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Bowers, Ivan Austin, d. 1992 - Boyd, Lawrence L., d. 1980


Bowers, Ivan Austin 5 Mar 1901 - 18 Feb 1992    NN-E 27 Feb 1992

[Note: Son of Henry Edward & Florence Myrtle (Mitchell) Bowers; married Gertie Mae Whitworth 4 Feb 2004 - 1 Oct 1990; grandson of Lazarus F. & Martha Ann (Clark) Bowers]

Austin Bowers, 90, died at 2:45 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18, 1992 in Americana-Fremont Healthcare Center. A Missouri native, he spent most of his life as a farmer in Douglas and surrounding counties. After retiring he and his wife moved to Springfield. He was a member of Jefferson Avenue Baptist Church. Preceding him in death were his wife, Gertie Mae Bowers, Oct. 1, 1990; a sister, Peggy Anderson; and his parents, Henry and Myrtle Bowers. Survivors include a son, Gene  Bowers and his wife, Priscilla, Springfield; two daughters, Geraldine Painter and her husband,  Glenn, and Janette Stafford and her husband, Arleigh, all of Springfield; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three brothers, Oscar Bowers, Harrisburg, Pa., Frank : Bowers, Springfield, and Oras “Si” Bowers, Fordland; two sisters, Fern Harville, Branson, and Hazel Philpott, Kansas City; and other relatives and friends. Services were Friday in Adams Funeral Nome, Ozark, with the Rev. Phillip Wright officiating. Burial was in Dogwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Missouri  or the charity of the donor’s choice.


Bowers, James Albert 9 May 1885 - 6 May 1972  CCR 11 May 1972 p4

[Note: married Lillie Mae]

James Albert Bowers, 86, of Route 2, Ozark, died at 7:50 p.m. Saturday in the Springfield MediCenter, He had been ill since October. Mr. Bowers had lived in Ozark the past year, moving here from Benton, Ark. He was a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Surviving are his wife, Lillie Mae; four sons, John W. Bowers, Republic, David L. Bowers, Ozark, James L. Bowers and Howard Bowers, both of Benton, Ark,; six daughters, Mrs. James Litten, Tulare, Calif., Mrs. Clifford Snowder, Pacolma, Calif., Mrs. Ruby Weaver, Modesto, Calif., Mrs. Jack Collins and Mrs. Ben Allen, Both of Casa Grande, Ariz. and Mrs. Joe Brill of Fort Madison, Iowa; one sister, Mrs. Gustia Warren, Memphis, Tenn.; 31 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren. Funeral services were at 1:00 p.m. Monday in the Ralph Thieme Chapel, Springfield. The Rev. Ben Boettcher officiated. Burial was in East Lawn Cemetery.


Bowers, Riley Bryon 1907 - 21 Mar 1994  OH 30 Mar 1994

Riley Byron Bowers, 86, Ozark, died in his home on Monday, March 21, 1994. He had been a resident of Ozark since 1990. Funeral services were held in Oregon, Ill., on Friday, March 25, 1994 under the direction of Adams Funeral Home and Farrel Holland Funeral Home.


Bowler, Edmund F. 1905 - 5 May 1962 CCR 10 May 1962 p4

[Note: married Floy Collins]

Rosary services for Edmund F. Bowler, 56 of 1034 South Florence, Springfield who was dead on arrival Saturday at St. John’s Hospital after suffering an apparent heart attack, were at 7:30 Monday night in the Herman Lohmeyer East Chapel. Funeral mass was at 9 a.m. Tuesday in St. Agnes Cathedral with Msge. V. A. Schroger officiating. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Mrs. Bowler is the former Floy Collins with resident in the Selmore and Ozark communities.


Bowles, Linda Ray (Loftis) White 1950 - 16 Mar 1983 OH 24 Mar 1983 p9

[Note: Daughter of  William Ray & Opal (  ) Loftis; married ? White: married Paul Bowles; no SSDI record found]

Services for Linda Ray Bowles, 32, Greenfield, were held March 19 at Russell Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Dean Vestal officiating, Burial was in Greenfield Cemetery. . Mrs. Bowles died March  16 in Cox Medical Center, Springfield, of natural causes. She is survivors by her husband, Paul; two daughters, Cynthia Elaine Boyd, Greenfield and Paula Marie White, Burk Bernett, Texas; two sons, Allen Shane White, Burk Bernett, Texas and Paul Edward Bowles, Springfield; her parents, William Ray and Opal Loftis, Springfield; five brothers. Johnny Loftis, Nixa, Billie Lee, William, Charles and Clifford Loftis, all of Springfield; a sister, Wanda Fay Ganzer, Springfield; and a grandchild. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation.


Bowling, Albert Gilbert 9 Feb 1926 - 16 Nov 1977  gwobt

[Note: Son of Roy Gilbert & Mae Priscilla (Cupp) Bowling; married Fredia Lorene Melton 19 Sep 1927 - 1 Jun 1991  m/1 Higgs]

Funeral services for Albert Gilbert Bowling , 51, Nixa were at 2 p.m. Sunday Nov. 20 in the Hurley Church of God with Revs. and Mrs. L. S. Cooper officiating . Burial was in Masonic Cemetery at Crane under direction of Manlove of Crane. Mr Bowling died at St Johns Hospital in Springfield Mo. at 10:55 p.m. Wednesday Nov 16 . He had been a patient there 13 days . Survivors include his wife Fredia ; Two daughters Mrs Darlene Brewer , Billings, Christian County, Missouri and Miss Glenda Bowling of Hurley ; four sons Robert , Crane and Ronald , Dennis and Albert all of Nixa and four grandchildren . He is also survived by two brothers George and Charles both of Moqueota Iowa and three sisters Mrs. Thelma Anderson of Hurley , Mrs Ida Mae Cypert Crane and Mrs. Mayme Lee Renfrow of Thayer.


Bowling, Benjamin Fraklin 8 Oct 1867 - 11 Feb 1940 CCR 15 Feb 1940 p1

[Note: Son of Henry C. & Helen (Pate) Bowling; married Sarah Alice 1875 - 1959]

Funeral services for Mr. B.F. Bowling, age 72 years, who died at his home in Crane Sunday night of pneumonia, were held at 2 pm Tuesday at the Church of God in Crane, conducted by the pastor, Rev. John Reser with burial in the Masonic cemetery at Crane under the direction of Wilburn Maples Funeral Home of Clever, MO. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Sarah Bowling, one daughter, Mrs. Elma Bowling of Crane, MO, one foster son. Marvin Bowling, of Crane, two grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Anna Crawford, of Aurora, MO, one brother Lon Bowling, of Crane, MO.


