Skeen, Andrea Beth, d. 1965 - Smalley, Henry Lowell, d. 2001


Skeen, Andrea Beth 29 Mar 1965 - 7 Apr 1965 CCR 15 Apr 1965 p1

[Note; Daughter of Vernon Leroy & Patsy Ann (Winslow) Skeen]

Andrea B. Skeen, eight-day-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Skeen, Highlandville, died at her home at 4 a.m. Wednesday from a heart condition. She is survived by her parents; one brother, Tommy, of the home; the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Skeen, Wichita, Kan., and maternal grandparents,. Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Winslow, Highlandville. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday in the First Central Baptist Church here with the Rev. Raymond Lloyd officiating. Burial was in Highlandville Cemetery.


Skibinski Gregory John Dr. 7 Mar 1952 - 30 Dec 2009 SN-L 1 Jan 2010

[Note: Son of Ralph & Bernadette "Sadie" (  ) Skibinski; married 18 Jul 1986 Ann M. Koszuth]

Dr. Gregory John Skibinski Dr. Gregory John Skibinski, 57, of Nixa, Mo., passed on December 30, 2009 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. He was born on March 7, 1952 in Milwaukee, Wisc. to Ralph and Bernadette "Sadie" Skibinski. Dr. Skibinski was a 1975 graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He achieved his Masters in Social Work in 1981 and subsequent Ph.D. in 1989. He worked as a Professor in the School of Social Work at Missouri State University since 1995. His first priority was his family, especially his sons. His life long passion was ice hockey, to which he devoted much of his life to promoting youth hockey in Southwest Missouri. Dr. Skibinski married Ann M. Koszuth on July 18, 1986 and to this union they had 2 sons, Eric and Matthew Skibinski. He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph Skibinski and other relatives and friends. He is survived by wife, Ann Koszuth; sons, Eric and Matthew Skibinski, all of Nixa; brother, Thomas Skibinski and wife, Tammy Rohloff; sister, Kathy Skibinski and husband Don Behling. He was a dear uncle to Lauren, Larisa, Kacey, Rebecca, Sarah, Andrew Jr., Dana, Leah, Anna Kate, Adam, Alaina, Gabriella, and Arianna. Visitation will be prior to services from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on January 2, 2010 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. Services will be held at the church at 12:30 p.m. under the direction of Greenlawn Funeral Home East. At the request of the family, memorial contributions should be made to the Springfield Youth Hockey Association, 2733 E. Battlefield Rd, P.O. Box 221, Springfield, Mo. 65804.


Skinner, Irven Guy 24 May 1901 – 22 March 1995  CCH-N 29 March 1995

[Note: Son of  Marion Perry & Nancy (Terry) Skinner; married 5 Oct 1930 Alice Croy]

Irven Guy Skinner, 93, Jameson, died Wednesday, March 22, 1995 at his farm home near Jameson. Born May 24, 1901, near Jameson to Marion Perry and Nancy Terry Skinner, he was a lifelong resident of Daviess County. He began farming when he was 14 years old in Washington Township of Daviess County. On Oct. 5, 1930, he married Alice Croy. He was a former Washington Township Assessor and tax collector. He was an eighty-year member of the Old Scotland Church of Christ, a trustee for his church and its cemetery, an ordained deacon and served as the Church’s congregational song leader. He was preceded in death by one brother, Elvin N. Skinner; and four sisters, Elsie Hampton, Hazel Skinner, Ruth Wingfield and Lean Rowland. Survivors include his wife, Alice, of the home; three daughters, Dixie Rogers, Nixa, Nancy Atwood, Springfield and Norma Griffin, Gallatin; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Services were held Saturday in the Old Scotland Church of Christ, east of Jameson. Burial was in Old Scotland Church Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Old Scotland Church cemetery.


Skinner, Margaret "Marge" (Richoz) 19 Jun 1920 - 22 Jul 2007 SN-L 25 Jul 2007 & CCH-N 25 Jul 2007 & AdamsFH

[Note: Daughter of Emil Arthur & Margaret Anne (Schwartz) Richoz; married Carlton Skinner 29 Jul 1919 - Sep 1982]

Margaret "Marge" Skinner, age 87, of Nixa, passed away Sunday, July 22, 2007. She was born June 19, 1920, in Elgin, Illinois, the daughter of Emil Arthur and Margaret Anne (Schwartz) Richoz. She married Carlton Skinner, who preceded her in death as well as a brother Gordon Richoz, and her parents. Mrs. Skinner was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Nixa, Mo., and enjoyed activities at the Nixa Senior Center. Her hobbies included sewing and reading. Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Laing, Nixa; a son, Scott Skinner and wife, Judy, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin; five grandchildren, Kimberly Hutter and husband, Randy, Kristi Kinney and husband Paul, Traci Bluemel and husband, Dale, Michael Skinner, Holly Skinner and Dawn Skinner; twelve great-grandchildren; a brother, Arthur Richoz and wife, Elinor, Elgin, Illinois; and other relatives. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, in Adams Funeral Home, Nixa. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, July 26, in the funeral home with Pastor Phil Brucks officiating. Burial will follow in McConnell-Bledsoe Cemetery, Nixa. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Aldersgate United Methodist Church in memory of Margaret.


Skinner, Theodore W. “Ted” 6 Oct 1900 - 24 Sep 1982 OH 30 Sep 1982 p9

[Note: Son of Frank & Eda C. (Turner) Skinner; married first ? ; married Gladys m/1 ? Bennett]

Services for Theodore W. “Ted” Skinner, 81, Springfield, were held Sept. 27 in Billings Full Gospel Church with Faye White officiating. Burial was in White Chapel Cemetery, Springfield, under the direction of Meadors of Billings. Mr. Skinner died Sept. 24 in Mount Vernon Park Care Center after a long illness. Mr. Skinner, formerly of Billings, was a member of Billings Full Gospel Church and Billings Masonic Lodge No. 379. Survivors include his wife, Gladys; five sons, Otis, Yukon, Okla., Kenneth, Bethany, Okla., J. F., Summervilles, S. C., Leo, Los Gatos, Calif., Ted, Jr., Canadian, Okla.; three daughters, Mrs. Lorna Castleberry, Austin, Tex., Mrs. Ella Hollars, Fort Worth, Tex. and Mrs. Audry Bell Winder, Norwalk, Calif.; a stepson, Willie Bennett, Doniphan; five stepdaughters, Bonnie Benett, Maynard, Ark., Mrs. Mona McIntosh, Paducah, Ky., Mrs. Judy Young, Mansfield, Mrs. May Walker, Belknap, Ill., and Barbara Bennett, Springfield; 27 grandchildren and 21 step grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Skirvin, Viola  1914 - May 2011 SN-L 2 Jun 2011
Viola Skirvin, 97, San Antonio. Arrangements: Adams Funeral Home, Ozark, Missouri.

Skirvin, Weldon Burrell 6 Dec 1911 - 11 Apr 1980 OH 17 Apr 1980 pB4

[Note: married Viola]

Services for W. Burrell Skirvin, 68, San Antonio, Texas, formerly of this area, will be held tomorrow (Friday) at 2 p.m. in Maple Park Cemetery, Springfield, under the direction of Harris of Nixa. Dwayne Bray will be the officiant. Mr. Skirvin lived in Chadwick, Elm Creek, Springfield and St. Louis. He died last Friday in the Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Center in San Antonio, after a long illness. Survivors include his wife, Viola; a son, Wayne, San Antonio; two brothers, Ernest, Aurora, Colo., and Erle, Matfield Green, Kan.; and a half brother, Walter Collins, Springfield.


