Blades, Louise M. (?) 1864 - 1 Aug 1941 CCR 7 Aug 1941 p2
[Note: married Black Blades]
Mrs. Black Blades, 77 years old, died at her home near Billings early Friday morning. Funeral services and burial were in the Blades Chapel and cemetery Saturday afternoon under the direction of the Wallace Funeral Home.
Blades, Malissa Jane 29 Sep 1893 - 3 Aug 1989 OH 8 Aug 1989 & NN-E 10 Aug 1989
Malissa Jane Blades, 95, of Republic, died at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3 in the Republic Park Care Center. Services for Mrs. Blades were held Aug. 6 in the Meadors Funeral Chapel, Republic, with the Rev. Joe Lightner officiating. Burial was in Wade Chapel Cemetery. Mrs. Blades was a homemaker and a member of the Evangelical Methodist Church. She is survived by two sons, Jimmy and Wayne, both of Billings; four daughters, Cleo Batson and Dorothy Swinney, both of Republic, Thelma Dorrell, Billings, and Clara Parker, Aurora; 14 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and 8 great-great-grandchildren.
Blades, Nellie 14 Jun 1889 - Jan 1981 OH 8 Jan 1981
Services for Mrs. Nellie Blades, 91, Billings, were held Sunday in Meadors Chapel in Republic with the Rev. Roy Keith officiating. Burial was in Wade Chapel Cemetery. Mrs. Blades died in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fay Mooneyham, Billings, after a long illness. Mrs. Blades attended the Blades Chapel Church. Survivors include another daughter, Mrs. Rethel Mooneyham, Billings and 12 grandchildren.
Blades, Neva Carol (Horton) 8 Jul 1949 - 15 Dec 1969 CCR 25 Dec 1969 p1
[Note: Daughter of Lewis & Geraldine (Swearengin) Horton; married Larry Blades]
Cancel Search for Housewife
The office of Christian County Sheriff L. E. Lamb said Monday that the search for a missing housewife is being called off “until further evidence develops.” Mrs. Neva Carol Blades, 20, has been missing since Monday night, Dec. 15 when she disappeared while doing her landry in a Nixa laundromat. An organized search by Sheriff and his department, assisted by about 75 volunteers as well as a helicopter was carried out last Wednesday and Thursday in the area surrounding Nixa. The keys to a car driven to the laundry by Mrs. Blades were found in a field nearby, but no further evidence was obtained in the search. Her car was found the night she disappeared, a short distance from the laundry. Over the weekend, a 16-year-old created some excitement when he told a friend he knew Mrs. Blades whereabouts. The youth was questioned, and the sheriff’s office is convinced he was merely making boastful conversation.
Blades, Neva Carol (Horton) 8 Jul 1949 - 15 Dec 1969 CCR 10 Dec 1970 p1
Grand Jury Would Pose Money Problem
Circuit Judge Garner L. Moody of the 38th Judicial Circuit said Thursday morning he has under advisement the request of Nixa residents for the calling of a grand jury in Christian County. The request, in the form of petitions containing some 600 names, asks for grand jury investigation of the disappearance of Mrs. Carol Blades of Nixa on Dec. 15, 1969. Lengthy investigation by local authorities, private investigators and others, has been fruitless. Neither did the posting of a $1,000 reward for information produce any takers. Many consider it unlikely that a grand jury would cast any light on the Blades’ woman’s disappearance last winter. If called by Judge Moody, the grand jury would cost the county several hundred dollars at best and could run into the thousands. The county has already used half of its 1971 revenue for 1970 expenditures, and is faced with an immediate need for increased revenue through higher tax levies. The calling of a grand jury would only compound the problem.
Blades, Neva Carol (Horton) 8 Jul 1949 - 15 Dec 1969 CCR 31 Dec 1970 p1
Long Vigil Ends on Christmas
Body of Carol Blades Found in Stone County
The perplexing question “What Happened to Carol Blades?” was partially answered Christmas Day with the discovery of a body, identified by her family as that of Mrs. Blades, 20-year-old Nixa housewife who was last seen December 15, 1969 in Nixa. The body was found by Ernest Wilhelm, Route 1, Galena, as he looked for cattle on his farm just west of Ponce de Leon. Wilhelm had gone to check on his cattle about 2:00 o’clock Friday afternoon, When he did not find them in the open pasture, he remembered a cedar glade west of his home which the cattle sometimes used as a windbreak. As he walked through the cedars, he saw something lying against a log. When he went to investigate what he thought was a fallen cow, he found it to be the remains of a body. Returning to his home, Wilhelm summoned Stone County Sheriff James Barnes. Sheriff Barnes and his deputies and Christian County Sheriff Buff Lamb and his staff arrived in a short time and combed the area until darkness halted their search. The remains were identified by members of the Blades family and articles of clothing found at the scene matched those worn by Mrs. Blades at the time she disappeared more than a year ago. A later comparison of teeth and dental records was made and the results were “positive“. Little doubt remained that Carol Blades had been found. By 10:00 Saturday morning news of the discovery had circulated, and a crown of curious spectators had assembled at the Wilhelm farm to see the general area and talk in hushed tones of the tragedy which had bewildered the Ozarks for the past year. Later Saturday, Sheriffs Lamb and Barnes and their deputies returned to the area to hunt for anything which might aid in their investigation. A metal detector brought to the scene by Deputy Gene Haworth, Nixa, located Mrs. Blades’ wedding and engagement rings about 20 feet from where the body had rested. They were buried under a mat of leaves. Officers said the body bore no visible sings of violence. No skull fractures were detected, and there was no blood stains that could be seen with the eye on the clothing. The articles of clothing found are being sent to the State Highway Patrol laboratory in Jefferson City for analysis. Officers hope that this report will uncover some evidence as to how and why Mrs. Blades met her death. Sheriff Land and his deputies are re-examining all reports and leads compiled in the Blades case, and report they have had a number of calls from persons seeking to add pieces of information which might tie in. Lamb said he worked in the Nixa vicinity until 1:00 a.m. Sunday, talking to various people who might recall something that would be helpful. Tuesday morning, Christian County Deputy Harold Wampler said that a strong lead had turned up. but no information could be released at this time. He also said that three persons had taken polygraph tests since the discovery of the body and that more will be asked to submit to the tests in the immediate future. The mysterious disappearance of Carol Blades, which was climaxed by the finding of her body on Christmas Day, began just before Christmas last year. On the afternoon of her disappearance, Mrs. Blades had gone to a Nixa laundry to wash clothing. She had been seen by several persons in Nixa and had made a purchase in a Nixa store that afternoon. When she failed to return home, a check showed her washing was still in the machines in the laundry. The car she had been driving was found on Highway 160 on the west edge of Nixa and according to observers, showed signs of having been “driven hard.” A massive search of the entire area by Sheriff Lamb and deputies failed to produce any results. The hunt was continued for several days, but no trace of Mrs. Blades was found until Christmas Day, 1970. A reward of $1,000 for information relating to the case was posted by Nixa American Legion Post early this fall. After their offer had gone unanswered for many weeks, the Post announced that the offer would be withdrawn if no information was forthcoming. Week before last, the offer was canceled, and the money was returned to the donors. On December 8, petitions were presented to Judge Garner l. Moody of the 38th Judicial Circuit, asking that a grand jury be called to investigate the circumstances involved in the case. The petition and request had not been acted upon at the time the body was found. Mrs. Blades was a member of the Bible Baptist church of Republic and was a 1967 graduate of Nixa High School. Survivors include her husband, Larry, of Nixa; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis I. Horton of Springfield; a brother, Robert Gene of Springfield; and maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Swearengin, Fayetteville, Tenn.
