Andrews, Sarah L. (House), d. 2003 - Appleby, Sam, Jr., d. 1985


Andrews, Sarah L. (House) 27 May 1917 - 16 Aug 2003  unidentified source

[Note: Daughter of William & Lillian (Lemler) House; married 5 Jul 1937 Ben Andrews]

The funeral for Sarah L. Andrews will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, 2003 at Ascension Lutheran Church, Medford, OR. Pastor Bob Larson will officiate. Mrs. Andrews, 86, of Medford, died Wednesday (Aug. 13, 2003) at her home. Memorial contributions may be made to: Providence Hospice, Providence Community Health Foundation, 940 Royal Ave., Suite 410, Medford, Or. 97504. She was born on May 27, 1917 in Chadwick, Missouri, a daughter of William and Lillian (Lemler) House. On July 5, 1937 in Chadwick, Missouri, she married Ben Andrews. Mrs. Andrews was a homemaker and mother. Survivors include; a son, Ron Andrews and daughter-in-law, Cindy, of Medford; six sisters, Maude Fleeman, Pauline Dobbins, Beaulah Maynard, Marie Applegate, Blanche Keene, and Pearl Bilyeu; a brother, John House; and her grandchildren, Benjamin Andrews, and Jessica Andrews. Arrangements: Perl Funeral Home [provided 23 Mar 2007 by DarleenBerens71 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Andrews, Velma Louise (Baird) 6 Jul 1924 - 3 Jan 2004  SN-L 4 Jan 2004 & CCH-N 20 Jan 2004

[Note: Daughter of Guy E. & Florence (McGinnis) Baird; great, great granddaughter of Jonathan & Eliza (Melton) Stone]

Velma Louise Andrews, 79, Springfield, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004 in St. John's Regional Health Center Springfield. She was born July 6, 1924 in Ozark, the daughter of Guy E. and Florence (McGinnis) Baird.  She was employed as a bookkeeper throughout her working career. She was an active member of the Women's Bowling Association for many years and one of her greatest joys was teaching her grandson, Tom, to bowl. She was also a St. John's Auxiliary member, volunteering at the information desk.  Mrs. Andrews was saved at the age of 12 in the Selmore Baptist Church. She most recently was a member of Glendale Baptist Church in Springfield.  Survivors include her daughter, Barbara L. Watson and husband Harold, Springfield; and a grandson, John Thomas "Tom" Stoner II.  A graveside funeral was held at 2 p.m. Jan. 6 in Selmore Cemetery, south of Ozark. Arrangements were under the direction of Adams Funeral Home, Ozark. Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 5 in the funeral home.  ©Ozarks Newsstand 2004

Andrews, William "Bill" 13 Jan 1922 - 27 May 2008 CCH-N 4 Jun 2008

[Note: Son of Arthur Samuel & Lydia (Whitsett) Andrews]

William "Bill" Andrews, 86, Ozark, left us to be with the Lord on May 27, 2008, in Ozark Nursing and Care Center, Ozark. Bill was born Jan. 13, 1922, in Oldfield, the son of Arthur and Lydia (Whitsett) Andrews. Bill was a farmer who enjoyed the outdoors and planting crops with his tractor. He also raised cattle and relied on the annual Farmers Almanac for intelligent decisions. Bill was longtime resident of Christian County and was cared for by special nephew and niece. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Lydia Andrews; one brother Jerry Andrews; and a niece Sue Andrews. Bill is lovingly survived by his nephew Randy Andrews of Sparta; one niece Laurie Andrews of Nashville, Tenn.; and many loving friends and neighbors. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. May 31, 2008, in Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark, with Pastor Harold Tennison officiating. Burial followed in the Sparta Cemetery. Visitation was held from 6 to 7 p.m. May 30, in Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark.  ©Ozarks Newsstand 2008


Andrews, William LeRoy “Bill” 14 Apr 1874 - 15 Mar 1939 CCR 23 Mar 1939 p1

[Note: Son of William & Mary (Hancock) Andrews; married Alfheld Helmer]