Skitek, Mary Ruth (Mitchum) 21 Nov 1949 - 4 May 1993 OH 9 Jun 1993

[Note: Daughter of ? & Inis (?) Mitchum; married 27 Dec 1969 David Skitek]

Services were held Friday, May 4, 1993 for Mary Ruth Mitchum Skitek, 43, Kansas City. She was born Nov. 21, 1949 in Springfield. She lived in Rolla until 1965 when she accompanied her family as missionaries to Ethiopia. She graduated from Good Shephard Academy, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in May 1967, went on to Milligan College, Tennessee. On Dec. 27, 1969, she was married to David Skitek. She resided in Griffith, Ind., until moving to Kansas City in 1977. She was a member of the Raytown Christian Church where she served as chairperson of the Outreach Dept. of Raytown Christian Church and a chairperson of a regional missions committee of the Disciples of Christ in Kansas City. She was a paralegal secretary for Stilley, Fowler and Stilley in Kansas City. Survivors include her husband, David, two daughters, Emily and Abigail, all of the home; her mother, Inis Gillihan (Mitchum), Raytown; a sister, Nancy Lindsey, Bowling Green, Ky.; two brothers, John Mitchum, Ozark, and Jim Mitchum, Overland Park, Kans.; mother-in-law Edith Skitek and father-in-law Gabriel Skitek, both of Rolla; six nephews and three nieces. Burial was in Floral Hills, Kansas City.


Slack, Amos D. 1903 - Dec 1973 OH 3 Jan 1974 p8

[Note: Son of John William & Rosie Emily (Morgan) Slack; married Mary]

Amos D. Slack, 70, Springfield, died last Wednesday at St. John’s Hospital after a short illness. Surviving are his wife, Mary; two sons, Amos D. and J. C., both of Springfield; four brothers, Earl of Muskogee, Okla., Garland of Dallas, Tex., John of Nixa, and Elsworth, Springfield; four sisters, Mrs. Amanda Mauch and Mrs. Ruth Whitehead and Mrs. Christine Stephens, all of Springfield and Mrs. Mary Carter of Nixa. Funeral arrangements were under direction of Greenlawn.


Slack, Garland Glenwill 9 May 1904 - 31 Aug 1978 OH 7 Sep 1978 p8

[Note: Son of John William & Rosie Emily (Morgan) Slack; married ? Smith]

Word has been received that former Springfield resident, Garland G. Slack, 74, Dallas, Texas, died at 8:45 p.m. Thursday in a Dallas hospital following a June 5 auto accident. Mr. Slack left Springfield during his youth and eventually became the owner and operator of Weather Master Furnace Co. He also supplied water to the Urban Dale District before retiring, Services were held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Troy Suggs Funeral Home in Dallas. Burial was in Grove Hill Memorial Cemetery. Survivors from the Ozarks include four sisters, Mrs. Amanda Mauch, Mrs. Ruth Whitehead and Mrs. Christine Stephens, all of Springfield and Mrs. Mary Carter, Nixa; two brothers, John W. Slack, Nixa and Ellsworth Slack, Kissee Mills.


Slack, Jimmie Mack 1928 - 25 Jul 1948 CCR 5 Aug 1948

[Note: Son of Frank & ? (  ) Slack; nephew of Mary J. (Slack) Carter 28 Nov 1905 - 16 Dec 1988]

Funeral services for Jimmie Mack Slack, 20, of Muskogee, Okla., were conducted there on August 1. Young Slack was instantly killed July 25 while he was attempting to scale the treacherous slopes of Pikes Peak in Colorado.  He was on assignment for a Muskogee newspaper and his stories of daily sightseeing were being published under the name of “The Vagabond.” His last story was written after he had visited the Garden of the Gods near Colorado Springs and the succeeding article was to be written from the top of the famous mountain peak. He was on vacation from his studies at the University of Oklahoma where he was a pre-med student and was studying journalism as a sideline. His father, Earl Slack of Muskogee, formerly lived at Galloway where he operated the Slack Auto Electric Shop. Mrs. Howard Carter of Nixa is an aunt and she went to Muskogee to attend the final rites.


Slaght, Onita G. (Deffenderfer) 23 Feb 1927 - 18 Jul 2005 CCH-N 27 Jul 2005

[Note: Daughter of Horace L. & Blanche (Harp) Deffenderfer; married James Stewart “Jim” Slaght 12 Aug 1926 - 13 Jun 1986]

            Onita Deffenderfer Slaght, 78, of Anaheim, Calif., passed away Monday, July 18, 2005. She was born in Christian County and graduated from Ozark High School in 1945. She moved to California soon after that and retired from the telephone company. She was preceded in death by her parents, Horace and Blanche Deffenderfer; her husband, Jim; her daughter, Cheryl; three brothers, Rex, Wayne and Dale; and three sisters, Betty Kelsey, Juanita Dean and Donna Head. Her survivors include one daughter, Linda Yuracich; four grandchildren; four great grandchildren; three sisters, Jane Lee and Cleta Baldwin of California and Mina Handy of Ozark and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held July 21 in Brea, Calif., with burial in Riverside, Calif.


Slaughter, Dwight 6 Oct 1919 - 27 Jan 2012 CCH-N 8 Feb 2012 on-line only


[Note: Son of Nathan & Sarah (Carr) Slaughter; married Montaree ? - 29 May 1998]


            Dwight Slaughter, 92, Mt. Vernon, died Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Mt. Vernon. He was born Oct. 6, 1919, in Hurley, to Nathan and Sarah (Carr) Slaughter. Slaughter served his country in the U.S. Navy, commissioned to the USS Lang, during WWII. He married Montaree (Curbow) in June of 1946. Slaughter was a general foreman for the Wertz Construction Company. He attended the Little Flock Primitive Baptist church in Hurley. Preceding him in death was wife Montaree on May 29, 1998; sisters, Logie, Aleen, Opallean, Rosie and Lou, half-sisters, Susie, Elva and Alma; and brothers, Curtis, Edgar and Guy. He is survived by: three children and their spouses, Rocky and Debbie Slaughter, Elkhorn, Wisc., Connie and Bob Souden, California, Mo., and Dawn Slaughter, Branson; two grandchildren and their spouses, Nathan and Jeni Slaughter, Iowa, and Tara and Bryan Frost, Wisc.; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Zeb Slaughter, Eugene, Oreg.; two sisters, Myrt Rice, Boise, Idaho, and Alice Pearce, Kansas City; other relatives and friends. A visitation was from 5-7 p.m., with services at 7 p.m., on Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, in Meadors Funeral Home, Republic, with Nathan Slaughter officiating. Interment was at 10 a.m., Tuesday, in Short Cemetery, Hurley. Memorials were suggested to St. John’s Hospice or Missouri Veterans Home, Mt. Vernon. Online condolences may be posted to

