Wasson, Ella Jane, d. 1926 - Watson, John Baptist, d. 1939


Wasson, Ella Jane (Wallace) 22 May 1864 - 30 Dec 1926 CCR 6 Jan 1927 p1 & CCR 13 Jan 1927 p1

[Note: Daughter of  Marion & Victoria (Herndon) Wallace; married 15 Mar 1883 John Calvin Wasson 18 Jan 1859 - 26 Jul 1942]

Mrs. Ella J. Wasson of Nixa, died December 30th, 1926, aged 62 years. The services were held Sunday at the Nixa Christian church at 1 p.m. with Rev. B. Frank West officiating. Burial took place in the Glenn cemetery with the Chaffin Undertaking company in charge.


Wasson, Ella Jane (Wallace) 22 May 1864 - 30 Dec 1926 CCR 6 Jan 1927 p1

[in Riverdale news]

There is quite a bit of sickness in the vicinity at present and two deaths: Mrs. John Wasson who was buried Sunday afternoon at the Glenn cemetery and John McLean who was buried at Selmore Saturday.


Wasson, Ella Jane (Wallace) 22 May 1864 - 30 Dec 1926 CCR 13 Jan 1927 p1

Ella J. Wallace was born near the Uncle Billy Herndon cave in Christian county, May 22d, 1864; died December 30th, 1926, aged 62 years, 7 months and 8 days. She was united in marriage to J. C. Wasson March 15th, 1883. Top this union was born six children: Christine V. Inman, of Nixa; Carrie E. Daugherty, of Ozark; Marion V. West, of Springfield; Paul E. Wasson, of riverside, Illinois; Nina Fern Goddard, of Olds, Alta, Canada; C. Okla Wasson, of Peoria, Illinois; all of whom survive. She also leaves nine grandchildren. She obeyed the gospel and united with the Congregationalist church at Riverdale in 1886, where she went until the congregation disbanded, after which time she united with the Christian church at Nixa and was faithful in attendance until time of death, except for sickness. She was a devoted wife, a fond mother, and always thoughtful of others, We cannot say and will not say, That she is dead, she is just away. With a cheery smile and a wave of the hand, She was wandered into an unknown land; And left us dreaming of how fair It needs must be, since she lingers there, Mild and gentle as she was brave, When the sweetest love of her life she gave, We’ll think of her as the same. She is not dead, she is just away,


Wasson, Eva Mary (Henry) 24 Mar 1905 - 29 Sep 1989 OH 5 Oct 1989

[Note: Daughter of Joseph Samuel & Nancy Francis (Wright) Henry; married Frank McCullah Wasson 3 Jul 1896 - 25 Aug 1962]

Eva Mary Wasson, 84, of Crane, formerly of the Nixa-Clever area, died at 7:20 p.m. last Friday in her home. Graveside services were Monday in Glenn Cemetery, Nixa, under direction of Harris Colonial Chapel of Nixa. Mrs. Wasson was married to the late Frank Wasson. Survivors include two grandchildren, Lucinda Little, of Clever, and Wesley Nelson, of Springfield.


Wasson, Francis Marion 30 May 1864 - 29 Sep 1957  CCR 17 Oct 1957 p7

[Note: Son of John Thomas & Lucinda Caroline (McCullah) Wasson; married Amanda Caroline Klann 23 Mar 1873 - 5 Sep 1949]

Funeral services for Francis M. Wasson, 93, who died September 29 at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield were held October 1 in the Nixa Christian Church with the Rev. John D. Garrison officiating. Burial was in Glenn Cemetery under direction of the Harris Funeral Home of Nixa. Born in Stone County, Mr. Wasson moved to the Riverdale community and entered the milling business while a young man. He was a charter member of the Congregational Church at Riverdale. After moving to Nixa in 1899, he was married to Amanda Klann January 22, 1899. Two sons and a daughter were born. A son, Clay, died in infancy and Mrs. Wasson passed away September 5, 1949. Mr. Wasson began as a hardware merchant in Nixa, later becoming a banker and postmaster, and finally returning to the hardware business from which he retired. He was a member of the Nixa Christian Church of which he was an Honorary Elder and served for many years on the Nixa school board. Survivors include one son, Kermit Wasson of West Plains; two daughters, Mrs. Blon McCroskey of Nashville, Tenn. and Miss Pansy Wasson of Nixa, two sisters, Mrs Flora Walker and Mrs. Nan Goddard, both of Nixa


Wasson, Frank McCullah 3 Jul 1896 - 25 Aug 1962  CCR 30 Aug 1965 p5

[Note: Son of  Wesley Bates & Ella Alice (Keltner) Wasson; married  24 Jul 1924 Mary Eva Henry 24 Mar 1905 - 29 Sep 1989]

Frank M. Wasson, 66, a retired salesman, died at his home at Nixa Friday night, Aug. 24, after a long illness.  A former employee of the J. B. Kidd Motor Company in Springfield, he was a member of the Nixa Christian Church and a World War I veteran. Survivors include his wife, Eva; a daughter, Mrs. Betty Nelson, Clever; two brothers, John, Springfield and Carl, Odessa, Texas; two sisters, Mrs. Blanche Doran, Springfield and Mrs. Gertrude Shaw, Whittier, Calif. and two grandchildren. Funeral services were held Friday at 2 p.m. in the Harris Chapel at Nixa with the Rev. Roscoe Harding and the Rev. Robert Hoffman officiating. Burial was in Glenn Cemetery.


Wasson, Grace L. (Jones) 18 Dec 1889 - 9 Jul 1992   NN-E 15 Jul 1992

[Note: Daughter of Jim J. & Susie (Tucker) Jones; married 20 May 1920 Otto Robert Wasson 16 Mar 1889 - 2 Feb 1960]

Grace Jones Wasson died July 9, 1992, in a nursing home in Salinas, Calif. at the age of 102. She was born in Nixa, the daughter of Jim J. and Susie (Tucker) Jones. She married Otto R. Wasson May 20, 1920. He and their daughter, Mrs. Rowena Williams, preceded her in death. Wasson was given loving care by her niece and husband, Katherine (Rose) and Aubrey Summers of Salinas. She is survived by several relatives and friends in Nixa. Her body was cremated and will be brought to Glenn Cemetery at a later date.


Wasson, Grace (Jones) 18 Dec 1889 - 9 Jul 1992   NN-E 23 Sep 1992

Graveside services for Grace Jones Wasson will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at Glenn Cemetery.  She died July 9, 1992, in a nursing home in Salinas, Calif., at the age of 102. Wasson was born in Nixa, the daughter of Jim J. and Susie (Tucker) Jones. She married Otto R. Wasson May 20, 1920. He and their daughter, Rowena Williams, preceded her in death. She is survived by several relatives and friends in Nixa.


