Willoughby, William A., d. 1958 - Wilson, Cecil Irene, d. 1996

Willoughby, William A. 1877 - 20 Feb 1958  SN-P 21 Feb 1958

[Note: Son of Henry C. & Margaret C. (Sanders) Willoughby]

William A. Willoughby, 80, died at 7:30 p.m. yesterday in a local hospital following a long illness. He had been a resident of Sunshine Acres for several months. Survivors include one son, Lester of Kansas City; and five brothers, Elijah, 1157 South Scenic, Elisha, 422 South Market, Marshall and Frank of Nixa, and Bert of Clever. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in Rainey Chapel with the Rev. Henry Long officiating. Burial will be in Manley Cemetery. Springfield (MO) Leader-Press, February 21, 1958.


Willoughby, William Clay 28 Apr 1904 - 28 Mar 1990 OH 5 Apr 1990

[Note: Son of Elijah Will & Nancy Treva (Shelton) Willoughby; married 1928 Wilma Walker]

William Clay Willoughby, 86, born in Stone County to Elijah and Treva Shelton Willoughby, died March 28 in San Antonio, Texas, where he had lived the past year to be near his daughter and family. He was married to Wilma Walker in 1928. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years; his parents; and two brothers, Raymond and Don, He is survived by his daughter, Betty Smisek; five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; a sister, Marie Braye, Springfield; many cousins and a host of friends. He was employed with Texaco, Dennis and Willoughby oil companies, Springfield. He was also an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman. Memorial contributions may be made to cancer, heart, wildlife associations or organization of choice.


Willoughby, Zula Cornell (Pearce) 27 Oct 1917 - 13 Feb 1991 NN-E 21 Feb 1991

[Note: Daughter of Cowan Charles & Bertie (Nelson) Pearce; married Javen W. Willoughby 14 Mar 1918 - 20 Jul 1982]

Zula Cornell Willoughby, 73, Nixa, died at 9:49 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, 1991, in Cox Medical Center South. She was born Oct. 27, 1917, to Cowan and Bertie Pearce in Clever. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Nixa for a many years, and the Nixa Garden Club. She was secretary and treasurer for Delaware Cemetery for the past 20 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Javen Willoughby, in 1982. She is survived by a daughter, Janice Gamble, and her husband, David, Springfield; two grandchildren, Dean Gamble, St. Louis, and Paula Gamble, Nashville, Tenn.; a sister, Marcella Roberts, Springfield; two brothers, Orville Pearce, Nixa, and Andrew Pearce, Springfield; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Services were Friday in First Baptist Church, Nixa, with the Revs. Richard Eakins and Kenneth Bandy officiating. Burial was in Delaware Cemetery under direction of Harris Colonial Chapel, Nixa. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church in Nixa, in Willoughby's name.


Wills, Alice M. (Chapman) 7 Dec 1855 - 2 Dec 1947 CCR 4 Dec 1947 p1

[Note: Daughter of Mathew & Rachel (Horn) Chapman; married 27 Oct 1874 Charles W. Wills 29 May 1854 - 15 Aug 1918]

Alice M. Wills, widow of Charles W. Wills, died Dec. 2, 1947, at 8:30 a.m., at the age of 91 years, 11 months, and 25 days. She was born in Christian County, Mo., on Dec. 7, 1855, the daughter of Matthew Chapman and Rachel Horn Chapman. Her parents came to this country from the state of Tennessee. She was married in October, 1874, to Charles W. Wills, farmer and stockman of Ozark, Mo., who preceded her in death on Aug. 15, 1918. To this marriage was born one daughter, Gussie Crain, wife of T.C. Crain of Ozark, Mo., who survives her. Mrs. Wills lived her entire life in Christian County, Mo. She was also survived by one sister, Emma Madding of Springfield, Mo., who also died on the same date. Other survivors are four grandchildren, Arthur C. Crain of Ashland, Kentucky, Martha Green of Springfield, Mo., Ruth Garrison and Joe C. Crain of Ozark, Mo. Also by nine great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. She was a member of the Ozark Methodist church. Funeral services will be held at the Chaffin Funeral Home of Ozark, Mo., on Friday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m. with burial in the Pembina cemetery.


Wills, Caleb Dines 1848 - 23 Jul 1921 CCR 29 Jul 1921 p1

[Note: Son of  Peter Lewis & Elizabeth (Crabtree) Wills; married  Rachel Harriett Karshner 1848 - 1922]

One of nature’s nobelmen, Dines Wills of Greene County, passed away the morning of July 23, 1921, at the age of 73 years. He was a successful tiller of the soil to which his body has returned, honorable and honest in business. He leaves a wife and eight children, all farmers except one, Mason, a mechanic in Springfield. He belonged to no church or creed. He was laid to rest Sunday afternoon in the Pembina cemetery. -- A Friend


Wills, Charles Lee 10 Dec 1926 - 7 Dec 1998  CCH-N 9 Dec 1998

[Note: Son of Herman Loe & Dollie May (Gray) Wills; married 27 Aug 1952 Jean Stehle]

Charles Lee Wills, 71, of Rogersville, passed away Monday afternoon at him home. Charlie was born on December 10, 1926 in Rogersville to Herman Loe Wills and Dollie May Gray Wills. He was a graduate of Rogersville High School class of 1944. He served his county in the US Navy during WW II and was married to Jean Stehle on August 27, 1952. Charlie was a Professional Craftsman building and repairing Fiddles and Guitars, he was a accomplished Bee Keeper and member of the Bee Keepers Association. He was a member and Deacon of the Harmony Baptist Church and was a Sunday School Teacher. Charlie was active in the choir and sang in the Men’s Quartet and was a member of the Harmony String Band which played regularly. He loved singing and playing all his life. Surviving is his wife, Jean of the home; one son Stephen Wills of Rogersville and one daughter Susie Wills of Paducah, Kentucky; one sister LaNell Walker and her husband Joe of Salt Lake City Utah; three grandchildren Dylan Rook, Charles Rook, and Preston Rook; three nephews Stan, Todd and Ross Walker, and three great nieces and nephews and many friends. Charlie was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother. Services were held on Thursday, December 3, at the Harmony Baptist Church, Rogersville with burial in the Pembina Cemetery. Memorial may be made to the Harmony Baptist Church.


