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Freda Tanner

Feb 12, 1949 - Oct 30, 2023

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Joplin, MO

"Freda Lavanda Tanner, a seventy-four-year-old Miami resident passed away on Monday, October 30, 2023, at Freeman Health System in Joplin, Missouri. She was born on February 12, 1949, in Miami, Oklahoma to Andrew and Rosabell (Duree) Brown. Freda graduated from Picher High School with the Class of 1968. She married Charles Tanner on July 29, 1972, in Picher. Freda worked as a Ward Clerk at Integris Miami Hospital for years. She had also worked at the First Baptist Church through the years with t...Read More

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Kerri Gayle Beier

Apr 18, 1966 - Feb 29, 2024

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Joplin, MO

Kerri Gayle Beier, age 57, of Joplin, Missouri passed away on February 29th, 2024. Kerri was born on April 18th, 1966, in Joplin, Missouri to her loving parents Gene Emanuel White and Betty Jane (Howell) White. Kerri graduated from Memorial High School in 1984, and went on to graduate from MSSU with an Education degree and MSU with a Master’s degree in reading. She went on to teach in various school districts in Alabama, Missouri, and Kansas. Her passion was working with Special Education children and teaching all her students to read. Kerri married the love of her life, Jason Beier, on September 20th, 1996, in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. They have 2 children, Kat (DeGraff) and Alex. Family and travel time was a priority, and they enjoyed their family travels across the United States. As they became empty nesters, they enjoyed traveling internationally. Kerri Gayle was especially fond of the cruise life. She is preceded in death by her parents Gene Emmanuel White and Betty Jane (Howell) White, and one brother Preston White. She is survived by her husband, Jason, her daughter Kat DeGraff (Jordan and their children Maxwell and Archer), her son Alex Beier, one foreign exchange son, Vlad of Ukraine, and her fur baby Thunder. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Debbie White, two brothers, Bob White (Carla) and Kevin White (Tina), two sisters, Margie Myers (Brad) and Terri “Jodi” Russell (David), as well as many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 2:00pm, March 9th, 2024, at the Mason-Woodard Chapel with a visitation to follow. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Mason- Woodard Mortuary and Crematory of Joplin, Missouri. Donations can be made to the Joplin Humane Society for the care and adoption of big dogs.

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Phyllis Wynona Probert

Oct 20, 1931 - Mar 02, 2024

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Joplin, MO

Phyllis Wynona Probert, 92, of Jasper, Mo. passed away peacefully Saturday, March 2, 2024, at Mercy Hospital Joplin. Wynona was born to Walker Hubbard and Ethel Johnson Hubbard on October 20, 1931, in Jasper, Mo. She was a graduate of Jasper High School class of 1949. After graduation, Wynona worked as a bookkeeper at National Biscuit Company (later called Nabisco) in Carthage. She married Donald Probert on June 26, 1955, in Miami, Oklahoma. They settled in a small house a mile west of Highway 71 on Baseline Road. Soon they moved to a house by Wynona’s parents’ store at Baseline and 71. In 1959 they moved 5 miles east to the farm where they raised their kids and operated a dairy. Wynona lived here the rest of her life — over 64 years. Wynona worked on the farm helping Don raise their kids, tending a garden and doing lots of canning and freezing. Once the kids were older, she held several jobs — for Jasper County Extension, Knell Roofing, Production Credit Association and Jasper Popcorn until her retirement in 1996. Wynona was a long-time member of Zion Baptist Church near the farm. She served as church clerk and treasurer and was there for Zion’s last service before it was destroyed by a tornado in 2019. She was preceded in death by her husband Don on November 27, 1991; her parents, and her sisters Irene Lee, Adeline Wagahoff, Madge Wood, Dolores Weeks, Carolyn Kitterman, Delaine Moyer; and her brothers Walter “Dub”, George, and Fred Hubbard. Wynona is survived by her children Ted (Pam) Mansfield Mo., Ben (Dianna) Jasper Mo., Jean Webster Groves Mo., and Rex Webster Groves, Mo.; grandchildren Kate Probert Smith, Russell Dintaman, and Renea Bobb; and 9 great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and friends. Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. at Hackney Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Hackney Cemetery or the Shriners Hospital for Children. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Weng Funeral Chapel. Online condolences can be made at Weng Funeral Chapel.com. To send a flower arrangement or to plant trees in memory of , please .