Wasson, James Alexander May 1856 - 10 Dec 1946 CCR 12 Dec 1946 p1

[Note: Son of John Thomas & Lucinda Caroline (McCullah) Wasson; married 5 Oct 1889 Mary Emma Jones 26 Feb 1862 - 15 Apr 1945; no legible tombstones for either]

James Alexander Wasson, 90, a lifelong resident of the Riverdale community and a prominent farmer of Christian county, died at his home Tuesday. He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Edith Anderson of Westfield, N.J., Mrs. Mildred Earson of Enid, Okla., Mrs. Lois Grainge of Nixa; two brothers, Dr. W.B. Wasson and F.M. Wasson and two sisters, Mrs. Nan Goddard and Mrs. Flora Walker, all of Nixa; nine grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon in the Riverdale church with the Rev. Paul Downs officiating, assisted by Rev. Frank West. Burial will be in Glenn cemetery south of Nixa, under direction of Wilburn-Maples of Nixa.


Wasson, John Calvin 18 Jan 1859 - 26 Jul 1942 CCR 30 Jul 1942 p1

[Note: Son of John Thomas & Lucinda Caroline (McCullah) Wasson; married 15 Mar1883 Ella Jane Wallace 22 May 1864 - 30 Dec 1926]

Funeral services for John Calvin Wasson, 83, prominent farmer who died July 26 at his farm home south of Nixa, were held Tuesday July 28, at Nixa Christian Church, conducted by Rev. B. Frank West, with interment in Glenn cemetery. Mr. Wasson was born at Brown Springs in Stone county, Mo., in 1859. He moved to the farm south of Nixa 46 years ago. In 1883 he was married to Ella Jane Wallace who preceded him in death in 1926. To this union were born six children all of whom survive. They are Christine Inman, Nixa, Carrie Daugherty, Ontario, Calif., Marian West, Springfield, Paul E. Wasson, Nixa, Fern Goddard, Olds, Alberta, Canada, and C. Okla Wasson, Peoria, Ill. All his children were able to be present except Mrs. Daugherty. Mr. Wasson united with the Riverdale congregation church at the age of 25. When this church disbanded, he united with the Christian church at Nixa, where he remained a loyal member until illness prevented his attending. Nephews who served as pallbearers were Roscoe Hawkins, Leon Hawkins, Robert Rice, Charley Wasson, Milton Wasson and Frank Wasson.


Wasson, John Franklin 1921 - 18 Apr 1968  CCR 25 Apr 1968 p1

[Note: Son of Carl F. & Mamie (Handy) Wasson]

John Franklin Wasson, 46, Odessa , Tex., formerly of Nixa and West Plains and a resident of Springfield for three years, died Thursday night, April 18 of a heart attack in a hospital there. He is survived by his wife, Joy; a daughter, Connie Dee, two sons, Jim and Tim. all of the home; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Wasson, Odessa; a sister, Mrs. Thora Sayles, Kansas City and a brother, Dr. Robert F. Wasson, Corpus Christi, Tex. Funeral services were held in Odessa, Tex. Monday.


Wasson, John Milton 26 Mar 1896 - 5 Nov 1974 OH 14 Nov 1974 p1

[Note: Son of  William Asbury & Ellen Parthenia (Estes) Wasson;  married Edna Bernice Wood 23 Mar 1912 - 22 May 2006 ]

Legionaire Dies

J. Melton Wasson, a charter member of Nixa Memorial Post #434 of the American Legion, a 50-year member, died last week. He was a supporter of the principals of the American Legion. Mr. Wasson and his wife, Edna gave the American Legion of Nixa the land where the Legion home was built.


Wasson, John Thomas 29 Feb 1820 - 21 Dec 1900 CCR 27 Dec 1900

[Note: Son of David Newton & Flora (Graham) Wasson; married 15 Jan 1854 Lucinda Caroline McCullah 10 Mar 1830 -27 Feb 1906]

Died, near Riverdale, Christian CO, Mo. Dec 21st, 1900, John T. Wasson aged 80 years, 9 months and 22 days. Mr. Wasson was born in Dare Co., Ohio Feb. 29, 1820. He came to Stone co., MO in the winter of 1853 where he married Caroline McCullah Jan. 15, 1854. In 1867 they removed to Christian co. where they have since resided. Of the nine children given to them. the eldest, Mrs. Lucy Hawkins, died the 7th of last Feb., and the twenty-nine grandchildren, only one has been taken away. The eight surviving children: James A., John C., Nannie P. and Mrs. Gertrude Rice, were present to minister to their father in his severe illness. and with their aged mother, the companion of these many years, to follow the remains to the grace, where they rest in the hope of a glorious immortality. The family have the sympathy of the friends and neighbors of the departed, who was known as a tender and affectionate husband and father, a kind neighbor and friend and a good man.


Wasson, Kermit Klann 22 Jul 1903 - 16 Nov 1983  OH 24 Nov 1983 p9

[Note: Son of  Francis Marion "Frank" & Amanda (Klann) Wasson; married Claribel Stine 11 Jan 1904 - 24 Jul 1955;  married Lillian]

Services for Kermit Wasson, 80, Nixa, were held Nov. 19 in Harris Chapel, Nixa, with the Revs. John Johnson and Harold Davis officiating. Burial was in Glenn Cemetery. Mr. Wasson died Nov. 16 at his home after a long illness. A native of Nixa, Mr. Wasson attended Drury College in Springfield. He owned a Dodge and Plymouth agency in West Plains for 30 years. He later was property manager in relocation assistance for the Missouri Highway Department in Jefferson City from 1958 to 1969. He returned to Nixa in 1970 and was the first basketball coach at Nixa High School. He was a 50-year member of Mount Zion Masonic Lodge No. 327 of West Plains and was a member of Nixa Christian Church. Survivors include his wife, Lillian; and two sisters, Miss Pansy Wasson and Mrs. Dorothy McCroskey, both of Nixa. Memorial contributions may be made to Nixa Christian Church building fund.


Wasson, Lenora “Nora” (Richter) 1888 - 6 Oct 1965  CCR 14 Oct 1965 p1

[Note: Daughter of Charles W. & Sarah S. (  ) Richter; married Ralph Wasson; 1910 census gives her birthplace as Texas]

Mrs. Lenora “Nora” Wasson, 77, Garden City, Kan., a native of Nixa and former resident of Ozark, died at 9 p.m. Wednesday in a Garden City hospital where she had been a patient a month. She had been ill about a year. Mrs. Wasson lived in Christian County until about 30 years ago when she moved to Kansas. Surviving are her husband, Ralph; a daughter, Mrs. Marcella Bruce, Garden City; a son, Bill; Garden City; a brother, Frank Richter, Nixa; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Funeral services were at 10.30 a.m. Saturday in the Garden City Christian Church with burial also in Garden City.