The following account of the suicide of Bill Andrews, manager of a hotel at Rockaway Beach, is taken from last week’s issue of the White River Leader. Mr. Andrews was well known to many Ozark residents, having operated a café here for several years, in the building now occupied by the Kroger store. The Andrews left here in 1927. Lake Taneycomo region was stunned late Wednesday afternoon when it was learned that Bill Andrews, 65, manager of the Rockaway hotel at the Beach, had taken his life with a shot from a 12-gauge shotgun. Mrs. Andrews was just entering the hotel about four-thirty after a trip to Branson, and heard the shot. She ran through the hotel to find from where the shot was fired, and with neighbors discovered her husband’s body in the bathroom of a third floor room. The shot had struck his heart and death was instantaneous. Mr. Andrews had been in ill health for some five years, and at times had threatened to take his life. In a note he asked his family to forgive him and explained he was sorry to have to take his life, “but I’ve stood it as long as I can.” He requested that he be buried at Forsyth. He was considered one of the region’s successful hotel managers and through his association in that line of work had made hundreds of friends in all sections of the country. He came to Forsyth 21 years ago from Chicago, and assumed the management of the Miller hotel there. After some time, he moved to a farm on Bull Creek, but the hotel business called him back and he moved to Ozark Beach to manage the Ozark Beach Hotel. Later he went into business in Ozark, MO. In the spring of 1927 he came back to Rockaway Beach Boat service. He was active in the affairs of the River Boosters league and the Rockaway Beach association. Surviving him are his wife and their son, William, a high school student. Funeral services will be held this afternoon, (Friday) at three o’clock in the Whelchel Funeral chapel, and interment will be made in the Snapp cemetery at Forsyth as he requested. Rev. J.E. Chase, pastor of the Branson Christian church will be in charge of the services.. William LeRoy Andrews was born in St. Marys, Ohio, on April 14, 1874, and died at Rockaway Beach, March 15, 1939. He moved to Chicago in 1893 and was married to Alfheld Heimer. To them was born one son, William, who together with his mother, survive.


Andrews, Wilma C. (Geisert) 6 Nov 1913 - 17 Oct 1992  OH 28 Oct 1992

[Note: Daughter of Martin & Jane (  ) Geisert; married Austin Giles "Buster" Andrews 16 Oct 1911 - Apr 1981]

Wilma C. Andrews, 78, Sparta, died at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, in Spanish Rose Home, Ozark, following a long illness. She was born in Greene County, Nov. 6, 1913, to Martin and Jane Geisert. She was preceded in death by her husband, Austin "Buster" Andrews; a son, Harold Grant Andrews; her parents; and three brothers. Survivors include two sons, Jim Andrews and his wife, Sue, Billings, and Ray Andrews and his wife, Joyce, Nixa; six grandchildren, Dennis Andrews, and Diana Herane, both of Springfield, Chris Andrews, Willard, Keith Andrews, Tulsa, Okla., Travis Andrews and Ashley Andrews, both of Nixa; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mildred Farley, Springfield. Services were held Tuesday, Oct. 20, in Harris Colonial Chapel, with Dewayne Bray officiating. Burial was in Sparta Cemetery.


Andrus, Allie (Sanders) Young Mar 1887 - 18 Oct 1982 OH 28 Oct 1982 pB8

[Note: Daughter of William Carroll & Mary Elizabeth (Couch) Sanders; married 25 Jan 1903 William A. Young 1879 - 8 Sep 1957; married Andrus; buried under the name Young; no SSDI record  found]

Services for Mrs. Allie Young Andrus, 95, Dadeville, were held Oct. 21 at Harris Chapel in Nixa with the Rev. Joseph Fahl officiating. Burial was in Delaware Cemetery near Nixa. Mrs. Andrus died Oct. 18 at the home of her daughter after a short illness. Mrs. Andrus was a resident of Nixa most of her life. She moved to Dadeville 13 years ago. Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Mary Herndon and Mrs. Mae Wilson, both of Nixa. Mrs. Roxie Melton, Dadeville and Mrs. Lillian Stine, Springfield; 10 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.