Blades, Onis 3 Sep 1917 - 2 Apr 1981 OH 9 Apr 1981 p9
[Note: first name spelling from SSDI}
Services for Ones Blades, 63, Rt. 3, Carthage, brother of Clarence Blades of Nixa and Mrs. Theenie Keith, Billings, were held last Saturday in Carthage. Mr. Blades died at his home last Thursday after apparently suffering a heart attack.
Blades, Pauline May 30 May 1933 - 1 Jan 1985 OH 10 Jan 1985 p8
[Note: Daughter of Earl & Tessie Irene (Lovett) Blades; no SSDI record found]
Services for Pauline M. Blades, 51, Billings, were held Jan. 5 in Meadors Chapel, Republic, with the Rev. Donald Blades officiating. Burial was in Blades Chapel Cemetery. Mrs. Blades died Jan. 1 in St. John’s Regional Health Center., Springfield, after a long illness. A graduate of Southwest Missouri State University, Miss Blades had been a schoolteacher in Mount Vernon for 11 years, She had previously taught in California and Illinois. Survivors include her parents, Earl and Tressie, of the home; a brother, Donald L., Republic; and two sisters, Lorene Davidson, Kansas City, Kan. and Bonnie Garrett, Orange, Calif. Services were announced by Meadors Funeral Home, Republic.
Blades, Pearl Estella 1878 - 13 Aug 1960 CCR 18 Aug 1960 p5
[Note obviously an error, as obit says buried 3 days before death]
Funeral services for Pearl Estella Blades, 82, who died August 13, were held August 10 at 2 p.m. in Blades Chapel with the Rev. Marion LaFollette officiating. Burial was in Blades Cemetery under direction of the Harris Funeral Home of Billings. She was converted in middle age at Blades Chapel and lived for many years with her nephew, Bruce Thayer, at whose home she passed away. Survivors include one brother, John Blades of Billings; five nephews, seven nieces and a number of great nieces.
Blades, Wayne Leroy 7 Jan 1917 - 1 Aug 2011 SN-L 4 Aug 2011
[Note: Son of James LeRoy & Malissa Jane “Lissa” (Mooneyham) Blades; married 4 Jan 1942 Imogene “Jeanie” Rodgers]
Wayne LeRoy Blades, age 94, of Billings, Mo., died August 1, 2011 in his home with his family beside him and on the farm he had worked his entire life. Born January 7, 1917 to Roy and Lissa (Mooneyham) Blades of Republic, Mo., Wayne was forced to leave school at an early age to help work on the family farm. He continued working as a farmer the rest of his life and also drove a dairy route making the acquaintance of many area farmers. Wayne married Imogene (Rodgers) on January 4, 1942 after meeting her at a church revival held at New Hope near Chesapeake, Mo. He worked briefly at the Boeing Aircraft factory in Wichita, Kan. before being drafted for service in the United States Navy during World War II. Upon returning from the war in 1945, Wayne and Imogene reared three children in their home in Marionville, Mo. He also continued farming as previous generations had before him, later acquiring the family farm located in Billings in 1968 where he and Imogene built a home. After being self-employed driving an area dairy route for Mid-America Dairymen, Wayne retired to enjoy working on his farm, a recently recognized 2011 Missouri Century Farm, where he resided with his wife Imogene "Jeanie" until his last day on earth. In recent years, Wayne and Imogene attended the First Baptist Church in Republic. Wayne will be greatly missed and remembered dearly as a strong, hardy man with broad shoulders, a good husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather, and great-grandfather - and who feared and loved his Lord. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Lissa Blades; two brothers, Drextle and Jimmie Blades; and a sister, Clara Blades Parker. Wayne is survived by his wife of 69 years, Imogene Blades; three children, Sharon Evans (husband Lefty) of Kimberling City, Mo.; Larry Blades of Springfield, Mo.; and Tony Blades (wife Gail) also of Springfield, Mo.; three grandchildren, Greg Evans (wife Angie), Tonya Blades, and Rhonda Brown (husband Parke); five great-grandchildren, Morgan, Sydney, and Blake Evans, Millie and Blades Brown; and three sisters, Cleo Batson, Republic, Dorothy Swinney, Azel, Texas, and Thelma Dorrell, Republic. He also leaves behind many other family, including several nieces and nephews, and friends. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, August 4, 2011 in Meadors Funeral Home, Republic. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, in the funeral home. Burial, with Military Honors, will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Republic. Contributions may be made to Oxford Hospice. Online condolences may be made at www.meadorsfuneralhome.com.
Blades, William Patrick “Pat” 31 Jul 1925 - 29 Feb 2008 SN-L 2 Mar 2008
[Note: Son of Ernest & Lena ( ) Blades]
William Patrick "Pat“ Blades, 82, Mt. Vernon, passed away Friday, February 29, 2008, in Lawrence County Manor, Mt. Vernon. He was born July 31, 1925, in Billings, Mo., to Ernest and Lena Blades. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he moved to Colorado in 1949, where he was in sales and service of office machines. He retired in 1980, and moved to Mt. Vernon where he purchased a farm and lived there until his death. He was preceded in death by his parents; two half brothers and one half sister. He is survived by two half nephews, two half nieces, and a host of friends. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 4, 2008, in Meadors Funeral Home, Billings, with Pastor Kenny Epperson officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery, Billings. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, in the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at www.meadorsfuneralhome.com.
Blair, Addie Beulah (Reuter) 24 Jul 1887 - 29 Jan 1955 CCR 10 Feb 1955 p1
[Note: Daughter of Herman H. & Rebecca (Bradshaw) Reuter; married Preston H. Blair 1 Mar 1878 - 1 Jul 1975 ]
Funeral services for Mrs. Addie Beulah Reuter Blair, 67, who died January 29 at Branson, were held Monday afternoon, January 31 in the General Baptist Church at Bradleyville with Rev. Glescoe Roberts officiating. Burial was in Blair Cemetery under direction of the Harris Funeral Home of Clever. Survivors include her husband, Preston Blair, of the home; two sons, Everett Blair of Bradleyville and Hobart Blair of Kansas City; two daughters, Mrs. Eunice Bearce of Kansas City and Mrs. Helen Maggard of Bradleyville; two brothers, Fred Reuter of Chadwick and Otis Reuter of Dickens; a half-sister, Mrs. Ada Baldwin of Baxter Springs, Kan., four grandchildren, other relatives and friends.