Wills, Charles W. 29 May 1854 - 15 Aug 1918 CCR 23 Aug 1978 p1

[Note: Son of  Peter Lewis & Elizabeth (Crabtree) Wills; married  22 Oct 1874 CCM Alice M. Chapman 7 Dec 1855 - 2 Dec 1947]

After a lingering illness of many months, Charles W. Wills an old resident and well known prominent farmer and stockman died at his home in Ozark at 1:45 p.m. last Thursday evening, aged 64 years. Funeral services were held Friday morning at the home, conducted by Rev. L. H. Maples of the local Baptist church, followed with interment at the Kelly cemetery, in the neighborhood of the old home. Mr. Wills leaves a widow and one daughter, Mrs. T. C. Crain and five grandchildren of his immediate family. Mr. Wills was the youngest son in a family of ten children, six sons and four daughters. This is the first death among the children, the youngest being 61 years old. Lewis Wills, the father of the deceased, was one of the pioneer settlers in the county, coming from Virginia.


Wills, Edna May 15 Aug 1912 - 16 Aug 1962 CCR 23 Aug 1962 p4

[Note: Daughter of  James Clyde & Nancy Ann “Anna” (Stone) Wills]

Miss Edna May Wills, 50, of Route 2, Rogersville, died at 1:30 a.m. Thursday in Springfield after a long illness. She was a lifelong resident of the Linden community. Survivors include her mother, Mrs. Anna Wills, a brother Clifford and a sister, Miss Mamie Wills, all of the home and another sister, Mrs. Murial Roberts, 2046 South Delaware, in Springfield. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Chaffin Chapel here with Duane Bray officiating. Burial was in Linden Cemetery.


Wills, Geneva A. J. (Chapman) 14 Nov 1859 - 13 May 1951 CCR 17 May 1951

[Note: Daughter of Stanford & Drucilla Ann (Horn) Chapman; married 3 Feb 1881 L. P Wills 16 Jan 1850 - 28 May 1934]

Mrs. Geniva Wills, 91, lifelong resident of Christian county, died Sunday May 13, in Haguewood hospital, Ozark. Mrs. Willis had been in ill health since suffering a fractured hip several years ago. Daughter of Stanford and Ann Chapman, she was born Nov. 14, 1859, and was married to L. P. Wills of Ozark in 1881. Survivors include a brother, Seymour Chapman of Highlandville; two sisters, Mrs. Ella Reed and Mrs. Zoe Gibson, both of Ozark, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Tuesday in Chaffin chapel in Ozark. Burial was in Chapman cemetery with Chaffin Funeral Home in charge.


Wills, George W. 7 Apr 1852 - 9 Sep 1940 CCR 12 Sep 1940 p1

[Note: Son of Peter Lewis & Elizabeth (Crabtree) Wills; married 22 Oct 1874 CCM Mary Elizabeth Chapman 3 Oct 1853 - 7 Dec 1934]

George W. Wills was born near Ozark, Mo., April 7, 1852, and departed this life Monday, Sept. 9, 1940, at the age of 88 years. He was married to Mary Elizabeth Chapman Oct. 22, 1874. To this union three children were born, Flossie, Clyde and Regis. Of these, Flossie Waggoner and Clyde Wills survive. Other survivors include eight grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 2 p.m. in the Center Point church by Bro. Enmon of Springfield, Mo., with burial in the Pembina cemetery under direction of T.B. Chaffin of Ozark.


Wills, Georgina “Gina” (Cowan) 29 Dec 1887 - 4 Aug 1970 CCR 6 Aug 1970 p8

[Note: Daughter of  George & Sarah Jane (Patterson) Cowan; married  Regies M. Wills 17 Apr 1882 - 16 Feb 1934]

Mrs. Georgina Wills, 81, died at 8:25 p.m. Tuesday in a Lamar nursing home, where she had been a patient since January. Mrs. Wills was a native of Christian County and spent most of her life in Springfield before moving to Lamar four years ago, She was a member of Center Point Church of Christ. She is survived by two sons, Vance of Lomposc, Calif. and Verl of Adrian; three grandchildren and four great grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Edna Jane Cowan of Fort Worth, Tex. Services will be announced by Harris of Ozark.

Wills, Herbert Baxter 11 Jul 1890 - 16 Mar 1988 &  Mary Elizabeth Finkbinder 1 Nov 1894 - 1 Jul 1989 OH 30 Aug 1984 p2

[Note: Son of Caleb Dines & Rachel Harriet (Kerschner) Willis & Daughter of Melvin “Mehl: & Luella “Lula” (Horn) Finkbiner; married 28 Aug 1913 CCM]

Wills Celebrate 71st Anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. Baxter Wills, Rogersville, celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary Aug. 23 at their home. Those surprising them with homemade ice cream and cake were: their daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Ward (Kathleen) Parson, Ozark, Mrs. Reba Hanson, Springfield, and Mrs. Harriet Hamilton, Rogersville; and the Wills grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Parson and Marna, Ozark, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Parson and Jodie, Nixa, Mr. and Mrs. Barry Hansen, Caulfield and Mr. and Mrs. Russell Duker and Rebecca, Springfield.

Wills, Herbert Baxter 11 Jul 1890 - 16 Mar 1988  OH 24 Mar 1988

[Note: Son of Caleb Dines & Rachel Harriet (Kerschner) Wills; married Mary Elizabeth Finkbiner 1 Nov 1894 - 1 Jul 1989]

Baxter Wills, 97, of Route 4, Rogersville, died at 5:20 p.m. March 16 in Riverview Manor, Ozark. Services for Mr. Wills were held Friday in the Harris Chapel, Ozark, with the Rev. Howard Blevins officiating. Burial was in Pembina Cemetery, near Rogersville. A retired farmer, Mr. Wills was a lifelong resident of the Rogersville area. He was born July 11, 1890, to Caleb Dines Wills and Harriet (Kerschner) Wills. His survivors include his wife, Mary, of the home; three daughters, Mrs. Katherine Parson, Ozark, Mrs. Reba Hansen, Springfield, and Mrs. Harriet Hamilton, Rogersville; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Wills, James Clifford 11 Jun 1917 - 15 Sep 2000  CCH-N 20 Sep 2000

