JOYCE MARIE TUMMONS
Joyce Marie Tummons, daughter of the late Bert and Ethyl (Copus) Thornton, was born on December 2, 1940 in Dora, MO, and departed this life on May 5, 2017 at her home near Elkland, MO. At the time of her passing she was 76 years, 5 months, and 2 days of age.
Joyce was reared and attended school in Springfield, MO. After high school, she worked at Ozark Tractor Supply while she attended college. She was united in marriage to Kenneth Tummons on April 9, 1960 in Springfield, MO, and to this union three children blessed the home. They made their home in Springfield before moving to the family farm in 1973. She started working at Wal-Mart in 1991and stayed with them until she retired in 2004. Joyce loved spending time in her flower garden, raising and canning vegetables, and making her prize winning peanut brittle. She was a hard worker, always busy, cleaned the entire house every week, and did all the running for her children’s activities. She was raised in the 1st Church of God and also attended Charity Christian Church and Cherry Grove in later years, were she loved singing harmony for the choir. Joyce loved her children and grandchildren and was the kind of person everyone wanted to call mom or grandma. She was kind to everyone, very outgoing, and could talk to anyone.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Freda Maples; five half-brothers; and five half-sisters. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Tummons of the home; one son, Kevin C. Tummons of Humansville, MO; two daughters, Kelly R. Tummons of Hermitage, MO and Nancy & husband Steve Sergent of Halfway, MO; one brother, BD Thornton of Springfield, MO; three sisters, Geneva Freeman of Springfield, MO, Eva Compton of Springfield, MO, and Sarah & husband Bill Huitt of Springfield, MO; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She also leaves other family members and many friends who will all truly miss her.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home with Pastor Johnny Phifer officiating. Escorts will be Ron Freeman, Don Freeman, Tom Freeman, Allen Morgan, Wayne Hardison, and Jeff Hardison. Interment will be in Robberson Prairie Cemetery under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Buffalo. Visitation will be from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Monday at the Funeral Home.
KIMBERLY VIRGINIA "KIMI" BENNETT
Kimberly Virginia Bennett, daughter of the late Charles “Bud” Bennett and Joy Bennett McGuire, was born on August 31, 1958 in Cabool, MO, and departed this life on May 7th, 2017 at Cox South Hospital in Springfield, MO. At the time of her passing she was 58 years, 5 months, and 7 days of age.
Kim was reared and attended school in Buffalo, MO and was a member of the Buffalo First Christian Church. Kim loved attending the Bennett Springs Church Camp and Vesper Rock always held a special place in her heart. After high school, she attended College of the Ozarks where she swam on the swim team. Returning from College Kimi started The Garden Patch in Buffalo working with her father, Bud Bennett, as she loved working with plants. Kim owned her own day care center and relished in helping young kids. She was office manager and book keeper at Bennett Tax Accounting with her mother Joy for many years and worked at H&R Block as receptionist until a stroke disabled her.
Throughout her years, Kim was associated with the Red Cross, teaching hundreds of kids to swim and not fear the water. If you were raised in Buffalo in the 70’s and 80’s, Kimi probably taught you how to swim. Kimi had a gift communicating with young children and loved working with the youth at the Buffalo First Christian Church.
Kim was an accomplished cook and baker and loved sharing her culinary delights with people. Kim’s heart and soul were pure and she never met someone she didn’t like. If she knew you, she loved you. In her later years, Kim lived in a farm house out on Hwy 73 and loved her garden, flowers and independence. She was a friend to all and helped anyone and everyone.
Kimi was preceded in death by her father, Charles “Bud” Bennett, and her grandparents. She is survived by her mother, Joy Bennett McGuire of Crystal Lake, IL and husband Edgar McGuire; one brother, Scott C. Bennett and his wife Paula of Urbana, MO; one aunt, Shirley Morgan of Bentonville, AR; one special cousin, Cyndi Handley and husband Len of Bentonville, AR; Ed’s children, Cindy McGuire Cordes and husband Mark and family, and Tom McGuire and family, all of Illinois; and very special friends, Carla Kuhns and Pat Harnes of Buffalo. She also leaves other family members and many friends who will all truly miss her.
