country during the Korean Conflict. Tom and Diana had moved to Branson in 1972 after purchasing Park View Lodge Motel. Tom had a variety of occupations during his life time. He owned and operated OMNI screen print shop and he worked as a manager for LuGenes Novelty Co, in Branson. He was preceded in death by his parents Harold Ellison and Alberta Ellison Bice and his son-in-law Doug Weatherly. Tom is survived by his loving wife Diana of the home; two daughters Cynthia Hess and husband Matthew; Joni Weatherly all of Monett, Mo.; one sister Joan Long of Carthage, Ill.; four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Visitation will be Monday, May 2, from 5-7 P.M. in the Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home and Crematory, Branson.
Raymond Eugene "Ray" Jones
Ray was born on Sept. 11th, 1946 in St. Joseph, MO to Jack Junior Jones and Lavinia Koenienger. He passed away on Wed., April 27th in his Hollister, MO home of natural causes at 69 years of age. Ray moved around with his family from St. Joseph, MO, to NE, and CA. He joined the Air Force in 1963 and served his country as Airman 1st Class until his honorable discharge in 1967. He made his way to Springfield, MO where he attended SMSU, now known as MSU as a history major and theatre minor. Ray was very well known for his acting abilities as well as his fencing expertise. He relished the fact that he was friends with fellow classmates John Goodman, Kathleen Turner, and Tess Harper! His claim to fame was boasting that he’d been slapped by Kathleen Turner and kissed by John Goodman - on stage! Another fellow classmate asked Ray one day to audition for Shad Heller’s Corn Crib Theatre’s production of ‘The Toby Show’. He was hired to play the villain, ‘Mr. Bates’, thus, he moved to Hollister, MO. Ray also got a daytime job at Silver Dollar City where he started out as a singing bartender in the Saloon, but he built wagons and ended-up being a master glass blower. A total of 37 years Ray dedicated his life to Silver Dollar City and his craft. And he loved his St. Louis Cardinals! Over his 37 years in the Hollister/Branson area, Ray was known as “Walking Ray” because he never drove a car. He always walked everywhere unless he was offered a ride. He had great stories for every driver! Ray worked in the Shepherd of the Hills outdoor drama for 20 years and this was his last job. He was looking forward to the 2016 season where he portrayed ‘Doc’ whose catchphrase was “What would Sarah and the girls say!” and ‘Preachin’ Bill’ who opens the play. Preceding Ray in death are his parents. Surviving him are his 2 brothers Jim and Jeff Jones both of FL, and his sister Jacquelyn Jones of TX. Ray leaves behind 1,000’s of fans, friends, and family who cherished his glassware, his acting, his stories, and Ray being Ray! He was very proud of his many accomplishments, but even to his own surprise, his 10 years of sobriety - he truly earned his 10 year chip. July 2nd would have been his 11th year! We know all of his AA “family” will miss his inspiration and input. A celebration of Ray’s life will be held Sun., May 8th at 3 PM at the Shepherd of the Hill outdoor theatre. Please park as you would for the show and they will provide transportation to and from the celebration. Cremation arrangements were under the direction of Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home and Crematory, Branson. Ray’s wishes were to be cremated. Donations can be made to: The Salvation Army of Branson, MO c/o Ray Jones Memorial P.O. Box 1715 Branson, MO 65615-1715
Monday 4/25/2016
Douglas Clyde Hart
Services for Douglas C. Hart, 57, of Branson will be held Thursday April 28, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in the Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home and Crematory in Branson, MO with Dr. Larry Aaron as officiant. Visitation will precede the services from 11:30 a.m. to service time. Burial will follow in the Wise Hill Cemetery located at Clever, Mo. Douglas was born December 8, 1958 to Clyde and Mary (Walker) Hart in Monett, Missouri. He attended the Cassville School growing up. Douglas exhibited musical talents with the guitar, trumpet, and singing. He participated in the school marching band and was also member of the State Champion Jazz Band from Cassville. Doug worked in the construction field hanging drywall. Douglas was preceded in death by his parents Clyde and Mary, a daughter Kayla Hart, and brothers James Hart (J.C.) and Robert Hart (Bob). Douglas is survived by his two sons; Ryan Hart of Miami, Oklahoma, Zack Hart of Kansas City, Missouri, two daughters; Stacy Hagston of Branson, Missouri, Haley Marquis of Miami, Oklahoma; two sisters Sandra “Sue” Aaron of Rogers, Arkansas, Janie Cowherd of Springfield, Missouri; and a brother Michael Hart of Cassville, Missouri. Douglas also leaves behind five grandchildren and a host of family and friends.