[Note: Son of James Clyde & Nancy Ann “Anna” (Stone) Wills; married 18 Dec 1971 Edith Lawson]

James Clifford Wills, 83, of Rogersville, Missouri passed away Friday, September 15, 2000 at his home. Clifford, the son of James Clyde and Anna Stone Wills was born Monday, June 11, 1917 in Kenton, Missouri. Clifford was a farmer and a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Clifford enjoyed fishing and traveling and sightseeing in the Ozarks. On December 18, 1971, Clifford was united in marriage to Edith Lawson. Clifford was preceded in death by his parents; and three sister; Muriel, Mamie, and Edna. Survivors include: his wife, Edith; a niece, Helen Gaither of Austin, Texas; also surviving are other relatives and many friends. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, September 18, 2000 at Harris Funeral Home with the Reverend James "Hobo" Applegate officiating. Burial followed at the Linden Cemetery, Linden, Missouri. All services were under the care of Harris Funeral Home of Ozark, Missouri.


Wills, James Clyde 20 Mar 1879 - 22 Dec 1956 CCR 3 Jan 1957 p2

[Note: Son of George W. & Mary Elizabeth (Chapman) Wills; married Nancy Ann “Anna” Stone Oct 1883 - 4 Aug 1964]

Funeral services for James Clyde Wills, 77, who died December 22 at his home near Linden were held December 26 at the Chaffin Funeral Chapel in Ozark, with burial in the Linden Cemetery under direction of Chaffin. A native of Christian County, he lived his entire life in the Linden community. He ran a general store there for 18 years and later engaged in general farming. Mr. Wills had suffered from a heart ailment for the past two years. He was a member of the Church of Christ. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Nancy Ann Stone Wills to whom he was married in1900; one son, Clifford Wills; three daughters, Mrs. Muriel Roberts of Springfield and Edna and Mamie of the home; one sister, Mrs. Flossie Waggoner of Rogersville, three grandchildren and five great grandchildren.


Wills, John F. 1 Mar 1846 - 31 Mar 1929 CCR 4 Apr 1929

[Note: Son of Peter Louis & Elizabeth (Crabtree) Wills; married 1868 Mary Eliza Cloud]

Another Veteran Passes Away

Death claimed J. F. Wills, well known citizen of the Norwich Milton community, at his home on Sunday afternoon, March 31st, between five and six o’clock. Mr. Wills had been in poor health for several months, His death is mourned by a large number of relatives and friends. As one of the earliest settlers in this part of the state, he has seen the west transform from the wild plains to the present garden spot of the state. His memory was honored by one of the largest funeral congregations ever assembled in the Methodist church in Norwich. Services were held on Wednesday afternoon and interment was in the Upchurch cemetery. [no location or source given]

John F. Wills was born near Ozark, Missouri March 1, 1846 where he lived until manhood. He departed this life March 31, 1929, at his home near Milton, Kansas, age 83 years and one month. At eighteen years of age, he enlisted in Company M, 16th Regiment of Cavalry and was made corporal under Captain George Taylor. In the year 1968. He was married to Mary Eliza Cloud. To this union were born ten children, three having preceded him in death. There remain to mourn his death the faithful wife and seven children, twenty-one grandchildren, twenty-eight great grandchildren, two sisters, three brothers, and a host of other relatives and friends. After his marriage he and his wife went to housekeeping on a farm near Sparta, Missouri where they lived twelve years. Then he came to Kansas and pre-empted the farm on which he spent the rest of his life. He came without the family and made the first crop and then returned to Missouri and moved his family here, arriving on the evening of October 27th, 1880. Mr. Wills was born of strong, sturdy stock which made him able to stay in what was the west, braving the winds and storms which were so common in the early days of Kansas. He was still living on the farm he had homesteaded was the only man in Eden Township to have that distinction. He was not afraid to speak his views on any question that came up. He was loved by all who knew him. No child ever knew Grandpa Wills that did not love him, for he loved all the children. Altho sorrow and hardships have come into the life of this father and mother that others have never had to bear, he has been ever faithful and true to his obligations as a father, and God has a great reward for a kind and loving character such as he. Mr. and Mrs. Wills united with the Methodist church in the year 1893 after they worked with and helped to support the Methodist church at Milton, Kansas. About a year and a half ago, uncle John renewed his covenant with God, consecrated to his Savior and since that time has been happily awaiting the Father’s summons to his home above. After a short service at the home conducted by Rev. Lyon, the funeral was held in the Methodist church at Norwich, Rev.. John Millsap and Rev. Lyon officiating. The body was laid to rest in the Upchurch cemetery -- Norwich (Kansas) Messenger of April 4th


Wills, Lewis Pascal “Pad” 16 Jan 1850 - 28 May 1933 CCR 25 May 1933 p8

[Note: Son of Peter Lewis & Mary Elizabeth (Crabtree) Wills; married 3 Feb 1881 Geneva A. J. Chapman 14 Nov 1859 - 12 May 1951; tombstone says 16 Jan 1850 - 28 May 1933; obit says 3 Apr 1810 (sic) - 29 May 1933, age 83]

L.P. Wills, aged 83, died Monday evening at his home north of Ozark, after a short illness subsequent to a stroke of apoplexy. He is survived by a widow and a host of immediate relatives. Funeral services were held Wednesday. A more detailed obituary will appear next week.


Wills, Lewis Pascal “Pad” 16 Jan 1850 - 28 May 1933 CCR 8 Jun 1933 p1

Lewis Pascal Wills, son of Lewis Wills, an early settler of this country, was born April 3, 1810, and died May 29, 1933, he having reached the age of 83 years, one month and a few days. He was married on Feb. 3, 1881 to Miss Geneva Chapman, who survives him. In July 1887 he moved to Billings, where he resided until 1923, when he returned to Ozark and has lived at his present home until his decease. In 1922 during his residence in Billings, he united with the Baptist church. He is survived by two brothers and one sister. A brother, Pete Wills, who lives in Kansas, George Wills, who lives near Ozark and a sister, Mrs. Cloud, who lives in Winfield, Kansas. “Pad” Wills, as he was familiarly known by his relatives and friends, belonged to a generation that is fast passing from us. He was a man of unfailing courage and honesty; his word was as good as any man’s bond. He leaves a host of relatives and friends to mourn for him. There is no Death-what seems so is transition; this life of mortal breath is but a suburb of that life Elysian whose portals we call death.” Funeral services were conducted at the home Wednesday afternoon, May 31, with Rev. Ross Carter officiating. Burial was made in the Chapman cemetery under the direction of B.C. Klepper.