Blair, Amy Eola (Flatt) 14 Jun 1907 - 30 Oct 2003 SN-L 31 Oct 2003
[Note: Daughter of Alvin W. & Elizabeth (Hiett) Flatt; married 23 Sep 1928 Orbia Blair d 28 Mar 1993]
Amy Eola Blair, 96, Billings, passed away Thursday morning, October 30, 2003, in her home. She was born June 14, 1907, in Witts Springs, Ark., to Alvin W. and Elizabeth (Hiett) Flatt. Mrs. Blair was a homemaker and a member of the Hurley Church of God. She was married to Orbia Blair September 23, 1928, and he preceded her in death March 28, 1993. Others preceding her in death were her parents and a brother. She is survived by four children, Marsena Laymon, Billings, Melvin Lee Blair, Washougal, Washington, Joyce M. Crabtree, Billings, and Gaylon Ray Blair, O'Fallon; two sister, Leota Jones, Burgman, and Opal McNutt, Magic Springs, Ark.; ten grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; 11 great great-grandchildren; other relatives and many friends. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 2, 2003, in Hurley Church of God with the Rev. Herbert Ward officiating, under direction of Meadors Funeral Homes, Clever. She will be laid to rest beside her husband in Wright Cemetery, south of Clever. The Clever chapel will be open at 10 a.m. Saturday, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m.
Blair, Amy Eola (Flatt) 14 Jun 1907 - 30 Oct 2003 CCH-N 5 Nov 2003
Amy Eola Blair, 96, Billings, passed away Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003, in her home. She was born June 14, 1907 in Witts Spring, Ark., to Alvin W. and Elizabeth (Hiett) Flatt. Mrs. Blair was a homemaker and member of the Hurley Church of God. She was married to Orbia Blair Sept. 23, 1928 and he preceded her in death March 28, 1993. Others preceding her in death were her parents and a brother. She is survived by four children, Marsena Laymon, Billings; Melvin Lee Blair, Washougal, Wash.; Joyce M. Crabtree, Billings; and Gaylon Ray Blair, O'Fallon; two sisters, Leota Jones, Burgman and Opal McNutt, Magic Springs, Ark.; 10 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; other relatives and many friends. Funeral services were Nov. 2, in Hurley Church of God with Rev. Herbert Ward officiating, under the direction of Meadors Funeral Homes, Clever. She was laid to rest beside her husband in Wright Cemetery, Clever.
©Ozarks Newsstand 2003
Blair, Cleora E. (Maxwell) 1 Mar 1902 - 2 Jun 1985 OH 6 Jun 1985 p9
[Note: Daughter of Christopher Columbus & Florence (Williams) Maxwell; married William Turney Blair 19 Nov 1898 - 13 Aug 1992]
Services for Cleora E. Blair, 83, Billings, were held June 5 in Hurley Church of God with the Rev. L. S. Cooper officiating., Burial was in Wright Cemetery under the direction of Meadors Funeral Home, Clever. Mrs. Blair died June 2 in St. John’s Regional Health Center, Springfield, following a long illness. She was a member of Hurley Church of God. Survivors include her husband, William Turney; three sons, J. M., Springfield, Rufus, Hurley, and William, Washburn, Ill.; three daughters, Aullean Westerman, Clever and Marie McGovern and Juanita Chastain, both of Billings; and a brother, Sid Maxwell, Leachville, Ark.; 17 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Hurley Church of God.
Blair, Fred H. 15 May 1880 - 4 Jun 1962 CCR 7 Jun 1962 p4
[Note: Son of Frederick & Elizabeth (Mathews) Blair; born in Kansas, died in Nevada State Hospital; mortuary gives Mrs. Templeton’s name as Eva; Spelling from mortuary records - don’t know which is correct]
Funeral services for Fred H. Blair, 82, who died Sunday at Nevada, Mo. were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Chaffin & Son Chapel in Ozark with Rev. William White officiating. Burial was in Fordland Cemetery under direction of Chaffin. A retired farmer of the Fordland community, Mr. Blair made his home at Ozark with a niece, Mr. and Mrs. John Templeton for several months. Mrs. Templeton is his only immediate survivor.
Blair, April Dawn 1 Feb 1977 - 1 Feb 1977 OH 10 Feb 1977 p 6
[Note: Daughter of Donald & ? (Dewitt) Blair; shares stone with sister Kimberly Nicole Blair 13 Feb 1983 - 13 Feb 1983]
CRANE - The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Blair, Route 2, Crane, was dead at birth Tuesday at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield.. In addition to the parents, the child is survived by her paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Blair, Route 2, Crane; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Dewitt, Crane; paternal great grandparents, the Rev. and Mrs. Walter McKnight, Marionville and Mr. and Mrs. Turney Blair, Billings and maternal great grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Merritt, Crane. Graveside services were today at 2 p.m. at Flood Cemetery near Hurley with the Rev. L. S. Cooper officiating. Burial was under the direction of Meadors of Clever.
Blair, Rufus Clifford 9 Aug 1925 - 26 Oct 2008 SN-L 28 Oct 2008
[Note: Son of William Turney & Cleorah (Maxwell) Blair; married 1949 Nancy Faye McKnight]
Rufus Clifford Blair, 83, Hurley, spent his entire life serving Jesus Christ and went to meet Him on October 26, 2008, surrounded by his loving family. Rufus was born to William Turney and Cleorah (Maxwell) Blair on August 9, 1925, in Arkansas. After moving to Hurley, Mo., he worked as a trader, salesman and dairy farmer, and dedicated himself to his family and his church, teaching Sunday School for 50 years and supporting countless missionaries. Rufus was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, J.M. He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Nancy Faye (McKnight) Blair; siblings, Marie McGoveran, Aullean Westerman, Bill Blair and Juanita Chastain; children, Regina Blair, Ronald Blair, Donald Blair, Eric Blair, Delores Dunn and Kenneth Blair, all of Hurley Mo.; 14 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, October 29, 2008, in Hurley Church of God, in Hurley, Mo., under the direction of Meadors Funeral Home, Clever. Burial will follow in Wright Cemetery, Clever. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hurley Church of God Prayer Tower. Online condolences may be made at www.meadorsfuneralhome.com.
Blair, Thomas ? - 3 Dec 2003 CCH-N 7 Nov 2007
[Note: not found in SSDI or Find-a-Grave]
Local man receives fine in murder trial
Chris J. Cluck Headliner News
A Taney County jury recommended Oct. 31 that a Christian County man only receive a fine for shooting his roommate in the face, killing him in a 2003 argument over a cat.
Jurors returned a guilty verdict for involuntary manslaughter and recommended to Christian County Circuit Judge Mark Orr that only a fine be assessed as a sentence for the Dec. 3, 2003 murder of his roommate, Thomas Blair.
Case was found guilty of armed criminal action for the same incident, and jurors recommended a minimum sentence of three years for that charge.
“I have never seen anybody get a verdict like this,” Christian County Prosecutor Ron Cleek said. “In my mind, shooting a man in the face over a cat is murder. But, evidently the jurors didn’t think so, and at least I have a conviction.”
Cleek said the three-year sentence for armed criminal action was a minimum and without parole.