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Judith M. Knapp

Jun 27, 1952 - Mar 02, 2024

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Joplin, MO

Judith “Judy” M. Knapp, 71, of Pittsburg, died at 12:09 a.m., Saturday, March 2, 2024 in the Solace House of the Ozarks in Joplin.Judith was born June 27, 1952 in Independence, Kansas, a daughter of Warren L. “Hoppy” and Helen M. (Benjamin) Bryant. Judith attended Deering and Radley schools before moving to Girard in 1960 where she graduated from Girard High School in 1970.Judith married Bruce Curry, Sr. and they divorced. She married Frank “Frankie” Knapp on April 18, 2009 in Eureka Springs, Arkansas and Frankie survives of the home.She worked for the US Census Bureau in Pittsburg, the US Department of the Air Force at Fort Riley, FMI Printing Company in Girard, and as pricing manager at G. & W. Foods in Girard for over 21 years.Judith was a member of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church at rural Girard and the Girard Medical Center Auxiliary. She enjoyed her family, especially her grandchildren, her church activities, crocheting, traveling, and music.Survivors, in addition to her husband, Frankie, of the home, are her sons, Bruce M. Curry, Jr. of Pittsburg and Troy D. Curry of Bernice, Oklahoma; her daughter, Tammy L. Holloway, and her husband, Douglas, of Emporia; her grandchildren, Emma Curry, Michael Holloway, Isabella Varriale, Kyle Holloway, Helen Curry, Liam Curry, Anna Curry, Benny Holloway, and Abbey Curry; her sisters, Evelyn Crawford of Asbury, Missouri and Vickie Mense, and her husband, Steve, also of Asbury; her daughter-in-law, Rachel Curry of Grove, Oklahoma.Judith was preceded In death by her parents; a granddaughter, Olivia Curry; her brother, James W. Bryant; a sister-in-law, Deanna Wetz; her brother-in-law, Kermit Myers; her first husband, Bruce M. Curry, Sr.Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday at the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Girard with Pastor Tom Lewis officiating. Burial will be in the Girard Cemetery.The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m., Tuesday at the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home where friends may call after 2:00 P.M., Tuesday.Memorials are suggested to the Solace House of the Ozarks in Joplin and these may be left at the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home, 518 W S. John, Box 258, Girard, 66743.Condolences may be sent to www.wallfuneralservices.com

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James Alvin Edwards

Apr 09, 1944 - Mar 01, 2024

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Joplin, MO

James Alvin Edwards age 79 of Baxter Springs, Kansas passed away on March 1, 2024 at Mercy Hospital in Joplin Missouri after a long illness. He was born to the late Roma and Dolly Ivon Edwards (Shockley) on April 9, 1944 in French Camp, California. James Married Stella Edwards (Myers) in Galena, Kansas on July 7, 1964. She survives of the home.He had several jobs throughout the years working as a mechanic, an employee at Baxter Springs Walmart, and as a police officer with the Baxter Springs, Kansas Police Department. He was enlisted in the U.S Navy for 2 years and spent time overseas. James enjoyed fishing, camping, and spending time with his family.He is survived by his son, James Edwards (and wife, Lashel) of Miami, Oklahoma; son, John Edwards of Baxter Springs, Kansas; son, Terry Edwards of Columbus, Kansas; daughter, Brenda Edwards Coleman of Liberty, Missouri; daughter, Ruth Anne Barnett (and husband, Newley Barnett) of Riverton Kansas; 11 grandkids and several great grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews he considered to be like his own children.Cremation arrangements are being handled through Derfelt’s Baxter Chapel. The family will have a celebration of life at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the funeral home to help cover final expenses.Online condolences may be expressed at www.derfeltfuneralhomes.com.