Slaughter, Jesse 26 Dec 1852 - 18 May 1933 CCR 25 May 1933 p1

[Note: Son of Daniel Smith & Nancy (Clarke) Slaughter; married 1886 Katie Gordon m/1 Birkhead]

Jesse Slaughter was born on the Slaughter homestead Dec. 26, 1852, and passed away on May 18, 1933, aged 80 years, 4 months and 23 days. His father Daniel Smith Slaughter, and mother, Nancy Clarke Slaughter, lived in Platte County, Missouri, and were of Kentucky ancestry. The deceased was married inn1886 to Mrs. Katie Gordon Birkhead of Liberty, MO. He was in business at Liberty until coming to the Ozarks nearly 22 years ago. He leaves to mourn his loss a step-daughter, Mrs. Pearl Hibbard, of Tacoma, Washington; a nephew, Madison Smith of Riverside, California; and nieces, Mrs. Grace Sutherland, of Kansas City, MO, also nieces and nephews near the old home in Platte County, MO, and a large number of friends in the neighborhood of his Ozarks home “Twin Pines Ranch”, where he as loved and respected by the residents of the Pine Ridge district. Funeral services were conducted May 19,1933 at 2:30 p.m. by Rev. Craven, with burial in the Ozark cemetery under direction of T.B. Chaffin.


Slaughter, Nathaniel 18 Nov 1866 - 14 Sep 1939 CCR 21 Sep 1939 p1

[Note: Son of Zebulon & ? ( ) Slaughter; married Sarah]

Funeral services for Nathaniel Slaughter, 72, who died Friday at his home in Hurley were held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Primitive Baptist church, conducted by Rev. W.J. O’Dell, with burial in the Short cemetery under the direction of the Wilburn Maples Funeral Home of Clever.


Slavens, Cora Mae (Sawyers) Glisson 24 Nov 1906 - 11 Apr 1997  CCH-N 16 Apr 1997

[Note: Daughter of King David & Minnie (  ) Sawyers; married Byrd Glisson ? - 1938; married Rev. Winston V. Slavens 25 Feb 1903 - 24 Apr 1979]

Cora Mae Slavens, 90, Ozark, died Friday, April 11, 1997, in Ozark Nursing and Care Center. She was born November 24, 1906, in Sallisaw, Oklahoma, and was the daughter of King David and Minnie Sawyers. She lived most of her life in Wichita, Kansas. She was member of the Church of God in Hurley. Preceding her in death were: her first husband, Byrd Glisson in 1938; her second husband, Rev. W.V. Slavens in 1979; and two daughters, Helen Gordon and Kay Cochenour. Survivors include: a daughter, Nadine Jones and her husband Dale, Galena; two sons, R.B. Glisson, San Leandro, California, and Clell Glisson, Owasso, Oklahoma; fourteen grandchildren; great- and great-great grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, April 14, 1997, in the Sixty-five Full Gospel Church, south of Spokane with Rev. Joe Dan Edwards officiating. Burial was in Ponce de Leon Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Adams Funeral Home, Ozark.

Slavens, Ed 26 Jul 1932 - 11 Jul 2011 CCH-N 20 Jul 2011

[Note: Son of Winson & Eathel (Taylor) Slavens]

Ed Slavens, 78, of Chouteau Okla., died July 11, 2011. He was born July 26, 1932, in Warner Okla., to Winson and Eathel (Taylor) Slavens. Ed was a retired machinist and worked in Braden Steel and Neece Steel. He also work for the City of Ozark. Upon retiring he went to work as a driver for the florist. He is survived by his son Winson Slavens and wife Joyce; daughter Cheryl Kessler and husband Reggie all of Chouteau Okla.; brother Allen Slavens of Wagoner; sisters Nadine Graham of Ccalifornia and Edna Faulkner of Kansas; three grand children and three great grand children. He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Juanita, one infant son, three sisters and one brother. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. July 14 in the Haskell Cemetery with Rev. Mark Hall officiating. Military honors will be provided by American Legion Post No. 56. Services will be directed by Dowdy Funeral Home.


Slavens, Juanita (Blanket) 6 Nov 1939 - 11 Feb 2004 CCH-N 17 Feb 2004

[Note: married Ed Wilson Slavens]

Juanita Slavens, 64, Chouteau, Okla., died Feb. 11, 2004. She was born Nov. 6, 1939. Slavens was a former city clerk of Ozark. She was preceded in death by her parents; two infant sisters; a beloved brother, Junior; and an infant son.She is survived by her beloved husband of 47 years, Ed Wilson Slavens; one daughter, Cheryl Hylton; one son, Winson Ray Slavens and wife Angie, Chouteau; grandchildren, Sheila Arlt and husband Todd, Tulsa, Okla., and Bradley Hylton, Amanda and Dalton Ray Slavens, all of Chouteau; one brother, William Pete Blanket Sr. and wife MaryNell, Broken Arrow, Okla.; two sisters, Betty and husband Galen Nickols, Tahlequah, Okla., and Sandra and husband Curtis Leos, Tulsa; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Burial was at 10 a.m. on Feb 13 in Haskell Cemetery, Haskell, Okla. ©Ozarks Newsstand 2004


Slavens, Winson V., Rev. 25 Feb 1903 - 22 Apr 1979 OH 3 May 1979 p5

[Note: married Cora Mae Sawyers 24 Nov 1906 - 11 Apr 1997 m/1 Glisson]

Services for the Rev. Winson V. Slavens, 76, Highlandville, were held last Friday in the Church of God at Hurley with the Revs. L. S. Cooper and Wilkie White officiating. Burial was in the Ponce de Leon Cemetery under direction of Adams of Ozark. Mr. Slavens was dead on arrival at St. John’s Regional Health Center, Springfield, April 22 after apparently suffering a heart attack at his home.  Survivors include his wife, Cora; two sons, Ed Wilson Slavens of Ozark and Allen W. of Tulsa, Okla.; eight daughters, Mrs. Ina Inskeep of Lee’s Summit, Miss Evelyn Slavens of Roseburg, Kan., Mrs. Maxine Woods of Hackell, Okla., Mrs. Linda Spesert and Mrs. Gracie McClure, both of Coweta, Okla., Mrs. Edna Faulkner of Arkansas City, Kan. Mrs. Eva Webb of San Pablo, Calif., and Mrs. Nadine Graham of Pinole, Calif.; two stepsons, R. B. Glisson of Highlandville and Clell Glisson of Owasco, Okla.; three stepdaughters, Mrs. Helen Gordon of Wichita, Kan., Mrs. Kay Coconar of Topeka, Kan. and Mrs. Nadine Jones of Highlandville; 54 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren and one great grandchild; 14 step grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Arrangements will be announced by Adams of Ozark.