Wasson, Lowell Thayer Aug 1890 - Aug 1918 CCR 13 May 1921

[Note: Son of James Alexander & Mary Emma (Jones) Wasson; killed in WWI. body brought home for burial 1921]

The funeral of the late Lowell Thayer Wasson will be held at Riverdale church, Sunday, May 15 at 3:00 o’clock p.m. Burial at the cemetery near by conducted by the American Legion. Those desiring to join the procession may do so by going to Nixa and join the procession there which will leave Springfield at 1:00 o’clock. Lowell T. Wasson will be remembered as the son of Mr. J. A. Wasson of near Riverdale and who was killed while in the line of duty in one of the great battles of the world war in France in August 1918,


Wasson, Loyal Thayer Aug 1890 - 9 Aug 1918 CCR 30 Aug 1918 p1

[Note: Son of James Alexander  & Mary Emma (Jones) Wasson]

A telegram was received in Ozark Wednesday morning announcing the death of Loyal T. Wasson in France of August 9, from the effects of a mortal wound received in battle a few days previous. Lieut. Wasson was born and reared in Christian county and is the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Jas. A. Wasson of Ozark Route 2. The young man was 28 years of age and a graduate of Drury College. He had been a pure food inspector of Springfield and resigned the position about a year ago to enlist in the army. He was transferred overseas last January and had been an instructor until recently when he had requested to be transferred to more active service, which was granted. Young Wasson has made the supreme sacrifice and the family have the sympathy of their many friends.


Wasson, Loyd 27 Oct 1907 - 17 Dec 1909 CCR 29 Dec 1909

[Note: Son of  John H. & Theodosia (Haguewood) Wasson]

Card of Thanks

We desire to express our thanks to our neighbors and friends and also to Dr. J. C. Young for their assistance and kindness during the sickness and death of our darling baby Loyd.  Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Wasson.


Wasson, Mabel F. Wilson 16 Jan 1904 - Sep 1975 OH 18 Sep 1975 p11

[Note: married Paul Erben Wasson 1 May 1891 - 16 Feb 1967]

NIXA - Services for Mrs. Mabel F. Wilson Wasson, 71, Route 1, Nixa, were at 1 p.m. Monday in Greenlawn Funeral Home with the Rev. Howard Davis officiating. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. A resident of Nixa since 1956, Mrs. Wasson died at 5 a.m. Friday in St. John’s Hospital after a short illness. Surviving are a step-son, Paul E. Wasson, Jr. of Whittier, Calif. and a step-daughter, Mrs. Annette Kardis, Mountain View, Calif.


Wasson, Mary Emma (Jones) 26 Feb 1862 - 18 Apr 1945 CCR 19 Apr 1945 p1

[Note: Daughter of Theordore & Mary Jane (Thayer) Jones; married 5 Oct 1889 James Alexander Wasson May 1856 - ?; no legible tombstone for Mary Emma or James A. Wasson in Glenn Cemetery]

Mary E. Wasson was born Feb. 26, 1862, at Goodwater, Indian Territory, and passed away at the family home near Nixa Wednesday, April 18, 1945. She was the wife of J.A. Wasson, a retired farmer of the Nixa community and had lived there for the past 55 years with the exception of a few years spent in Springfield when the children were attending Drury college. She was a long-time member of the First Congregational Church of Springfield, and the pastor, Rev. Duane Ogden, will conduct the funeral services, assisted by Leonard Panko, soloist for Drury, and Mrs. Eli Hasler, organist of the church. Two children preceded their mother in death. A son, Lowell, lost his life in the service as a Lieutenant in World War I, and a daughter, Miss Stella Wasson, died nine years ago. Surviving are her husband, J.A., who is 89 years old; three daughters, Mrs. Edith W. Anderson of Westfield, N.J., Mrs. Mildred Earson of Guthrie, Okla., and Mrs. E.R. Grainge of the home; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Following funeral services Friday afternoon, April 20, in the Riverdale church near Nixa, she will be laid to rest in Glenn cemetery under direction of Maples of Clever.


Wasson, Otto Robert 16 Mar 1889 - 2 Feb 1960 SL-P 3 Feb 1960

[Note: Son of William Asbury & Ellen Parthenia (Estes) Wasson; married 20 May 1920 Grace L. Jones 18 Dec 1889 -  9 Jul 1992]

Otto R. Wasson, 71, a former Nixa resident, died Tuesday at his home in Yates Center, Kan.  He is survived by his wife, Grace; a daughter, Mrs. Rowena Williams, Visalia, Calif.; four brothers, Melton, Nixa, Charley, Liberal, Kan., Joe, Bowie, Ariz., and Ralph, Garden City, Kan.; three sisters, Mrs. Frances Fitzgerald, Liberal, Kan., Mrs. Lorene Fleming and Mrs. Ercell Wallace, both of Visalia, Calif.; and a grandson.  Harris of Nixa has charge of arrangements.

(Springfield Leader-Press – 3 February 1960)


Wasson, Otto Robert 16 Mar 1889 - 2 Feb 1960       CCR 11 Feb 1960 p4

Funeral services for Otto R. Wasson, 70, who died Tuesday, Feb. 2, at Yates Center, Kan. were held February 5 at 2:00 p.m. in the Nixa Christian Church with the Rev. Robert Hoffman officiating. Burial was in Glenn Cemetery under direction of the Harris Funeral Home of Nixa. Mr. Wasson was a member of the Nixa Christian Church. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Grace Wasson of the home in Yates Center; one daughter, Mrs. Rowena Williams of Visalia, Calif; one grandson, Robert Ralph Williams; a niece, Mrs. Katherine Summers of Salinas, Calif; four brothers, Melton Wasson of Nixa, Mo., Charley Wasson of Liberal, Kan., Joe Wasson of Bowie, Ariz, and Ralph Wasson of Garden City, Kan.; three sisters, Mrs. Frances Fitzgerald of Liberal, Kan,, Mrs. Lorene Fleming and Mrs. Encell Wallace, both of Visalia, Calif, He was preceded in death by one son, Wendell and a daughter, Elaine, both in infancy.


Wasson, Pansy Frances 14 Sep 1910 - 3 Jan 1999  CCH-N 13 Jan 1999

[Note: Daughter of Francis Marion “Frank” & Amanda Caroline (Klann) Wasson]

Pansy Frances Wasson, age 88, of Nixa, died Sunday, January 3, in Mercy Villa, Springfield. She was born September 14, 1910 in Nixa, to Frank and Amanda (Klann) Wasson. At an early age she became a member of the Nixa Christian Church, where she continued to be faithful until her health failed. She taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, and served as choir librarian for several years. Miss Wasson graduated from Nixa High School and from Southwest Missouri State University. She taught in Nixa schools for about 35 years before retirement. During World War II she served in the Army Air Forces (Air Transport Command) as a cryptographer at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Survivors include a sister-in-law, Lillian Wasson, a brother-in law, Blond McCroskey, both of Nixa, many cousins, and scores of former students. Her parents preceded her in death as well as a brother, Kermit Wasson, and a sister Dorothy Wasson McCroskey. Funeral services were 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 6, in the Nixa Christian Church with Dr. Jack Barnes officiating. Burial was in Glenn Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Adams Funeral Home, Nixa. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Nixa Christian Church, or any charity of the donor's choice.


