Lee Edward Price died August 2, 2017, at his home southwest of Pierce City, Missouri, on the banks of Capps Creek and the mill pond of historic Jolly Mill. Lee was a lifelong resident of southwest Missouri, including Pierce City, Buffalo, and Springfield. He was well known as an appraiser of farms, ranches, and businesses throughout the Ozarks, and he counted among his clients many banks large and small throughout the region. Lee was an avid outdoorsman and a devoted family man. He was 60 years old.
Lee was born March 24, 1957, the second of three children of Billy Lee and Jeanne Lancaster Price. Lee grew up on the family farm just south of Buffalo that had been assembled in the late 1800s by Lee’s great-grandfather, William Tucker. Lee was the descendant of seven generations of Dallas County farmers and stockmen. One of his ancestors, Andrew McPheeters, fought in the Revolutionary War and was one of the county’s early residents.
Lee had a successful career as a real estate appraiser. He began his professional life at O’Bannon Banking Company in Buffalo, which started his association with the region’s banking industry. While at O’Bannon, Lee began inspecting and valuing farms pledged as loan collateral. After a time, Lee left O’Bannon to set up his own appraisal firm, Price Appraisals, which he operated with his wife Piper until shortly before his death. Lee specialized in appraising farms, businesses, and commercial buildings throughout southwest and central Missouri. Attorneys and judges often called on Lee to present expert testimony about real estate values.
In 1988, Lee married Piper Johnson, and they lived for several years in Springfield. Lee’s interest in fly fishing led him to Capp’s Creek and Jolly Mill, and in the year 2000 Lee, Piper, and their family moved to the banks of the Jolly Mill pond, where they built a home and became active members of the regional community. They were immediately embraced by many new friends, who quickly became family.
Lee enjoyed tying his own flies and taking his family and friends fishing to places such as Yellowstone National Park, Bennett Springs and Roaring River State Parks in Missouri, the White River in Arkansas, and many others. Lee was an active member of Southwest Missouri Fly Fishers, Tri Lakes Fly Fishers, and Trout Unlimited. Lee also enjoyed hunting upland birds such as quail, chukar, pheasants, and doves. He loved riding historic tractors and tilling the dirt on the family farm and restoring game habitat there. Lee was an early member and regular supporter of the Buffalo Bob Chapter of the Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation, as well as a member of Quail Forever, Pheasants Forever, and Ducks Unlimited, among others.
Lee was a long-time member and president of the board of directors of Jolly Mill Park Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that supports the private Jolly Mill Park and restored Jolly Mill. Lee enjoyed arranging for Santa Claus to visit Jolly Mill during the mill’s annual Christmas event and receive the local children’s wish lists. Sources report that Lee sometimes substituted for Santa Claus, although that has not been confirmed and calls to the North Pole were not returned.
Lee graduated from Buffalo High School in 1975, where he was a member of the successful Bison football teams of that era. Lee played on the offensive and defensive lines, receiving All-Conference and All-State honors. The Bison yearbook staff named Lee the Bison king of his senior class.
Lee received his undergraduate degree in business from Missouri State University. He received a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Drury University in 1989.
Even after moving to Springfield and Pierce City, Lee continued to be an active member of the Buffalo community, returning regularly to see family, friends, and business colleagues, and to tend to matters at the family farm. Based on Lee’s historical research and application, the farm was recognized in 2015 as a Missouri Century Farm for continuous ownership within the same family for more than 100 years. An article about the farm in the Buffalo Reflex in 2016 quoted Lee extensively.
Lee was a member of the Buffalo First Baptist Church until he moved from Buffalo, and he was baptized there. He and Piper became members of the Schweitzer United Methodist Church in Springfield and later transferred their memberships to the Monett United Methodist Church.
Lee is survived by his wife, Piper; two sons, Aaron Price and Joshua Price; and one step-daughter, Summer Bonebrake. Lee is also survived by their spouses, Jade Price, Gabrielle Price, and Zach Bonebrake, respectively; grandchildren Tucker Price, Christopher Price, Mickey Price, Ella Price, Davis Bonebrake, and John Henry Bonebrake; brother Jim Price and his wife Fran Warkow; sister Sue Dyle; nieces and nephews Rachel Record, Stephen Dyle, Michael Dyle, and Ashley Price; and their families.