Bowling,  Daryl Ray “Grumpy” 5 Sep 1949 - 21 Feb 2008 CCH-N 27 Feb 2008

[Note: Son of Joe Felix & Betty (Scott) Bowling;  married 6 Aug 1971 JoEtta Carr]

Daryl Ray (Grumpy) Bowling, Spokane, son of Joe and Betty (Scott) Bowling was born Sept. 5, 1949, in Aurora and departed this life Feb. 21, 2008 in his home at the age of 58 years, five months and 16 days. Daryl married JoEtta Carr of Cape Fair on Aug. 6, 1971 and they were blessed with the birth of Derick Ryan on June 6, 1982. Daryl served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1970 and served a tour of duty in Vietnam for eleven months, returning home in December 1970. He worked as a truck driver for Associated Wholesale Grocers for many years. Daryl enjoyed camping, float trips, trot-line fishing and guns. When camping, he always enjoyed having family come along, especially the children. Daryl was preceded in death by his father, Joe Felix Bowling in 1998, and brother-in-law Gary Daughtery in 1996. Survivors include: his wife, JoEtta; son, Derick Bowling and Onna Bushong of Springfield; mother, Betty Bowling of Galena; sisters, Sharon and John Kirby of Aurora, Linda and Denny Wolf of Jenkins, Brenda Daughtery of Galena, Johnette and Randy Ellingsworth of Reeds Springs; brothers, Eddie and Debbie Bowling of Galena, Dale and Donna Bowling of Springfield, Marty and Stacey Bowling of Walnut Shade; 25 nieces and nephews; 20 great nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Feb. 25, 2008, in Bowling Chapel with Randy Harwood and Gary Robertson officiating. Burial was in Bowling Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Manlove-Stumpff Funeral Home, Crane. Visitation was from 2 to 4 p.m., Feb. 24 at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bowling Chapel Cemetery Fund.

©Ozarks Newsstand 2008


Bowling, Fredia Lorene (Melton) Higgs 19 Sep 1927 - 1 Jun 1991  NN-E 13 Jun 1991

[Note: Daughter of Elzia Virgil & Maude Marie (Hodges) Melton; married first ? Higgs; married Aug 1952 Albert Gilbert Bowling  9 Feb 1926 - 16 Nov 1977]

Fredia Lorene (Melton) Bowling, 63, Billings, died Saturday, June 1, 1991, after a short illness. She was born Sept. 19, 1927, in Hoxie, Ark., to Elzia and Maude Melton. She was a longtime resident of the Ozarks. She was married in August 1952 to Gilbert Bowling, who preceded her in death in November 1977. She is survived by four sons, Robert Higgs, Doniphan, Mo., Ronald Higgs, Springfield, Dennis Bowling, Hurley, and Albert Bowling, Nixa; two daughters, Darlene. Brewer, Crane, and Glenda Pollard, Ava; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; a sister, Freecy Gammon, Jonesboro, Ark.; three brothers, Kenneth Melton and Donald Lee Melton, both of Bilmore, Mo., and Carl Melton, state of Indiana; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. Services were Tuesday, June 4, in Hurley Church of God with the Rev. L.S. Cooper officiating. Burial was in Crane Community Cemetery under the direction of Manlove-Stumpff Funeral Home, Crane.


Bowling, Henry D. 14 Jul 1860 - 25 Oct 1940 CCR 31 Oct 1940 p7

[Note: married 11 Oct 1882 Arminta Dalton]

Henry D. Bowling was born July 14, 1860 and passed away October 25, 1940 at the age of 80 years, three months and 11 days. He was married to Arminta Dalton, October 11, 1882. To this union were born 11 children. His wife and six children preceded him in death. Those who survive him are two sons and two daughters, Frank and Jess Bowling and Mrs. Mary Perigen, all of Crane, and Mrs. Lula Triplett of Carthage, MO, 23 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, other relatives and a host of friends. He accepted Christ years ago and united with the Pentecost church and lived faithful to it until death. Funeral services in the Pentecost church at Crane conducted by Rev. Frank Eaton with burial in the Mars Hill cemetery under the direction of the Wilburn Maples Funeral Home of Clever.


Bowling. Jason Cory 16 Dec 1975 - 30 Dec 2009 SN-L 3 Jan 2010

[Note: Son of Dennis & Tamey ( ) Bowling]

Jason Cory Bowling, 34, was placed, by God, in the arms of his parents on December 16, 1975 and departed this life on December 30, 2009. He was preceded in death by his loving paternal grandparents, Gilbert and Fredia Bowling; and maternal grandmother, Erma Fleming. He leaves behind to mourn, one son, Zakorey; two daughters, Jordyn and Kyndra; his parents, Dennis and Tamey Bowling; one brother, Jeremy; two nieces, Alexis and Lauren; and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, January 4, 2010 in Wrights Chapel Church under the direction of Meadors Funeral Home, Clever. Burial will follow in Delaware Cemetery, Nixa. Visitation will be 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to a fund for Jason's children. Contact the family or the funeral home for information. Online condolences may be made at www.meadorsfuneral


Bowling, Roy Gilbert 5 May 1903 - 23 Feb 1968

[Note: Son of George Washington & Tressie Ida Bell (Bowling) Bowling; married 1923 Mae Priscilla Cupp 25 May 1903 - 23 Feb 1968]


Bowling, Mae Priscilla (Cupp) 25 May 1903 - 23 Feb 1968

[Note: Daughter of George Washington & Emma Burnette (Johnson) Cupp; married 1923 Roy Gilbert Bowling 5 May 1903 - 23 Feb 1968]

Funeral services for Mr. and Mrs. Roy Bowling, both 65, Route 1, Billings, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Hurley High School gymnasium.  Mr. and Mrs. Bowling were found dead in their mobile home about 8:30 a.m. Friday.  Their deaths were ruled “due to accidental suffocation” by Stone County Coroner George Manlove.  The couple’s son-in-law, Joe Cypret, told authorities he checked on the couple about 8:30 p.m. Thursday, and they were all right.  Bowling, an invalid, had to be put to bed each night, Cypret said.  Friday morning, Mrs. Cypret went to check on her parents and found them dead.  Manlove said after the investigation “the small propane gas stove apparently used up all the oxygen in the small trailer.”  The couple apparently had been dead six to eight hours when they were found.  The Bowlings are survived by three sons, Gilbert, Route 1, Billings, George Bowling, Jr., and Charles, both of Maquoketa, Iowa; three daughters, Mrs. Ida Cypret, and Mrs. Thelma Anderson, both of Route 2, Crane, and Mrs. Maymelee Renfrow, Route 1, Thayer.  Mrs. Bowling is also survived by three sisters, Mrs. Rachel Musical and Mrs. Florence Horn, Billings, and Mrs. Maymie Anderson, Crane; and two brothers, Leonard and Cecil Cupp, Crane.  Mr. Bowling’s other survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Emma Stephens, Galena, and Mrs. Audie Jackson, Crane; and five brothers, Clyde, Chelsea, Okla., Earl and Elmer, both of Orvilla, Calif., Oral, Sacramento, Calif., and Leonard, Galena.  The Rev. Frank Eaton will officiate at the services and burial will be in Masonic Cemetery in Crane under direction of Manlove.