Andrus, Clifford “Tib” 22 Apr 1921 - 21 Nov 1981 OH 26 Nov 1981 p9

[Note: Son of George & Mintie (Jones) Andrus; married Evelyn]

Services for Clifford “Tib” Andrus, 60, Crane, were held Nov. 21 in the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Stevie Maples officiating. Burial was in Mount Olive Cemetery in Marionville under direction of Manlove-Stumpff Funeral Home. Mr. Andrus died of an apparent heart attack Nov. 17. Survivors include his wife, Evelyn; four sons, Howard, Marionville, Bob, Willard, Berton Maddocks, Anaheim, Calif. and Alan, of the home; six daughters, Shirley Arnold, Mrs. Vickie Burton, Mrs. Lois Turnbull and Mrs. Betty Johnson, all of Marionville, Mrs. June Foltz, Mulvane, Kan. and Aileen, of the home; a brother, Norman, Billings; two sisters, Mrs. Beulah Clopton, Republic and Mrs. Lurie Watkins, Purdy and 14 grandchildren.


Andrus, Cora Mae (Blades) 13 Aug 1899 - 7 Jan 1940 CCR 11 Jan 1940 p1

[Note: Daughter of Eddie & ? (?) Blades; married 26 Jan 1921 Jesse Andrus 17 Aug 1892 - 16 Aug 1943]

Cora Mae Blades was born Aug. 13, 1899, in Stone county and departed this life Jan. 7, 1940, at the age of 40 years, 4 months and 20 days. She was married to Jesse Andrus Jan. 26, 1921. To this union were born eight children, Nadine, Vernie Mae, Joan, Imogene, Myrtle, Marie, J.D., Jesse Lee, and Kenneth, all of the home. Besides her husband and children, she is survived by her father, Eddie Blades, of Crane, Mo., other relatives and a host of friends. Funeral services were held at 1:30 Tuesday in the Wright Chapel, conducted by Rev. Harold W. Merritt, with burial in the Wright Chapel under the direction of Wilburn Maples Funeral Home of Clever, Mo.


Andrus, Dima Susie (?) Carroll Pruitt 1895 - 19 Oct 1970 CCR 22 Oct 1970 p4

[Note: married 1925 Nicholas Alfred Carroll 1881 - 27 Jul 1955; married 19 Jan 1957 William Ernest Pruitt  4 Mar 1890 - 20 Aug 1970; apparently divorced or did not use license, because still under name Dima Carroll married 15 Jan 1960 McKinley E. Andrus 16 Dec 1895 - Nov 1973]

Mrs. Dima Andrus, 75, of Clever, died at 1:10 p.m. Monday in her home. She had been a resident of the Clever and Nixa communities most of her life. Mrs. Andrus was a member of the Clever Baptist Church. Surviving are her husband, McKinley E. and one sister, Mrs. Pearl Ledgett, Truman, Ark. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Harris Chapel at Nixa. The Rev. Lynn Van De Mark officiated, assisted by the Rev. Fred Jackman. Burial was in Payne Cemetery.


Andrus, Earl George “Chick” 26 Feb 1912 - 4 Sep 1980 OH 11 Sep 1980 p5

[Note: Son of George & Mintie (Jones) Andrus; married  19 Oct 1933 Mary Louise Conrad 13 Dec 1915 - 2 Jul 2002]

Services for Earl G. (Chick) Andrus, 68, of Republic, were held last Saturday in Meadors Chapel with the Rev. Joe Howe officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery in Billings. Mr. Andrus’ survivors include a son, Raymond; and a daughter, Mrs. Erlene Nelson and a brother, Norman Andrus, all of Billings. He died last Thursday in St. John’s Regional Health Center


Andrus, Edna Marie (Patton) Waddle 8 Jul 1914 - 25 Aug 2007 SN-L 28 Aug 2007

[Note: Daughter of Joe & Florence (McFall) Patton; married ? Waddle; married 1952 Norman Andrus]