Visitation will be at 9:00 a.m. Friday May 12th, 2017 at the First Christian Church, Buffalo, MO. Funeral services will commence at 10:30 a.m. following visitation with Pastor Tim Case and Pastor Jennifer Long officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church Youth Fund.
JAMES LOUIS "JIM" FELIN
James Louis Felin, son of the late Jacob Henry Felin and Helen May (Hobson) Felin, was born on July 23, 1946 in Marshfield, Missouri and departed this life on May 11, 2017 at his home in Elkland, Missouri.
Jim grew up on a dairy farm near Marshfield, Missouri, and graduated from Marshfield High School. After high school, he proudly served in the US Army from 1967 to 1969. He was stationed in Germany for much of his tour. After leaving the Army, he worked at Marshfield Steel plant before moving to his present address near Elkland, Missouri. He was a member of Louisburg Christian Church where he attended for over 40 years. He served many years as a Sunday School teacher and elder and was always ready to lend a helping hand to the many repair jobs. He also attended Calvary Chapel for several years where he made many wonderful friends. Farming was Jim’s passion and he excelled in dairy, beef, raising alfalfa and soybeans. He always said he enjoyed all of it some of the time, but none of it all of the time. Throughout the years he served as a board member of the Dallas County Farmers Exchange and Dallas County Soil and Water. He really enjoyed interacting with fellow farmers. In later years he discovered he loved hunting. Many hours were spent with Mack and Zack Booker hunting deer, turkeys, and squirrels. He practiced by shooting at ground hogs, but usually missed. Through his friendship and time spent with Mack and Zack, Jim found a love for antique rifles. He spent many hours searching for and attending auctions looking for rifles to refurbish.
Jim was preceded in death by his father and mother Henry and Helen Felin; grandparents Louis and Mary Felin and Oren and Emma Hobson; sister Shirley Skidmore; brother-in-law Rex Skidmore; and nephew Tony Aaron Skidmore; as well as many beloved cousins and friends. He is survived by his wife of almost 45 years, Cecile; one son James Jacob (Jamie) Felin and his wife Sarah of Springfield, Missouri; one daughter Casey Lane Rodick and her husband Mike of Springfield, Missouri; one sister Joyce Raley and her husband Ken of Branson, Missouri; five grandchildren: Alivia June Felin of Mission, Kansas, Valerie Morgan Felin, James Jacob Randle Felin, Jasmine Lea Felin, and Brennen Thomas Felin, all of Springfield, Missouri; Honorary son, daughter, and grandson Mack, Christy, and Zack booker of Elkland, Missouri; and many other beloved relatives, neighbors, and friends.
Jim had so many people who loved and cared for him over the years, from family to friends. Special care was given by his Hospice nurse Bonnie Bertoldie and aide Rachael Lamb. Jake Ferrell was Jim’s loyal caregiver and served him with special care and love, which Jim was very thankful for.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 in the Cantlon Otterness Chapel with Dr. Douglas Earls and Rev. David Miller officiating. Interment will be in the Louisburg Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Monday in the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.cantlonotterness.com
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CHERYL RAE "CHERIE" WILLIAMS
Cheryl Rae “Cherie” Williams, daughter of the late Victor Allen & Betty Lou (Stallsmith) Mulkey, was born on November 16, 1953 in Denver, CO, and departed this life on May 17, 2017 at Colonial Springs Healthcare in Buffalo, MO. At the time of her passing she was 63 years, 6 months and 1 day of age.