Wasson, Paul Erben 1 May 1891 - 16 Feb 1967         CCR 23 Feb 1967 p1

[Note: Son of John Calvin & Ella Jane (Wallace) Wasson]

Paul Erben Wasson, 75, of Nixa, died Thursday afternoon Feb., 16, in St. John’s Hospital , Springfield. He had suffered a heart attack at work last Saturday. The Nixa native was an automobile dealer and manager of the M&W Garage. He was a member of the Lions Club and had served for several years on the Christian County Selective Service Board. Mr. Wasson is survived by his wife, Mabel; one son, Paul, Jr. Whittier,. Calif.; a daughter, Mrs. Amette Kardos, Mountain View, Calif.; two grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Christine Inman, Nixa; Mrs. Marian Lohmeyer, Springfield and Mrs, Fern Goddard, Portland, Ore. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday in Harris Chapel in Nixa with the Rev. Dale DeLong and the Rev. Roscoe Harding officiating, Burial was in Glenn Cemetery.


Wasson, Stella Jones 19 Apr 1894 - 25 Jul 1934 CCR 26 Jul 1934 p5

[Note: Daughter of James Alexander & Mary Emma (Jones) Wasson]

Miss Stella Wasson, aged 40, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Wasson of southwest of Ozark died suddenly Wednesday evening after she had been placed in a car to be returned to her home, following an operation at the Springfield Baptist hospital for appendicitis. Besides the parents, she is survived by three sisters. The funeral services will be held Friday at 2:30 o’clock at Riverdale with burial in the Glenn cemetery. A more complete obituary of Miss Wasson will appear next week.


Wasson, Stella Jones 19 Apr 1894 - 25 Jul 1934 CCR 2 Aug 1934 p1

Card of thanks. We express our sincere thanks for the kindly acts, words of sympathy and floral offerings given during the illness and death of our beloved Stella. Especially do we thank Mr. and Mrs. Chaffin, Dr. Wade and the Springfield Baptist Hospital. Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Wasson, The Anderson Family, The Earson Family, and The Grainge Family.


Wasson, Wesley Bates, Dr. 27 Jul 1862 - 20 May 1949 CCR 26 May 1949

[Note: Son of John Thomas & Caroline Lucinda ( McCullah) Wasson; married Ella Alice Keltner 1866 - 1936]

Dr. Wesley Bates Wasson, son of John T. and Caroline McCullah Wasson, was born July 27, 1852, near Hurley in Stone county, Missouri, and departed this life May 20, 1949, at his home in Nixa, Mo., at the age of 86 years, 9 months and 23 days. Dr. Wasson graduated from the Louisville Medical College at Louisville, Ky., in 1886. He practiced at Crane, Mo., for two years and located at Nixa in 1900. On April 2, 1890, he was married to Ella Keltner of Nixa and to this union were born six children. One child died in infancy and Mrs. Wasson preceded him in death in 1936. Dr. Wasson was an active practitioner for 62 years, rendering untold service to the people of Nixa and surrounding communities. He was a member of the Christian church of Nixa for many years and was a member of Friend Lodge 352, A.F.&A.M., at Ozark for over 50 years and a member of the Woodmen of the World and Oddfellows. He was also a 50-year member of the Missouri Medical Society and at one time served as Coroner of Christian county. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Blanche Doran of Nixa and Mrs. Gertrude Shaw of Whittier, Calif.; three sons, Carl Wasson of Odessa, Texas, John Wasson of Reeds Spring, Mo., and Frank Wasson of Nixa; two sisters, Mrs. Nan Goddard and Mrs. Flora Walker, both of Nixa; one brother, F.N. Wasson of Nixa; other relatives and many, many friends. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Nixa Christian church, Rev. A.T. Mahaney officiating, assisted by Rev. Roscoe Harding, Rev. B. Frank West and Rev. Robert Warren. Burial was in Glenn cemetery south of Nixa under direction of the Maples-Harris Funeral Home of Nixa. Pallbearers wee Paul Wasson, Efton Hawkins, John Rice, Milton Wasson, Emil Grainge and Kermit Wasson.


Wasson, Wesley Bates, Dr. 27 Jul 1862 - 20 May 1949 CCR 9 Jun 1949

Wherefore, be it resolved:

That, in the death of Brother Wasson, the family lost a devoted father; the Lodge a faithful and useful member and the community an upright, faithful and honored citizen. That we hold in pleasing and __ful remembrance the zeal, fidelity and devotion with which Brother Wasson discharged his Masonic duties, and may we try to live as devoted to the grand principal of our fraternity as did Brother Wasson. That we tender to his children our heart-felt sympathy and commend unto the care and protection of God whom Brother Wasson loved and followed. That a copy of these resolutions be read upon a records, that a copy be published in out local press, and a copy be sent to the family of our deceased Brother.

Robt. W. Rice, E. R. Grainge, Lawrence McCroskey


Wasson, William Asbury 3 Apr 1860 - 3 Dec 1933 CCR 7 Dec 1933 p1

[Note: Son of John Thomas & Lucinda Caroline (McCullah) Wasson; married 2 Sep 1883 Ellen Parthenia “Ellie” Estes Oct 1863 - 1953]

Death calls W.A. Wasson, member of pioneer Christian County family dies at his home in Nixa Sunday, Dec. 3, was director of the Bank of Ozark. Funeral services were held at 1:30 o’clock Tuesday in Nixa for William Asbury Wasson, 83, member of a pioneer Christian county family, who died Sunday at his home in Nixa. The Rev. A.T. Hahaney will officiate, assisted by the Rev. B. Frank West. An outstanding farmer in the Nixa section, Mr. Wasson had long been active in community affairs. His health failed last year and he went to Woodman, CO, staying there about four months. He had been confined to his home the past two months. His father John T. Wasson, came to Missouri from Ohio about 1850 by stagecoach and located at the McCullah chapel, a stage stop on the Battlefield trail. He opened a merchandising store and later went to farming, locating on Finley river. His mother was Caroline McCullah Wasson. Mr. Wasson is survived by his widow, Mrs. Ellen P. Wasson; nine children, Mrs. William T. Shelton, Ralph E., Charles H., and J. Milton Wasson of Pampa, Texas; Mrs. Ercel Wallace and Mrs. Ross Fleming of Wisalia, CA; Mrs. E.J. Fitzgerald of Liberal, KS, and Joe G. Wasson of Fresno, CA; four brothers, James A., John C., Dr. Wesley B., and Francis M. Wasson; two sisters, Mrs. Flora Walker and Mrs. Joe Goddard, all of the Nixa community; and nine grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Wasson celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in September. Burial was made in the Riverdale cemetery, four miles south of Nixa, under the direction of Harding and Maples Funeral Home.


Waterman, Beulah Rae (Forbes) 18 Nov 1909 - 20 Dec 1987  OH 24 Dec 1987

[Note: Daughter of James & Mary Martisha (  ) Forbes; married ? Waterman]

Beulah Rae Waterman, 78, of Springfield, died at 5:00 p.m. Sunday at Cox Medical Center South after a six-month illness. Graveside services were held Wednesday in Bethany Cemetery, Crocker, with the Rev. Ron White officiating. Burial was under the direction of Harris Funeral Home, Ozark. She was born Nov. 18, 1909, to James and Mary Martisha Forbes. She retired after 47 years with the Gay Gibson Garment Company, Kansas City, Missouri. She was a member of the Northern Boulevard United Methodist Church, Independence, and the Mount Washington Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star No. 221, Independence. She is survived by a brother, David Forbes, Crocker; two sisters Eula Teeple, Waynesville, and Kathryn Wigton, Ozark; and several nieces and nephews.