Edna Marie Andrus 93, Springfield, formerly of Billings, passed away Saturday, August 25, 2007, in Springfield, following a short illness. She was born July 8, 1914, to Joe and Florence (McFall) Patton in Phillipsburg, Mo. She married Norman Andrus, Hurley, Mo., in 1952 and they resided in Billings, Mo., their entire married life and had two daughters, Jeannie and Susie. Jeannie Inmon and son, Joshua, Springfield, Susie and her husband, Dr. Wade Warren, DDS and son, Will Albrecht, III, all survive. Wade and Susie's home was the host of all family gatherings, holidays and special occasions throughout the past years. Edna also leaves behind two sons, Harold Waddle of Springfield, and son, John and wife, Sarah, of Rogersville; daughter, Alison Vaughn and husband, Carl, of Springfield and Adrienne Gardiner and husband, Greg, of Wheatland; De Waddle, and wife, Jean, of Nashville, Ark., and their children, Deanna Prejean and her husband, Lance, and David Waddle, all of Arkansas; a stepson, Dale Andrus and wife, Betty, of Aurora, Mo.; and a step-daughter, Frieda Ludwig and husband, Bill, of Billings. She also had a special niece, Janice Lindsay and her husband, Larry, of Lebanon, and their two sons, Landon, of Chicago, Ill., and Tyson of Lebanon, Mo.; 10 great-grand-children; and a sister, Elsie Bilderback of Springfield. Edna, a homemaker, loved cooking and was active in the Billings Baptist church before moving to Springfield in 1987 and joining Glenstone Baptist church where she enjoyed the Sunday school class, go team, etc. Edna drove and was very active up until May of this year when her health began to fail. She always enjoyed her special friends from Billings and the extension club on a regular basis. She was a great mother and grandmother and loved being busy and helping others. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Norman; a son, Ronnie Waddle; a daughter-in-law, Ardis Waddle; in addition to four sisters and one brother. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 29, 2007, in Glenstone Baptist church with Dr. Patrick Ward officiating under direction of Meadors Funeral Home, Republic. Visitation will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Meadors Funeral Home, Republic. Contributions may be made to American Stroke Association. Online condolences may be made at www.meadors


Andrus, Jess 17 Aug 1892 - 16 Aug 1943 CCR 26 Aug 1943 p1

[Note: Son of Alonzo & Nancy Elizabeth (Cox) Andrus; married 26 Jan 1921 Cora Mae Blades 13 Aug 1899 - 7 Jan 1940]

Jess Andrus was born Aug. 17, 1892, and departed this life Aug. 16, 1943, at the age of 50 years, 11 months, and 29 days. He was married to Cora Mae Blades in January, 1921, and to this union were born nine children. His wife and two children preceded him in death. Those who survive are Jay, of the U.S. Army, Mrs. Nadine Wilson of Clever, Verna Mae of Crane, Jesse Lee of Aurora, Jo Ann, Imogene and Kenneth, all of the home. Also five brothers and one sister survive him, Lawson, Walter, Hobart and Floyd, all of Crane, and Kenney of Clever, and Mrs. Mandy Saltkill of Crane, other relatives and a host of friends who remain to mourn his going. Funeral services were held at 2 o’clock Wednesday at the Wright Chapel conducted by Rev. Frank Eaton of Crane, with burial in the Wright Chapel cemetery under direction of Wilburn Maples Funeral Home.


Andrus, Mary Louise (Conrad) 13 Dec 1915 - 2 Jul 2002 gwobit

[Note: Daughter of Samuel Brent & Mary Elizabeth (Simpkins) Conrad; married 19 Oct 1933 Earl G. "Chick" Andrus 26 Feb 1912 - 4 Sep 1980]

Mary Louise Andrus, 86, Republic, died at 1:40 a.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2002 in Christian Health Care, Republic. She was born December 13, 1915 in Stone County, Mo., the daughter of Samuel Brent and Mary Elizabeth (Simpkins) Conrad. She was united in marriage to Earl G. "Chick" Andrus on October 19, 1933. He preceded her in death on September 4, 1980. Louise had made her home in Republic since the mid 1950s, and retired from the garment factory. She enjoyed animals, flowers, especially roses, and children. Her parents, seven brothers and three sisters also preceded her in death. She is survived by two sons and their spouses, Raymond and Jo Ann Andrus, and Ralph and Katie Andrus; a daughter and her husband, Erlene and Leo Nelson, all of Billings; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 5, 2002 in Old Rose Hill Cemetery, Billings, with Rev. Joyce Rush officiating, under the direction of Meadors Funeral Home, Republic. There is no formal visitation planned, however, the funeral home will be open Thursday noon to 6 p.m. Springfield News-Leader, July 3 2002.