Gerald "Gary" Glen Mahon
Gerald Glen “Gary” Mahon was born on April 22, 1942 in Benkelman, Nebraska. He was the son of Harold Mahon and Irma (Conboy) Mahon. He graduated from Gridley High School in Gridley, California. He proudly served in the United States Air Force during Vietnam. Gary worked in Grand Prairie, Texas for Vought Aircraft. He was in quality control at the aircraft manufacturing plant. He moved to Branson from Arlington, Texas. Gary married his loving wife, Roberta Jane “Janie”, on January 16, 2004 in Branson. Gary was a member of the Good News Gospel and the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 913. He also volunteered at Cox Medical Center, Branson. Gary entered into rest on Sunday, April 24 at Cox Medical Center Branson at the age of 74. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Gregory Mahon and James Ward and one daughter, Monica Allen. He is survived by his wife, Janie Mahon of Hollister; son, Michael Ward and wife Shelly of Corpus Christi, Texas; sister, Joy L. Terrell and husband John of Bella Vista, Arkansas; three grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Memorial services will be Friday, April 29 at 9:00 A.M. in Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home and Crematory, Branson with Pastor Leroy New officiating. Interment will follow at 11:00 A.M. at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield. In Gary’s memory, donations may be made to Quilts of Honor, 820 Iowa Colony Road, Hollister, MO 65672.
Friday 4/22/2016
Phyllis Ann Stokes
Phyllis Ann Stokes was born on October 3, 1936 in Seymour, Missouri. She was raised in Springfield by her parents, Orville Beers and Orene (Rader) Beers. She was confirmed in the St. James Episcopal Church in Springfield and was also a member of the congregation there. After moving to Branson, Phyllis worked as a clerk in the layaway department of Wal-Mart on West Highway 76. She enjoyed reading, and working jigsaw and crossword puzzles. Phyllis entered into rest on April 22, 2016 at her home in Branson at the age of 79. She is survived by her daughter, Pamela Jenkins and husband Richard of Branson; her son, Todd Stokes and wife Lori of Lexington, Kentucky; one sister, Jackie Kadel and husband Wade of Hopkinsville, Kentucky; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Private memorial services were held by Phyllis’ family. Cremation arrangements were under the direction of Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home and Crematory, Branson.
Thursday 4/21/2016
Sandra Marie Evelyn Barksdale
Sandra Marie Evelyn Barksdale was born on August 27, 1938 in Aurora, Illinois. She was the daughter of James Hancock and Grace (Long) Hancock. She graduated high school from Aurora, IL. Sandra moved to Branson from Juliet, IL. Sandra worked as a cashier at Wal-Mart and had also worked at Peppercorn Restaurant as an assistant manager and for Western Sizzlin. Her hobbies included butterfly watching, playing bingo and reading. Sandra entered into rest on Thursday, April 21 at her home in Branson at the age of 77. She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant daughter, Mary Christine Dunn. She is survived by her daughter, Sheila Miller and husband James of Branson; her sister, JoAnn Curtis of Hollister; two grandchildren, Gary Hudson and Kelsey Pattit and two great granddaughters, Saybra Hudson and Sabrina Hudson. Memorial services will be Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. in Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home and Crematory in Branson with Rev. Larry Kackley officiating. In Sandra’s memory, memorials may be made to Sheila Miller, c/o Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home and Crematory, 1638 East State Hwy 76, Branson, MO 65616.