Slawson, Betty J. (Kramer) Grant 5 Dec 1921 - 31 Jan 2010 SN-L 7 Feb 2010

[Note: Daughter of Ernest & Blanche ( ) Kramer; m 1940 Ernest Grant; m Jun 1948 Glenn Slawson]

Betty J. Slawson, 88, of Nixa, Mo. passed away January 31, 2010. Betty was born near Bakersfield, Calif. on December 5, 1921 and moved to Ozawkie, Kan. in 1924. Betty graduated from high school in 1939. Betty married Ernest Grant in 1940 and they lived in Topeka, Kan. where their son Ronald Grant was born. Her second marriage to Glenn Slawson was in June 1948 and they lived in Topeka, Kan. until they moved to San Antonio, Texas in August 1973. Glenn preceded her in death in January, 1998 and in July,1998 Betty moved to Nixa, Mo. to be closer to her son and daughter-in-law. Betty spent most of her working life at the Veteran's Hospital in Topeka, Kan. and San Antonio, Texas. She loved her flowers and enjoyed knitting and sewing for her family and friends. One of her favorite hobbies was bowling and she remained active with that pastime until the last six months of her life. She was preceded in death by her parents; Ernest and Blanche Kramer, two brothers; Edwin and Leonard and three sisters; Gwendolyn (Sis), Leora and Virginia. Betty is survived by her son Ronald and her daughter-in-law Rebecca Grant, three granddaughters, three great grandchildren and one great great grandson; one sister, Dorothy Cunningham; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. Her wish was to be cremated. Her services will be February 20, at 1:00 p.m. at the Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Nixa, Mo. She will be buried in Ozawkie, Kan. at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Betty's name to the Aldersgate United Methodist Church building fund, Nixa, Mo. Cremation was under the direction of Adams Funeral Home, Nixa.


Slawson, Merle A. 1915 - 30 Jan 2005 SN-L 1 Feb 2005

[Note: married Luella Mildred m/1 McClelland]

Merle A. Slawson, 89, formerly of Ozark, passed away Sunday, January 30, in Kansas Soldiers Home, Ft. Dodge, Kan. Survivors include his wife Luella Mildred Slawson, Kansas Soldiers Home; two brothers Burl and Leland Slawson; step-son Charles McClelland; and nieces and nephews. Funeral services are at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 2, in Adams Funeral Home, Ozark. Burial will be in White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Springfield.


Slawson, Merle A. 23 Aug 1915 - 30 Jan 2005 CCH-N 9 Feb 2005

[Note: Son of Claude & Beulah (Martin) Slawson; married Luella Mildred m/1 McClelland]

            Merle A. Slawson, age 89, formerly of Ozark, passed away Sunday, January 30, in Kansas Soldiers’ Home, Ft. Dodge, Kansas. He was born August 23, 1915 in Crocker, Missouri, the son of Claude and Beulah (Martin) Slawson. He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. Survivors include: His wife. Luella Mildred Slawson, residing in Kansas Soldiers’ Home; two brothers, Burl and Leland Slawson; a stepson, Charles McClelland; nieces and nephews. Funeral services were at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 2, in Adams Funeral Home, Ozark, Missouri. Burial followed in White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Springfield, Missouri.


Slay, Ben died 12 Jan 1917 CCR 19 Jan 1917 p1

[Note: no legible tombstone; no MO DC found]

Ben Slay of Nixa, who succumbed last Thursday morning to the injuries received several weeks previous in the shooting affray, the particulars of which were given in these columns at the time, was regarded as a dangerous character and there is little regret felt in that community at his death.


Slay, Carl Coleman 5 Apr 1909 - 16 Sep 1978 OH 21 Sep 1978 p9

NIXA - Services for Carl C. Slay, 68, former Nixa resident, who made his home in Springfield State Hotel, were at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Harris Chapel, Nixa with the Rev. Roscoe Harding officiated. Burial was in the McConnell Memorial Cemetery. Mr. Slay died at 2:26 p.m. Saturday in Cox Medical Center, Springfield after suffering an apparent heart attack. Mr. Slay was born in Arkansas and had lived in Nixa for several years. He also lived in Kansas City, Denver and the state of California. He was a retired cook. Survivors include two daughters, Mary Ann and Bettie Mar, address unknown; two sisters, Mrs. Pauline Fritts, Aurora and Mrs. Laurine Gibbons, Route 1, Aurora and three grandchildren.


Slay, Dora Marie (Maynard) 28 Apr 1917 - 8 Dec 1942 CCR 17 Dec 1942 p1

[Note: Daughter of John & Mary Agnes (Ginger) Maynard; married ? Slay]

Dora Marie Maynard Slay was born April 28, 1917, and departed this life at her home in Nixa, on Dec. 8, 1942 at the age of 25. She spent nearly all of her life in and around Nixa. She professed her faith in God but never united with any church. She is survived by two children; Mary Ann, 6, and Betty Mae, 3, her mother and step-father, Mr. and Mrs. James Amos, of Nixa, MO; three half-brothers and two half-sisters; other relatives and a host of friends. Funeral services were held at 2 pm Thursday at the church at McConnell cemetery, conducted by Rev. Reynolds of Nixa, with burial in the McConnell cemetery under the direction of Wilburn Maples Funeral Home of Clever.


Slay, Hattie May (Porter) 27 Apr 1890 - 11 Sep 1930 CCR 18 Sep 1930 p8

[Note: Daughter of Alpheus R. “Albert“ & Harriet (Gaylord) Porter; married 1911 Nathaniel Slay]

Hattie May Porter Slay was born April 27, 1890, at Miami, Mo., and departed this life Sept. 11, 1930, at the age of 40 years, 4 months and 15 days. She was converted at an early age and united with the Nixa Christian church. She was married to Nathaniel Slay at the age of 21 years. To this union was born one daughter, Mrs. Lonnie Ball of Groesbeck, Texas. She is survived by the daughter, an aged mother, two brothers, Albert Porter of Nixa and Frank Porter of Anderson, Ind., one granddaughter and a host of friends and neighbors. Funeral services were held Sunday, Sept. 14, 1930, at 2 p.m. at the Nixa Christian church with Rev. B. Frank West officiating. Burial was in the Payne cemetery under the direction of the Harding & Maples Funeral Service of Nixa.


Slay, Nathan S. 13 Sep 1880 - 29 Oct 1953

[Note: Son of George & Margaret (Bledsoe) Slay; married Annie]

Nathan S. Slay, 73, of Marionville, died at 4 a.m. yesterday in Mt. Vernon after an illness of a year.  A native of Nixa, Mr. Slay had lived in the Marionville community for many years.  He is survived by his wife, Annie; three sons, Donald of Caldwell, Ida., Harold of Pittsburg, Calif., and Howard, who is in the Army in Japan; a daughter, Mrs. Carlos Bradley of Walla Walla, Wash.; and four grandchildren.  Funeral arrangements are under direction of Bradford-Surridge of Marionville.

Note: This clipping from the collection of Lula (Rogers) Gardner has a handwritten date of October 1953 in the margin.


Slay, Stanford Taylor 3 Dec 1870 - 23 Apr 1934 CCR 26 Apr 1934 p1

[Note: Son of George & Margaret (Bledsoe) Slay; married Mary A. Sellars 26 May 1876 - 24 Mar 1915; married Gertie Sanders; DC gives name Taylor S. Slay]

Funeral services for Taylor S. Slay, age 63 of Nixa, route, who died at his home Monday morning at 12:36 after a stroke of paralysis Sunday afternoon, were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Manley cemetery conducted by Rev. R.C. Harding of Nixa, Mo., with burial there under the direction of Wilburn Maples Funeral Home of Clever, Mo. The survivors are his wife, Mrs. Gerta Slay and four children, Mrs. Bessie Rhea and Mrs. Treva Ruth and Mae Slay and Helen Kathleen Slay; 2 brothers, Nathen of Marionville and Thomas of Nixa, Route; four sisters, Mrs. Henry Wilkins of Clever, Mrs. Sadie Payne of Marionville, and Mary Wade of Kansas City and Mrs. Villie Chaffin of Nixa, route.