Waterman, Mary Virginia (Galway) 18 Dec 1921 - 16 Apr 2010  SN-L 18 Apr 2010

[Note: Daughter of William & Mary (  ) Galway; married 12 Sep 1942 James A. “Jim” Waterman 2 Sep 1919 - 17 Jul 2001]

Mrs. Mary Virginia Waterman, age 88, Springfield, passed away Friday, April 16, 2010. She was born December 18, 1921 near Argyle, Wisconsin, the daughter of William and Mary Galway. She was united in marriage to Jim Waterman on September 12, 1942 in Biloxi, Mississippi, where Jim was stationed during World War II, serving in the U.S. Army Air Corp. They farmed for several years in Illinois before moving to a farm near Billings, Missouri in 1953, and then they moved to Springfield in 1962. After retiring, they enjoyed motorcycling throughout the U.S. and Canada, and lived 14 years in Ocala, Florida, before returning to Springfield, Missouri. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Jim; a daughter, Susan; a son, Chuck; a grandson, Kurt; a sister, Jeannette Galway; and two brothers, Patrick and Hyland Galway. She is survived by four sons and their spouses, Doug and Mary Waterman and Steve and Pat Waterman, all of Republic, Bruce and Tammi Waterman, Springfield, and Tom Waterman, Ozark; a daughter and her husband, Beth and Dave Miller, Harrisburg, Illinois; a brother and his wife, Bill and Mary Galway, Freeport, Illinois; 14 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; two nieces; two nephews; other relatives and many friends. The family wishes to express their appreciation to the staff and residents of Culpepper Place at Chesterfield Village, and also at the Maples Care Center, for the loving care and attention given to Mary. A Rosary service will be at 7 p.m., with visitation following, on Sunday, April 18, 2010 in Meadors Funeral Home, Billings. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, in St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Billings, with Msgr. Raymond Orf officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Joseph's Cemetery, Billings. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Joseph's Cemetery fund, or charity of choice. Online condolences may be made at www.meadors funeralhome.com We love and miss you, Mom. Thanks for the sacrifices you have made for all of us.


Watkins, Albert A. “Hap”, Rev. 16 Aug 1919 - 31 May 1987 OH 11 Jun 1987 p4

[Note: married L. Norine Watkins 6 Aug 1921 - 14 Sep 1983]

Services for Rev. Albert A. “Hap” Watkins, 67, DeSota, Texas, formerly of Ozark, were held June 4 in Ozark Assembly of God Church with the Rev. Dave Stevens officiating. Burial was in Vaughan Cemetery under the direction of Adams Funeral Home. Rev. Watkins died May 31 in Central Methodist Hospital, Dallas, following a long illness. He was ordained with Assemblies of God and gave 47 years of full-time ministry. A pastor, evangelist and missionary evangelist, he pioneered ten new churches. A former presbyter of the Southern Missouri District, he was an associate minister of Kiestwood Assembly of God, Dallas. Survivors include a son, Roger Watkins, Slidell, Louisiana; two daughters, Joy Brumback, Dallas and Shari Brobisky, Springfield; a sister, Vera Lou Spence, Springfield; a brother, John Watkins; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.


Watkins, Almus Richard 26 Sep 1938 - 11 Dec 1995 CCH-N 20 Dec 1995

[Note: Son of William Franklin & Louise (Swearengin) Watkins]

Almus Richard Watkins, age 57, of Bruner, died Monday evening, Dec. 11, 1995 in his home. He was born Sept. 26, 1938 in Christian County and was the son of William F. and Louise Swearengin Watkins. His parents preceded him in death as well as a sister, Martha June Watkins and two brothers, Eldon “Sam” Watkins and Robert Watkins. Survivors include five children and their spouses, Amy Watkins, Seymour, Arlen “Bud” Watkins and Peggy, Ava, Naomi Watkins, Jerry Watkins and Roben, and Steven Watkins, all of Seymour; three grandchildren, Ronald Eugene Watkins, Derek Dewayne Watkisn and Ralissa June Watkins; four brothers, Jim Watkins, Ozark, Wayne Watkins, Ozark, Wayne Watkins, Springfield, Albert Watkins, Sparta, and Bill Watkins, Elkhead; and three sisters, Bobbie Williams and Betty Fink, both of Bruner and Anna Mae Letterman, Sparta. Funeral services were Fri., Dec, 15 in Adams Funeral Home with Rev. Harold Tennison officiation. Burial was in Union Chapel Cemetery.


Watkins, Bradley Eldon 16 May 1972 - 20 Feb 2012 SN-L 21 Feb 2012

[Note: Son of Albert Ray & Janet Sue (Hampton) Watkins]

            Bradley Eldon Watkins, 39, Sparta, Mo., passed away Monday, February 20, 2012 in Cox South Hospital. Funeral services for Brad will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 22, 2012 in Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark. Burial will follow in Bruner Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday in the funeral home. Donations may be made to First Home Savings Bank, Sparta. A complete obituary and online condolences may be shared at www.barnesfamilyfunerals.com.


Watkins, Bradley Eldon 16 May 1972 - 20 Feb 2012 CCH-N 22 Feb 2012 & BarnesFFH

            Bradley Eldon Watkins, 39, Sparta, died Feb. 20, 2012. He passed away at Cox South Hospital after a long battle with heart complications. Brad was born on May 16, 1972, to Albert Ray and Janet Sue (Hampton) Watkins in Mansfield. Brad was a lifelong resident of Sparta and graduated from Sparta High School in 1990. Before his heart ailment, he was employed at Express Care in Ozark. He enjoyed restoring old cars and riding four wheelers. He also enjoyed attending Hope Church of Sparta with Kim, his fiancé. Brad was preceded in death by his grandparents, William and Louise Watkins and Clifton and Althea Hampton. Brad is survived by his parents Albert and Janet Watkins, his son Blake Watkins, all of Sparta; Blake’s mother Heather Mitchell, Ava; his fiancé Kimberly Taylor, Rogersville; two brothers and their spouses, Bill and Nicole Watkins, Sparta, Jeff and Sheila Hampton, Oldfield; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles other caring relatives and many good friends. Services are 10 a.m. Feb. 22 in Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark. Burial will follow in Bruner Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 21 in the funeral home. Donations are suggested for Blake Watkins, Bradley’s son and can be made to First Home Savings, Sparta. Online condolences may be shared at www.barnesfamilyfunerals.com.