This was the third trial since his 2003 arrest. Two previous trials resulted in hung juries, both with 10 -2 verdicts in favor of guilty.
The first trial began January 2006, with second October last year as well. All three trials have been held in Taney County on change of venue as requested by Case’s attorney.
Orr is scheduled to formally sentence Case Dec. 13.
Blake, Clyde L. 25 Mar 1924 - 30 Jan 2004 SN-L 31 Jan 2004
[Note: Son of A.H. & Anna ( ) Blake; married Bonnie Held; married 15 Mar 1969 Judith “Judy“ Buford]
Clyde L. Blake, age 79, of Nixa, passed away Friday, Jan. 30, 2004, in his home. He was born March 25, 1924, in Morse Mill, Mo., the son of A.H. and Anna Blake. He married Bonnie Held in Jefferson County and to this union three children were born, Deedra Ann, Charlotte Lynn and Donald Ray. In his lifetime he farmed, sold cars, owned a swimming pool company and operated a travel agency. He had recently written his life story, and the printing of it shows a Christian life well-lived. He was a member of South Gate Baptist Church, Springfield. He married Judith Buford on March 15, 1969, and to this union one child was born: Elizabeth Gay. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Norma; and a brother, Donald. He is survived by his wife, Judith "Judy"; four children, Deedra Ann "DeeDee" Clay and her husband Vic, Charlotte Lynn "Tudie" Avett and her husband, Rich, Donald Ray "Tig" Blake and his wife, Kelly, and Elizabeth Gay "Betsy" and her fiance Bryan Russell and his children, Kyla and Derek; ten grandchildren, Chris and Chad Allison, Kevin and Sunny Clay, Randy Avett, Raymond Avett, Anna Avett, Tracy and Joel Britt, Travis and Hillary Blake, Todd Blake, Kathie Miller and Zach Wells; six great grandchildren, Hunter, Griffin, Amalie, Nick, McKenna and Chesney; nieces and nephews; and many, many friends. Visitation will be at Adams Funeral Home, Nixa, from 6 to 8 p.m. today. Also a visitation will be in Chapel Hill Mortuary, Cedar Hill, Mo., on Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. A funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, in Chapel Hill Mortuary with Pastor Nolan Carrier officiating. Burial will follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.
Blake, Clyde L. 25 Mar 1924 - 30 Jan 2004 CCH-N 3 Feb 2004
Clyde L. Blake, 79, Nixa, died Friday, Jan. 30, 2004 in his home. He was born March 25, 1924 in Morse Mill, Mo., the son of A.H. and Anna Blake. He married Bonnie Held in Jefferson County and to this union three children were born: Deedra Ann, Charlotte Lynn and Donald Ray. In his lifetime he farmed, sold cars, owned a swimming pool company and operated a travel agency. He had recently written his life story, and the printing of it shows a Christian life well-lived. He was a member of South Gate Baptist Church, Springfield. He married Judith Buford on March 15, 1969 and to this union one child was born: Elizabeth Gay. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Norma; and a brother, Donald. He is survived by his wife, Judith "Judy"; four children, Deedra Ann "DeeDee" Clay and husband Vic, Charlotte Lynn "Tudie" Avett, and husband Rich, Donald Ray "Tig" Blake and wife Kelly, and Elizabeth Gay "Betsy" and fiancé Bryan Russell and his children, Kyla and Derek; 10 grandchildren, Chris and Chad Allison, Kevin and Sunny Clay, Randy Avett, Raymond Avett, Anna Avett, Tracy and Joel Britt, Travis and Hillary Blake, Todd Blake, Kathie Miller, and Zach Wells; six great-grandchildren, Hunter, Griffin, Amalie, Nick, McKenna and Chesney; nieces; nephews, and many friends, Visitation was from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 31 in Adams Funeral Home, Nixa. A visitation was also held from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 1 in Chapel Hill Mortuary, Cedar Hill, Mo. A funeral was at 2 p.m. Feb. 2, in Chapel Hill Mortuary, with Pastor Nolan Carrier officiating. Burial followed in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.
©Ozarks Newsstand 2004
Blake, Fran (Ayers) 4 May 1952 - 30 Sep 1996 CCH-N 5 Oct 1996
[Note: Daughter of Walter & Margaret (Wescoat) Ayers; married 7 Apr 1969 Glenn Blake]
Fran Blake, age 44, of Ozark, died Monday, Sept. 30, 1996 in her home. She was born May 4, 1952 in Flemington and was the daughter of Walter and Margaret (Wescoat) Ayers. On April 7, 1969 she was united in marriage to Glenn Blake. Mrs. Blake was employed by Springfield Clinic as an EKG Technician. She was a member of National Avenue Christian Church. Preceding her in death were: a daughter, Jennifer; and her father. Survivors include: her husband, Glenn; her mother, Margaret Ayers, Humansville; a daughter, Sherry Springer and her husband, Brian, Aurora; a grandson, Joshua Springer; two brothers, Fred Ayers, Ravenna, Texas, and Frank Ayers, Springfield; and three sisters, Joyce Ellis, Springfield, Mary Floyd, Flemington, and Pauline Ayers-Menk, Denver, Colo. A graveside funeral service was held Thursday, Oct. 3, in Rondo Cemetery north of Bolivar with Pastor Ralph Erwin officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Adams Funeral Home. Visitation was Wednesday evening in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, PO. Box 9685, Springfield, 65801.
Blakeslee, Betty (Iorg) 21 Dec 1943 - 10 Mar 2005 SN-L 20 Mar 2005
[Note: Daughter of Arthur & Annis ( ) Iorg; married 1962 Bill Blakeslee]
Betty Blakeslee, age 61, of Nixa, Mo., went home to be with the Lord on March 10, 2005, in Frankfurt, Germany, returning from a trip to the Holy Land. She had a great love for the Holy Land as evidenced by her third trip there. She loved to walk where Jesus walked, and now she walks where Jesus is. Betty was born to Annis and the late Arthur Iorg on December 21, 1943, in Springfield, Mo. Her father, Arthur Iorg, and infant son, Scott Eric Blakeslee, preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Bill; one daughter, Julie; one son, Mike and wife, Karen; three grandchildren, Chanelle, Scott, and Isaac; her mother, Annis Iorg; one sister, Twyla Nelson and husband, David, of Blue Springs, Mo.; one brother, Jim Iorg of Texas; one aunt, Elsie Martin; many nieces, nephews, cousins; and a host of friends. Betty was a lovely, warm, and friendly lady, always a Christian inspiration to others. Many described her as the most resilient person they had ever known as she faced histoplasmosis, phlebitis, cancer, diabetes, hearing loss, and vasculitis in her lifetime. She never complained and never stopped pushing, always putting the needs of others before her own. She had a great love for people and life, and went on several mission trips to Guatemala and India to touch the lives of others. Even in Israel she didn't want to negotiate with people in the Marketplace when making purchases because she felt they needed the money more than she did. She celebrated her love for life by skydiving with her best friend, Jane, on her 60th birthday. Betty's greatest love on this Earth was her family; they always came first. She and Bill invested in their children's lives by supporting them in every endeavor they undertook. Family vacations began when her children were small and continue to this day with her kids and grandkids. Betty felt investing time together as a family would bond them together. The family has a unique and special bond that was fostered by Betty's love. This bond is what allows them to cope with her death. She supported her grandchildren in the same way, letting nothing, including her own pain and discomfort, come in the way of being with them. She was very proud of them. Betty and Bill were able to travel together extensively, especially when Bill retired. The Lord was gracious by allowing them to spend their last days together walking where Jesus walked. Betty was and has always been active in church. She felt her main purpose was to lead people to the Lord, minister to people, and help them draw closer to Him. Everyone that met Betty felt instantly drawn to her because the Lord's love and grace shone through her. She was a tool for Jesus and impacted thousands of lives. She will be greatly missed. The family would like to extend a thank you to the James River Assembly family for their love and support. They would also like to extend a special thank you to Pastor Mike Messner for his support of Bill in Germany. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, 2005, in Walnut Lawn Funeral Home in Springfield, Mo. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 24, in James River Assembly's Clark Chapel in Ozark, Mo. Burial will follow in Hazelwood Cemetery in Springfield, Mo. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Betty's name to the American Diabetes Association, 1944-A E. Sunshine, Springfield, MO 65804.