Wills, Mary Elizabeth (Finkbiner) 1 Nov 1894 - 1 Jul 1989  OH 6 Jul 1989

[Note: Daughter of Melvin “Mehl“ & Luella “Lula“ (Horn) Finkbiner; married Herman Baxter Wills 11 Jul 1890 - 16 Mar 1988]

Mary E. Wills, 94, of Rogersville, died at 11:40 a.m. July 1 in her home following a long illness. Services for Mrs. Wills were held July 3 in the Adams Funeral Chapel, Ozark, with the Rev. Howard Blevins officiating. Burial was in Pembina Cemetery. Mrs. Wills was born Nov. 1, 1894, near Mentor, Missouri, the daughter of Melvin and Louella (Horn) Finkbiner. A lifelong resident of the community, she was a homemaker and a member of the Harmony Baptist Church. She is survived by three daughters, Kathryn Parson, Ozark, Reba Hansen, Springfield, and Harriet Hamilton, Rogersville; one sister, Lora Bell Ewing, Arlington, California; six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.


Wills, Mary Eliza (Cloud) 22 Jan 1851 - 5 Jul 1936 CCR 16 Jul 1936 p8

[Note: married 7 Jan 1868 John F. Wills; no death certificate]

Mrs. T.W. Estes of Milton, Kansas, sends us the following account of the death of her mother, Mrs. Mary E. Wills of Milton. Mrs. Mills had been a subscriber of this paper for 45 years and has many relatives in the vicinity of Ozark and Springfield. Mary Eliza Cloud was born near Springfield, MO, on Jan. 22, 1851, and departed this life July 5, 1936, at the age of 85 years, 5 months and 7 days, at her home near Milton. She was married to John F. Wills on Jan. 7, 1866, he having preceded her in death seven years. Ten children were born to this union: Mrs. Mollie Weathered, P.J. and Allen passed on before, Howard and Lewis live in California, Mrs. Willis Smith of Norwich, Mrs. Tom Estes of Milton, Alice, Dora and Tom still live at home. She also leaves 20 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, two brothers, Will cloud has made his home with her these last three years, Edd Cloud of Springfield, MO, a number of other relatives and a host of friends are left to mourn her loss. In an early day she joined the Norwich M.E. church of which she is still a member, but of later years had given her support to the Milton church because of being closer. She lived to learn what pioneer life meant having come here when Kansas was nothing but a vast prairie. She knew what the signal “Prairie Fire is coming” meant. She knew what it was to cool the fevered brow of a sick neighbor. Many a lonesome, homesick day has passed in her early life. But as time passed by she busied herself planting and building to help make the home which now stands as a beautiful monument to she and her husband’s life in this community. It has been said many times of Grandma Wills. “Her life was a patient, sacrificial one, a friend to every one with ill will toward none.” She will be greatly missed by all her loved ones. The funeral was held at the Norwich Methodist church at 2:30 p.m. today. Rev. Milsap had charge of the services and burial was in the Up-church cemetery.


Wills, Nancy Ann “Anna” (Stone) Oct 1883 - 4 Aug 1964      CCR 6 Aug 1964 p1

[Note: Daughter of Robert Brown “Bob“ & Caledonia D. “Callie“ (Walker) Stone; married James Clyde Wills 20 Mar 1879 - 22 Dec 1956]

Mrs. Anna Wills, 80, died at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday in her home at Linden. She was a lifelong resident of that community. Survivors include a son, Clifford, of the home; two daughters, Mrs. Muriel Roberts, Branson and Miss Mamie Wills, also of the home; three grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Harris Chapel at Ozark. Dwayne Bray will officiate, and burial will be in Linden Cemetery.


Wills, Peter Lloyd 18 Mar 1842 - May 1934 CCR 31 May 1934 p1

[Note: Son of Peter Lewis & Elizabeth (Crabtree) Wills; married 2 Jan 1866 Louisana Cloud]

The paper at Norwich, Kansas, last week carried the following obituary, which will be of interest to many in this county. Peter L. Wills, the last Civil War veteran living at Norwich and one of the five remaining in Kingman county passed away there Saturday noon after a lingering illness. He was one of the oldest and earliest settlers in the part of the county. Peter L. Wills, the last Civil War veteran living at Norwich and one of the five remaining in Kingman county passed away there Saturday noon after a lingering illness. Peter Lloyd Wills was born in Virginia, March 18, 1842. He died at his home in Norwich, Kansas, May 12, 1934, at the age of 92 years, 1 month and 24 days. When he was a small boy, Mr. Wills went to Missouri with his parents. On Aug. 6, 1861, at the age 19, he enlisted in the Sixth Missouri Cavalry. He served under General Grant in the siege of Vicksburg and was wounded Christmas evening in 1862 at Helena, Arkansas. He was united in marriage to Louisana Cloud on Jan. 2, 1866. Nine children were born to this union, three of whom preceded him in death. The six who survive him are Elizabeth Brewer, Will Wills, John Wills, Frank Wills, and Hattie Lassiter of Norwich and May Hunt of Maders, CA. He is an uncle of Mark and Fred Cloud of Kingman. In 1875 he fled to his homestead which was in Sedgwick county just over the line from Kingman county. Two years later he moved to a farm one mile east of Norwich where he made a home for his family until about 16 years ago when they moved to Norwich. Mr. Wills served the first jury empanelled in Kingman county. He was one of a family of ten children. The youngest was past 60 years of age at the time of the first death. Two of the number are still living, Mrs. Jane Cloud of Winfield, Kansas, the youngest, and George Wills of Christian County, Missouri. Mr. Wills was an honest man in all his dealing. He relived his war experienced and could tell his war stories in a very interesting manner. He was a lover of flowers and as long as he was able he kept his yard so it was a show place of Norwich and he often took huge bouquets to friends and sick ones. Although he was a lover of flowers he requested that there be no flowers at his funeral. He believed in flowers for the living. Funeral services were held at the home last Sunday and burial was made at the Upchurch cemetery beside his wife who preceded him in death 11 years ago. The services were in charge of the I.O.O.F. lodge of which he was a charter member. It was the request of Mr. Wills that only simple rites be held over his body and in keeping with his desires, this was carried out throughout the services held in his behalf.