Andrus, Maudie Bell (Gilmore) 8 Jun 1904 - 28 Dec 1977 OH 5 Jan 1978 p7

[Note: Daughter of  David William “Dave” & Aggie Mary (Wilson) Gilmore; married  Ervin E. "Jake" Andrus  27 Mar 1904 - 11 Aug 1966]

BILLINGS - Services for Mrs. Maudie Bell Andrus, 73 of Billings, were at 2 p.m. Saturday in Meadors Chapel here with the Rev. Willie Keithley officiating. Burial will be in Frazier Cemetery, near Boaz. Mrs. Andrus died at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday in St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, after surgery. The names of her daughters, Mrs. Winifred Owens, Springfield and Mrs. Aline Teal, Billings, and her brother, Oda Gilmore, Highlandville, previously were listed incorrectly.


Andrus, Maudie Bell (?) Gilmore 8 Jun 1904 - Dec 1977 gwobit

Services for Mrs. Bell Andrus, 73, of Billings, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Meadors Chapel here with the Rev. Willie Keithley officiating.  Burial will be in Frazier Cemetery, near Boaz.  Mrs. Andrus died at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday in St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, after surgery.  The names of her daughters, Mrs. Wilfred Owens, Springfield, and Mrs. Aline Teal, Billings, and her son, Oda Gilmore, Highlandville, previously were listed incorrectly.  The family will be at the funeral home from 7 to 8:30 tonight.

Note: this clipping from the collection of Audrey (King) Maples has a handwritten date of December 28, 1977 in the margin.

Contributed by Rada Beth (Hayden) Maples


Andrus, Mintie (Jones) 23 Mar 1880 -  5 Mar 1949  CCR 10 Mar 1949

[Note: Daughter of Norman & Lizzie (‘O’Neal) Jones; married George Andrus]

Mrs. Mintie Andrus, 68, died at her home in Billings at 4:40 am Saturday. She was a lifelong resident of Stone and Christian counties and was a member of Hurley Primitive Baptist church. Surviving are her husband George; four sons, Ervin, Earl and Clifford of Billings and Norman of Joplin; three daughters, Mrs. Lola Jaqua of Mt. Vernon, Mrs. Louis O’Brien of Aurora and Mrs. Beulah Clopton of Kansas City; a brother, Henry Jones of Hurley; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Garrison of Snyder, OK, Mrs. Hulda Hale of Billings and Mrs. Emma Wright of Hurley; 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the Hurley high school auditorium, with the Rev. Tom Scroggins of Springfield officiating. Burial was in Wright cemetery under direction of Maples-Harris of Billings. Eldon, Hobert and Orville Hale and Orie, Laymann and Herbert Wright were pallbearers.


Andrus, Nellie F. (Forbis) 17 Jan 1891 - 14 Jan 1956 CCR 19 Jan 1956 p4

[Note: Daughter of Samuel D. & Martha Ann (Wilson) Forbis; married McKinley E. “Kenny” Andrus 16 Dec 1895 - Nov 1973]

Nellie F. Forbis was born January 17, 1891 near Clever, Mo.. the daughter of Samuel D. and Martha Ann Wilson Forbis. On July 19, 1917, she was united in marriage to M. E. Andrus and to this union a son Russell who passed away in infancy was born. Mrs. Forbis was converted at an early age and united with the Antioch Baptist Church later moving her membership to Nixa. She entered into rest January 14, 1956 at a Springfield, Mo. hospital, just three days before her 65th birthday. Survivors include her husband, M. E. “Kenny” Andrus of the home, Route 1, Clever; four brothers, C. C. and R. W, Forbis of Clever, W. J. Forbis of Route 1, Billings, and Jim Forbis of Carthage, Mo.; two sisters, Mrs. Dolly Forbis of the home and Mrs. Goldie Ervin of Route 1, Clever; a nephew, Andrew Forbis of Camden, Ark; three nieces, Mrs. Gladys Pope of Springfield, Mrs. Wilma Schreiber of Kingsport, Tenn. and Mrs. Mildred Allen of Clever; other relatives and a host of friends.