Slay, Stanford Taylor 3 Dec 1870 - 23 Apr 1934

Taylor Slay, 63, farmer living near Nixa, died yesterday after suffering a stroke Sunday afternoon. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Gertie Slay; four children, two brothers and four sisters. Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock this afternoon in the Manly cemetery near Battlefield with the Rev. R. J. Harding officiating. Burial will be under direction of Wilburn and Maples of Clever. Daily News, April 24. 1934


Slay, Tom M. 1885 - 18 Apr 1966  CCR 21 Apr 1966 p1

Tom M. Slay, 80, Brookline, died in Handley Hospital, Springfield at 9:15 a.m. Monday where he had been a patient a few hours.  Mr. Slay had moved to the Brookline community from the Cape Fair area two years ago, A retired  laborer and farmer, he spent most of his life in the Cape Fair area. He is survived by several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Cape Fair Community Church. Burial was in Cape Fair Cemetery under direction of Harris of Ozark.


Slayback, Warner W. 2 Feb 1895 - 25 Jul  1968         CCR 1 Aug 1968 p8

[Note: married Mary B. 25 Dec 1895 - 20 Jul 1983]

Warner W. Slayback, 73, of Ozark, died at 8:30 p.m. Thursday in St. John’s Hospital after suffering an apparent heart attack a week ago. A retired engineer for Continental Oil Company, Mr. Slayback was a member of the Methodist Church and the Mountain Home, Ark. Eagles. He is survived by his wife, Mary; a daughter, Mrs. Jack Goodnight, Branson; a sister, Mrs. Charles Ogg, Wickenburg, Ariz; two grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday in the Klingner Chapel with the Rev. Gene Atkins officiating. Burial was in Highlandville Cemetery, Highlandville.


Slechter, Frank Jerry 1941 - Mar 2011 SN-L 17 Mar 2011

Frank Jerry Slechter, 69, Nixa. Arrangements: Adams Funeral Home of Nixa, Missouri


Sleeper, Frances (Mauk) 10 Oct 1923 - 20 Oct 2002  CCH-N 6 Nov 2001

[Note: Daughter of William & Fannie (Cole) Mauk; married 7 Nov 1946 Pete Sleeper]

Frances Sleeper, 79, Ozark, Mo., passed away Tuesday, October 29, 2002 in Cox Walnut Lawn Hospital, Springfield, Mo. She was born October 10, 1923, in Berwyn Nebraska, the daughter of William and Fannie (Cole) Mauk. On November 7, 1946, she was united in marriage to Pete Sleeper in Kansas City, Mo. Frances was a restaurant owner for several years in Oseola, Mo. before moving to Fort Myers, Florida. While living in Florida, she was an employee for Lee County until retirement. After retirement, she returned to Ozark where she resided for 10 years. She was preceded in death by her husband; both parents; two brothers, Clyde and Claris Mauk; and one brother-in-law, Buff Lamb. Frances is survived by one sister, Arlene Lamb of Ozark, Mo.; one sister-in-law, Katherine Mauk of Sparta, Mo; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and several friends. Graveside services for Frances Sleeper were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 2, 2002, in Fairview Cemetery, Sweet Springs, Mo., with Merl Trelow officiating under the direction of Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark. Visitation was held in Barnes Family Funeral Home, from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, November 1, 2002.


Slentz, Emma Mary (Jolley) 3 Mar 1865 - 2 May 1944 CCR 11 May 1944 p4

[Note: Daughter of Dr. John & Susan (Hines) Jolley; married 1884 Harvey Slentz]

Funeral services for Mrs. Emma Sarah Slentz, 79, who died May 2 at her home in Hurley, were held at the home, followed by a second service at the Christian Church at Marshfield. Burial was in Marshfield Cemetery under direction of Wilburn Maples Funeral Home of Clever. She was married to Harvey Slentz in 1884 and they lived at Marshfield prior to locating at Hurley 23 years ago. To this union were born ten children, five of whom preceded her in death. Survivors include the husband and five children, Wm. R. of Marshfield, Mrs. Annie Clouse of Marshfield, Harvey A. of Hayti, Mo., James and Everett of Springfield. Mrs. Slentz was a devoted Christian.


Slentz, Ora Mae (  ) Dean 3 May 1904 - 6 Dec 1969  CCR 11 Dec 1969 p8

[Note: married Everett J. Slentz]

Mrs. Ora M. Slentz, 65, Nixa, died of an apparent heart attack after collapsing on the street in Nixa at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. She had lived  in Stone and Christian Counties all of her life except for a few years in Springfield where she was a member of the Seminole Baptist Church. Survivors are her husband, Everett J., Hurley; two sons, John L. Dean of Marshall and Billy G. Dean of Brookline; a daughter, Mrs. Nancy Hebner, Rockford, Ill.; two sisters, Mrs. Nova Rinker, Billings and Mrs. Flora Parsons, Nixa; and five grandchildren. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Harris Chapel, Nixa with the Rev. Wilbur Blansit officiating.


Sloan, Earl 1900 - 15 Feb 1970  CCR 19 Feb 1970 p3

[Note: married Beatress]

Earl Sloan, 69, of Rogersville, died at 6:15 p.m. Sunday in Cox Medical Center in Springfield after an illness of six months. The retired mechanist had worked for Reynolds Manufacturing Company in Springfield for 20 years. He was a deacon in the Rogersville Baptist Church.  Mr. Sloan is survived by his wife, Beatress; four sons, Earl Sloan of Grandview, Glen Sloan of Ozark, John Sloan of Ozark, James Sloan of Joplin; three brothers, E. W. of Ozark, Charles of Willard, Harvey of Springfield; two sisters, Mrs. Ruth Lambeth and Mrs. Edna Madden, both of Springfield; and six grandchildren. Services were at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Rogersville Baptist Church, the Revs. Paul Swadley and Claude McMullin officiating. Burial was in East Lawn Cemetery in Springfield.


Sloan, Elmer William 17 Jan 1912 - 30 Aug 1995  CCH-N 6 Sep 1995

[Note: Son of Rev. Edward Thomas & Martha Margaret (Logan) Sloan; married Naomi 3 Jul 1914 - Dec 1986;  married Evelyn]

Elmer William Sloan, 83, of Ozark, died Wednesday, Aug. 30, 1995, in Cox Medical Center, South. He was born January 17, 1912 in Springfield, and was the son of Rev. Edward Thomas Sloan and Martha Margaret Logan Sloan. He attended SMSU where he was a member of the football team. Mr. Sloan was employed as a Greyhound Bus Driver for many years. he also was a Ozark School Bus Driver, and former Mayor and Municipal Court Judge for Ozark. He was preceded in death by: His first wife, Naomi; two brothers, Earl, and Charles Sloan; and a twin sister, Edna Madden. Survivors include: His wife, Evelyn; two daughters, Deanna Horst and her husband, Weston, Springfield, and Nicki Listerman and her husband, John, Lawrence, KS.; six grandchildren, Jeff and Joni Listerman, Chuck Horst and his wife, Tammy, William Horst, Amy Ruggeri and her husband, Randy, and Richard Horst; three great-grandchildren, Lindsey and Douglas Horst, and Chase Ruggeri; a sister, Ruth Lambeth, Springfield; two stepdaughters, Jane Peterson, and Joan McDowel; a stepson, Jon Housden, all of Calif.; and five step grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday in Adams Funeral Home, Ozark, with Pastor Dale Bond officiating. Burial was in White Chapel Cemetery, Springfield. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, or the organization of your choice.