Wills, Regies M. 17 Apr 1882 - 16 Feb 1934 CCR 22 Feb 1934 p4

[Note: Son of George W. & Mary Elizabeth (Chapman) Wills; married 12 Jun 1909

Georgina "Gina" Cowan 29 Dec 1887 - 4 Aug 1970]

Regis Wills, aged 51 years, of 721 East Monroe Street, Springfield, died at the Baptist hospital in Springfield on Friday, Feb. 16. He is survived by the widow and two sons, Veryl and Vance, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Wills, who lived north of Ozark, one brother, Clyde of Linden and one sister, Mrs. Wes Waggoner. Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Center Point church with Rev. Sanderson of Springfield officiating, with burial in the Pembina cemetery under the direction of T.B. Chaffin


Wills, Vance Cowan 14 Sep 1912 - 25 Jul 1981  OH 6 Aug 1981 p10

[Note: Son of  Regies M. & Georgina "Gina" (Cowan) Wills; married Peggy; middle initial in obit and gravestone differ]

Services for Vance E. Wills, 68, Tacoma, Wash., formerly of Ozark, were held July 30 in Harris Chapel, Ozark, with Dwayne Bray officiating. Burial was in Pembina Cemetery. Mr. Wills died July 25 in Madigan Army Medical Center in  Tacoma after a short illness. Among those surviving are his wife, Peggy of the home and daughter, Mrs. Peggy Brennan, Copperas Cove, Texas.



Wills, Verl George 20 Apr 1910 - 20 Nov 1974  OH 28 Nov 1974 p8

[Note: Son of Regis M. & Sara Georgina “Gina” (Cowan) Wills; married 9 Feb 1935 Anna Marie Gammon  29 May 1914 - 9 Jan 1997]

Verl George Wills, 64, son of Regis M. Wills and Sara G. Cowan Wills, was born April 20, 1910 at Linden, Missouri. He was married to Anna Marie Gammon on February 9, 1935 in Springfield, Missouri. He is survived by his wife of the home at Adrian, one son, Robert L. Wills, Springfield, Missouri and one daughter, Mrs. Judy A. of Lamar, Missouri; one brother, Vance C. Wills, Lompoc, California and four grandchildren. Up until his recent retirement, Mr. Wills had owned and managed grain elevators in Greenfield and Adrian, Missouri. Services were held at the Atkinson-Dickey in Adrian, Missouri, Saturday the 23rd of November, 1974 with burial in Pembina Cemetery near Ozark, Missouri.

Wills, Wilma Ruth 29 Jul 1920 - 22 Feb 1932 CCR 3 Mar 1932 p5

[Note: Daughter of John & Susie ( ) Wills]

Wilma Ruth Wills was born July 29, 1920, in Norwich, Kan., and passed away Feb. 22, 1932, in the Wesley Hospital at Wichita, Kan., aged 11 years, 6 months and 23 days. She leaves to mourn her departure her parents, John and Susie Wills, a little sister Dorothy Mae, her grandfather, P.L. Wills and a host of other relatives and friends. The funeral services were held at the Christian church in Norwich on Wednesday, Feb. 24. Ruth’s grandmother, Mrs. P.L. Wills, deceased, was a sister to Mrs. Stanley Clayman’s mother, Mrs. W.S. Chapman, deceased. Ruth has several other blood relatives in Ozark and vicinity.

Wilson, Albert Olen 11 Nov 1923 - 24 May 2008 SN-L 25 May 2008

[Note: Son of Cord & Myrtle (Wright) Wilson; married 26 Jun 1947 Dorothy Ellen McHaffie]

Albert Olen Wilson, age 84, of Ozark, passed away Saturday, May 24, 2008, in Missouri Veterans Home, Mt. Vernon. He was born November 11, 1923, in Fordland, the son of Cord and Myrtle (Wright) Wilson. He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. On June 26, 1947, he and Dorothy Ellen McHaffie were united in marriage. Mr. Wilson retired from Sweetheart Cup Company. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; a son, Randal Wilson and wife, Connie, Springfield; a grandson, Cord Wilson and wife, Christy, Fordland; a great-grandson, Cord Wilson; two sisters-in-law, Eileen Davis Wilson and Helen Sartin Wilson; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Lovetta Williams and Modenia Wilson; three brothers, William, Eugene and Odell Wilson; and his parents. A graveside funeral with military honors will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 28, in New Galloway Section, Rivermonte Memorial Gardens. In honor of his life, visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, in Adams Funeral Home, Ozark, for friends and family.

Wilson, Alfred W. 6 Mar 1836 - 9 Jan 1920 CCR 16 Jan 1920 p1

[Note: married Lavanche Mead 9 Aug 1840 - 19 Nov 1923]

Mr. Wilson, aged 84 years living near Spokane died Friday and was buried Saturday at the Spokane cemetery.


Wilson, Allie J. (Johnson) 13 Jun 1891 - 4 Jan 1987 OH 8 Jan 1987 p5

[Note: Daughter of Woodson Tyler & Mary Green (Hilton) Johnson; no legible tombstone in Weaver Cemetery]

Services for Allie J, Wilson, 95, Ozark, were held Jan. 6 in Harris Chapel with the Rev. Dennis Johnson officiating. Burial was in Weaver Cemetery near Ozark. Mrs. Wilson died Jan. 4 in Springfield Community Hospital following a short illness. She was born in Spokane and at the time of her death she was a member of Bethel Baptist Church of Tucson, Ariz. She had taught in various rural school districts in Christian and neighboring counties. She returned to Ozark from Florida in 1956. Survivors include a brother, Raymond Johnson, Ozark and several nieces, nephews and cousins.