Andrus, Nellie F. (Forbis) 17 Jan 1891 - 14 Jan 1956 gwobit

Mrs. Nellie F. Andrus, 64, a lifelong resident of the Clever community, died at 2 a.m. today in Springfield Baptist Hospital. Mrs. Andrus, who was a member of Nixa Baptist Church, is survived by her husband, M.E. (Kenny) Andrus; four brothers, C.C. Forbis and the Rev. R.W. Forbis, of Clever, W.J. Forbis of Route 1 Billings, and Jim Forbis of Carthage; and two sisters, Miss Dolly Forbis of the home and Mrs. Goldie Ervin of Route 1, Clever. Funeral arrangements are under direction of Harris of Clever.

Note: this clipping from the collection of Lula (Rogers) Gardner has a handwritten date of 1956 in the margin.


Andrus, Raymond Lee 18 Nov 1934 - 6 Jul 2011 CCH-N 13 Jul 2011 & SN-L 8 Jul 2011

[Note: Son of Earl George “Chick” & Mary Louise (Conrad) Andrus; married 14 Feb 1983 Jo Ann Springs]

            Raymond Lee Andrus, 76, Billings, died Wednesday, July 6, 2011, in Cox South Hospital, Springfield. He was born Nov. 18, 1934, in Hurley, the son of Earl G. and Mary Louise (Conrad) Andrus. Raymond was a graduate of Billings High School, and a barber school in Kansas City. He owned and operated his barbershop in Billings for over 50 years, before retiring. Raymond married Jo Ann Springs on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 1983. A very civic-minded person, Raymond enjoyed being the Mayor of Billings for four years, and coached a little league team. He was also a member of the Billings Masonic Lodge #379, and the Billings First Christian Church. Raymond loved to spend time with his family, and attending car shows. His parents, and a stepson, Steven Richard Boswell, preceded Raymond in death. He is survived by wife Jo Ann, two sons, Randy Andrus and Tamara, Fla., and Greg Andrus, Republic; two grandsons, Tony and Kristopher Andrus; a brother, Ralph Andrus and wife Katie, and a sister, Erlene Nelson and husband Leo, all of Billings; three nieces and one nephew; four step-daughters; eight step-grandchildren; 13 step-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Linda and Bob Cook; other relatives, and many friends and neighbors. Visitation will be at 6-8 p.m., on Friday, July 8, 2011, in Meadors Funeral Home, Billings. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, in the funeral home, with Rev. Victor Horton officiating. Burial will follow in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Billings. Contributions may be made to the C.A.R.E. Animal Shelter. Online condolences may be made at


Andrus, Verna Daisy (Gibbs) 29 Mar 1919 - 29 Nov 2003  SN-L 22 Nov 2003

[Note: Daughter of John Robert & Mary Olive (Maples) Gibbs]

Verna Daisy (Gibbs) Andrus, 84, Marionville, died Thursday, Nov. 20, at St. John's Hospital in Aurora. She was born March 29, 1919, in Ozark, the daughter of Mary Olive (Maples) and John Robert Gibbs. She was a graduate of Ozark High School and received a B.S. in Education and Master's degree from Southwest Missouri State University. She taught for 27 years (22 years in Marionville Public Schools). She was a member of Buck Prairie Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School for nearly 40 years. Verna was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Theodore Gibbs and John Gibbs. Survivors include three daughters, Shirley Andrus, Lois Turnbull and husband John, and Betty Johnson and husband Doug, all of Marionville; two sons, Howard Andrus and wife Sandy, and Bob Andrus and wife Janelle, both of Springfield; two brothers, Dale Gibbs of Van Nuys, CA, and Dean Gibbs of Bellflower, CA; one sister, Jane Johnston of Merced, CA; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, at Buck Prairie Baptist Church with Rev. Johnny Turnbull and Rev. Lee Brownlee officiating. Burial will follow in I.O.O.F. Cemetery at Marionville. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Williams Funeral Home in Marionville.


Ands, Frank 14 Feb 1895 - 6 Nov 1971  CCR 11 Nov 1971 p4

Graveside services for Frank Ands, 76, of Oldfield, were at 2 p.m. Monday in the Old Boston Cemetery, with the Rec. C. C. Rantz officiating. Burial was under the direction of Adams of Ozark. Mr. Ands, a native of Walnut Grove, died at 1:45 p.m. Saturday in St. John’s Hospital after a short illness. He had lived in Oldfield since 1932 and worked on the Perry Gilbert Farm since 1941. He had no survivors.