Cherie lived in Colorado and California before moving to Missouri when she was 13. After graduating from Halfway High School she married Dennis Mullings and two daughters blessed the home, one of whom survives her. She was united in marriage to Junior Williams on July 20, 1974 in Louisburg, MO and to this union two sons were born. They made their home in Dallas County, where she worked at the Bison Inn, L&F Truck Stop, Sand Springs Resort near Bennett Springs, and T&J’s Creamy. Cherie loved spending her free time taking care of her flowers, doing crossword puzzles, watching hummingbirds, and taking care of her grandkids. She also enjoyed going to car shows and watching Vic drive his mud truck. Cherie was well known for her deviled eggs, pie crusts, and her biscuits and gravy. She was a member of the 1st Baptist Church in Louisburg where she served as a Sunday School teacher.
Cherie was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Cheryl Mullings; one granddaughter, Madison Victoria; and one sister, Vicky Scrivner. She is survived by her husband, Junior Williams of the home; one daughter, Dolly & husband Jeff Gile of Pittsburg, MO; two sons, Wayne & wife Kathi Williams of Conway, MO and Victor & wife Michelle Williams of Buffalo, MO; two brothers, David Mulkey of Louisburg, MO and Art & wife Pam Mulkey of Billings, MT; one sister, Nancy & husband Marion Clark of Pauls Valley, OK; one brother-in-law, Mike Scrivner of Hooks, TX; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She also leaves other family members and many friends who will all truly miss her.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 22, 2017 at the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Chapel with Dr. Russell Adams officiating. Escorts will be Melvin Routt, Ben Routt, BJ Routt, Frank Routt, Aaron Murphy, and Jamie Clemmons. Interment will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Buffalo. Visitation will be from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Sunday at the Funeral Home.
TRAVIS ALWIN WALLS
Travis Alwin Walls was born November 8, 1981 in Galveston, Texas and departed this life on May 19, 2017 in Springdale, Arkansas. He grew up in Marshfield, Missouri before moving to the Pomme De Terre lake area in his teens; his recent years he spent living in Arkansas. Travis loved to fish, hunt, ride 4-wheelers and horses, work on cars, and spend time with his kids. Travis also had a new found passion for his tree service business.
Travis was preceded in death by his father Keith Walls; grandmother, Donna Walls; and grandmother, Anita Palmer. His son, Traver Walls, passed away at the same time as Travis. Traver and Travis were best buddies and enjoyed doing everything together.
Travis is survived by four daughters, Hope Walls, Annyston Walls, Aaliyah Walls, and Sadie Walls.
Travis was the kind of person who would help anyone in need; he would find a way even if he didn’t have the means. His kids meant the world to him. You were loved and will be dearly missed.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 26, 2017 in the Urbana First Baptist Church under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Urbana. Escorts will be Bronk Aldridge, Chris Denney, Bubba Aldridge, Scotty Cline and Bryan Dean. Memorial contributions may be made to the Travis Walls Memorial Fund and left with the funeral home. Visitation will be from 9-10 in the church.
TRAVER MICHAEL RAY WALLS
Traver (Bubba) Michael Ray Walls, son of Justin and Amelia White and Travis Walls, began rocking this world on October 24, 2000 in Bolivar, MO and blessed Heaven with his presence on May 19, 2017 in Springdale, AR. At the time of his passing he was 16 years old.
Bubba was raised in Urbana, MO and Gravette, AR, and attended Gravette High School. He loved playing football, was active in FFA, and was asked to join Honor’s English. Bub was a proud Gravette Lion, his love and camaraderie with his coaches and team kept him dedicated to Gravette High School rather than moving back home to MO.
Outside of school Bubba enjoyed hunting, fishing, 4 wheeling, working on cars and just about anything involving the outdoors. Bub was known for having one of the goofiest laughs anyone had ever heard and a mischievous grin that would make Dennis the Menace jealous.
Bub was not a big man but if you were to weigh him by his ambition, compassion and character, he was a giant. He was a dear friend to many and had a way of fusing into families. His last name may have been Walls, but he was also known as a White, Eidson & Tate. Bubs personality was far too big for just one family, he was part of several.
One of Bubs dreams was to serve his country and had already at the age of 16 begun his path to becoming a Marine.