Watkins, Doug 5 Dec 1937 - 15 Jul 2010  SN-L 18 Jul 2010 & CCH-N 21 Jul 2010

[Note: Son of Arville & Effe (James) Watkins; married Diana m/1 Wilson]

Doug Watkins, 72, of Nixa, passed away July 15, 2010. He was born December 5, 1937, in Iowa Park, Texas, the son of Arville and Effe (James) Watkins. He served his country in the U.S. Marines. Doug was committed to his family. He was a freelance commercial artist specializing in pencil art. He loved his country. He was a born again Christian. Doug is survived by his wife, Diana; two sons, Derek Watkins and his wife Yvette, Nixa, Mo., David Watkins and his wife Melony, Fritch, Texas; two daughters, Dedra Watkins and her significant other Timothy Routon, Ozark, Mo., Shellie Watkins, Kernersville, N.C.; two step-sons, David Wilson and wife Ali, of China, and Donnie Wilson and wife Kim, of Jacksonville, N.C.; one brother, Bill Watkins of Garber, Okla.; a sister, Arvella Anderson and husband Ed, Amarillo, Texas; and nineteen grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Jordan Costales; and three brothers. Funeral services will be held at 8:30 a.m., Monday in Adams Funeral Home, Nixa. Burial will follow in Missouri Veterans Cemetery with full military honors. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday in the funeral home.


Watkins, Eldon Lester 10 Nov 1936 - 25 Feb 1963 CCR 28 Feb 1963

Welch, Ruby Sue 13 Dec 1943 - 24 Feb 1963 CCR 28 Feb 1963

Watkins, Martha June 13 Jun 1940 - 24 Feb 1963  CCR 28 Feb 1963

[Note: Eldon Lester & Martha June were children of  William Franklin & Louise (Swearengin) Watkins; Ruby Sue was daughter of Virgil & ? Welch & fiancee of Eldon Lester Watkins]

Funeral services for a young couple whose wedding plans were ended by violent death were held simultaneously Thursday. The couple, Eldon Lester Watkins, 26, of Bruner, and Ruby Sue Welch, 19, of Ava, were two of seven persons fatally injured in an auto accident south of Bolivar Sunday night. Miss Welch and young Watkins were to have been married soon. The 2 p.m. services held in the Sparta High School gymnasium, also included rites for a third victim of the crash, Watkins' sister, Martha Watkins, 22, of Bruner. The Rev. John Yarber and Rev. Nathan B. Carter, Jr., conducted the services for Watkins and his sister, and the Rev. C. W. Page officiated at the services for Miss Welch.  She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Welch; five brothers, Larry, Jerry, Ernest, Henry and Virgil Lyle, all of the home, and a sister, Judy, also of the home. Burial was in Union Chapel Cemetery under direction of Harris of Ozark and Clinkingbeard of  Ava.


Watkins, John David 7 Aug 1966 - 7 May 2007 SN-L 9 May 2007

[Note: Son of John & Shirley (  ) Watkins; married 3 Aug 1991 Hope]

John "David" Watkins was born August 7, 1966, to John and Shirley Watkins and left us for Heaven May 7, 2007. In a very blessed life, he valued above all the gift of his wife, Hope, and his three children, Nathan, Jacob and Sierra. Many family members and hundreds of friends will grieve with them. Early in life, David developed a strong character highlighted by a deep faith, easy-going calm nature, inquisitive mind and cheerful confidence. He recalled the most important lessons he learned growing up were to love God and others. He attended church camp each summer and one summer was baptized by his father in the camp swimming pool. David grew up in Farmington, Mo., where he was extremely well liked and excelled academically and athletically. His faith and personal relationship with God remained a central part of his life. David graduated from Southwest Missouri State University with a bachelors degree in biology and met Hope Pitchford. They were married August 3, 1991. David and Hope moved to Festus, Mo., where they purchased their first home and had their first child in 1994, Nathan David. Later David and family moved to Farmington where their second son, Jacob Dean was born in 1997. After moving to the Springfield area, David took a job with Glaxo Smith Kline in 2000 where he excelled as a pharmaceutical sales representative. In 2002 David and Hope were blessed with their third child, Sierra Marie. They built a home and settled their family in Nixa. The same year his father left this life for Heaven. David taught his children the faith his dad had passed on to him. He was blessed to see his own two sons make a decision for Christ in 2006. David baptized them both. David was active in church and in the lives of his children. He especially enjoyed coaching Mighty Mites football for his boys. Weight-lifting was a passionate hobby throughout his life, along with hunting, hiking and reading. David met his 2004 cancer diagnosis with courage and grace, and showed tremendous faith and peace to the end. David is now with his Savior. We are left with joyful memories and his legacy of faith. One day we will see him again, all sickness gone, strong and smiling. We are so thankful to the Lord for sharing David with us for 40 years. David leaves Hope, his wife of 15 years; and three children, Nathan David, Jacob Dean and Sierra Marie. He is also survived by his mother, Shirley Ann Watkins; his brother Mark and wife, Heather Watkins; his sister Amy and husband, Matt Klump; and two nieces and two nephews. Services will be held in the Adams Funeral Home in Nixa on Friday, May 11, at 1 p.m. Visitation will be Thursday, May 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, an education account for David's children has been opened at Guaranty Bank. Memorial donations can be made to the account at Adams Funeral Home of Nixa through Friday, or at any Guaranty Bank branch in Nixa or Springfield indefinitely.’


Watkins, L. Norine (Layman) 6 Aug 1921 - 14 Sep 1983  OH 22 Sep 1983 pB7

[Note: Daughter of ? & Flossie Nell ( ) Layman; married Rev. Albert A. “Hap” Watkins 16 Aug 1919 - 31 May 1987]

Services for Norine Watkins, 62., Ozark, were held Sept, 17 at Ozark Assembly of God with the Revs. Jack Moore and Ralph Durham officiating. Burial was in Vaughan Cemetery under the direction of Harris of Ozark. Mrs. Watkins died Sept. 14 at her home after a long illness. A native of Wichita, Kan, she served as a pastor’s wife 42 years in churches in Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Arkansas, and Missouri, including eight years in Nevada, Mo. and eight years in Ozark, Mo., at the Assembly of God Church. Survivors include her husband, Albert A. “Hap”; two daughters, Mrs. Joy Brumback, Dallas, Texas, and Mrs. Shari Brobisky, Springfield; one son, Roger, Slidell, La.; her mother, Mrs. Flossie Nell Layman, Wichita, Kan.; one brother, Perry Layman, Wichita, Kan.; one sister, Mrs. Karen Daniels, Carthage; and three grandchildren.


Watkins, Louise (Swearengin) 7 Jul 1908 - 10 Aug 1993 OH 18 Aug 1993

[Note: Daughter of James Ellison “Curly Jim“ & Amanda (Jackson) Swearengin; married William Franklin Watkins 29 Nov 1904 - 12 Apr 1968]

Louise Watkins, 85, Bruner, died Tuesday, Aug. 10, 1993 at Cox Medical Center, South. She was born July 7, 1908, the daughter of James and Amanda Jackson Swearengin. She was a lifelong resident of the Bruner area. She was preceded in death by her husband, William F. Watkins; three children, Eldon, Martha and Robert; several brothers and sisters; and grandchildren. Survivors include five sons and their wives, James and Virginia, Ozark; William and Audrey, Elkhead, Richard, Bruner, Wayne and Connie Sue, Springfield, and Albert and Janet, Sparta; three daughters and their husbands, Anna Mae and Charley Letterman, Sparta, Bobbie and Norman Williams and Betty and Billy Fink, all of Bruner; a sister, Lorrain Johnson, Springfield; a brother-in-law, Thomas Jefferson, Springfield; three sisters-in-law, Ruby Swearengin, Fordland, Goldie Swearengin, Elkhead, and Ada Swearengin, Republic; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Services were held Friday, Aug. 13, in Adams Funeral Home, Ozark, with the Revs. Darrell and Howard Swearengin officiating. Burial was in Union Chapel Cemetery.