Randon Scott Richardson
Memorial services for Randon Scott Richardson, 52, of Forsyth, were held Sunday, April 24, 2016 at the God & Country Theatre, Branson. Mr. Richardson passed away Thursday April 21, 2016 from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident on South 65 in Hollister. Pastor Dave Hamner and Mike Walker officiated. Services were under the direction of Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home and Crematory, Branson. Randon Richardson was born March 10, 1964 in Kankakee, IL, to Rodney Dale and M. Charleen (Smith) Richardson. Randon graduated high school in Canton, IL in 1982. After studying music business at Spoon River College, he moved to the Forsyth area in the late 1980’s. Randon was a well-known musician and songwriter. His talent and performances with colleague Jeff Blevins have been enjoyed regionally for several decades. He was currently the production manager for Mike Walker, as well as a versatile technician for several shows over the past eight years at the God and Country Theatre. He was preceded in death by his father, Rodney Richardson, and is survived by his mother, Charleen Richardson, of Forsyth; as well as his sister, Rondel Matney and Phillip of Forsyth; two brothers, Rodney Richardson of Forsyth; Richard Richardson & Madge of Katy, TX; his former wife, Crystale Richardson-Van Dine and her two children, Daltyn Moore and Bailee Van Dine. He will be missed by his niece, Mallory Griffin & Kevin; and his three nephews, Will Richardson; Miles Matney & Jennifer; Jennings Drew Matney & Christina; five great-nieces and nephews, Kaedyn, Thomas, Noah, Caleb, & Olivia; and a veritable plethora of extended family and friends.
Monday 4/18/2016
Clarence Thomas Robinson
Clarence Thomas Robinson was born on October 21, 1938 in St. Louis, Missouri. He was the son of Charles Theodore Robinson and Helen Aleen (Beck) Robinson. He grew up in Branson and graduated from Branson High School. He was also in the first graduating class from the School of the Ozarks Junior College. He worked as a production manufacturing engineer of small horsepower motors. Tom was a member of the First Baptist Church in Eldon, Missouri. He served as a Deacon at the church for many years and was also the Sunday School Director and taught Sunday School. He entered into rest on April 18, 2016 at his home in Eldon at the age of 77. He was preceded in death by his father and one sister, Helen Burdette. Tom is survived by his wife, Karen Robinson of Eldon; his mother, Helen Robinson of Eldon; one son, Tommy Robinson and wife Julie of Tucson, AZ; two daughters, Tammy Lawrence and husband Mark of Eldon and Tanya Comer and husband Doug of Barnett, MO; one brother, Bob Robinson and wife Sharon of Georgia; eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Graveside services will be Saturday, April 23 at 3:30 P.M. in Ozarks Memorial Park Cemetery, Branson under the direction of Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home and Crematory.
Jerry Frank Starling
Jerry Frank Starling was born on March 14, 1945 to Carl Starling and Dovie (Baine) Starling. He grew up in California and later attended and graduated from the College of Ministry Education in Lebanon, Oregon. He proudly served in the United States Navy. Jerry married his beautiful sweetheart, Marlene Paula VanGiesen on January 17, 1970 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jerry was a minister and youth pastor. His ministry took him to San Fernando, California; Sweet Home, Oregon; Sequim, Washington and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma before moving to Branson. Jerry was a hot rod, Harley enthusiast and built custom cars. He was a member of Bloom Church in Branson. Jerry was a great man who enjoyed people and will be missed by his family and friends. He entered into rest on April 18, 2016 at Cox Medical Center Branson at the age of 71. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Vicki Starling High; and three half siblings, Ava Pauline Brown, Mary Ruth Hill and Bud Starling. He is survived by his wife, Marlene Starling of Branson; daughter, Nicole Pufall and husband Nathan of Branson; brother, Robert Starling and wife Marlene of Palmdale, California; sister, Diane Millsap of Las Vegas, Nevada and three grandchildren, Brodie, Brynlee and Bryce. Funeral services will be Saturday, April 23 at 10:00 A.M. in the Clay Cooper Theater in Branson with Pastor Mike Carlton and Frank Roberts officiating. Burial will follow in Ozarks Memorial Park Cemetery, Branson with military honors by the United States Navy and Vietnam Veterans of America. Arrangements are under the direction of Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home and Crematory, Branson.