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Charles Grant Russell

Jul 09, 1945 - Feb 29, 2024

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Joplin, MO

Charles Grant Russell, age 78, a resident of rural Redfield, Kansas, passed away Friday, February 29, 2024, at the Freeman West Hospital in Joplin, Missouri. He was born July 9, 1945, in Ft. Scott, Kansas, the son of George Russell and Bernice Stine Russell. Charles attended school in Uniontown Kansas and later graduated from Ft. Scott Christian Heights. He married Joy Jury on December 24, 1976, at LaCross, Kansas. Charles worked for many years as a farmer and stockman. In addition, he also worked as a rural mail carrier for the Redfield Post Office. He had attended the Grace Baptist Tabernacle and later the Bethel Community Church. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.Survivors include his son, Joe Russell and wife, Jimmy Lyn of Redfield, Kansas; six grandchildren, Cassie Cox (Jason) of Redfield, Eli Gregg who is currently stationed in California with the United States Marine Corps, Conner Gregg, Trevor Russell and Kohlton Russell all of Redfield with a great-grandchild on the way. Also surviving are three sisters, Judy White and husband, Joe, and Nancy Graham all of Uniontown, Kansas and Elaine Fisher of Ft. Scott, Kansas. Charles was preceded in death by his wife, Joy, on October 23, 2001. He was also preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Mary Wilkinson.The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 P.M. Thursday, March 7th at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Following visitation, there will be cremation and a private burial will be held in the Centerville Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Charles Russell Memorial Fund and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.

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Joseph Clarkson Tournear II

Jun 07, 1934 - Feb 24, 2024

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Joplin, MO

Joseph Clarkson Tournear II (Joe), 89, of Joplin, passed away on Saturday, February 24, 2024, at Spring River Christian Village.Joseph was born on June 7, 1934, in Lacross, KS to the union of Joseph and Bonnie (Plunkett) Tournear. He married Vivian K. Rhudy in 1957 in Bartlesville, OK. He enlisted in the United States Air Force and drove the ambulance in the Korean War. After the Korean War he returned home and obtained his Associates Degree from Pittsburg State University. He then went on to work for American Steel, American Fixtures, and for the last 20 years as a union carpenter. Joseph loved working with his hands and helped build some incredible buildings. Some of those buildings include the Joplin Northpark Mall, Christian Church of Carl Junction, Springfield Mall, Kansas City Electrical Towers, and Branson buildings. He enjoyed building trampolines, mopeds and dune buggies. He could fix any and everything you can think of. He enjoyed gardening in his spare time. At one time he raised angus cattle. He also had a strong love of animals. But, above everything he accomplished and built, nothing was more important to him than watching his children play sports. He was an extremely supportive father that could always be seen at Carl Junction football games or in the outfield of a baseball game cheering the boys on.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Danny Tournear.Joe is survived by his three sons, Myung Taylor (Jae); Joe Tournear III (Linnet); Shawn Tournear (Jennie); and one daughter Carol Harshman (Gary); and 31 grand-children and great-grandchildren.In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be sent to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation.Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home.Graveside services will be held on Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. at Fairview Cemetery in Coffeyville, Kansas.Funeral arrangements are under the special care and direction of Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home.

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Lorraine G. Johnson

May 21, 1925 - Feb 23, 2024

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Joplin, MO

Lorraine G. Johnson, age 98, of Joplin, MO, passed away Friday, February 23, 2024 at The Wildwood Senior Living in Joplin. Lorraine was born on May 21, 1925, in Lincoln, NE to Hoyt and Emma Lower. She graduated from high school in 1943, then attended business college. She met John Johnson in Dayton, OH and they married on October 4, 1951, in Richmond, IN. Lorraine and John had three children, a son and two daughters. She is survived by the children; John F. Johnson II and wife Janet, of Olney, MD, Karen Garoutte and husband Steve, of Joplin, and Peggy Schultz and husband Don, of Webb City, six grandchildren; Jessica Johnson, John F. Johnson III and wife Bridget, Kinsey Schultz, Ryan Garoutte, Bryan Campbell and wife Stephanie, and Kelly Campbell, and four great-grandchildren; Jackson, Emma, Daniel, and Isaiah. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brothers Burdell and Darrell, and sister Donna. Lorraine started her working career in banking in Nebraska and in an administrative capacity at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio. She was active in PTA at her children’s school as they were growing up. She was also active at her church. She worked for Joplin R-8 schools as an aide and secretary. Lorraine was a very good cook. She loved to share her delicious cinnamon rolls with neighbors and her children’s teachers at Christmastime. Entertaining her family during holiday times and sewing were also favorite pastimes of hers. She especially loved playing and entertaining her grandchildren. Lorraine’s family would like to extend a special “thank you” to The Wildwood Senior Living facility staff. We so appreciate the wonderful care that Mom received while living at the Memory Care Unit. We would also like to acknowledge Megan Mattox and Heather Finney, mom’s caregivers, for their dedication in taking care of our mom. The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 pm on Sunday, March 3 at Mason-Woodard Mortuary. A graveside service has been scheduled for Monday, March 4 at 10:00 am at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery in Joplin. The public is invited to travel to the cemetery in procession from the mortuary at 9:30 am. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church or to the American Heart Association and may be sent in care of the mortuary. Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory Joplin, MO.