Note: This clipping from the collection of Lula (Rogers) Gardner has a handwritten date of 1968 in the margin.


Bowling, Roy Roger 18 Dec 1926 - 28 Mar 2005 SN-L 31 Mar 2005

Roy Roger Bowling, age 78, of Billings, Mo., passed away Monday, March 28, 2005, in Cox South. He was born Dec. 18, 1926, in Hazzard, Ky. He was a World War II Navy veteran. He is survived by his son, Daniel and Elizabeth Bowling and their children, Daniel Jr., and Sarah, all of Ishpeming, Mich.; three brothers, Clyde, Johnny, and Peter, all of California; two aunts, Della Mae and Jessie Ramsey; one uncle, Robert Albers; and a host of other relatives and friends. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, April 1, 2005 in Missouri Veterans Cemetery. Visitation is today from 7 to 8 p.m. in Greenlawn Funeral Home South.


Bowling, Sarah Ann (Bolin) 27 Jun 1961 – 5 Dec1997  CCH-N 17 Dec 1997

[Note: Daughter of Gene & Shirley (Cave) Bolin; married 19 Apr 1979 Albert Ray Bowling]

Sarah Ann Bowling, age 36, of Nixa, died Friday, December 5, 1997, in Cox Medical Center South, following a short illness. She was born June 27, 1961 and lived throughout her life in Nixa She was a 1979 graduate of Nixa High School. On April 19, 1979 she married Albert Ray Bowling. Sarah had been a member of Calvary Bible Church since 1972. She was a secretary for Middleton Stables. Survivors include: Her husband, Albert; her parents, Gene and Shirley Bolin, Nixa; two children of the home, Heather Ann and Albert Eugene “Bear” Bowling; a brother, Billy Bolin and his wife, Amber, Nixa; a sister, Vonda Burns and her husband, Chris, Nixa; a grandmother Hazel Cave, Nixa; nieces and nephews, and a multitude of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were Monday, December 8, in Adams Funeral Home, Nixa, with Rev. Rick Flood and Pastor Tommy Bilyeu officiating. Burial was in McConnell Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sarah Bowling Memorial Fund, in care of Empire Bank, Nixa.


Bowling, Zelma 1930 - Oct 2010 SN-L 11 Oct 2010

Zelma Bowling, 80, Ozark. Arrangements: Manlove-Stumpff Funeral Home, Crane.


Bowman, Billy Joe 24 Aug 1925 - 29 Dec 1977 OH 5 Jan 1978 p7

BILLINGS - Services for Billy Joe Bowman, 51, Billings, were at 10 a.m. Monday in First Baptist Church with the Rev. Nick Arnold officiating. Burial will be in Marionville IOOF Cemetery under direction of Meadors of Billings. He died at 11:15 p.m. Thursday at Cox Medical Center, Springfield of an apparent heart attack. Mr. Bowman was employed by Reyco Industries, Springfield. Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church.


Bowman, Donald "Don" Victor 13 Mar 1944 - 1 Aug 2006 SN-L 4 Aug 2006

[Note: married 17 Jun 1967 Mary Ryswyk]

Donald "Don" Victor Bowman of Gardner, Kan., died Tuesday, August 1, 2006, in his home following a courageous battle against cancer. A “Celebration of Life“ service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, August 7, 2006, in James River Assembly of God, Ozark, Mo. Interment will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery, Springfield, Mo. The family will receive friends on Sunday, August 6, 2006, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the funeral home, 4500 S. Lone Pine, Springfield, MO 65804. Don was born on March 13, 1944, in Fairmont, Minn.; graduated from Granada High School; attended St. Cloud, Minn., Vocational School and became a professional brick layer; graduated from North Central University in Minneapolis, Minn., and earned his Master's degree from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, Springfield, Mo. He pastored churches in Litchfield and Granite Falls, Minn. He served as Minnesota Youth and Christian ED Director of the Assemblies of God. For nine years he was a foreign missionary in Ghana, West Africa, until he moved back to Springfield and continued to minister throughout all of Africa in the Tabernacle Evangelism program. Don married Mary Ryswyk on June 17, 1967. She died in July 2001. They had two daughters, Tiffany and husband, Mark, and Kirsten and husband, Daniel; and four grandchildren, Quentin, Evan, Greyson and Addy. Don married Sydney Matheny on June 11, 2005. After retiring from Foreign Missions, Don and Sydney (with others) rebuilt a church destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in Waveland, Miss. They moved to Gardner, Kan., to help grow a new Assembly of God Church there. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in April. He is survived by his wife of the home; his children and their spouses; grandchildren; stepchildren and their spouses; step grandchildren; six siblings and their spouses; nieces, nephews and many, many friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, a brother , and his first wife. Don served the Lord his entire life and has now gone to be with Him. His one and only desire was that God receive all the glory from his life. Don was much loved and appreciated and he will be deeply missed. Memorial donations may be made to Full Life Assembly of God Building Fund, c/o Bruce Funeral Home, PO Box 192, Gardner, KS 66030. Online condolences may be made at


Bowman, Gladys (Hall) 24 Mar 1915 - 20 Apr 1982 OH 29 Apr 1982 p8

[Note: Daughter of Walter & Eva ( ) Hall; married Ira Bowman]

Services for Gladys Bowman, 67, a former Mountain Grove resident, were held April 22 in Craig-Hurtt-Hutsel-Dedmon Funeral Chapel in Mountain Grove. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery. Mrs. Bowman died April 20 in her home near Joplin after a long illness. Survivors include her husband, Ira; one son, Dosin, Muscatine, Iowa; two daughters, Mrs. Rita Winters, Keyes, Calif. and Mrs. Wanda Cunningham, Joplin; two brothers, Jack Hall, Macomb, and Warren Hall, Sparta; three sisters, Mrs. Fern Baney, and Mrs. Pearl Sweet, both of Cabool; and Mrs. Juanita Coday, Hartville; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.