Sunday 4/17/2016
Jon Kevin Biggerstaff
Jon Kevin Biggerstaff was born on July 5, 1957 in St. Louis, Missouri to Billy Biggerstaff and Ruth (Couch) Biggerstaff. He attended school in Florissant, Missouri. Kevin married Frances E. Henderson on March 24, 1979 in Forsyth, Missouri. He worked for a manufacturer in Springfield and was a bouncer at Beverly’s Steak House in Branson. In his free time, Kevin enjoyed riding his Harley, fixing up old vehicles, being with his friends and target shooting. He also loved his grandkids and spending time with them. Kevin entered into rest on Sunday, April 17 at his home in Branson at the age of 58. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Eric Henderson and two brothers, Randy & Keith. He is survived by his wife, Fran Biggerstaff of Branson; two daughters, Angela Shadden of Kirbyville and Jamie Henderson of Republic; one sister, Karen Rowland of Branson and five grandchildren. Cremation arrangements were under the direction of Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home and Crematory, Branson with memorial services to be held at a later date.
Saturday 4/16/2016
Virginia Mae Tate
Funeral services for Virginia M. Tate, 81, Omaha, Ark., were held Monday April 18, 2016 at 2PM in the Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home & Crematory, Branson, Mo. Bro. Bill Schafer will officiate with burial following in the Omaha Cemetery, Omaha, Ark. Mrs. Tate passed away Saturday, April 16. Virginia Mae Tate was born Nov. 5, 1934 in Enon, Ark. She was the daughter of John Lee and Maudie Lee (Jones) Robison. Virginia married SC Tate on Dec. 15, 1948 in Omaha, Ark. They had celebrated sixty-seven years together this past December. Virginia and SC were blessed with ten children. Virginia attended the Cross Roads Community Church in Harrison, Ark. She enjoyed planting and working with hand tools and word puzzles. Virginia had worked for many years on the line at the Tyson Processing Plant. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother. She was preceded in death by her parents and two infant daughters Sharon Tate and Mary Tate. Virginia is survived by her loving husband SC Tate if the home, two sons and their wives Don Tate & Gail of Omaha; Lonnie Tate & Sharon of Polo, Mo.; six daughters and their husbands Carolyn Barber & Eddie of Omaha; Connie Matlock & Tyler of Omaha; Brenda Still & George of Omaha; Charlotte Johnston & Lee of Omaha; Patricia Horn & Donavan of Green Forest; and Elizabeth Jane Gilbert & Mac of Green Forest; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.
Thursday 4/7/2016
David Carroll Harland, Sr.
David Carroll Harland, Sr. was born on May 29, 1943. He was the son of Aaron and Maxine Harland. He served in the United States Navy. On March 20, 1965 he was married to his wife, Barbara in Chicago Heights, Illinois. David moved to Branson five years ago from Chicago Heights. He enjoyed watching television and cooking. He entered into rest on Thursday, April 7 at Cox South Medical Center, Springfield at the age of 72. David was preceded in death by his father, Aaron Harland; wife, Barbara Harland; brother, Ronald Harland and sister, Tina Maldinaldo. He is survived by his son, David Harland, Jr. of Chicago Heights; two daugthers, Janet Harland of Branson and Jillene Acosta Lopez of Branson; his mother, Maxine Harland of Branson; brother, Robert Harland; sisters, Nene Lozano of Branson and Charmaine Dunne of Branson and two grandchildren, Michael and Cece. Cremation arrangements were under the direction of Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home and Crematory, Branson.