Blakey, Bessie Mae (Nash) 25 Dec 1902 - 3 Dec 1996 CCH-N 7 Dec 1996
[Note: Daughter of John & Ann ( ) Nash; married 8 Mar 1919 Everett Marion Blakey 8 Feb 1896 - 2 Oct 1972]
Bessie Mae Blakey, 95, Rogersville, passed away Tuesday, December 3, 1996 at 5:55 a.m. in Cox Medical Center South. Mrs. Blakey, a loving wife and mother, was born December 25, 1902, in Marked Tree, Arkansas, the daughter of John and Ann Nash. She married Everett Blakey on March 9, 1919, in Chadwick. She attended Grace Full Gospel Church, Rogersville. She enjoyed sewing and quilting. She is survived by her four daughters, Goldie Bauer, Sparta, Evelyn Allen and her husband, Bud, Rogersville, Mary Ann Carsten and her husband, Almos, Hurley, Agnes Williams and her husband, Don, Urbana; two sons and their wives Bobby and Peggy Blakey, Marionville, Delbert and Lee Anna Blakey, Springfield; 30 grandchildren, 67 great-grandchildren, 54 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1972, two daughters, Theo Mae Seitz in 1996, Lillian Coffer in 1986, and a son, Calbert C. Blakey in 1945. Funeral services were at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 5, in Harris, a Heritage Funeral Home, Ozark. Burial was in Chadwick Cemetery.
Blakey, Bobby G. 24 Oct 1929 - 24 Jul 2004 SN-L 26 Jul 2004
[Note: Son of Everett Marion & Bessie Mae (Nash) Blakey; married 23 Dec 1940 Peggy McWhirter]
Bobby G. Blakey, 74, Clever, passed away at 6:05 a.m. Saturday, July 24, 2004, at the Ozark Mountain Regional Healthcare, Crane. He was born October 24, 1929, in Norwood, Mo., to Everett and Bessie (Nash) Blakey. He married Peggy McWhirter on December 23, 1950. He was a loving husband, father, and grandpa. He was an active member of the Clever Full Gospel church and a retired saw mill worker. A happy man, he loved making his family and friends laugh, playing his guitar, singing and coon hunting. His parents, a brother, Calbert, and two sisters, Lillian and Theo, preceded him in death. He is survived by five children, Dennis and Marilyn Blakey, Bois D'Arc, David and Brenda Blakey, Cassville, Deborah and Ed Patton, Springfield, Rebecca and Joe Crouch, Rogersville, and Naomi and Mark Henry, Hurley; a brother, Delbert Blakey, Springfield; four sisters, Goldie Bauer, Sparta, Evelyn Allen, Rogersville, Mary Ann Carsten, Sparta, and Agnes Williams, Buffalo; 16 grand- children; 21 great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, and many friends. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 27, 2004, at Meadors Funeral Home, Clever, with Revs. J. Frank and Nilene McKnight and Rev. Dennis Gamble officiating. Burial will follow in Short Cemetery, Hurley. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today, July 26, in the funeral home.
Blakey, Darnell 27 Jul 1952 - 15 Sep 2003 SN-L 18 Sep 2003
[Note: Daughter of Earnest & Lucille ( ) Blakey]
Miss Darnell Blakey, 51, of Springfield, passed away at 2:13 p.m. Sept. 15, 2003, at Doctor's Hospital. Darnell was born July 27, 1952, to Earnest and Lucille Blakey. Darnell resided in Ozark Nursing and Care. She loved her dolls, which she called her babies, all of them named Lucy. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and one sister. She is survived by seven brothers and one sister, a special aunt, Bernice Stafford, and a dear friend, Minister Francis Stafford. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 2003, at Greenlawn Funeral Home North. The family will receive friends from noon to service time Friday. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.
Blakey, Everett Marion 8 Feb 1896 - 2 Oct 1972 CCR 5 Oct 1972 p1
[Note: married 9 Mar 1919 Bessie Mae Nash 25 Dec 1902 - 3 Dec 1996]
Everett W. Blakey, 76, of Springfield, died at 8:15 a.m. Monday at his home following an illness of several months. The retired Frisco Railway employee had been a resident of Springfield 30 years. He formerly resided in Christian County. Surviving are his wife, Bessie Mae; two sons. Bob Blakey and Delbert Blakey of Springfield; six daughters, Mrs. Theo Seltz, Monett, Mrs. Goldie Coffer, Chadwick, Mrs. Evelyn Allen, Rogersville, Mrs. Mary Ann Carsten, Crane and Mrs. Agnes Medley, Springfield; 31 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren, three step grandchildren; 13 step great grandchildren; five brothers, Nathan of Independence, and Thurman, Frank, Wesley and Marvin, all of Springfield. Funeral services were at 2 p.m.. Wednesday in the Chadwick Pentecostal Church with the Rev. Charley Shipman officiating. Burial was in Chadwick Cemetery under direction of Harris of Ozark.
Blakey, F. C. 8 Aug 1927 - 3 Nov 1991 KCStar 6 Nov 1991
[Note: Son of Floyd S. & Zettie A. ( ) Blakey; married Evelyn Ruth Perkins]
F.C. Blakey, 64, Nixa, Mo., formerly of this area, died Nov. 3, 1991, at a hospital in Springfield, Mo. He was born in Protem, Mo., and lived in Gladstone before he moved to Rockaway Beach, Mo., in 1986. He moved to Nixa in 1988. Mr. Blakey worked for CPC International Inc. in this area, retiring in 1986. He was a member of the Nixa Assembly of God Church. He was an Air Force veteran. Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Blakey of the home; three sons, Kevin Blakey of the home, Gene Blakey, Worth, Ill., and Gary Blakey, Hollister, Mo.; a daughter, Karen Fowler, Kansas City; his mother, Zettie Cagle, Springfield; six sisters, Molly Mecum, Martha Vanderpool, Wilma Gates and Eva Tindle of Springfield, Maxine Stogsdill, Kansas City, and Thelma Perkins, Merriam Woods, Mo.; and five grandchildren. Services will be at 10 a.m. today at the Ayre-Goodwin-Lee Rivermonte Chapel, Springfield; burial in Liberty Cemetery, near Springfield. The family suggests contributions to the Hospice of Southwest Missouri in Springfield or Christian County Enterprises in Nixa.