Bowman, James Charles 29 Jan 1939 - 21 Jan 2011 SN-L 23 Jan 2011 & CCH-N 26 Jan 2011

[Note: Son of Paul & Marie (Jordan) Bowman; married 1970 Patricia]

James Charles Bowman, age 71, of Highlandville, passed away Friday, January 21, 2011. He was born December 29, 1939 in Warren, Indiana, the son of Paul and Marie (Jordan) Bowman. He served his country in the U.S. Army. Early in his working career, James was a space craft electrical engineer. He was a television technician for many years. James was a beloved husband, father and grandfather. He was an avid fisherman, and lived in the Highlandville area for most of his life. He was a member of American Legion Post #676. Survivors include his wife of over 40 years, Patricia; six children, James Bowman, Ariz., Gregory Bowman, Colo., Lonnie Bowman, Calif., Diane Hough and husband Gary, Ariz., Kelly Baumann, Nixa, and Kathy Machala and husband Bob, Springfield; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother, William Bowman and wife Judy, Calif.; two sisters, Bettie Johnson and husband Thomas, Buffalo, and Sharon Strait, Springfield; and many loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Richard. A graveside memorial service will be 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 25 in Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield, with military honors.

Arrangements are under the direction of Adams Funeral Home, Nixa.


Bowman, John died Dec 1916 CCR 15 Dec 1916 p1

[Note: May be the Son of John & Lucy Boman; in Clever 1910, age 30; son-in-law of Mrs. Vanderpool; married 19 Nov 1910 Vina T. Vanderpool 8 Dec 1895 - 1 May 1975  - Vina remarried 29 Apr 1917 Oscar Henry who was divorced in 1920 census and living next door to Vina’s parents’ Henry G. & Mary (Davis) Vanderpool; Vina‘s name at death was McCowen]

Mrs. Vanderpool is looking for her daughter home from Oklahoma as her husband died recently. [in Low Gap news]


Bowman, Leona (Hasty) 31 May 1923 - 26 May 2003 CCH-N 4 Jun 2003

[Note: Daughter of John R. & Clara Elizabeth (Unger) Hasty; married 2 Aug 1947 Richard I. Bowman]

Leona Hasty Bowman, 79, Nixa died May 26, 2003 in St. John’s Regional Health Center, Springfield. She was born May 31, 1923 to John R. and Clara Elizabeth (Unger) Hasty in Texas County, the 10th of 11 children. In 1926 the family moved to Nixa. She and Richard I. Bowman were married on Aug. 2, 1947. From this union two sons were born, Gary David and Curtis Eugene. Bowman was employed with the Nixa Schools in food services for 22 years, retiring in 1988 to travel and enjoy her family. She was an active member of the Nixa Church of Christ. Preceding her in death were her parents, two sisters and seven brothers. Survivors include her husband Richard; two sons and their wives, Gary and Dawn Bowman, Ballwin, and Curtis and Mia Bowman, Beverly Farms, Mass; two grandchildren, Claudia and Peter Bowman, Beverly Farms, Mass. and a sister, Opal Dunham, Nixa. Services were at 10 a.m. May 28, in Adams Funeral Home, Nixa with James Baysinger officiating. Burial was in White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Springfield.

Bowman, Patricia Ann (Pratt)  16 Dec 1934 - 8 Apr 2011 SN-L 12 Apr 2011 & CCH-N 13 Apr 2011
[Note: Daughter of William Earl & Ruth Elizabeth (Seastrand) Pratt; married 1970 James Charles  Bowman 29 Jan 1939 - 21 Jan 2011]
Patricia Ann Bowman, age 76, of Highlandville, passed away Friday, April 8, 2011. She was born December 16, 1934, in Denver, Colo., the daughter of William Earl and Ruth Elizabeth (Seastrand) Pratt. Patricia lived in Loveland, Estes Park, and Greeley, Colo., and Phoenix, Ariz., before moving to Highlandville. She retired after many years from AT&T. Patricia was loved by her daughters and grandchildren. She enjoyed her animals, fishing, sewing and knitting. She was preceded in death by her husband, James, on January 21, 2011, after 40 years of marriage. Survivors include three daughters, Diane Hough and husband Gary, Phoenix, Ariz., Kathy Machala and husband Bob, Springfield, and Kelly Baumann, Nixa; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law and his wife, Bill and Judy Bowman with whom she was very close; a very special cousin, Karen Helgager and husband Lowell, Calif.; and many other relatives and friends. A graveside memorial service will be 11 a.m., Monday, May 2, in Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield, with Pastor Jamie Bilyeu officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Adams Funeral Home, Nixa.

Bowman, Richard "Dick" G. 27 Apr 1923 - 29 Jun 2004 SN-L 1 Jul 2004

[Note: Son of  Ralph & Ethel (  ) Bowman; married first Elaine; married second Judy Runner]

Richard Bowman, age 81, of Ozark, passed away June 29, 2004, in Christian Health Care Center. He was born April 27, 1923, in Mountain Grove, Mo., the son of Ralph and Ethel Bowman. Richard was Chief Engineer for both KWTO and KGBX Radio Stations in Springfield for 30 years. In 1971, he fulfilled his dream of owning and operating his own hardware store, Bowman Ace Hardware. He had the store until retiring in 1990. Richard was president of the local Kiwanis Club and served on the Board of Directors of his church, Christ Church Unity. He also served as a board member of Treasure Lake Resort in Branson for ten years and resigned recently due to health reasons. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Ralph and Ethel Bowman, and first wife, Elaine Bowman. Survivors include the love of his life, Jody Runner, of the home; brother and sister-in-law, Vergil and Lorene Bowman; brother and sisters, Bill Bowman and Lois Bowman, Springfield, and Avis Maddox of Rudy, Ark.; stepson and wife, Marc and Mary Jo Runner of Republic; stepdaughter, Amanda Runner of the home; two beautiful grandsons, Ben and Isaac Runner; and four nieces. Richard was a loving and caring man who loved people and will be missed. Memorial services will be at 6 p.m. Friday, July 2, 2004, at Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. John's HospiceCare, 1378 E. Republic Rd., Springfield, MO 65804.


Bowman, William David 28 Feb 1911 - 15 Jun 1989 NN-E 29 Jun 1989

[Note: married Helen L.]

William David Bowman, 78, of Branson, died June 15 at Skaggs Community Hospital, Branson, after a long illness. Services for Mr. Bowman were held June 18 in Snapp's Funeral Home, Branson, with the Revs. Harold Tennison, Bob Allmon and Tom Holderby officiating. Burial was in Ozarks Memorial Park Cemetery. Mr. Bowman lived in Taney County and in Wichita, Kansas for most of his life. He was retired from Cessna Aircraft in Wichita, where he worked as a drill press operator. He was a member of the Hilltop Full Gospel Church in Reeds Spring. Surviving are his wife, Helen of the home; three sons, Joe Dean and Roy Gene, both of Crane, and Billy of Springfield; three daughters, Betty Evatt and Mary Evatt, both of Mt. Vernon, and Joyce Forrester of Galena, Kansas; one step daughter, Cindie Hopper, Branson; three stepsons, Jim Coffelt, Chestnutridge, Ron Coffelt, Galena, and Glen Braden, Reeds Spring; a niece, Flossie Crumm, Crane; a nephew, Leon Saltkill, Greenwich, Kansas; 38 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.