Watkins, Virginia Faye (Dye) McCormack 25 Sep 1938 - 25 Dec 2001  CCH-N 2 Jan 2002

[Note: Daughter of Garland Galena & Lula May (Walker) Dye; married ? McCormack; married James T. Watkins]

Virginia Faye McCormack-Watkins, age 63, of Ozark, died Dec. 25, 2001, in Cox Medical Center South, Springfield. She was born Sept. 25, 1938, in Ava. Watkins retired from Fasco Industries after 21 years of service. Survivors include: Her husband, James T. Watkins; her parents, Garland and Lula Dye, Ozark; two children, Joy Mosher and her husband Johnnie, Ozark, and Timothy Lee McCormack and his wife Tammy, Ozark; two step-children, Julie Watkins, Rogersville, and James T. Watkins, Jr. and his wife Debbie, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Trevor and Tara McCormack; four step-grandchildren, Timmy, Amber and Tommy Watkins and Jeremy Taylor; a sister, Pauline Brooke and her husband Stanley, Ozark; and two brothers, Jerry Dye and his wife Jane and Donal Dye and his wife Janet, all of Ozark. Watkins was preceded in death by her first husband, Dewey Ritter, and a son, Gary Ritter. Funeral services were in Adams Funeral Home, Ozark, with Rev. Russell Heatherly officiating. Burial was in Hopedale Cemetery, Ozark.


Watkins, Walter R. “Walt” 29 Nov 1914 - 4 Jul 1980 OH 10 Jul 1980 p9

Services for W. R. “Walt” Watkins, 65, Sparta, were held Tuesday in Adams Chapel, Ozark, with Dr. James Kellett officiating. Graveside services were to be held Thursday in Walnut Ridge Cemetery, Virginia, Ill. Mr. Watkins died Friday after apparently suffering a heart attack. Survivors include a son, Jay, El Verano, Calif.; two daughters, Mrs. Wendy Stewart, Zenia, Calif. and Miss Mary E. Watkins, Springfield; two sisters, Mrs. Goldie Goff, Vero Beach, Fla., and Mrs. Ruth Kilby, Virginia, Ill.; two brothers, Arthur, Shady Grove, Ore. and Leo, Peoria, Ill. and one grandchild.


Watkins, William Franklin 29 Nov 1904 - 12 Apr 1968     CCR 18 Apr 1968 p5

[Note: married Louise Swearengin  7 Jul 1908 - 10 Aug 1993]

William F. Watkins, 63, Bruner, died at 1:25 a.m. Friday in St. John’s Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Louise; five sons, James T., Muncie, Kan., William F., Jr., Auburn, Wash., Almus R., Seymour, Norman W., Bruner; three daughters, Mrs. Anna Mae Perkins, Elkhead and Mrs. Betty Lou Fink, both of Bruner; one brother, Thomas J., Springfield; one sister, Mrs. Sadie Owens, Sparta; 32 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren, Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday in the Union Chapel Baptist Church under direction of Harris of Ozark. The Rev. Darrell Swearengin officiated, and burial was in Union Chapel Cemetery.

Watkinson, Floriene (Thurman) 19 Mar 1903 - 26 Nov 1978 OH 7 Dec 1978 p3

[Note: married Richard “Dick” Watkinson 10 Nov 1902 - 7 Feb 1969]

BILLINGS - Mrs. Floriene O. Watkinson, 75, Billings, died at 12:40 a.m. Sunday in the Aurora Community Hospital after a long illness. Mrs. Watkinson was a lifelong resident of the Billings- Republic area and a member of the Christian Church and American Legion Auxiliary of Billings, Survivors include a son, William J., Billings;  one sister, Mrs. Iris Green, Republic; a brother, Trenton Thurman, Vallejo, Calif.; two grandchildren and one great grandchild. Services were at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Meadors Chapel with the Rev. Joe Howe officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery.


Watkinson, Richard “Dick” 10 Nov 1902 - 7 Feb 1969 CCR 13 Feb 1969 p1

[Note: Son of  William & Theodosia Ernestine  (Neville) Watkinson; married  Floriene Thurman 19 Mar 1903 - 26 Nov 1978]

Richard Watkinson, 69, postmaster at Billings since 1962 and longtime secretary of the Billings school board, died of an apparent heart attack in a Springfield store at 4:30 p.m. Friday. Mr. Watkinson apparently collapsed while riding the elevator in the Marx clothing store, attendants at Cantrell Funeral Home said. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Burge-Protestant Hospital. He was a member of all Masonic bodied in Springfield. the Shrine and the Christian Church in Billings. Surviving are his wife, Florine; a son, William, Billings; six sisters and two grandchildren.


Watkinson, William 6 Jun 1859 - 31 Mar 1943 CCR 1 Apr 1943 p8

[Note: Son of  James & ? (?) Watkinson; married  Theodosia Ernestine Neville 1856 - 19 Dec 1910]

Funeral services for William Watkinson, 83, who died Wednesday at his home in Billings, after a lingering illness, will be at 2:30 o’clock Friday afternoon in the Billings high school auditorium. Honorary Pallbearers will be: A.J. Howard, Hubert Gibson, John Owen, George L. Rauch, Dr. C.A. Spears, R.E. Andrews, and Clyde Gott. Active pallbearers are: Joe Griesemer, Avery Dreier, Leon Humble, George Napper, Henry Verfurth, and Joe Burger. Burial will be under the direction of the Wallace Funeral Home of Billings. Born in England, Mr. Watkinson went to Billings in 1882, only one year after arriving in the United States, and established the jewelry business which he was engaged in for 58 years. He was active in civic affairs and for 50 years served as secretary of the school board at Billings. He is survived by six daughters, Mrs. Ralph Tiede, Mrs. Elmer Burkey, Mrs. F. Royce, Mrs. F.H. Brown, Miss Isabell Watkinson, and Miss Carol Watkinson, all of Billings; two sons, James N. Watkinson of Seattle, Wash., and Richard C. Watkinson of the U.S. Army; and six brothers, two of whom are residents of England.

Watson, Arleigh Burdette  19 May 1941 - 7 May 2011 SN-L 9 May 2011 & CCH-N 11 May 2011
[Note: Son of Arleigh & Evelyn Darlene (Phillips) Watson; married 5 Apr 1958 Judith Jean Anderson]
Arleigh Burdette Watson, age 69, of Highlandville, passed away Saturday, May 7, 2011. He was born May 19, 1941 in Wilsonville, Nebraska, the son of Arleigh and Evelyn Darlene (Phillips) Watson. His parents preceded him in death. Arleigh served his country in the U.S. Army. On April 5, 1958 he and Judith Jean Anderson were united in marriage in Newton, Kansas. Arleigh retired from Prestressed Casting Company after 40 years of quality work. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was an avid Lady Bears Fan, and enjoyed the Kentucky Derby each year. He attended Healing River Worship Center in Walnut Shade. Survivors include: Judith, his wife of 53 wonderful years; five children and their spouses, Corey and Patty Watson, Highlandville, Cary and Sylvia Watson, Springfield, Tammy and Ross Trimble, Cane Hill, Brian and Mary Watson, Chestnut Ridge, PA, and Robert and Tammy Watson, Branson; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two brothers and their spouses, Larry and Mona Watson, Springfield, and Rick and Janelle Courtright, Newton, Kansas; a sister, Susan Casebeer, Lindsberg, Kansas; aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; and many friends. Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 10, in Adams Funeral Home, Nixa, with Pastor Tim Snider officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Tory Cemetery, Highlandville. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday in the funeral home.