Sloan, Glen F. 5 Jan 1926 - 8 Jun 2000  CCH-N 14 Jun 2000

[Note: Son of Earl B. & Beatrice (Lawson) Sloan; married 1 Nov 1951 Malacha "Mickey" Edwards]

Glen F. Sloan, 74, Ozark, passed away Thursday, June 8, 2000 in Ozark Riverview Manor. He was born January 5, 1926 in Springfield, Missouri, the son of Earl B. and Beatrice Lawson Sloan. On November 1, 1961, he was united in marriage to Malacha "Mickey" Edwards. He was a Baptist by faith. Mr. Sloan served his country as a Merchant Marine and in the U.S. Air Force, and also owned and operated the Glen F. Sloan Insurance Agency. Survivors include: his wife, Mickey, Ozark; a son, Mark Sloan, Ozark; a daughter, Toni Core, Springfield; and three brothers, Earl Sloan and his wife Betty, Rogers, AR., John Sloan and his wife Joyce, Ozark, and Jim Sloan and his wife Joan, Springfield. Graveside services were at 11 a.m., Friday, June 9, 2000 in Eastlawn Cemetery Springfield, with Pastor Paul Swadley officiating, under the direction of Adams Funeral Home, Ozark. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society in care of Adams Funeral Home, 504 W Walnut, Ozark. Missouri, 65721.


Sloan, John Edward 17 Oct 1928 - 3 Oct 2005  SN-L 4 Oct 2005

[Note: Son of Earl & Beatrice (Lawson) Sloan; married Joyce]

John Edward Sloan, age 76, of Ozark, passed away Monday, October 3, 2005, in his home. He was born October 17, 1928, in Springfield, the son of Earl and Beatrice (Lawson) Sloan. He served his country in the U.S. Army. In 1973, he and his wife, Joyce, were united in marriage. Mr. Sloan retired as manager of Southwest Missouri Credit Union. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He enjoyed helping his neighbors and friends, and will be missed by all those who loved him. Survivors include his wife, Joyce; a daughter, Thyresa Thomas and her husband, Bill, Rogers, Ark.; two granddaughters, Stacey Suydam and her husband, Robert, New Jersey, and Alicia Thomas, Virginia; two great- grandchildren, Tyler and Haley Suydam; a brother, Jim Sloan, Springfield; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Glen Sloan and Earl Sloan, and his parents. A graveside funeral service will be at 1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 6, in Eastlawn Cemetery, Springfield, with Reverend Paul Swadley officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, in Adams Funeral Home, Ozark. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospices of America.


Sloan, Leona A. (Vaughn) 1914 - 8 Apr 1969  CCR 10 Apr 1969 p8

[Note: married Rev Wilbert J. Sloan 18 Mar 1905 - 12 Jun 1989]

Mrs. Leona A. Sloan, 54, of Ozark, died at 12:15 a.m. Tuesday in Burge-Protestant Hospital following a lingering illness. She is survived by her husband, Wilbert J.; seven sons, William, Jr., Bill, and Jerry, all of Springfield, Kenneth of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Paul of Fulton, Jimmy of Greenleaf, Kan. and Harry of Frankfurt, Kan.; six daughters, Mrs. Ada Sloan of Springfield, Mrs. Dorothy Elonich of Grand Island, Neb., Mrs. Betty Mitchell and Mrs. Pauline Kirk, both of St. Louis, Mrs. Doris Stinson of Clarinda, Iowa. and Mrs. Isabell Hegi of Ft. Worth, Tex.; a brother, Orville,Vaughn of St. Louis; 25 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Services will be at 1 p.m. today in Greenlawn Funeral Home with the Rev. Lawrence Watts officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery.


Sloan, Letha Pauline (Kiper) Thomas 11 Jan 1919 - 21 Oct 2004   SN-L 23 Oct 2004 & CCH-N 27 Oct 2004

[Note: Daughter of Herschel & Ora Mae (Rice) Kiper; married Edgar Lester Thomas; married Rev. Wilbert J. Sloan]

Letha Pauline Sloan, age 85, of Battlefield, formerly of Ozark, passed away Thursday, Oct. 21, 2004. She was born Jan. 11, 1919, one of eight children of Herschel and Ora Mae (Rice) Kiper. Mrs. Sloan worked for Fasco Industries from 1968 until retirement in 1981. She was a charter member of Eastern Gate Baptist Church, Ozark. Survivors include two daughters, Lanora Porterfield, Battlefield, and Patty Herd and her husband Jim, Clever; seven grandchildren, Chip Porterfield and wife Phyllis, Michele Vinson and husband Bill, Chris Davis and wife Audrey, Tim Herd and wife Staci, Eric Herd and wife Sasha, Amanda Thomas and Freddie Leon Thomas, Jr.; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Leola Odle, Pryor, Okla.; nieces; nephews; friends; and Heather Reynolds, a special caregiver for the past six months from Integrity Home Care. Her first husband, Edgar Lester Thomas, preceded her in death as well as her second husband, Rev. Wilbert Sloan. She was also preceded in death by two sons, Fred Thomas and Paul Thomas, and six brothers and sisters. A graveside funeral will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, in Brookline Cemetery with Rev. J.R. Duncan officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Adams Funeral Home, Ozark. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home.

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Sloan, Malacha Glenna “Mickey” (Edwards) 29 Oct 1933 - 28 Jan 2006 AN-L 30 Jan 2006

[Note: Daughter of Orville & Malacha (  ) Edwards; married 1 Nov 1961 Glen F. Sloan 5 Jan 1926 - 8 Jun 2000]

Malacha Glenna "Mickey" Sloan, age 72, of Ozark, passed away Saturday in her home. She was born October 29, 1933, in Decatur, Arkansas, the daughter of Orville and Malacha Edwards. On November 1, 1961, she and Glen Sloan were united in marriage. He preceded her in death in 2000. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Lee and Jerry Don Edwards. Mrs. Sloan was a school bus driver for Ozark. She was a loving mother. Survivors include two children, Mark Sloan, Ozark, and Toni Core, Springfield; and a grandson, Jason Martin. A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 1, in Eastlawn Cemetery, Springfield, with Rev. Paul Swadley officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Adams Funeral Home, Ozark. Memorial contributions may be made to Seasons Hospice through Adams Funeral Home.


Sloan, Malacha Glenna “Mickey” (Edwards) 29 Oct 1933 - 28 Jan 2006 CCH-N 1 Feb 2006

            Malacha Glenna "Mickey" Sloan died Jan. 28. A graveside service was 10 a.m. Feb. 1, in Eastlawn Cemetery, Springfield. Arrangements are under the direction of Adams Funeral Home.