Bowser, Daniel V. 7 Mar 1904 - Jun 1971 CCR 10 Jun 1971 p8

Funeral services for Dan V. Bowser, 66. of Springfield, were at 4 p.m. Wednesday in Greenlawn Funeral Home, with Wyatt Kirk officiating. Burial was at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Shover Springs Cemetery near Hope, Arkansas.


Bowser, Gladys M. (Bowser) 7 Aug 1910 - 18 Feb 2008  SN-L 20 Feb 2008

[Note: Daughter of Abraham & Hattie (McKelvey) Bowser; married 1927 Thomas M. Bowser]

Gladys M. Bowser, 97, of Nixa, Mo., passed away Monday, February 18, 2008. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, February 22, 2008, in Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark. Visitation will be Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial will be held on Monday, in Apopka, Florida.


Bowser, Gladys M. (Bowser) 7 Aug 1910 - 18 Feb 2008 CCH-N 27 Feb 2008

Gladys M. Bowser, 97, of Nixa, passed away Feb. 18, 2008, in Christian Health Care of Nixa. She was born Aug. 7, 1910, in North Buffalo Township, Penn., the daughter of Abraham and Hattie (McKelvey) Bowser. In 1927, Gladys was united in marriage to Thomas M. Bowser and together they celebrated 67 years of marriage and the birth of two sons before his passing in March 1994. After Tom's retirement of 50 years as a store proprietor and farmer they moved from Center Hill, Pennsylvania to Apopka, Fla. Together they enjoyed traveling, fishing and just "plain living" in Florida for 41 years. n 1999, Gladys moved to Nixa. Gladys enjoyed many careers in her lifetime including a farmer, waitress, deli manager, housewife and a loving mother. She loved working no matter the task and was very frugal and expected the same commitment from her sons. Gladys was also a member of the Brethren Church of West Kittanning, Penn. Gladys was preceded in death by her parents; husband Thomas M. Bowser; three brothers Merle, Leroy and Jim Bowser; two sisters Iona Wagner and Bertha McAfoose. Gladys is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert G. "Bob" and wife Gertrude Bowser, and Thomas "Country Tom" and wife Janice Sue Bowser; seven grandsons Randy Bowser and wife LeAnn, Danny Bowser and wife Pam, Tim Bowser and wife Marion, Ted Bowser and wife Kathy, Tod Bowser and wife Kerri, Tommy Bowser and wife Lisa, and Tyler Bowser; two granddaughters, Sondra Vosler and husband Tom, and Tammy Jones and husband Doyle; nine great-grandsons Justin Bowser, Robert Bowser, Matthew Bowser and wife Kim, Jonathon Bowser, Sgt. Cameron Bowser and wife Warrant Officer Keri, 2nd Ltn. Colby Bowser and wife Megan, Clancy "CJ" Bowser, Logan Bowser, and Shane Jones; seven great-granddaughters Heather Gula and husband Ryan, Shannon Fries and husband Jamie, Kristy Zaracky and husband Chris, Missy Sexton and husband Trent, Rebecca Bowser, Mindy Kamper and husband Matthew, and Rachel Bowser; two great-great-grandsons Wyatt Gula and Ethan Bowser; three great-great-granddaughters Soliel Sexton, Lyra Sexton and Mariam Bowser; many nieces, nephews and loving friends. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Feb. 22, 2008, in Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark with Pastor Tommy Bilyeu officiating. Visitation was held on Feb. 21, 2008, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the funeral home. Graveside and interment services were held at 1p.m. Feb. 25, 2008, in Highland Memory Gardens, Apopka, Fla.

©Ozarks Newsstand 2008


Box, Arthur H. 7 Sep 188y - 12 Aug 1923 CCR 17 Aug 1923 p 1

[Note: Son of William & Martha (Mapes) Box; married Mary Lisenby]

Arthur H. Box, aged 35 years died in Springfield Sunday night. Funeral services will be held Wednesday with burial in the Maple Park cemetery. Deceased was a nephew of County Superintendent Tom Mapes and former Collector R. M. Mapes.


Box, Georgia Mae (Ritchardson) 19 Mar 1919 - 12 Jan 2005 SN-L 14 Jan 2005

[Note: Daughter of George W. & Effie Mae (Sumner) Ritchardson; married 1936 William Truel Box]

Georgia Mae Box, 85, Nixa, Mo., passed away Wednesday, January 12, 2005, in Ozark Riverview Manor, Ozark, Mo. She was born March 19, 1919, near Springfield, Mo., to George W. and Effie Mae Sumner Ritchardson. She was united in marriage in 1936 to William Truel Box and to this union seven children were born. He preceded her in death in 1981. Georgia had lived in Mansfield and Seymour, Mo., and then in Moline, Ill., where she retired in 1982 from International Harvester. She then moved to Nixa, Mo., to make her home. She was a member of the Nixa Assembly of God Church and had done volunteer work at St. John's Hospital in Springfield for several years. She was also preceded in death by her parents, and a sister, Kathryn Crawford. She is survived by her children, Bill Box and wife, Barbara, Eldridge, Iowa, Shirley Cardwell and husband, Bill, Port Charlotte, Fla., Deloris Baty and husband, Dean, Nixa, Mo., Dorothy Akers and husband, Cal, Lake Panasoffkee, Fla., Clyde Box, Ozark, Mo., Carol Stratton and husband, Jerry, East Moline, Ill., and Rick Box, Nixa, Mo.; 12 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; a sister, Mildren Hamilton, Springfield, Mo.; a number of nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends. Services will be 2:30 p.m. Sunday, January 16, 2005, in Holman-Howe Funeral Home, Seymour, with Reverend Don Blansit officiating. Burial will be in Seymour Masonic Cemetery. Georgia would want to be remembered for her love of God, her church, and her loving family. She will be greatly missed by all her family and many friends.