Lee’s death followed a long bout with cancer. Despite his illness and its difficulties, Lee maintained to the end a strong will, positive outlook, and his trademark sense of humor. He and Piper received an outpouring of support from their Springfield, Buffalo, and Pierce City area colleagues. Lee’s family would like to thank all of the devoted family, friends, supporters, and medical providers who provided such valuable support and assistance during this time.
Services will be under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Buffalo. The family plans no public memorial service but will hold two events for friends and family to celebrate Lee’s life: (i) Saturday, August 12, at 2:00 p.m. at Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home, 931 West Main Street, Buffalo, MO; and (ii) Sunday, August 13 at 2:00 p.m. at the Jolly Mill Park Pavilion, 31630 Jolly Mill Drive, Pierce City, MO. Attire for both will be casual. The family requests no flowers but suggests instead contributions to the Jolly Mill Park Foundation, 5932 Lawrence 2240 Road, Monett, Missouri, 65708.
ADA DELORIS PETERS
Ada Delores Peters went to be with the Lord on August 3, 2017 at Cox Medical Center in Springfield, MO at the age of 98 years and 3 months. She was born in rural Dallas County, MO on October 17, 1918 as the 11th child of a family of 12. Her parents were Robert Lee Hanks and Mary Elizabeth (Guthrie) Hanks. She was the last surviving child.
Ada attended high school in Urbana but did not graduate as she quit school to nurse her father after he had strokes. Ada has a faith in God and was a member of the Church of Christ in Buffalo, MO and the Menlo Methodist Church in Arizona. Ada met and courted John Harrison Peters for three years before they were united in marriage on June 17, 1938. After John’s discharge from the Army they lived in Arizona where Ada worked in a school cafeteria and also cared for their son, John Curtis Peters. Ada was a very attentive mother, and cared for sons heart issues. In 1961, John and Ada returned to the Dallas County area where they owned and operated the Plad Store for 10 years before moving to Buffalo. After John H. lost his fight with cancer on January 17, 1983, Ada decided to sell her home and move to the Senior apartments, where she stayed for 26 years. Ada loved spending time with her son, grandson Curtis, and great-grandson Jonathon, and was truly saddened when “Johnnie” passed away in 2003 due to his failing heart. God as our guide gives one the ability to move forward and Ada did. In 2008, Ada moved to Pine Lodge and found a new family with Sue and Randy Gunter, and many friends with the other residents. She truly enjoyed her time at Pine Lodge.
Ada was preceded in death by her husband, John Harrison Peters; her son, John Curtis Peters; and 11 brothers and sisters. She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Faye Peters; one grandson, Curtis Ray Peters; one great-grandson, Jonathon Peters; and many nieces and nephews who she loved to visit. She had a good life, a clear mind, and a strong faith. She is home safe with the Lord today.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 6, 2017 at the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Chapel with Cheryl Eversole officiating. Interment will be in the Springfield National Veterans Cemetery in Springfield, MO at 2:00 p.m. Monday, August 7, 2017 under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Buffalo. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Saturday at the Funeral Home.
Katherine Anna Woodburn
Katherine Woodburn, 72, of Buffalo, MO passed away Sunday, August 13, 2017 peacefully at her home.
Katherine was born September 14, 1944 in Caribou, ME. She spent her early years in Maine, where she would meet the love of her life, Robert Woodburn. The two were united in marriage when Katherine was 13. To this union 5 children were born. The family would spend many of their years living in many states, travelling during Robert Sr.’s time in service. The couple finally retired in California, then made one final move as they settled in Missouri in 1984.
Katherine was very gifted with her hands. She loved to sew and do needle work. She also enjoyed spending time working on puzzles, especially with her family.
Katherine is preceded in death by her loving husband, Robert Woodburn, Sr. as well as one grandson, Jon Woodburn.