Wilson, Alma Mae (Sawyer) Murray 25 Jul 1918 - 10 Aug 2005 SN-L 11 Aug 2005
[Note: Daughter of Charles & Mattie (Harris) Sawyer; married first ? Murray; married Dr. Rufus F. "Doc" Wilson 12 Apr 1909 - 3 Jun 1991]

Alma Mae Wilson, age 87, of Nixa, passed away Wednesday, August 10, 2005, in Ozark Riverview Manor. She was born July 25, 1918, the fourth child of Charles and Mattie (Harris) Sawyer. She was a longtime faithful member of Nixa Christian Church. She served as president and secretary-treasurer of Christian Women's Fellowship, and as a member of the outreach committee. She was a 50 year member of Ozark Chapter #98, Order of the Eastern Star. She was a member of the White Shrine of Jerusalem in Eminence and later in Springfield. She worked alongside her husband, Dr. Rufus F. "Doc" Wilson for many years, and served as Chairperson for the Ladies Auxiliary of Physicians and Surgeons in 1983. Mrs. Wilson was a devoted wife and mother and she always considered her family to be her greatest treasure. She was loved and respected by all who knew her and she will be greatly missed. Survivors include four children, Dr. Evelyn Sconce, Dallas, Texas, Gary Murray and his wife, Macanna, Nixa, Louise Williams and her husband, Jim, Leawood, Kan., and Joe Wilson, Nixa; nine grandchildren: Dr. Jeffrey Sconce and his wife, Dr. Lynn Sconce; Scott Murray; Jason Murray and his wife, Ixchel; Dr. Melinda Murray; Caitlin Williams; Thomas Wilson and his wife, Janine; Joseph Wilson; Preslee Wilson; and Meghaan Russell; three great-grandchildren, Hunter Wilson, Christian Wilson, and Andre Murray; a brother, Guy Sawyer, Bolivar; and two sisters, Charlene Neil, Harrisonville, and Neva Gannaway, Kansas City. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Rufus F. "Doc" Wilson, five siblings, and her parents. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, August 12, 2005, in Nixa Christian Church with Dr. Rod Cannedy officiating. Burial will follow in Schupbach Cemetery, Spokane. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight in Adams Funeral Home, Nixa. Memorial donations may be made to Seasons Hospice, 1354 E. Kingsley, Springfield, MO 65804.


Wilson, Annie 1848 - 2 Mar 1936 CCR 5 Mar 1936 p1

[Note: no death certificate for any Wilson dying in Missouri 2 Mar 1936; however, there is a death certificate for Anna Wilson 6 Dec 1847 - 17 Aug 1936, daughter of Anderson & Mary (Fortner) Herson and widow of William Wilson who died in Springfield, Greene County, MO five and a half months after this woman]

Mrs. Annie Wilson, aged 87 years died at her home near Turner Monday, March 2. Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 6 at 11 a.m. in the Oak Grove church, with burial there under the direction of the B.C. Klepper Funeral Home.


Wilson, Arlena J. (Goddard) 22 May 1875 - 15 Jul 1967  CCR 6 Jul 1967 p1

[Note: Daughter of James Hobart & Charlotte (Morgan) Goddard; married John C. Wilson  3 Aug 1872 - 17 Dec 1967]

Funeral services for Mrs. John C. Wilson, 92, of Nixa, mother of a well-known Ozarks entertainer, Clyde C. “Slim” Wilson, Springfield, were at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Harris Chapel, Nixa, with the Rev. Roscoe Harding and the Rev. Lynn V. Swadley officiating. Burial was in Jones-Chastain Cemetery. A native of Tennessee, Mrs. Wilson came to Christian County about 58 years ago. She later moved to the Bolivar area before returning to Nixa. Survivors in addition to her son include her husband, John C.; five daughters, Mrs. Cassie Acker, Bolivar, Mrs. Carrie Collier, Springfield, Mrs. Myrtle Doran, Halfway, Mrs. Bertha Stewart, Bolivar, and Mrs. Edna Elliot, Aurora. Other survivors are one half-brother, Hobart Goddard, Clever; one half-sister, Mrs. Lena Munhollon, Springfield; 10 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren and seven great, great grandchildren.


Wilson, Arlena J. (Goddard) 22 May 1875 - Jul 1967

Funeral services for Mrs. John C. Wilson, 92 of Nixa, mother of well-known Ozarks entertainer Clyde C. (Slim) Wilson, Route 12, will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Harris Chapel, Nixa, with the Rev. Roscoe Harding and the Rev. Lynn V. Swadley officiating. Burial will be in Jones-Chastain Cemetery. Survivors, in addition to her son, include her husband, John C.; five daughters Mrs. Cassie Acker, Bolivar, Mrs. Carrie Collier, 1832 West Chestnut, Springfield, Mrs. Myrtle Doran, Halfway, Mrs. Bertha Stewart, Bolivar, and Mrs. Edna Elliott, Aurora; 10 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.  Mrs. Wilson died at 11:30 p.m. Saturday in Bilyeu Nursing Home, Ozark.

Note: this clipping from the collection of Lula (Rogers) Gardner had a hand-written date of July 3, 1967 in the margin.

Wilson, Ava Ann (Gilmore) 8 May 1912 - 12 Dec 2005 SN-L 13 Dec 2005

[Note: Daughter of John Thomas & Sarah Frances (Maples) Gilmore; married 25 Jan 1934 Rev. Loyd H. Wilson 28 Oct 1911 - 10 Aug 1995]

Ava Ann Wilson, 93, Clever, died at 1 a.m. Monday, December 12, 2005, in Sonshine Manor, Republic. She was born May 8, 1912, in Stone County, Missouri, the daughter of John Thomas and Sarah Frances (Maples) Gilmore. She became a Christian at age 11 and joined Union Ridge Baptist Church. She was currently a member of Clever First Baptist Church. She was united in marriage to Rev. Loyd H. Wilson on January 25, 1934, and for many years she was at his side as he served many area churches. Mr. Wilson passed away August 10, 1995. She was a homemaker, a wonderful mother and grandmother. A son, Charles; her parents; two brothers; and five sisters preceded her in death. She is survived by four sons and their spouses, Lloyd Jr. and Sondra Wilson, Clever, Oral and Judy Wilson, Springfield, Ronald and Brenda Wilson, Nixa, and Dwight and Leetta Wilson, Joplin; two daughters and their spouses, Darlene and Larry Hale, Clever, and Connie and Steve Hale, St. Charles; 12 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; two great- great-grandchildren, and another due in June; other relatives, and many friends. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 14, 2005, at the Clever First Baptist Church, with Rev. Larry Winfree officiating, under the direction of Meadors Funeral Home, Clever. Burial will follow in Union Ridge Cemetery, Clever. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. tonight, in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Clever First Baptist Church Building Fund. The family wishes to send special thanks to Sonshine Manor Staff and Residents for the tender care and support extended to Mrs. Wilson and her family.