Box, Infant 9 Mar 1901 - 9 Mar 1901 CCR 14 Mar 1901

[Note: Infant of William & Rosa (Busby) Box; no legible tombstone in Cobb/Keeton Cemetery]


Box, Rosa (Busby) May 1884 - 11 Mar 1901 CCR 14 Mar 1901

[Note: married 25 Feb 1900 William Box Apr 1869 - ?; no legible tombstone in Cobb/Keeton Cemetery]

A Sad Death

On Saturday March 9th, Mrs. Rosa Box, wife of William Box of Eaudavie, gave birth to a child. The child was stillborn, and on Sunday, Dick Box went to Ozark for a doctor. Dr. Elkins started, but when he reached Bull Creek, the stream was too high to ford, so he turned back. Mrs. Box died Monday morning at 4 o’clock. The mother and child will be buried in one coffin at the Keeton Cemetery at noon Monday, March 11th. Rosa grew from a  girl to womanhood in this neighborhood and only a year ago she was married, and now leaves a broken-hearted husband to mourn her sad death, and who has the sympathy of many friends.   A Friend.


Boyce, Vertie May (Manley) 14 Jun 1904 - 3 Jan 1925  SR 6 Jan 1925

[Note: Daughter of Jesse D. & Martha Jane (Keltner) Manley; married C. D. Boyce]

Funeral services for Vertie May Boyce, 21 years old, who died Saturday night at the home, 1900 West Phelps street, were held at 11 o’clock this morning at the home, with interment in Manley cemetery, south of Springfield, under direction of the Paxson Undertaking company. She is survived by the father, J. D. Manley, one son, three brothers, C. B. Manley, who is principal of Reed Junior High of this city; Hobart and Robert Manley, all of this city, and by three sisters, Blanche, Hazel and Helen Manley, all of this city.  The Springfield Republican, January 6, 1925.


Boyd, Anita Michelle May 1962 - May 1962

[Note: Daughter of John & ? (Meritt) Boyd]

Anita Michelle Boyd, two-day-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Boyd, Route 1, Clever, died at 10:45 p.m. Saturday at Springfield Baptist Hospital.  Graveside services will be at Frazier Cemetery at 2 p.m. today with the Rev. Bill Jones officiating.  Burial will be under the direction of Harris of Clever. Survivors besides the parents include the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Sherman Boyd, Galloway; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Meritt, Route 1, Clever; and the maternal great-grandmother, Mrs. John French, Route 1, Clever.

Note: this clipping from the collection of Audrey (King) Maples has a handwritten date of May 5, 1962 in the margin. Contributed by Rada Beth (Hayden) Maples.


Boyd, Anita Michelle 3 May 1962 - 5 May 1962  CCR 10 May 1962 p4

Graveside services for Anita Michelle Boyd, two-day-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Boyd, Route 1, Clever, who died at 10:45 p.m. Sunday at Springfield Baptist Hospital, were held at 2 p.m. Monday at Frazier Cemetery with the Rev. Bill Jines officiating. Burial was under direction of Harris of Clever. Survivors in addition to the parents include the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Sherman Boyd of Galloway; the maternal grandparents,  Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Merritt of Clever and the maternal great grandmother, Mrs. John French of Clever.


Boyd, C. L. 1912 - 10 Aug 1968  CCR 15 Aug 1968 p8

[Note: married Ava]

Funeral services for C. L. Boyd, 56, Route 2, Bolivar were at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Pitts Chapel with the Rev. Leroy Roberts officiating. Burial was in Morrisville Cemetery. Mr. Boyd, a lifelong resident of Bolivar and well-known carpenter and stockman, died about 10 p.m. Saturday in his home after an apparent heart attack. He is survived by his wife, Avis; two daughters, Mrs. Bill Root, Route 1, Bolivar, Mrs. Ron Miller, Route 2, Rogersville; one son, Charles Bill, Springfield; two brothers, Lawrence, Route 4, Bolivar, William, Strafford; three sisters, Mrs. Clark Woodmansee, Pleasant Hope, Mrs. X. X. McGee, Mantoon, Ill., Mrs. Hal Becker, Ozark; his father, Ralph, of the home; and three grandchildren.


Boyd, Charles Francis 24 Feb 1887 - 12 Mar 1953 CCR 19 Mar 1953 p1

[Note: Son of Daniel Boone & Talitha Lucinda (Willard) Boyd; married Nora Callaway 28 Aug 1884 - 1 Jul 1983]

Well-Known Ozarkian Succumbs to Long Illness

Charles F. Boyd was born at Walnut Shade, Taney County, Missouri February 24, 1887 and passed away at his home in Ozark, Missouri March 12, 1953 after a long illness. He was the oldest son of Daniel B. and Lucinda Boyd. He began his career as a rural teacher in Taney County where he taught six years, During this time, to further his education, he attended school at Lead Hill, Arkansas and the School of the Ozarks.  After his marriage in 1911 to Nora Callaway of Sparta, Missouri, he moved to Christian County where he resided until his death. For the next eight years, he taught school at Chadwick, Nixa, and Clever. He succeeded in getting the Nixa and Clever  schools on the state-approved list for the first time. The family moved to Ozark in 1920 and the same year, Mr. Boyd was elected prosecuting attorney. He attended school at SMS, George Peabody College at Nashville, Tennessee and the University of Missouri law school. Besides being county superintendent for twenty-five and one-half years, he held several minor offices. He served as a member of the Ozark Board of Education for twelve years, as tax attorney, city attorney and president of the Ozark Building and Loan Association, In 1931, the teachers of Southwest Missouri honored him by electing him president of the Southwest Missouri Teachers’ Association. He was a member of the Church of Christ and served as an elder since the organization of the church at Ozark. He retired as superintendent of schools in 1951. He last official program was a complete reorganization of the schools of the county. Christian County was one of the first three counties in the state to reorganize. He leaves his wife, Nora; a son, Charles E. of Kansas City; and a daughter, Rowena, a teacher in the Kansas City school system. Rowena Harris Ellingsworth of Torrance, California made her home with the Boyd family for several years. Six brothers and two sisters survive: Martin, Bill, Seamon, and Raymond of Sacramento, California; Sherman of Galloway; and Ralph of Keltner; Mrs. Laura Richardson of Garrison and Mrs. Nellie Bledsoe of Sacramento. Funeral services were conducted Sunday at 3:30 at the Chaffin Chapel by Henry Boren, assisted by James Baysinger. Burial was in the Ozark Cemetery. Pallbearers were his nephews: Gene, James, John and Leo Boyd, Vernon Richardson, and Orville Bradley.