Katherine is survived by her children; Robert Woodburn, Jr. and wife Renee, James Woodburn, William Woodburn, John Woodburn and wife Heather, and Mary Hyde and husband Clay. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Katherine’s life was a blessing to all who met her, and her love will be sorely missed.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, August 17, 2017 at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Springfield, MO. Escorts will be Robert Woodburn, Jr., James Woodburn, William Woodburn, John Woodburn, Robert Woodburn III, and Jacob Woodburn. Interment will be in the Missouri Veterans’ Cemetery under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Buffalo. Condolences and online register book entries may be left at www.cantlonotterness.com.
Thelma Eilene Doty
Thelma Doty, 98, was born March 15, 1919 in Nashville, OH the daughter of Curtis and Susan Gilbert, She departed this life on August 14, 2017 at her home surrounded by family.
Thelma was united in marriage to Harold Doty on January 21, 1935. This marriage was blessed with eight children, six of whom survive her. In 1963 the family moved from Louisiana to Buffalo, MO, where she resided until her death.
Thelma was preceded in death by her husband Harold; her parents; two sons, Larry Doty and Kenneth Doty; three sons-in-law, Robert Pankey, Raymond Middleton, and Dee Hedgepath; one grandson, David Mark Middleton; one great-grandson, Dylan Hedgepath; two sisters; and two brothers. She is survived by two sons, Lanny Doty and partner Christie and Jerry & wife Diane Doty; four daughters, Barbara Hedgepath, Judy Middleton, Winnie Pankey, and Irene & husband Jerry Brown; two daughters-in-law, Suzi Doty and Sue Doty; one sister, Helen & husband Lee Cochran; 17 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; 28 great-great-grandchildren, and four great-great-great-grandchildren. She also leaves other family members and friends who will all sadly miss her. She was the best and very much loved.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 18, 2017 in the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Chapel with Rev. Joanna Doty Lance officiating. Escorts will be Robert Hedgepath, Travis Doty, Lance Doty, Danny Brown, David Pankey, and Todd Middleton. Honorary Escorts will be Dale Doty, Steven Doty, Trevor Doty, Daniel Hatfield, Tony Middleton, Curtis Pankey, and Terry Hedgepath. Interment will be in the Maple Lawn Cemetery under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Buffalo. Visitation will be from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Funeral Home.
Lorene Lavon Prunty
Lorene Lavon Prunty was born in Joplin, MO on March 8, 1946, and departed this life on August 10, 2017 at her home in Pittsburg, MO.
As a young girl her family moved to Neosho, Eldorado Springs, Urbana, and Kansas City, MO, where she met and married Donald Clopton. They were blessed with six children; two daughters-in-law; four sons-in-law; 14 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. They were married for 46 years until Donald passed away in 2007. She met Curtis Dale Prunty in 2008, and they were united in marriage on April 14, 2010. They made their home in Pittsburg, MO, were she lived until her passing. Lorene loved nature, gardening, the beach, and her roses. She was involved with every aspect of all her children’s lives. She attended Bethel Southern Baptist Church in Pittsburg, MO, where she was loved and will be greatly missed.
Memorial services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at the Bethel Southern Baptist Church in Pittsburg, MO.
Jack Lee Lewis
Jackie Lee Lewis, son of the late Homer and Daisy (Little) Lewis, was born on April 9, 1934 in Morgan, MO and departed this life on August 16, 2017 at his home in Lebanon, MO. At the time of his passing he was 83 years, 4 months and 8 days of age.
Jack was born in Morgan, MO, spent a majority of his childhood in Lebanon and later moved to Ash Grove where he attended school through the eighth grade. At the age of 17 he enlisted in the U.S Navy where he proudly served for four years during the Korean War. After his time of service he returned home where he met Wilma Legan. On January 1, 1957 they were united in marriage in Lebanon, MO and to this union four children were born, all whom survive him. They spent the early part of their marriage in Lebanon but later moved to Long Lane, MO. Together they started their own dairy farm, where they raised their family for 47 years. He was a devoted Christian and until his health no longer allowed him to, he was in attendance at church every Sunday morning. Jack was very proud of his family, his farm and his time of service.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents; his five brothers, Jay, Rick, Bob, Don and Cliff; and one sister, Betty. He is survived by his wife, Wilma Lewis; three sons, Mike & wife Martha Lewis, Darrin & wife Stacey Lewis and Danny & wife Ella Lewis; one daughter, Vickie Piper; four sisters, Helen Duke, Mary & husband Dale Officer, Terry & husband Vince Patrache, and Pat & husband Ronnie Jones; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and one on the way. He also leaves many others friends and family who will all truly miss him.