Watson, Arlie Edward 27 Aug 1920 - 4 Aug 2000  CCH-N 16 Aug 2000

[Note: Son of Andrew Francis & Hollie Mae (Geren) Watson; married Rose Meyer; married Patricia Kay Adams 31 May 1944 - 14 May 2005 ]

Arlie Edward Watson, 79, Fordland, Mo., passed away August 4, 2000 in his home. Arlie was born August 27, 1920 in Broken Arrow, Ok., to Andrew Francis and Hollie Mae Geren Watson. He was the oldest of seven children. He served four years in the Navy and continued in the Navy Reserve for many years thereafter. He was a member of the Fordland Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Wayne; a daughter Charlene Ege; and a son, Arlie E. Watson, Jr. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, of the home; four children, Jeannie Stockstill, Sandy Cline, Wayne Watson, all of Springfield, and Katie Rutz, Bedford, Tx.; four step children, Jane Vest, Marshfield, Mike Vest, Springfield, Kim Vest, Indiana, and Kevin Vest, Texas; 14 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; three brothers: two sisters; and a number of nieces and nephews, as well as a host of other relatives and friends. Services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, August 8 in Holman-Howe Funeral Home, Seymour, with the Rev. Roy Cantrell officiating. Burial was in Seymour Masonic Cemetery with full military honors.


Watson, Arlie Edward Jr. 30 Nov 1954 - 9 May 1996 CCH-N 18 May 1996

[Note: Son of Arlie Edward & Rose (Meyer) Watson, Sr. ]

Arlie Edward Watson Jr., 41, of Rogersville, passed away May 9, 1996 at 11:50 p.m. at his mother’s home after a year-long battle with cancer. Arlie was born on November 30, 1954, in Kansas City, to Arlie Watson Sr. and Rose Meyer Watson. He was a graduate of Rogersville High School class of 1975. He attended college for two years and was a typesetter and pressman for Howard Printing in Texas. He was preceded in death by a sister, Charlene Ege. Surviving is his father, Arlie Watson Sr. and wife Patricia of Fordland, his mother, Rose Watson of Rogersville, three daughters, Kristie Hill, Angel Polovina and husband Kevin, and Rocque Watson, all of Texas; one brother, Andrew Wayne Watson, of Springfield, two step brothers, Kevin and Michael Vest, three sisters and their husbands, Jeannie and Jim Stockstill of Springfield, Sandy and Richard Cline of Springfield, Katie and Walt Rutz of Dallas, Texas; two step sisters, Jan and Kim Vest; brother-in-law Fred Ege of Springfield, step grandmother, Mary Tripplett of Springfield; two grandchildren, Cameron Hill and Krickette Conelly, four nephews and five nieces; and many loved ones. His high school buddies, Bruce and Doug Brown, and his childhood sweetheart and best friend Nancy Johnson. Services were Monday, May 13, 1996, at Full Gospel Church, Rogersville.


Watson, Ashley Dale 23 Jun 1997 - 2 Dec 2002  CCH-N 11 Dec 2002

[Note: Daughter of Roger & Kelly (Quillin) Watson

Ashley Dale Watson, 5, Nixa, died in her sleep Dec. 2, 2002, in her home. She was born June 23, 1997, the daughter of Roger and Kelly (Quillin) Watson. Ashley was developmentally delayed and was often called "our little angel" by those close to her. She attended Thomas Elementary School in Nixa and First Baptist Church of Nixa. Survivors include her parents; a nine-year-old sister, Amanda; grandparents Allen and Diane Manchester, Nixa, Dale and Alleta Watson, Joplin, and Buddy and Connie Quillin, Birmingham, Ala.; a great-grandmother, Helen Dial, Nixa; other loving relatives and friends. Services were 2 p.m., Dec. 4, in Adams Funeral Home, Nixa, with Dr. Richard Eakins officiating. Burial was in White Chapel Memorial Gardens. Friends and family gathered for visitation at the funeral home on Dec. 3.


Watson, Carl died Oct 1942 CCR 5 Nov 1942 p1

Mr. and Mrs. John Bostic received a letter from the A.M. Knights of Kansas City, telling them of the death of Mrs. Knight’s brother, Carl Watson, a brother of the late John Watson of Bruner. He died suddenly of a heart attack while in Cambridge, OH, on business. The body was taken to Edinburg, TX, for burial.


Watson, James Levy 18 May 1899 - 23 Aug 1933 CCR 31 Aug 1933 p1

[Note: Son of James Thomas “Tom” & Christena (Stump) Watson]

James Levy Watson was born in Belle, Missouri on May 18, 1899 and died at Bruner, Missouri on Aug. 23, 1933, aged 34 years, 3 months and 4 days. He leaves to mourn his departure, his father, Jas. Thomas Watson, one sister, Mrs. Christian Becham and three nephews of St. Louis, also three children, Audrey Russell, Alice Irene and Erwin Ellis, also one uncle, Boone Watson. Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday, Aug. 24 in the Zainer Church near Fordland at 3 o’clock with Rev. Baker officiating. Burial was made in the West Finley cemetery under the direction of T.B. Chaffin. The deceased was employed by the McGregor Hardware company of Springfield.


Watson, James Thomas 4 Mar 1854 - 21 Mar 1938 CCR 24 Mar 1938 p1

[Note: married Christena Stump]

James Thomas Watson, aged 84 years, passed away March 21 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Johnson, with whom he made his home near Ozark. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. W.A. Beckham of St. Louis. Funeral services were held at 1:30 March 22 at West Finley with burial in the cemetery there under the direction of T.B. Chaffin of Ozark.


Watson, John Baptist 11 Nov 1883 - 6 Mar 1939 CCR 9 Mar 1939 p5

[Note: Son of David Richard & ? (Hatley) Watson]

John Baptist Watson was born November 11, 1883, and died of a heart attack at the Missouri Transient Camp, two miles north of Springfield, Monday, March 6, 1939 at 8:30 pm. He was 55 years, 3 months and 25 days of age. His home is in Douglas county, Seymour, route four, where he has farmed for a number of years. Survivors are one brother, Edward Watson, of Wichita, Kansas, and one sister, Mrs. Mary E. Becker, of Springfield. Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 8, at one o’clock pm, in the Dogwood Baptist church, with the pastor, Rev. Wilson, officiating. Interment was made in the Pleasant Ridge cemetery under the direction of the B.C. Klepper Funeral Home of Ozark.

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