Angelo, Fern S. (Keltner) Sage 22 Jul 1906 - 22 Sep 1984 OH 27 Sep 1984 p5

[Note: Daughter of Marion Francis & Della Jane (Kerr) Keltner; married 19 Jun 1926 Sanford Sage 29 Jul 1907 - 5 May 1941; married ? Angelo]

Services for Fern S. Angelo, 78, Nixa, were held Sept. 24 in Harris Chapel with the Rev. Dale DeLong officiating. Burial was in Payne Cemetery. Mrs. Angelo died Sept. 22 in her home after a long illness. An area native, she lived in Joplin and Kansas City before retiring and returning to Nixa 10 years ago. Survivors include nieces and nephews.


Anglin, Jeri Grace (Harvill) 19 Nov 1940 - 29 Jan 2003  CCH-N 5 Feb 2003

[Note: Daughter of Eugene & Ruth (Anderson) Harvill; married 1972 James W. Anglin]

Jeri Grace Anglin, 62, Chadwick, died Jan. 29, 2003, in her home. She was born Nov. 19, 1940, in Oldfield, the daughter of Gene and Ruth Harvill. Her father preceded her in death. In 1972 she and James W. Anglin were married. Survivors include her husband, Jim; five children, Sheryl Fetter, Portland, Ore., Valerie Schwartz, Chadwick, David Cox, Salem, Ore., Jonathon Anglin, Anaheim, Calif., and Matthew Anglin, Chadwick; eight grandchildren; her mother, Ruth Harvill, Ozark; a brother, Forrest Harvill, and a sister, Lana Jean Harvill both of Oregon. A graveside funeral was held at 1 p.m. Feb. 1, in Linden Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Adams Funeral Home, Ozark. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations to the American Cancer Society.


Angus, Thomas William 20 Dec 1871 - 7 Nov 1946 CCR 21 Nov 1946 p6

[Note: Son of  Samuel S. & Nancy Jane (Lent) Angus; married  Mittie Jane McBride 5 Apr 1875 - 24 Jun 1900; married  16 Apr 1904 CCM  Augusta Schmidt  21 Aug 1869 - 2 Jun 1913 m/1 Toynton]

Thomas W. Angus, 74, longtime resident of the Marionville community, died Thursday, Nov. 7, of a heart attack. He is survived by four sons, Lon and Howard, both of Marionville, Lynne of Billings and Jess of Ventura, Calif.; two daughters, Mrs. Elsie House of Billings, and Mrs. Nellie Brown of Marionville; two stepsons, William and Harry Toynton of Marionville; three step daughters, Mrs. Mary Angus, Mrs. Lillie Angus and Ella Toynton, all of Marionville, and two sisters, Mrs. Mary Davis of Crane, and Mrs. Maude Ebersold of Springfield. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the Baptist church in Marionville with burial in the Smart cemetery near Hurley under direction of Bradford-Surridge Funeral Home of Marionville.


Angwin, Frederick R., Prof. 30 Apr 1874 - 25 Sep 1929 CCR 3 Oct  1929 p1

[Note: Son of Richard H. & Martha J. “Mattie” (Ward) Angwin; married Lucy Vaughan Sep 1883 - ?; obit also listed in index of Arkansas Gazette; brother‘s name Algernon]

Prof. F. R. Angwin, former superintendent of schools at Franklin, and well known throughout southeastern Kansas and southern Missouri as an educator, died suddenly Wednesday night, September 25th, at 9 o’clock at his home, 1305 South Joplin. The cause of his death was given as apoplexy. He was 55 years, 4 months and 25 days old. He is survived by his widow, and three children, Miss Hazel Angwin of Miami, Oklahoma; Gordon Angwin of Pittsburg; Maynard Angwin of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; his mother, Mrs. Mattie Angwin of Branson, Mo. and a brother, A. C. Angwin of Alboin. With exception of Maynard who is enroute, all the families were here Thursday noon. Professor Angwin moved here from Neosho, Mo. Four years ago. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and a member of the First Presbyterian church of Neosho. His three children are all former students of K. S. T. C. and the entire family is well known throughout the community. Funeral services will be held at Ellsworth Chapel, Friday at 2:30 o’clock, with the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Neosho officiating, assisted by Rev. Mrs. Mae Haskins, Burial will be in Highland Park cemetery. -- From the Collegio, Pittsburg, Kansas.  -- Mr. Angwin was at one time superintendent of the Ozark school. The funeral services were attended by Mrs. J. S. Taylor and Mrs. George Breazeale. Mrs. Angwin was the former Miss Lucy Vaughan of the community south of Ozark.