Boyd, Daniel Boone 2 Mar 1859 - 25 Sep 1930 CCR 9 Oct 1930

[Note: Son of David & Catherine Henrietta (Jones) Boyd; married 26 Jul 1883 Talitha Lucinda Willard 6 Sep 1869 - 26 May 1932; father of Charles Francis Boyd 24 Feb 1887 - 12 Mar 1953; Martin David Boyd  22 Jan 1889 - 1963; Seamon Alfred Boyd  9 Jan 1891 - 19 Aug 1957; William Walter Boyd 1 Mar 1893 -  3 Mar 1966; Laura May (Boyd) Richardson 15 Oct 1896 - 28 Aug 1987; John Sherman Boyd 22 Jul 1898 - ?; Ralph George Boyd 7 Nov 1902 - 24 Sep 1961; Raymond Vernon Boyd 20 Feb 1905 - 10 Dec 1969 and Nellie Francis (Boyd) Davis Woody Bledsoe 10 Mar 1910 - 6 Oct 1993]

Daniel Boone Boyd was born at Walnut Shade in Taney county, Mo., March 2, 1859, and departed this life at Galloway, Mo., Sept. 25, 1930, at the age of 71 years, 6 months and 23 days. He had been in poor health for years but took suddenly ill only a few days before his death. He was married to Lucinda Willard on the 26th day of July, 1883, at Walnut Shade, and continued this union during more than 47 years, until his death. To this union nine children were born and all survive him. They are Charles F., Martin, and William, of Ozark, Seaman, Sherman, Ralph and Raymond, all of Galloway; and two daughters, Mrs. Laura Richardson and Mrs. Nellie Davis, also of Galloway. Early in life he was converted to the Christian faith and continued to faithfully live it until death. He was the son of David Boyd and wife, who lived in Southwest Missouri long before the Civil War drove the family out of the hills to North Missouri and Kansas, but soon after the war closed they returned to the Ozark hills and more than 60 years ago the father was laid to rest at Walnut Shade and 50 years later the mother was laid beside the father at the same place. He was laid to rest on the very spot where he attended school during his school days and where he was converted to faith in Christ. The old house burned years ago and the land was added to the old cemetery that was already there. Mr. Boyd lived near Walnut Shade until 20 years ago when he moved with his family to Garrison, Christian County, and two years ago to Galloway, in Greene County


Boyd, Earl J. “Spike, Jr. 20 Sep 1920 - 15 Nov 1985 OH 21 Nov 1985 p8

[Note: Son of Earl J. & ? ( ) Boyd; married Mickey]

Services for Earl J. “Spike” Boyd, Jr., 65, Highlandville, were held Nov 18 in Harris Chapel in Ozark with the Rev. Dale Grubaugh officiating and assisted by the Rev. Henry Aykens. Burial was in Highlandville Cemetery under the direction of Harris. Mr. Boyd died Nov. 15 in his home of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the Christian County coroner’s office. A native of Springfield, he resided in Kansas City for 30 years and moved to Highlandville in 1980. He retired in 1975 after 34 years as a realty specialist for the Army Corps of Engineers. A power wood carver, he operated Spike Boyd Wood Carvers’ Supply Co. An author, he had written the books, “The Wonderful World of Hand Tool Wood Carving,” and “Power Tool Wood Working”. He was a staff columnist for the National Carvers Museum publication “The Mallet”. He was regional vice president of the National Wood Carvers Museum, Monmant, Colo. and a member of the First Baptist Church of Highlandville. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army serving during World War II in the Asiatic-Theater campaigns. He was active in the Christian County Library and the Christian County Museum fundraising campaigns. Survivors include his wife, Mickey; a daughter Cherie Boyd, Highlandville; two grandsons, Lief Boyd Millican and Cody Shane Boyd Millican, both of Highlandville and a brother, Donald E., San Diego, Calif.


Boyd, Earl J. “Spike”, Jr. 20 Sep 1920 - 15 Nov 1985 OH 5 Dec 1985 pB7

Card of Thanks

The family of Earl “Spike” Boyd wishes to thank our friends and neighbors for the flowers, cards and food.  Spike Boyd’s Family  471tc


Boyd, Edna 1888 - 31 Oct 1933 CCR 2 Nov 1933 p1

[Note: Daughter of John & ? (?) Boyd; unable to care for self, at county farm for many years, had flu or pneumonia]

Edna Boyd, aged 46 years, died Tuesday at the County Infirmary. Burial was made in the City cemetery Wednesday.


Boyd, Eric Eugene 19 May 1958 - 8 Apr 2006 SN-L 10 Apr 2006

[Note: Son of Bill & Betty (Pritchard) Boyd; married 3 Oct 2004 Angie]

Eric Eugene Boyd, age 47, of Highlandville, passed away Saturday, April 8, 2006, in his home. He was born May 19, 1958, in Stone County, the son of Bill and Betty (Pritchard) Boyd. In 1976, he graduated from Marionville High School. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. Before retirement, Eric served as a correctional officer for the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield. He loved hunting and fishing, and entertaining friends with his banjo and guitar. On October 3, 2004, he and his wife, Angie were married. Survivors include his wife, Angie; his mother, Betty Boyd, Marionville; two stepchildren, Buddy Kennedy and Kayla Kennedy, both of Aurora; a brother, Bruce Boyd, Marionville; a sister, Nancy Smith and husband, Don, Aurora; four nieces, Jennifer, Sarah, Amy, and Anna; other relatives and many friends. His father, Bill, preceded him in death. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, in Adams Funeral Home, Nixa. Burial with military honors will follow in Tory Cemetery, Highlandville. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home.


Boyd, Gene Sherman 4 Jul 1924 - 26 Dec 2004 SN-L 29 Dec 2004

[Note: Son of John Sherman & Lillian May (MacLachlan) Boyd; married 22 Jun 1945 Stella Cathryn Cloud]