Bubba leaves behind too many family members to list; he was greatly loved and cherished by many. The loss of Traver Michael Ray will be felt by many. The world has lost a beautiful soul.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 26, 2017 in the Urbana First Baptist Church under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Urbana. Escorts will be Brannon Tate, Cole Eidson, Chance Webb, Colton Grimes, Kelly Tucker, Christian Tate, Eldon Woodyard and Phillip Eidson. Memorial contributions may be made to the Traver Walls Memorial Fund and left with the funeral home. Visitation will be from 9-10 in the church.
RACHAEL ANN VALLEY
Rachael Ann Bishop Valley, daughter of the late Truman and Wanda (Starkey ) Bishop, was born on June 21, 1941 near Tunas, Missouri and departed this life on May 25, 2017 in Hermitage, Missouri. At the time of her passing she was 75 years, 11 months and four days of age.
Rachael married David Valley in 1970. They lived in the Middle East until they retired to Marietta, Georgia. After her husband’s passing, she moved to Dallas County.
Rachael was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one sister, Wilma Bishop Smith; one brother-in-law, Dale McKee; and one sister-in-law, Rhonda Bishop. She is survived by a step daughter, Susan Fargnoli & husband Peter of Barre, MA; two step sons, Tom Valley & Steve Valley; three brothers, William Bishop & wife Martha of Tunas, MO, David Bishop and wife Wanda of Belton, MO, and Mike Bishop of Fairbanks, AK; one sister, Yvonne McGraw & husband Dorman of Fairbanks, AK; one brother-in-law, Bill Smith of Cleveland, MO, four step sisters, Peggy Stark, Pat Parrack, Betty Fowler and Dottie Shipley; three step brothers, Dick Dampier, Bill Dampier and Bob Dampier. She also leaves behind several nieces, nephews, friends and family who will all truly miss her.
Cremation rites have been accorded by the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Buffalo. Services will be announced on a later date.
JANICE IRENE BENNETT
Janice Irene (Jefferies) Bennett, daughter of the late Wilbur Elgie and Goldie Irene (Liggenstoffer) Jefferies, was born on August 5, 1940 at home in Alfalfa County, Oklahoma, and departed this life on May 26, 2017 at her home in Buffalo, MO. At the time of her passing she was 76 years, 8 months, and 21 days of age.
Janice moved to a farm south of Buffalo at the age of 1 with her mom, dad, brother, and beloved grandfather, Raymond Jefferies. Their farm was just south of where the Mennonite Church is now. They moved to Buffalo when she was about 13. Her father worked for Buffalo Lumber yard, Jones Funeral Home, and Jerry Cantlon at Cantlon Funeral Home until his retirement. He mother Goldie cleaned houses for Sherry Jo Davies and Dr. Church as well as Dr. Church’s Dentist Office. Elgie and Goldie were also the caretakers of the Buffalo United Methodist Church for many years. Janice and her family moved to Kansas City in 1967. While living there she worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. as a telephone operator. She then worked for Sears & Roebuck as their telephone operator for over 10 years. She moved back to Buffalo in 1979 where she worked at the chicken plant, Colonial Springs, and the Empire District Electric Company, where she worked for over 20 years until her retirement. Janice loved to travel, all you needed to say is "let’s go” and she was the first in the car. She had been to nearly every state except the northeast and northern middle states. She also loved sports, especially baseball, football, and NASCAR. She got her love of sports from her mom and has passed it down to her kids and grandkids. Everything in her life revolved around her grandkids, she loved them deeply and they meant the world to her. She was a great mom and grandma, and the love she gave was returned tenfold. She was loved as much as she loved. Janice was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 and was less than one week of being 10 years cancer free when she was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in November 2016. She fought a valiant battle and always had a positive attitude. Janice was a member of the Church of Christ in Buffalo. She had a very strong faith and had no doubt she would be reunited with her parents and loved ones and would stand before her Lord and Savior upon her passing.