Blakey, John Wesley 17 May 1891 - Apr 1976 OH 29 Apr 1976 p8
[Note: birthdate from SSDI disagrees with age on obit]
Services for John Wesley Blakey, 95, San Bernardino, Calif., formerly of Route 8, Springfield, were at 3 p.m. Monday in Ayre-Goodwin Chapel with burial in Patterson Cemetery south of Springfield.
Blakey, Ralph W. 11 Aug 1912 - May 1976 OH 27 May 1976 p9
Ralph W. Blakey, 62, of 847 North Mail, died at 7:00 p.m. Sunday in Cox Medical Center after an apparent heart attack. Mr. Blakey was a laborer. He was a native of Protem, Mo. and has resided in Springfield for the past 25 years. He was a member of the Woodland Chapel Church. Survivors include one son, Bobby, 2662 East Cragmont; two daughters, Mrs. Betty Burks, Fordland and Mrs. Patricia Strong, Jerico Springs; one brother, Woodrow, Springfield; six sisters, Mrs. Armilda Gann, Mrs. Grace Dean and Mrs. Betty Gann, all of Protem. Mrs. Minnie Gann, Billings and Mrs. Johnnie Cagle and Mrs. Willa Devins of Springfield. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Klingner Chapel with the Rev. Harold Murrell officiating. Graveside services will follow at 12:30 p.m. in Protem Cemetery.
Blanchard, Howard G. 11 Apr 1928 - 7 May 2001 CCH-N 16 May 2001
[Note: Son of Joseph & Eva ( ) Blanchard; married Alice J.]
Howard G. Blanchard was born April 11, 1928, in Nashville, Tenn. He passed away May 7, 2001 at 6:30 p.m. of kidney failure at the Veterans Hospital in Saginaw, Mich. Howard was in the Air Force for 18 years. Survived by former wife Alice J. Blanchard, Ozark; five children, Joseph, Howard Wayne, Samuel, Elizabeth McDonald and Rebecca Morgan; and many grandchildren, nieces and nephews. His mother and father, Eva and Joseph Blanchard, preceded him in death. Memorial services were at the Ozark Full Gospel Church May 15.
Blanchard, Jeffrey Kenneth 2 Sep 1992 – 4 Sep 1992 NN-E 16 Sep 1992
[Note: Son of Rebecca Blanchard]
Jeffrey Kenneth Blanchard, infant, died Friday, Sept. 4, in Children's Hospital, St. Louis. He was born Sept. 2, 1992, in Springfield, the son of Rebecca Blanchard. Survivors include his mother, Rebecca, of the home; a sister, Shanna, of the home; a brother, Gregory Blanchard, state of Michigan; grandmother, Jane Blanchard, Ozark; one aunt, three uncles. Services were held Monday, Sept. 7, in the Selmore Cemetery with the Rev. Richard Orrell officiating. Services were under the direction of Harris Colonial Chapel, Ozark.
Blanchard, Leon G. 14 May 1928 - 6 Jun 2010 SN-L 9 Jun 2010
[Note: Son of Leon & Marguerite ( ) Blanchard]
Leon G. Blanchard, 82, Ozark, passed away Sunday, June 6, in his home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, June 11, in Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark. Burial will follow in Prospect Cemetery with full military honors. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time.
Blanchard, Leon G. 14 May 1928 - 6 Jun 2010 CCH-N 16 Jun 2010
[Note: Son of Leon & Marguerite ( ) Blanchard]
Leon G. Blanchard, 82, Ozark, passed away peacefully Sunday morning, June 6, 2010, with Annabelle and Darla by his bedside. He was born May 14, 1928, in Newton, Kan., to Leon and Marguerite Blanchard. At the young age of 15, Leon joined the United States Navy and served four years. He later joined the Army Air Corp and served an additional 18 months. After the military, Leon entered the commercial construction business, trained to be a carpenter, then a foreman and later a building construction superintendent. Before retiring, Leon worked seven years for Wal-Mart assembling products and merchandise. He enjoyed fishing, playing golf, dancing and wood working. Leon was a member of Riverdale Church where he enjoyed fellowship, worship services and visiting with Pastor Tommy. Leon is survived by the love of his life, Annabelle Jackson and her three daughters, Karen Matthews and husband Roy, Darla Swearengin and husband Robert and Julie Arnall; Annabelle’s grandchildren, Clint and Belinda, Anna and Chelsea who loved and respected Leon very much. He is also survived by two nieces, Elaine Stevens and Cheryl Brennen, other relatives, friends and a wonderful church family. Leon was preceded in death by his parents and a sister. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. June 11 with Pastors Tommy Bilyeu and Jamie Bilyeu officiating, in Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark. Visitation was held one hour prior to service time. Burial followed in Prospect Cemetery with full military honors.
Blanche, Mildred Henrietta (Raner) 3 Aug 1916 - 23 Jan 2012 CCH-N 1 Feb 2012 & CCH-N 8 Feb 2012 on-line only
[Note: Daughter of John Newton & M. Marie (Graves) Raner; married Bruce L. Blanche 25 Apr 1915 - 9 Oct 1982]
Mildred Henrietta Blanche, 95, died with family present, in her home on Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, in Republic. She was born Aug. 3, 1916, in Granada, Colo., the daughter of John Newton and M. Marie (Graves) Raner. Mildred married Bruce L. Blanche on June 25, 1935. Blanche was a resident of Republic since 1949, loved the outdoors, and was mowing her own yard until the age of 92. She was also a very good seamstress, and was of the Christian faith. Her husband Bruce; two sons, Robert and Richard; daughter Anna Peck; and two sisters preceded Mildred in death. She is survived by nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends. Graveside services were at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, in Evergreen Cemetery, Republic, under direction of Meadors Funeral Home, Republic. Online condolences may be shared at www.meadorsfuneralhome.com.
Blaney, Albert 23 Sep 1922 - 15 Dec 2005 SN-L 18 Dec 2005
[Note: Son of Arthur & Ida ( ) Blaney; married 3 Dec 1949 Arna B. Brookman 12 Aug 1923 - 14 Oct 2004]
Albert "Handsome Al" Blaney passed away December 15, 2005, at home in Ozark, Missouri, surrounded by his family. He was born on September 23, 1922, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and spent most of his life there. He married Arna J. Brookman on December 3,1949. He was a draftsman in Power Transformers at General Electric for 40 years. He was a former member of First Baptist Church, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and currently a member of Fremont Hills First Baptist Church, Ozark. He loved to tell jokes and he was an avid Yankees fan. He also enjoyed bowling and golfing. Al was preceded in death by his wife, Arna Blaney; parents, Ida and Arthur Blaney; and grandson, Aaron Vreeland. He is survived by his three daughters: Jean and her husband, Monte Smith, Ozark, Missouri, Robin and her husband, Dave Bower, North Palm Beach, Florida, and Kim and her husband, Mike Huette, Keller, Texas; seven grandchildren, Tod Smith and his wife, Shauna; Bonnie Toner and her husband, David; Eric Vreeland and his wife, Melissa; Melissa Bower; David Bower III; Nicole Huette; Morgan Huette: and two great-grandchildren, Nathan and Hanna Smith. He is also survived by his sister, Beryl Hourihan and husband, Jim; and his brother, Clayton Blaney and wife, Norma. The family wishes to send a special thanks to Community Hospices of America for their support; Art Hicklin, Pastor; and Cox Senior Health. Funeral services will be in Lenox, Massachusetts.