Private family services will be conducted at a later date. Cremation rites were accorded by the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Buffalo.
FREDDY G. HOLLAND
Freddy Holland was born May 12, 1950 in Paragould, Arkansas to Herman and Patsy Holland. He grew up in Maynard, Arkansas where he graduated from Maynard High School in 1968. After graduating from high school he farmed with his dad and brothers and was employed at Magee Picture Framing Company in Pocahontas, Arkansas while attending Southern Baptist College in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas.
January 17, 1969 he married his high school sweetheart Wanda Wesson and to their union 3 children were born – Mark, Chad and Kristy. He served in the Marine Corp state side as a Military Policeman at Camp Pendleton in California. Returning from the military he was employed by the following: Darling in Paragould, Arkansas, Triple E Polecats in Harrison, Arkansas, and Harry Sawyer Toyota in Springdale, Arkansas as a parts manager. In 1978 he began what would turn out to be his life long career – working for the Phone Company in Buffalo, MO. He began as an employee of Contel and continued on there though the company changed names many times; finally retiring from Century Link after 35 years of dedicated employment. He was known as Fred the Phone Man.
He and his wife owned and operated a popular snow cone stand called Sno Biz for several years in the Lake Pomme de Terre area. He also attended auctioneer school in Kansas City and tried his hand as an auctioneer for a short time. He umpired and refereed baseball and basketball games, coached Little League teams and played softball. He served on the Skyline School Board.
One of his favorite things was the local Farmers’ Markets and attending the Vegetable Auction at Lead Mine. He enjoyed coon hunting, bird hunting, and time at the lake camping, fishing, skiing and tubing with his children and grandchildren. At Christmas time he was the Cajun Cook boiling shrimp, mud bugs, potatoes and corn for a Christmas feast.
He was saved as a teenager at the Witt’s Chapel Baptist Church in Maynard, Arkansas where Wanda’s dad was the pastor. He was a member of Hermitage First Baptist Church and he loved his church, always making his way around before service to visit with people. He and Wanda attended many of the Mission Building Trips together. Fred loved little kids at church and gave nick names to many of them. He was known by children as the Candy Man.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Wanda Holland of Urbana, Missouri; Son, Mark and Laila Holland and their daughter Audrey of Sterlington, Louisiana; Son, Chad and Amber Holland and their daughters Haley and Hannah of Springfield, Missouri; Daughter, Kristy Owens and Curtis and their children Rachel McCormick (and husband Austin), Noah and Ruth of Winnsboro, Louisiana; His mother, Patsy Holland of Maynard, Arkansas; and two brothers Ted Holland and wife Susie of Maynard, Arkansas and Bob Holland of Reyno, Arkansas.
He is preceded in death by his father, Herman Holland.
Freddy Holland was a loving husband, father and grandfather. His unique personality and sense of humor will be greatly missed and he leaves behind a huge void in the hearts of his family, friends, church and community.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at the First Baptist Church in Hermitage with Bro. Curtis Owens and Bro. Jeremy Hostetler officiating. Escorts will be Mark Holland, Chad Holland, Eddie Dickenson, Noah Owens, Austin McCormick, and Stan Bisher. Honorary escorts will be Teddy Holland, Bob Holland, the children of First Baptist Church, and any other kid Freddy ever picked on. Music will be provided by Troy Metscher and the Hermitage First Baptist Church Praise Team. Interment will be in Bower Chapel Cemetery under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Urbana. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Monday at the Church. Memorials may be made to the Central Care Cancer Center in Bolivar, MO, and left with the Funeral Home.