Janice was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by two sons, Ed & wife Lisa Bennett of Fair Grove, MO and Jim Bennett and Connie Davis of Springfield, MO; two daughters, Debra Irene & husband Danny McAdoo of Buffalo, MO and Leah Ann & husband John Gaddy of Bolivar, MO; one brother, Jim & wife Juanita Jefferies of Crocker, MO; thirteen grandchildren; twenty two great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. She also leaves a host of brother and sister-in-laws, cousins, nieces, nephews, and many friends who will all truly miss her.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 in the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Chapel with Brad Shockley officiating. Escorts will be Dennis Bennett, J.T. Gaddy, Cody Bennett, Scott Jefferies, Chris Jefferies, and Justin Bradam. Honorary escorts will be Rex Bennett, Buddy McClanahan, David Hamman, and Joey Peterson. Interment will be in the Memorial Gardens of Memory cemetery under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Buffalo. Visitation will be from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Monday at the Funeral Home.
EDWARD LEE ELLSWORTH
Edward Lee Ellsworth went to be with Jesus on May 21, 2017, after losing his battle against bladder cancer.
Eddie was born in Tucson, Arizona on December 18, 1971, to Ronald Lee and Lois Kay (Higgins) Ellsworth. He was to be their only child. He is survived by his parents of Louisburg, MO; his special friend and aunt, Sandy Rowe (Richard) Morro Bay, CA; uncle Kenneth Ellsworth (Shirley) Vail, AZ; and aunt Barbara Martin (John) Tucson, AZ, as well as several cousins.
As a baby, Eddie lost his hearing due to meningitis, however, this did not stop him from enjoying football with his grandfather, Chester Higgins. While living in San Luis Obispo, California, Eddie began elementary school in Riverside flying weekly between home and the CA School for the Deaf and Blind.
When the family moved to Tucson, AZ he attended the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind. He was a very competitive member of their traveling wrestling team, usually coming out as the winner. Eddie graduated with honors from the ASDB. He also loved to swim and travel.
Eddie worked for Wal-Mart in Tucson and continued working for them in Marshfield after he and his parents moved to Missouri in 2004. He then worked for Petit Jean Poultry Plant in Buffalo and was working for Laclede Industries in Lebanon until November 2015, when he was diagnosed with cancer.
As a young teen, Eddie accepted the Lord into his life and was baptized. Eddie attended the Lakeside Assembly of God in Pittsburg, MO. where his mother was his interpreter.
A memorial service will be held Friday, June 2, 2017, at 10:30 A.M. Following the services he will be laid to rest in the Louisburg, MO cemetery.
EDDIE LUEVINE WISDOM
Eddie Luevine Wisdom, daughter of the late Ed and Otha (Kincade) Timms, was born in Lake City, Arkansas on January 8, 1927 and departed this life at Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Missouri on May 29, 2017. At the time of her passing she was 90 years, 4 months, and 21 days of age.
Eddie grew up in Arkansas and worked picking cotton in the cotton fields. Her family moved to California where they picked tomatoes. She met Bob Wisdom and they were married in California. In 1957 they moved their family to the Urbana area. Though spending time moving between California and Missouri, they eventually settled in the Preston and Urbana communities. Eddie and Bob loved to travel and camp in their RV. They had a great number of stories, particularly about mishaps on their travels, that they entertained their family with. Family get-togethers were another very important part of their lives; they loved to pick and grin and play gospel music any time that the family gathered. Turkey and dressing & biscuits & gravy were among her special dishes. Eddie was of the Pentecostal faith and had been baptized in the Name of Jesus in the mid-1970’s. Eddie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bob; her daughter, Diana Elliott; 2 brothers; and 3 sisters. She is survived by her children, Darrell (Connie) Wisdom of Urbana, MO, Gene (Linda) Wisdom of Sheridan, AR, Nancy (Bob) Bricker of Cross Timbers, MO, and Wendy (Liz Ripley) Wisdom of Camdenton, MO; 1 sister, Josephine Smith of Marysville, CA; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Cremation rites have been accorded under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Urbana. Private graveside services will be held at a later date.