Blankenship, Arnold 6 Jan 1955 – 12 Oct 1995 CCH-N 18 Oct 1995
[Note: Son of Jeff Davis & Ruby Fay ( ) Blankenship]
Arnold Blankenship, 40, of Palatine, Ill., formerly of Ozark, died Thursday, Oct. 12, 1995, in Illinois. He was born January 6, 1955, in Branson, Mo., and was the son of Jeff and Ruby Blankenship. He was a builder in the housing industry. He was preceded in death by his father, and an infant son, Jeff Leland. Survivors include: a son, Jesse Paul Blankenship, Marshfield; three daughters, Amanda Jane, Marshfield, Susie Lea and Melinda Faye Blankenship, Springfield; his mother, Ruby Fay Blankenship, Ozark; his fiancee, Robin Pardo, Palantine, Ill.; four brothers, David Blankenship, Ozark, Ron Blankenship, Sparta, Frank Blankenship, Ozark, and Denny Walrath, Springfield; four sisters, Joan Turner, Ozark, Kay Berry, Ozark, Fay Letterman, Springfield, and Mary Fuller, Ill. Graveside services were held in Cedar Creek Cemetery under the direction of Adams Funeral Home with Pastor Richard Orrell officiating.
Blankenship, Daylon J. 31 Jul 1954 - 21 Feb 1977 OH 24 Feb 1977 p10
[Note: Son of Jesse & ? (Hybner) Blankenship; married Yvonne]
OLDFIELD - Daylon James Blankenship, 22, Oldfield, formerly of Oroville, Wash. was pronounced dead at the scene of a Mo. 14 auto accident Monday. Mr. Blankenship has been working in Oldfield since September. Survivors include his wife, Yvonne of Spokane, Wash; two daughters, Kathy and Angie, both of Spokane, Wash.; his father, Jesse Blankenship, Pottsville, Ark.; and his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Anna Hybner, Atkins, Ark. The body will be transferred by Adams of Ozark to Humphry’s Funeral Home in Russellville, Ark.
Blankenship, Jeff Davis 1920 - 24 Nov 1974 OH 28 Nov 1974 p8
[Note: Son of ? & Minnie (?) Blankenship; married Ruby Fay]
OZARK - Jeff Davis Blankenship, 54, of Ozark, died at his home Sunday night after suffering an apparent heart attack. He had been employed as a heavy equipment operator at the Ozark street department. Surviving are his wife Ruby; four sons, David, Ronald, Frank and Arnold, all of Ozark; three daughters, Mrs. Jo Ann Turner, Ozark and Fay and Kay of the home; his mother, Mrs. Minnie Blankenship, Ozark; three sisters, Mrs. Ollie Dunn, Sparta, Mrs. Doris Wasson, Kirbyville, and Mrs. Virginia Dunn, Protem; six grandchildren and five step-grandchildren.
Blankenship, Joyce Darlene 13 Apr 1970 - 27 Sep 1978 OH 5 Oct 1978 p10
[Note: Daughter of Ronald & ? (Johnson) Blankenship]
SPARTA - Services for Joyce Darlene Blankenship, 8, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Blankenship, Sparta, was at 7 p.m. Saturday in Harris Chapel, Ozark, with Jack Richardson officiating. The child was pronounced dead on arrival at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday at St. John’s Hospital after she was struck by a car while riding her bicycle out of a driveway onto Missouri Highway 125. Survivors other than her parents include a brother, Ronald, of the home; a sister, Dora Mar, of the home and her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin E. Johnson, Springfield, Mrs. Ruby Mae Blankenship, Ozark, and great grandparents, Orville Johnson, Grand Junction, Colo., Cecil Headley McHaffie, Rogersville, Mrs. Minnie Blankenship, Ozark and Mrs. Dela Berry, Rueter.
Blankenship, Joyce Darlene 13 Apr 1970 - 27 Sep 1978 OH 5 Oct 1978 p12
Card of Thanks
We would like to thank everyone for the thoughtful gifts of payers, sympathy, flowers, food and money extended to us after the loss of our lovely daughter and sister, Joycie. A special thank you is extended to Dean & Mary Harris for the special touch of love they gave us during our sorrow Thanks so much for everything, May God bless each and every one. Mr. & Mrs. Ron Blankenship, Dora & Ron II
Blansett, Fred M. 28 Mar 1905 - 13 Apr 1980 OH 17 Apr 1980 pB4
[Note: Son of William D. & Kate Marie (Totson) Blansett]
Fred M. Blansett, 75, Springfield, formerly of Nixa, brother of Herbert Blansett, Ozark, died Sunday at his home. The death was believed to be suicide. Services were held Tuesday followed by cremation at Greenlawn Cemetery.
Blansett, Herbert H. 1900 - 19 Jul 1984 OH 26 Jul 1984 p13
[Note: Son of William D. & Kate M. ( ) Blansett; married Lois Enid 1902 - 5 Nov 1982; in Wright Co. MO 1910 census; no SSDI found]
Memorial services for Herbert H. Blansett, 84, Ozark, were held July 21 in Rivermonte Chapel in Ozark. Burial was in Rivermonte Memorial Cemetery. The body was cremated. Mr. Blansett died of natural causes July 19 in Mercy Villa, Springfield. He was a retired Frisco employee. Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Leone Childress, San Antonio, Texas; and several nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Blansett, Lois Enid 1902 - 5 Nov 1982 OH 11 Nov 1982 p8
[Note: married Herbert H. Blansett 1900 - 19 Jul 1984; no SSDI record found]
Memorial services for Lois Enid Blansett, 80, Ozark, were held Nov. 6 in Rivermonte Memorial Chapel in Springfield. The body has been cremated. Mrs. Blansett died Nov 5 in St. John’s Regional Health Center, Springfield after a long illness. A native of Mountain Grove, she moved to Ozark in 1965 from Mississippi. Survivors include her husband, Herbert H.; and a sister, Mrs. Vesta M. Williams, Nixa. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Foundation for Cancer Research.