Sloan, Maurice Edward 12 Jun 1953 - 15 Sep 2009 CCH-N 23 Sep 2009 & CCH-N 7 Oct 2009

[Note: Son of Joseph W. & Mildred (Ballenger) Sloan]

Maurice Edward Sloan, Ozark, 56, passed away Sept. 15, 2009, in his home. He was born on June 12, 1953, to Joseph W. and Mildred Ballenger Sloan in Maryville. He lived in and around Burlington Junction most of his life. Maurice graduated from West Nodaway R-1 High School in 1972 and attended and played football at Missouri Western University in St. Joseph. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Burlington Junction and worked for the West Nodaway School District for several years as bus driver and janitor before moving to Ozark, where he worked for Wal-Mart Super Center for the last several years. Maurice was preceded in death by his parents and a great niece, Michelle Malaga.  Survivors include: Sister E. Suzanne Rasmussen and husband James, of Burlington Junction; brother Richard L. Sloan, of Burlington Junction; four nieces, Jennifer Worl, Julia Malaga, Jillinda Thornton, and April Sloan; one nephew, Brian Sloan; four great nieces, Ariana Worl, Rachel Malaga, Samantha Thornton and Alyssa Melvin; four great nephews, Nicholas Worl, Benjamin Malaga, Brayden Anderson, and Hayden Sloan; and numerous cousins. A memorial service and interment will be at a later date in Maryville, under the direction of Danfelt Funeral Home. Local arrangements were under the direction of Adams Funeral Home, Ozark.  Memorial donations may be directed to the family or the charity of the donor's choice.


Sloan, Naomi Louise (Fetter) 3 Jul 1914 - 20 Dec 1986 OH 25 Dec 1986 pB6

[Note: married Elmer Sloan 17 Jan 1912 - 30 Aug 1995]

Services for Naomi Louise Sloan, 72, Ozark, were held Dec. 22 in Adams Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Troy Rhoden officiating. Burial was in White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Springfield. Mrs. Sloan died of natural causes Dec. 20 in her home. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Ozark and Modern Seekers Club. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Elmer; two daughters, Deanna Horst, Springfield and Nicki Listerman, Salina, Kan.; one brother, Dale Fetter, Springfield; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Missouri.


Sloan, Nathan C. 7 Aug 1942 - 8 Feb 2012 CCH-N 15 Feb 2012 & BarnesFFH

[Note: Son of Amos Elim & Velda Mae Katherine (Hawkins) Sloan; married 1992 Merita Lucille Seiple]

   Nathan C. Sloan, 69, died Feb. 8, 2012, in his home at Chestnutridge, with his wife, Merita by his side. He was born Aug. 7, 1942, at Stillwater, Okla., the son of Amos Elim and Velda Mae Katherine (Hawkins) Sloan. Nathan was well known for his work as service manager in the automobile industry for more than 40 years. He started his carrier at Harris Oldsmobile in Whittier, Calif., in the late ‘60s as a new car prep technician. In the mid ‘70s he worked for Courtesy Motors in Chico, Calif., and other dealerships in northern California where he worked at Hobby Chevrolet in Oroville, Calif., for more than 10 years. He then moved to Missouri where he spent the last 18 years with Pinegar Chevrolet in Branson. His hobby was building and remodeling a “fixer up” house which he turned into a loving home for his family. Nathan was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 19 years of marriage Merita Lucille (Seiple) Sloan; three brothers DeNoal Sloan and wife Catherine, Darris Sloan and wife Docia, and Lindon Sloan and wife Pat; two sons and their spouses, three stepchildren and their spouses, 15 grandchildren, and one soon to be great-grandchild. His children and step-children and their spouses are as follows; Doug Sloan and wife Tiffany and children, Chad Sloan and wife Stacy and children, Kelly Pieper, Andy Pieper and wife Megan and children, Casi (Pieper) Johnson and husband Randy and children, as well as extended family members. Services will be Feb. 26, in his home, 5375 State Hwy 176 East, Chestnutridge. Cremation was under the care and direction of Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark. Online condolences may be shared at

Sloan, Thyra Joy “Joyce” (Thomas) 23 Oct 1910 - 21 Jun 2009 SN-L 23 Jun 2009 & CCH-N 24 Jun 2009

[Note: Daughter of Quincy & Jewel (Alford) Thomas, married 1973 John Edward Sloan]

Thyra Joy "Joyce" Sloan Joyce Sloan, age 78, Ozark, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 21, 2009. She was born October 23, 1930 in Pickton, Texas, the daughter of Quincy and Jewel (Alford) Thomas. In 1973, she married John Edward Sloan. Survivors include two daughters, Thyresa Thomas and husband Bill, Clifty, Arkansas and Glenda Acker and husband Bill, Colorado; three grandchildren, Stacey Suydam and husband Bob, New Jersey, Alicia Shrout and husband Devin, Virginia, and Shawn Acker, Texas; three great grandchildren, Tyler, Haley, and Devin; a sister, Stella Pirone, Florida; a brother, Q.B. Thomas, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three brothers, LonDe, Jerry Wayne, and Randal Carl; and a sister, Jane Menefee. Joyce was a loving and giving person who loved helping others, fishing, gardening and laughing. She will be sorely missed by all those who knew her and loved her. Her family looks forward to seeing her again in Heaven one day. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Eastlawn Cemetery, Springfield, under direction of Adams Funeral Home, Ozark. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, in the funeral home.


Sloan, Wilbert J., Rev 18 Mar 1905 - 12 Jun 1989 NN-E 22 Jun 1989

[Note: married Leona A. Vaughn 1914 - 8 Apr 1969; married Letha Pauline Kiper 11 Jan 1919 - 21 Oct 2004 m/1 Thomas]

Rev. Wilbert J. Sloan, 84, of Ozark, died at 11:05 a.m. June 12 at St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield. Services for Rev. Sloan were hold June 15 in the Eastern Gate Baptist Church, Ozark, with the Revs. Paul Swadley and David Owings officiating. Burial was in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens under the direction of Greenlawn Funeral Home North, Springfield. Rev. Sloan was a Southern Baptist minister and a charter member of the Eastern Gate Baptist Church in Ozark. Surviving are his wife, Letha; six sons, Bill, Paul, Harry and Jerry, all of Springfield, Kenneth, of Cedar Falls, Iowa, and James, of Greenleaf, Kansas; four daughters, Betty Mitchell and Pauline Kirk, both of St. Louis, Isabell Hegi, Conway, Arkansas, and Doris Gene Sloan, Bolivar; two stepsons, William Junior Sloan, Pleasant Hope, and Fred Thomas, Springfield, four stepdaughters, Ada Sloan, Springfield, Dorothy Elonich, Grand Island, Nebraska, Lanora Dixon, Aurora, and Patty Thomas, Boaz; one brother, Arthur, Buffalo; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Slusser, Robert D. "Bob" 19 May 1928 - 13 Jul 2005  SN-L 17 Jul 2005

[Note: Son of Orville & Myra (Morray) Slusser; married 13 Sep 1950 Velda Marie Beedy 16 Jul 1928 - 17 Jun 2008]