The time on this earth allotted to Gene Sherman Boyd came to an end on December 26, 2004, at his daughter's home in Springfield, Mo. Gene started this life on the 4th of July, 1924, as the oldest child of John Sherman Boyd and Lillian May (MacLachlan) Boyd in Sparta, Missouri. While Gene was still an infant his family moved to Galloway, and when he was ten, moved to Mentor, Missouri, where they lived until Gene graduated from high school at Rogersville High School in 1942. Following graduation Gene went to work for H.C. LeDuc Packing Plant and then entered the Army February 05, 1943, and served with the 404th Field Artillery during World War II until he was discharged in 1945. After the service he returned to his job at LeDuc Packing Plant. While working there he met his partner in life, Stella Cathryn Cloud. Gene and Stella were married on June 22, 1945. Other than the last four months of his life, Gene lived in the same house that he and Stella built together in Galloway, Missouri, for over 58 years. Gene and Stella's union was blessed with three children. Paul Boyd, who with his wife, Marie, lives in Joplin, Mo., Ardelle, and her husband, John Morton, and Trish and her husband, Tony Wand, who all reside in Springfield. Gene is also survived by nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren: Chad Morton, his wife, Connie, their children, Brandon, Samantha and Megan of Springfield; Shane Boyd, his wife Jamie, and their children, Addie and Logan of Amarillo, Texas; Johnna Morton of Springfield; Brandon Wand of Columbia, Missouri; Shannon Hutchison, her husband Tilas, and their children, Dakota and Devin of Pineville, Missouri; Seth Wand and his wife, Beth of Houston, Texas; Morgan Meyer and her husband, Nick of Joplin, Missouri; Libby Wand of Emporia Kansas; Chrissie Wand of Kansas City, Missouri; and Cole Boyd of Joplin, Missouri; and two more great grandchildren due in 2005. After their marriage, Gene and Stella became faithful members of Galloway Baptist Church. After 26 years they moved their membership to the First Baptist Church of Battlefield and for the last 16 years have been members of North Nixa Baptist Church, where they were charter members. Gene was ordained a deacon in 1948 and was a life long Sunday School teacher. Gene started work with Southwestern Bell when he was 24 years old and retired in 1984 with 37 years of service. Gene and Stella enjoyed traveling; they had visited 48 states and much of Canada. In later years most of their travel time was spent as volunteers helping to build churches, primarily with the Louisiana Church Builders. They were very proud that they had helped erect 37 churches. Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Sherman and Lillian Boyd; an infant brother; and his beloved wife, Stella, who died December 25, 2003. Gene is survived by his three children and their spouses, and his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers and their wives, Jim and Cathern Boyd, Harold and Wanda Boyd, Richard and Collette Boyd, John and Mary Boyd and a host of nieces and nephews also survive him. Services will be under the direction of Thieme-ShadelHicks Funeral Service at Rivermonte, where visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 30. A celebration of Gene's life will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, December 31, 2004, at North Nixa Baptist Church with Pastor Jerry Francisco officiating. Interment will follow at Rivermonte Memorial Gardens in Galloway. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Gene's name to the building fund at North Nixa Baptist Church, 1730 N. Main, Nixa, MO 65714.


Boyd, Hester A. “Goo” (Willis) 3 Sep 1931 - 4 Mar 2012 CCH-N 14 Mar 2012

[Note: Daughter of Henry & Coy (Wright) Willis]

            Hester A. “Goo” Boyd passed away March 4, 2012 in Springfield, She was born Sept. 3, 1931 in Douglas County to Henry and Coy (Wright) Willis. She cleaned houses for a living and sold Avon. Hester loved animals, playing bingo, cooking, baking and like Christmas. Hester was preceded in death by Clarence Willis, Earl Willis, Florence Willis, Flora Willis, Clyde Willis and Ralph Willis. She is survived by her siblings, Velma Willis Adams and her husband Gene, of Pocatello, Idaho, Wilma Willis Rogers and her husband Charles, Sparta, Geraldean Day Willis, Ozark, and Marie Bilyeu Willis, Sparta; many nieces and nephews; and Deborah Quade. Memorial graveside services were 11 a.m. March 19 in White Chapel Memorial Gardens. No visitation is planned. Permanent online condolences, stories and photos may be shared at

Boyd, John Ray 10 Aug 1913 - 29 May 1988   OH 2 Jun 1988

[Note: Son of Samuel Newton & Lena Lucy (Porter) Boyd married Floeine Walker 2 Jun 1915 23 Apr 1996]

Johnny Boyd, 74, of Hollister, died Sunday at St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, from injuries suffered in an automobile accident Saturday evening near Branson. Services for Mr. Boyd will be Funeral Home, held Burial will be in Ozarks Memorial Park Cemetery, Branson. A lifelong resident of Branson, Mr. Boyd had worked for the city of Branson and was an Army Veteran of World War II. His survivors include his wife, Floeine, of the home; a son, Don, of Slater; one brother, William R. Boyd, Independence; three sisters, Betty Jane Creed, Marion, Kansas, Lola Stewart, Springfield, and Mary Jo Jarrell, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and two granddaughters, Ashley and Amber.


Boyd, John Richard. Jr. 16 May 1914 - 21 Apr 1985 OH 25 Apr 1985 p11

[Note: Son of John Richard & Margaret Ann (Land) Boyd; married Laveda Spurgeon]

John R. Boyd, 70, Fordland, died April 21 in his home after a short illness. A resident of Fordland for the past two years, he was a member of Worldwide Church of God. He retired from National Cash Register, Inc. Hawthorn, Calif. Survivors include his wife, Laveda; three sons, Gary and John, both of Springfield, and Fred, Smithville, Texas; three daughters, Margaret Ann Boyd, of the home; Barbara Trevino, Freeport, Texas, and Terry Glaze Springfield; a sister, Lucille Smith, Marionville; two brothers, Homer, Springfield and James, Olatha, Kan.; two grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. Services were announced by Greenlawn Funeral Home North.


Boyd, John Riley, Sr. 21 Apr 1855 - 8 Aug 1927 CCR 11 Aug 1927 p1

[Note: Son of David & Catherine (Jones) Boyd; married Arena J. 18 Feb 1856 - 21 May 1901]

John R. Boyd, Sr. died at his home, 10 miles southeast of Ozark, August 6. He was 72 years of age. Funeral services were held August 10th at 10 o’clock p.m. at Walnut Shade, with burial in Walnut Shade cemetery under direction of T. B. Chaffin.


Boyd, Lena Lucy (Porter) 15 Oct 1892 - 6 Mar 1975 OH 13 Mar 1975 p9

[Note: Daughter of  John Ray & Lucy A. (Spivey) Porter; married  c1912 Samuel Newton Boyd  1 Jan 1893 - 7 Oct 1953 - both Samuel & Lena have tombstones in both Ozark and Hopedale Cemeteries. Lena’s  mortuary record says she is buried at Hopedale]

Mrs. Lena Boyd, 82, who lived with a daughter, Mrs. Lola Stewart, 2021 North Weller, died at 9:28 p.m. Thursday in Cox Medical Center after a year’s illness. She was a former resident of Ozark. Surviving are two other daughters, Mrs. Betty Creed, Marion, Kan, and Mrs. Mary Jo Jarrell, Oklahoma City; twin sons, John of Branson and Bill of Independence; 18 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and a great, great grandchild. Arrangements were announced by Harris of Ozark.


Boyd, Lawrence L. 2 Nov 1916 - 21 Feb 1980 OH 28 Feb 1980 p9

Services for Lawrence L. Boyd, 63, Bolivar, father of Mrs. Barbara Austin, Ozark, were held last Saturday in Bolivar with burial in King’s Point Cemetery. Mr. Boyd died last Thursday at St. John’s Regional Health Center in the emergency room, where he had been taken after apparently suffering a heart attack at his home.

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