Blansit, Chester 14 Jun 1900 - 9 Mar 1979 OH 15 Mar 1979 pB2
[Note: Son of John Chambers & Margaret Elizabeth "Maggie" (?) Blansit; married Erma Mabel St. Clair 23 Feb 1902 - 29 May 1997]
Funeral services for Chester L. Blansit, 78, Chestnut Ridge, were held Monday in the Oak Ridge Full Gospel Church with the Rev. Jerry Haynes officiating. Burial was in the Schupbach Cemetery under Harris Funeral Home direction. Mr. Blansit was a native of Bluff and resided 43 years in Kansas City before retiring to Taney County in 1961. He was a retired construction worker and stockman. He was a member of the Oak Ridge Full Gospel Church. Surviving are his wife, Mabel; two daughters, Mrs. Ines Harris, Chestnutridge and Mrs. Reva Moore, Kansas City, Kan.; three sisters, Mrs. Edith Capehart, Walnut Shade, Mrs. Pansy Harp, Sacramento, Calif. and Mrs. Eula Stewart, DeSoto, Kans.; two half sisters, Mrs. Mabel Cummings, Ozark and Mrs. Bonnie Nash, Kansas City, Kan., 14 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and three step great granddaughters.
Blansit, Earl Westley Chambers “Brother Earl” 18 May 1915 - 24 Dec 2005 SN-L 27 Dec 2005
[Note: Son of Johnny Franklin & Martha Jane (Gideon) Blansit; married 1937 Melba Mozella Huff 18 Jun 1920 - 21 Jul 2008]
Earl Wesley Chambers Blansit, age 90, of Ozark, went home to be with the Lord, December 24, 2005. Earl was born May 18, 1915, to Johnny and Martha Blansit near Rockaway Beach, Mo. He was known by many throughout the Ozarks as "Brother Earl." With no more than an eighth grade education, Earl achieved many successes in business. He was a farmer, auctioneer, and co-founder of the former Blansit Dairy Cattle Company Sale Barn, south of Ozark. Before founding the sale barn, Earl and his brother Wilbur Blansit worked for many years in the farm auction business. They held hundreds of sales around the Midwest and developed a reputation for integrity. His most significant achievements were in the spiritual arena. For many years he taught Sunday School and led singings throughout the Ozarks. Then in his early fifties, he accepted the call to preach and went on to hold many revivals and camp meetings throughout the Midwest. His charismatic personality opened doors to preach in churches of various denominations. During this period of his life and ministry, he also pastored the Oak Ridge Full Gospel Church near Walnut Shade, for 14 years. Oak Ridge experienced phenomenal growth during his pastorate. Brother Earl was known for his simple, straightforward preaching of the Bible. One of his greatest assets was his ability to love people and to express how much God loves them. He had a special anointing to roam through the audience while preaching and speak directly to individuals. People of all walks of life were captivated by his warmth and humor. His greatest desire was to see lost souls come to Christ. Earl was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; and two sons, Harley Dean Blansit and Gary Earl Blansit. Earl is survived by his wife of 68 years, Melba (Huff) Blansit; a brother, Wilbur Blansit and wife, Margie, of Nixa; a son, Nolan Blansit and wife, Lucinda, of Cottage Grove, Oregon; a daughter, Viva Reasoner and husband, Gene, of Ozark; two daughters-in-law, Sharon Blansit, Ash Grove, and Jean Ann Woody and husband, Mike, Ozark; 15 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and a host of dear friends. Funeral arrangements are through Adams Funeral Home, Nixa, Missouri. Visitation is Wednesday, December 28, 5 to 7 p.m. in the funeral home. The celebration service is Thursday, December 29, at 10 a.m. at Nixa First Assembly of God. Memorial contributions may be made to Nixa First Assembly of God Benevolence Fund.
Blansit, Erna Mabel (St. Clair) 23 Feb 1902 - 29 May 1997 CCH-N 4 Jun 1997
[Note: Daughter of John & Mary Jane (Craig) St. Clair; married Chester Blansit 14 Jun 1900 - 9 Mar 1979 - his obit gives her name as Erma]
Erna Mabel Blansit, 95, Chestnutridge, died Thursday, May 29, 1997, in Balanced Care Nursing Home, Nixa. She was born February 23, 1902, in Taney County and was the daughter of John and Mary Jane (Craig) St. Clair. Following her marriage to Chester Blansit they spent 30 years in Kansas City, Kansas, before returning to this area. She was a member of Oakridge Full Gospel Church where she taught Sunday School for thirty years. Preceding her in death were: her husband, Chester, two daughters, Ines Harris and Reva Moore; and a son, Ernest Blansit. Survivors include: two sons-in-law, Floyd Harris, Chestnutridge, and Eugene Moore, Kansas City, Kansas; a daughter-in-law, Louise Blansit, Basehor, Kansas; a sister, Ruby Kerr, California; fourteen grandchildren; many great- and great-greatgrandchildren; and nieces and nephews. Funeral services were Sunday, June 1, in Adams Funeral Home, Nixa, with Rev. Earl Blansit officiating. Burial was in Schupbach Cemetery.
Blansit, Gary Earl 2 Sep 1940 - 14 May 2003 gwobit
[Note: Son of Earl Wesley Chambers & Melba Mozella (Huff) Blansit; married 14 Dec 1967 Sharon Bilyeu]
Gary Earl Blansit went home to be with the Lord on May 14, 2003 at his home in Ash Grove, MO. He was born in Modesto, CA on September 2, 1940 to Earl and Melba Blansit. He was united in marriage to Sharon Bilyeu on December 14, 1967. He is survived by his wife, Sharon Blansit; three daughters, Deborah Graf and husband Doug of Crane, MO, Tamara Adams and husband Jack of Goldsboro, NC, and Trinity Kanan and husband Cody of Everton, MO; one son, Gary Gregg; five grandchildren, Adam Atchison, Thomas Atchison, Joshua Adams, Gary Adams and Wyatt Kanan; his parents, Earl and Melba Blansit of Ozark, MO; a sister, Viva Reasoner and husband Gene of Ozark, MO; a brother, Nolan Blansit and wife Cindy of Eugene, OR; a sister-in-law, Jean Ann Woody and husband Mike of Ozark, MO; and a host of extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by a brother, Harley Blansit and both maternal and paternal grandparents. Gary enjoyed a 30 year career in the automobile business, all in the Springfield area. He was known for his integrity and developed many life long friendships and loyal customers. In recent years, he re-dedicated his life to the Lord and became an avid Bible reader and at the time of his death had read the Bible through seven times. During this time, Gary was miraculously healed of cancer and was quick to give God the glory. His favorite time of day was in the mornings when he would read the Bible, spend time in prayer and give God thanks for His many blessings. He enjoyed nature and being with his grandchildren. He was a kind, caring, compassionate man who was truly interested in all those who crossed his path. He was a talented singer who loved to sing to the Lord no matter where he was. Above all else, Gary loved three things: his Savior, his family and life itself. He was and will always be Husband, Father, Son, Brother, Uncle, Friend, and "Papa." We were all blessed to have him here and look forward to being reunited with him in our eternal home. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, in Nixa Assembly of God Church with Pastor Don Blansit, Pastor Tommy Bilyeu, and Pastor David Abshire officiating. Burial will follow in Selmore Cemetery, south of Ozark. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Adams Funeral Home, Nixa. Springfield News-Leader, May 18, 2003.