Robert D. "Bob" Slusser, 77, of Nixa, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, July 13, 2005, in St. John's Hospital, following a brief illness. He was born May 19, 1928, in Osage City, Kan., the eldest of four sons of Orville and Myra (Morray) Slusser. On September 13, 1950, he married Velda Beedy in Kansas City, Mo. Bob enjoyed 25 years of retirement after working 30 years for General Electric Supply Co., but his greatest pleasure came from his family and friends. Survivors include his wife of almost 55 years, Velda; two sons, Brett Slusser and fiancee Pat Minko, Stillwater, Okla., and Marc Slusser and wife Patta, Stillwater, Okla.; a daughter, Jana Becker, Springfield, Mo.; five granddaughters, Tonya Williams, Oklahoma City, Okla., Anita Council, Mustang, Okla.; Lindsey Kelsey and Ashlyn Slusser, Stillwater, Okla., two great-granddaughters, Breanne and Destiny Council, Mustang, Okla.; three brothers, Duane, Gordon, and Gene Slusser and their wives, all of Topeka, Kan.; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and stepfather Wendell Shanton. Cremation is under the direction of Walnut Lawn Funeral Home and a memorial service and burial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Aldersgate UMC, Nixa, Mo., or a charity of your choice. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at St. John's Hospital for their compassionate care.


Slusser,  Robert D. "Bob" 19 May 1928 - 13 Jul 2005   SN-L 30 Oct 2005

Memorial services for Robert D. "Bob" Slusser have been scheduled for Saturday, November 12, 2005, at 1 p.m. in the Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Nixa, Mo. Burial of the cremains will follow in the Richwood Cemetery, east of Nixa.


Slusser, Robert D. "Bob" 19 May 1928 - 13 Jul 2005 CCH-N 20 Jul 2005

            Robert D. Slusser, 77, of Nixa, passed away July 13, 2005, in St. John's Hospital. Survivors include a wife, Velda Beedy Slusser, of the home and a daughter, Jane Becker of Springfield. Cremation is under the direction of Walnut Lawn Funeral Home. Memorial services will be held at a later date. 


Slusser, Velda Marie (Beedy) 16 Jul 1928 - 17 Jun 2008 SN-L 20 Jun 2008 & CCH-N 25 Jun 2008

[Note: Daughter of Floyd & Ethel (Ritter) Beedy; married 13 Sep 1950 Robert D. “Bob” Slusser]

Velda Marie Slusser went to be with the Lord on June 17, 2008. She was born July 16, 1928, the youngest of five children, to Floyd and Ethel (Ritter) Beedy in Agra, Kan. After high school, she moved to Topeka, Kan., where she met and married Robert D. "Bob" Slusser on September 13, 1950. Together they raised three children. The family moved to Nixa, Mo., in 1962. Bob retired from G. E. while Velda cared for the home. She was very active in the Methodist Church helping establish the Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Nixa. She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, her husband, a daughter, Jana, and a son, Brett. She is survived by a son, Marc Slusser and his wife, Patta of Stillwater, Okla.; five grandchildren, Tonya Williams and Anita Council of Mustang, Okla., Lindsey Slusser, Kelsey (Slusser) McCurley, and Ashlynn Slusser all of Stillwater, Okla.; two great-grandchildren, and many loving and caring friends. Funeral services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Aldersgate United Methodist Church, The American Cancer Society, or any other charity felt needy. Local arrangements are being handled by Walnut Lawn Funeral Home LTD., 2001 W. Walnut Lawn St., Springfield, MO. Online condolence may be signed at


Slusser, W. M. died Jul 1899 CCR 13 Jul 1899

Card of Thanks.

We desire to thank the many kind friends and neighbors of Ozark who so kindly assisted us during the sickness and death of our father.  George H Slusser, James W. Slusser, Mary E. Slusser, Loraine Slusser.


Smalley, David Edwin 5 Mar 1937 - 21 Jul 1997

[Note: Son of Charles Ray & Helen Louise (Caudle) Smalley; married Kathryn Freeman 22 Nov 1935 - 17 Dec 2005]

David Edwin Smalley, 60, Nixa, Mo., died Monday afternoon, July 21, 1997, in his home after a lingering illness.  Mr. Smalley was a Marine Corp veteran and a member of Teamsters Union Local #245.  He was a retired truck driver for Associated Wholesale Grocers.  He is survived by his wife, Kathryn; three sons, Scott, Shannon and David, all of Nixa; three daughters, Karla Dove, Springfield, Vickie Goodin, Strafford, and Tammy Haynes, Nixa; four sisters, Marion Hight, Cape Coral, Fla., Ernestine Smalley and Sandra Hart, both of Springfield and Elsie Schulz, Canyon, Texas; three brothers, Victor and Henry, both of Springfield, and James, San Antonio, Texas; and 10 grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 25, 1997, in Manley Cemetery near Battlefield, with the Rev. Paul Reed officiating under direction of Klingner Mortuary, Springfield.  Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the mortuary.  Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. (Contributed by Shirley Smalley)


Smalley, Helen Louise (Caudle) 1902 - Jun 1965 SN-L 6 Jun 1965

[Note: Daughter of Fredrick & Sophia Louisa (Ruff) Caudle; married Charles Ray Smalley; granddaughter of  Shadrack Newton “Newt“ & Lucy Ann (Melton) Caudle]

Mrs. Helen Louise Smalley, 63, Route 11, died at 2:15 a.m. Saturday in Burge-Protestant Hospital. A member of South Street Christian Church, she had been ill two months. Surviving are her husband, Charles Ray Smalley; four daughters, Mrs. Marian Hight, Detroit, MI; Miss Ernestine Smalley, Hobbs, NM; Mrs. Elsie Schulz, Florissant, MO and Mrs. Sandra Hart, 2310 N. Wellar; four sons, Charles B. and James R. of the home, Henry L. 1838 Catalina and David, Route 11; her mother, Mrs. Sophia Caudle, 1312 W. Central; two sisters. Mrs. Ed Gowen, Richland, CA and Mrs. Glenn Schanholzer, Nassau, NY ; a brother, Fred Caudle of Jackson, MS and six grandchildren. Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday in Klinger Chapel with burial in Hazelwood Cemetery.


Smalley, Henry Lowell 27 Dec 1933 - 11 Jul 2001 SN-L 14 Jul 2001 p 4b

[Note: Son of Charles Ray & Helen Louise (Caudle) Smalley; married Shirley]

Henry Lowell Smalley, 67, Springfield, MO, was born December 27, 1933, in Springfield, MO. He passed away at 10:50 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, 2001 in his home. He was a graduate of Willard High School and served in the U.S. Marines during the Korean War. He was a retired truck driver with Roadway and a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church, Springfield. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Helen Smalley and one brother, David Smalley. He is survived by his wife, Shirley, whom he married September 17, 1960; one son, Greg Smalley and wife Sandy, Marshfield; and one daughter, Janna Bieser, Marshfield. He was "Papa" to six grandchildren: Kevin, Matt and Sarah Smalley and Erica Stever and Dayton and Forrest Bieser. He is also survived by two brothers, James Smalley, Las Vegas, NV and Victor Smalley, Springfield, MO; four sisters, Marion Hight, Cape Coral FL, Ernestine Smalley, Springfield, MO, Elsie Schulz, Amarilla, TX and Sandra Hart, Springfield, MO Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 14, 2001 in Greenlawn Funeral Home North. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p,m, in the funeral home.

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