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Morris Blake Jones

Mar 27, 1963 - Feb 10, 2024

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Joplin, MO

Morris Blake Jones, 60, Wyandotte, OK, passed away February 10, 2024 at Mercy Hospital in Joplin. Morris Blake Jones was born March 27, 1963 in Tahlequah, OK the son of Clarence C. And Mary Alice (Sherer) Jones. Morris formerly worked in the construction business where he operated a crane. He was a 1981 graduate of Parkwood High School in Joplin, MO and then went to Franklin Tech for HVAC training. Morris enjoyed fishing, hunting, trap shooting and hunting with his bird dogs. He loved to tinker with cars and rebuild them. Morris was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Alice Jones and one brother Thomas Bryan Jones. Survivors include his father, Clarence Jones, Wyandotte; two sisters, Lea Ann Gee and husband Darren Gee, Nixa, MO and Jane Schmidt, Wyandotte, OK. The body has been taken for cremation under the direction of Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, Seneca, MO. The family will hold a Celebration of Life Memorial Graveside Service will be held at 1:00pm, March 2, 2024 at the Seneca Cemetery.

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Shirley Anne McMurry

Dec 06, 1939 - Feb 19, 2024

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Joplin, MO

Shirley Anne McMurry, 84, Carl Junction, MO, passed away February 19, 2024 at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin after an illness.Shirley Anne Ingle was born December 6, 1939 in Broken Arrow, OK the daughter of Cecil and Wilrose Ingle. Shirley was a homemaker and was of the Christian faith. She enjoyed reading, growing things, playing bingo and she loved her "facebook fans" and her cats.Survivors include three children, Keith Lawson and wife Darlene, Okeechobee, FL, Kelli Brust and husband Jerry, Joplin, MO and Kirk Lawson and wife Mary Kay, Galena, KS; 12 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren.Shirley married Claude "Mac" McMurry December 1, 1993 and he preceded her in death November 3, 2012. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Cecil and Wilrose (Gibson) Ingle; one brother William Robert Ingle.The body has been taken for cremation under the direction of Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, Seneca, MO.The family will hold a Celebration of Life Memorial Service at the Seneca Cemetery, 2:00pm, Sunday, February 25, 2024.In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Salvation Army or a Church of donors choice.

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Barbara Lee Severson

Oct 15, 1966 - Feb 21, 2024

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Joplin, MO

Barbara Lee Severson, 57, Joplin, MO passed away suddenly February 21, 2024 at her home. Barbara Lee King was born October 15, 1966 in the state of Arkansas. She was was adopted by Daryl (Short) and Donna King in 1968. She grew up in Seneca and graduated from Seneca High School in 1985. Barbie as she was known by family and friends lived life to the fullest. After graduation she went to California and to Washington returning back to the area later in her life. She loved growing plants and especially herbs. Barbie loved listening to music. In 2020 Barbie got to meet 7 of her biologic siblings and an aunt. Barbie was preceded in death by her parents Daryl (Short) King and Donna King; her husband Craig Severson; one brother Kevin King and one son Kerg Severson and one great-niece Sydnee Humphries. Survivors include; her life partner Kenny O'Dell, Joplin, MO; one sister Jerri King and partner Lori Gilbert, Seneca; her children, David Churchwell, Nixa, MO, William Elliott and Melissa Vu-Nguyen-Elliott, Germany, Knox Savage and husband Johnny; 5 grandchildren; her biologic siblings, Starla Campbell, North Carolina, Nelda of Oklahoma, Joe Wolf, McCalaster, OK, Monica Fearnside, Spiro, OK, Heather Finley, Spiro, OK, Glenna Finley, Pocola, OK, Jerry Finley, Northern Oklahoma and Jerry Finley, Southern, OK; one Aunt Linda Spiers, Charleston, AR. and host extend family. A memorial visitation will be held from 6 to 7pm, Tuesday, February, 27, 2024 at the Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, Seneca. Following the visitation the body will be taken for cremation.

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