Wilson, Belle M. (Fugitt) 17 Feb 1886 - Jan 1977 OH 6 Jan 1977 p7

[Note: married John W. Wilson]

CLEVER - Services for Mrs. Belle M. Wilson, 90, a lifelong resident of Stone and Christian Counties, were at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Union Ridge Baptist Church in Stone County with the Revs. Jimmy Carter and Tommy Bilyeu officiating. Burial was in Union Ridge Cemetery under direction of Harris of Nixa. Mrs. Wilson died at 9:40 a.m. Monday in St. John’s Hospital, Springfield. Mrs. Wilson was a member of the Union Ridge Baptist Church. Surviving are two sons, Virgil and Leo, both of Nixa; two daughters, Mrs. Goldia Willoughby, Route 1, Clever with whom Mrs. Wilson had made her home the past several years and Mrs. Dovie Seals, Nixa; and 12 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren.

Wilson, Bertress Mae (Johnson) 9 Jan 1896 - 31 Mar 1995  CCH-N 5 Apr 1995

[Note: Daughter of George W. & Leona (McHugh) Johnson; married Earl Wilson]

Bertress Mae Wilson, 99, Nixa, died Friday, March 31, 1995, in Cox Medical Center South. She was born Jan. 9, 1896, in El Paso, Ill., the daughter of George W. and Leona McHugh Johnson. She lived in E1 Paso most of her life before moving to Nixa eight years ago. She was a past member of Eastern Star. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Wilson; two sons, Everett and Jack Wilson; a brother, Cecil Johnson; a sister, Nannie Johnson; a son-in-law, Richard Brush; and her parents. Survivors include a daughter, Ruth Brush, Nixa; a son, Eugene Wilson, and his wife, Fern, Harrison, Ark.; five grandchildren, Rita Fanchi, Nancy Brown. Marsha Sutter, Roger Wilson, and Michael Brush; five great-grandchildren, Christina Everhart, Nicholas Conor, Amy and Ericka Wilson, and Alex Brush; daughters-in-law Dorothy Wilson, Washington, Ill, and Aileen Wilson, Normal, Ill..; and a niece, June Faulk, El Paso, Ill. Graveside services were Monday in Evergreen Cemetery, El Paso, Ill., under the direction of Adams Funeral Home, Ozark. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Wilson, Bessie Lorraine (Hall) 20 Aug 1906 - 22 Nov 2003 CCN-L 26 Nov 2003 & SN-L 24 Nov 2003

[Note: Daughter of Simon & Lizziebeth (Martin) Hall; married Virgil Lewis Wilson]

Bessie Lorraine Wilson, age 97, passed away at 2:40 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22 in Springfield. She was born Aug. 20, 1906, in Merritt, the daughter of Simon and Lizziebeth (Martin) Hall. Bessie attended High School at Ava, graduating from Shenandoah High School, Shenandoah, Iowa and received a B.S. in Elementary Education from Southwest Missouri State University. She was a member of the Sparta Christian Church, Sparta. Bessie taught in the Missouri public school systems for 41 years ending her career as a first grade teacher in Sparta.  She was preceded in death by her husband Virgil Lewis Wilson, her parents Simon and Lizziebeth Hall, three brothers, Austin, Dempsey and Euith Hall and her son-in-law Joe Reese.  Survivors include her daughter, Sandy Wilson Reese; one granddaughter, Lora Ann Newman and her husband David; one great-grandson Daniel McAdams all of Springfield, one sister Elene Hall Wilson of Sparta, and two special feline friends-Oreo and Tabby.  Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Hall Cemetery with the Reverend Ray Cartwright officiating. Visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Adams Funeral Home, Ozark

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Wilson, Betty Eileen (Davis) 20 Sep 1936 - 19 Feb 2011 SN-L 23 Feb 2011

[Note: Daughter of Tom & Fannie (Roller) Davis; married 12 Feb 1955 Elza Odell Wilson 9 Mar 1930 - 15 Nov 2006]

Betty Eileen Wilson, 74, of Rogersville, died Feb. 19, 2011, at her home. Eileen was born on Sept. 20, 1936, at Rogersville to Tom and Fannie (Roller) Davis. She was a graduate of Rdogersville High School, class of 1954. She was an active member of Springhill Baptist Church and the treasurer of Springhill Cemetery board. Eileen was a retired cook for Springfield Public Schools. She was married to Elza Odell Wilson on Feb. 12, 1955, and he proceeded her in death on Nov. 15, 2006. Surviving are her four sons, Kirby Wilson and wife Vivian, of Fordland; Craig Wilson and wife Cheryl, of Fordland; Jeff Wilson and wife Becky, of Fordland; Matt Wilson and wife Michelle, of Rogersville; 16 grandchildren, four step grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren, 10 step great-grandchildren and two step great-great-grandchildren. Eileen was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Evelyn Dennis. Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Feb. 23, at the Preston-Marsh Funeral Home with burial in the Springhill Cemetery, Rogersville. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Feb. 22 from 5:30 to 8 p.m

Wilson, Betty Lou (Tindle) 10 Jul 1926 - 26 Mar 2010 SN-L 28 Mar 2010

[Note: Daughter of James E. & Gulfa L. (Powell) Tindle; married 4 Oct 1945 June A. Wilson]