Tuesday 4/5/2016
Lyle Thomas Burchette
This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 Lyle Thomas Burchette went home to be with the Lord on April 5, 2016 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s and cancer. Remaining by his side through the most difficult final trial of his life was his wife Phyllis Kay Burchette who lovingly cared for him until the end. Lyle was preceded in death by his parents, Oliver and Violet Burchette. He is survived by his wife Phyllis and siblings, Frances Prince (Paul), Louisa, KY and Ray Burchette (Rita) of Santee, SC; daughters, Connie Sabino (Angel) of San Ysidro, CA, Dianne Simpson (Robbie) of Reeds Spring, MO, Debra Tucker (Bob), Boerne, TX and son, Michael Burchette, Sr. (Laura) of Corona, CA. Lyle has 8 grandchildren spread across the United States. Rose Marie Martinez (Rob), Phillip Cook (Marny), Michelle Crawford-Stiff (Bob), Synthia Childs (Tony), David Sabino (Crystal), Cortnie Tucker, Michael Burchette, Jr., (Bianca) and Matthew Burchette. He also has 8 great grandchildren. Taylor Sanchez, C. Stephen Crawford, Lauryn Stiff, Elijah Cook, Payton Stiff, Kaia Sabino, Tony Sabino, Michael Burchette, and his great great grandson Urijah Lee. Lyle began this life in Louisa, Kentucky on November 21, 1932. He accepted the Lord at an early age and walked the hills of Kentucky as an itinerant preacher. Lyle then served in the U.S. Navy where he continued to spread the gospel through his service on the USS Cascade earning the nickname “Preacher”. Lyle has built churches in Guam, Hawaii and Hollister, MO. Lyle was a realtor in California and Missouri. His goal in life was to bring people to the Lord. He wanted everyone to know Jesus. He had a servant’s heart and was willing to help anyone in the community who needed assistance. Lyle founded the Hollister-Branson Chapter of the VFW, of which he was commander for several years. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion and the VFW. Lyle and Phyllis hosted many reunions for the USS Cascade which was commissioned in 1941 until 1974. There were many heartfelt reunions for these men from WWI up until the last group in 1974. How do we say goodbye to a man who touched so many lives? We don’t. We simply say, we’ll see you soon because we will meet again. Phyllis would like to thank Oxford Home Health and Hospice. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Oxford or Lyle’s end of life care at Central Bank of Branson, Lyle T. Burchette in Branson. Celebration of life services will be held Tuesday, April 12 at 2:00 P.M. in Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home and Crematory with burial following in Ozarks Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation is Monday evening from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. in the funeral home.
Ronald John (R J) Maxwell
On Tuesday, April 5, 2016, R J Maxwell, 79, peacefully passed on to his new Heavenly home. He was born to Harold I and C Jackie Maxwell on October 13, 1936, in the setting of Roy Inks Dam at Lampasas, Texas. R J had no way of knowing that this would be the beginning of a 45-year career in Operations and Project Management, as well as Project and Construction Supervision for heavy civil construction projects, including concrete and earthfill hydroelectric, flood control and irrigation dams, generating stations and underground operations. Additionally, he was a consultant the last 10 years on major hydroelectric projects around the world. R J managed 22 monumental projects during his lifetime which included Lookout Point Dam and Powerhouse in Eugene, Oregon; Table Rock Dam and Powerhouse in Branson, Missouri; Weiss Dam and Powerhouse in Leesburg, Alabama; Exchequer and McSwain Dams and Powerhouses in Merced, California; Pit 6 and 7 Dams and Powerhouses in Redding, California; Oxbow Dam and Powerhouse in Hells Canyon, Idaho; Mossyrock Dam and Powerhouse in Mossyrock, Washington; Dworshak Dam and Powerhouse in Orofino, Idaho; Bath County Pumped Storage Project in Bath County, Virginia; and Guri Dam and Powerhouse in Guri, Venezuela. Various consulting projects led him to Ataturk Dam in Turkey; Limestone Dam in Canada; Longtan Dam in China; Xiaolangdi Dam and Powerhouse in China; Pangue Dam in Chile; Caruachi Dam and Powerhouse in Venezuela; La Miel I Dam in Colombia, South America; Mio I Dam in Colombia, South America; Seven Oaks Dam in California; Huites Dam and Powerhouse in Mexico; Nam Ngum Dam and Powerhouse in Thailand; Tucurui in Brazil, South America; and Three Gorges Dam and Powerhouse in China. R J is survived by his wife LaDonna B Maxwell and son Michael J Maxwell, as well as his brother Jerald H Maxwell, sister Pamela A Cantrell, brother-in-law Jerry L Cantrell, and multiple nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Harold and Jackie, as well as his first wife JoAnne Baskins Maxwell and sister-in-law Patricia A Maxwell. R J and LaDonna met at the Bath County Pumped Storage Project in Bath County, Virginia, and it truly was love at first sight. Being raised in a small town, LaDonna never dreamed that she would be able to see the worked with such an endearing man, but this was certainly what happened. Marriage with R J was always exciting, loving, fun, happy, adventuresome, joyful, caring and kind. We both traveled to the ends of the earth in life and death and God bless that we can be together again one day. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. in Ozarks Memorial Park Cemetery, Branson under the direction of Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home and Crematory.
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