Betty Lou Wilson, 83, left her earthly home to be with her Lord at 8:05 a.m. Thursday, March 25, 2010. Betty was born in Greene County on July 10, 1926 to James E. Tindle and Gulfa L. Powell. She spent most of her life in the Springfield area with the exception of a few years in Des Moines, Iowa. She married June A. Wilson on October 4, 1945 in Ozark, Mo. Surviving Betty is her husband, June A. Wilson; son, Gary A. Wilson; daughter-in-law, Beatrice A. Wilson; and granddaughter, Danica L. Wilson. She is also survived by sisters, Lucille Smith, Patricia Stewart, Aldora Rook, Reba Booker and spouse Arlie, and Martha Young and spouse Robert.; brothers-in-law, Jack, Roy and Jerry Wilson and a multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins, great-nieces and nephews, and many friends. Betty was preceded in death by her parents; and sisters, Audrey Simmons and Rosalee Clements. Visitation will be held in Greenlawn North on Sunday, March 28 from 4 to 6 p.m. Funeral services will be on Monday, March 29 at 1 p.m. with burial to follow in Greenlawn Cemetery.


Wilson, Billy Joe 1937 - 18 Dec 1964

Wilson, Teresa Kay 1958 - 18 Dec 1964

Wilson, Elizabeth Ann 1959 -18 Dec 1964

Wilson, Sheri Sue 1962 - 18 Dec 1964

Funeral services for Billy Joe Wilson, 27, and his three daughters, Teresa Kay, 6, Elizabeth Ann, 5, and Sheri Sue, 2, who died Dec. 18 when flames swept through their home in a logging camp at Noti, Oreg., will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Union Ridge Church east of Union City.  The Rev. Heral Merritt and the Rev. Eli Routh will officiate.  Burial will be in Union Ridge Cemetery under direction of Cantrell of Clever.  Mr. Wilson, a former resident of the Hurley community, is survived by his wife, Linda Kay; a son, Billy Joe, Jr.; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Wilson of Noti; 10 brothers and three sisters.  The children also are survived by their maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Keithley, Route 1, Clever, and six great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Chastain, Clever, Mr. and Mrs. Houston Keithley, Clever, Mrs. Bessie Medlin, Route 2, Crane, and Mrs. Nellie Wilson, Springfield.

Wilson, Bobby Lee 26 Apr 1971 - 30 May 2003  SN-L 1 Jun 2003

[Note: Son of Steve & Jean (Wise) Wilson]

Bobby Lee Wilson, 32, Republic, died at 1 a.m. Friday, May 30, 2003 at Cox South Hospital, Springfield, of injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident on P Highway, north of Clever. He was born April 26, 1971 in Springfield, MO to Steve and Jean (Wise) Wilson. Bobby was baptized in 1986 at a Pentecostal Church in Talihina, OK. He was happiest when spending time with his children or on his “chopper.” He rode his motorcycle in many rides for children’s charities. Bobby was a “free spirit,” kind-hearted and loved by everyone who knew him. A sister, Theresa Albritton, preceded him in death. He is survived by a daughter, Keisha Marie Wilson and a son, Tyler Lee Wilson, both of Republic; his father, Steve Wilson, Republic; his mother, Jean Snider, Lexington, OK; maternal grandmother, Arleen Copeland, Republic; paternal grandmother Louise Wilson, Republic; brothers Wayne Snider and Robert Snider, both of Oklahoma City, OK, and James Wilson, Republic; three sisters, Stephanie Murry, Talihina, OK, Connie Rubrecht, Harrah, OK, and Brandy Houston, Republic; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, June 2, 2003 in Meadors Funeral Home with Rev. Bert Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Wise Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 pm. Today in the funeral home. Springfield News-Leader, June 1, 2003.

Wilson, C. C. “Jerry” 28 Jul 1929 - 18 Jul 1993 OH 21 Jul 1993

[Note: Son of Arlander “Lander” & Martie Mae (Fletcher) Wilson; married Nelda]

C.C. “Jerry” Wilson, 63, Ozark, died Sunday, July 18, 1993 at his home. He was born July 28, 1929 in Douglas County, the son of Lander and Martie Fletcher Wilson. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force. He had been a resident of Shreveport, La., before moving to Ozark five years ago. He was a member of Eastern Gate Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Nelda; three sons and their wives, all from Shreveport, La., Jerry Wayne Wilson and Theresa, Rex Shamburger and Charlotte, and Raymond Shamburger and Bonnie; four sisters, Sibyl Mendel, Ozark, Lois Jenkins, Goodhope, and Gertrude Merkel and Neva Wilson, both of Dallas; a brother, Farce Wilson, Ozark; six grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Services were Monday, July 19, in Adams Funeral home, Ozark with the Rev. Clifford Day officiating. Burial was in Vaughan-Oddfellows Cemetery, Ozark.

Wilson, Cecil Irene (Butler) 10 Oct 1902 - 24 Apr 1996

[Note: Daughter of Martin V. & Nancy (Thompson) Butler; married Dolan O. Wilson 1 Oct 1894 - 18 Apr 1994]

Cecil Irene Wilson, 93, Republic, passed away at 5:28 a.m. on Wednesday, April 24, 1996, in Republic Park Care Center.  She was born October 10, 1902, in Christian County, the daughter of Martin V. and Nancy Thompson Butler.  She attended schools in Christian County and graduated from Clever High School class of 1921.  She taught for two years prior to being married to Dolan Otis Wilson on September 27, 1922, at Mt. Vernon.  To this union eight children were born.  A lifelong member of the First Christian Church of Clever, she worshipped regularly until her health no longer permitted.  She was an original member of the Friendship Club, which she enjoyed for many years.  As a young girl, she was taught embroidery, tatting, crocheting, sewing and quilting which she enjoyed and continued throughout her lifetime.  Her hobbies were gardening and canning fruits and vegetables.  She enjoyed entering her sewing and canning in the Billings Fair, winning various ribbons.  In addition, she loved reading.  She is survived by two sons, Kenneth, Billings, and Gerald, Diamond, Arkansas; three daughters, Ermalene Gold, Billings, Norma Jean Kouns, Midland, Texas, and Betty Hawkins, Clever; a brother, Kenneth Butler, Springfield; a sister, Mary Ann Lemmon, Willard; 18 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and a host of lifelong friends.

(Contributed by Hazel Messenger)

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