Angwin, H. Gordon 1907 - 2 Feb 1970  CCR 12 Feb 1970 p1

[Note: Son of Frederick R. & Lucy (Vaughan) Angwin]

Prominent Kansan Was Ozark Native

H. Gordon Angwin, 62, a prominent Pittsburg, Kan. attorney, business man and civic leader, died Monday, Feb. 2, at Mt. Carmel Hospital, Pittsburg. He had been in failing health since surgery last June. Mr. Angwin was a native of Ozark. His father, the late Fred R. Angwin, was a former school principal here and also owned and published the Christian County Republican at one time. Mr. Angwin’s mother was the former Lucy Angwin of Ozark. The deceased was active in legal and business circles in eastern Kansas for many years. Funeral services and burial were Feb. 4 at Pittsburg.


Ankrom, Paul A. "Pappy" 20 Jul 1913 - 18 Aug 1988 OH 25 Aug 1988

[Note: married Dorothy J.]

Paul A. "Pappy" Ankrom, 75, of Springfield, died at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 18 at Cox Medical Center South. Services for Mr. Ankrom were held Saturday in Immanuel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Damon Thomas officiating. Burial was in White Chapel Cemetery. A resident of Springfield since 1936, Mr. Ankrom was employed with O'Reilly Automotive for 33 years. He later owned and operated Pappy's Place Barbecue. He was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy J.; three sons, Matt, Springfield, Mark, Walnut Grove, and Ed Houston, Chesapeake; two daughters, Linda Norman, Springfield, and Susan Comer, Ozark; a brother, Vance, Steubenville, Ohio; 11 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.


Ankrom, Willa Jean (Walker) Mincks 23 Jul 1939 - 11 Sep 1999  CCH-N 29 Sep 1999

[Note: Daughter of Lloyd Delmar & Elda M. (Robertson) Walker; married ? Mincks; married Bill Ankrom]

Willa Jean Walker Ankrom, Bolivar, daughter of Lloyd and Elda Walker, was born July 23, 1939 in Chadwick. She departed this life Sept. 11, 1999 at Citizen's Memorial Hospital, Bolivar, at the age of 60. She is survived by her husband, Bill, her father and stepmother, Lloyd and Helen Walker of Sparta; six sons, Terry Mincks, of the home; Mark and Linda Mincks and four sons; Billy and Cheryl Mincks and two sons, all of Bolivar; Kurtis Lawrence of Pacific; Harold Nelson of Jefferson City; and Raymond Nelson and Trena, two daughters and one son of Pittsburg, Mo.; a daughter, Jeanie McDonald and her husband, Richard and their two daughters, of Humphreys, Mo.; two sisters, Joann and Jarret Plaster, Morrisville; and Brenda Walker of Ozark. She is also survived by three stepbrothers, James Coffelt, Ron Coffelt, and Glen Braden, and one stepsister, Cindie Hopper. Ankrom was preceded in death by her mother, Elda, and sister Barbara. Ankrom was a member of Nixa Full Gospel Church and dearly loved the Lord. She fought a losing battle with cancer, but was always smiling and joyful all the way. Funeral services were Sept. 14, 1999 at Chadwick Pentecostal Church, and burial was following at Chadwick Cemetery.


Annett, Brandon Phillip 17 Oct 1977 - 7 Jan 2012 SN-L 11 Jan 2012

[Note: Son of Phillip Ray & Sandy Lynn (Evans) Annett; married Heather Clow]
            Brandon Phillip Annett, 34, Ozark. Arrangements: Adams Funeral Home, Nixa.


Annett, Brandon Phillip  17 Oct 1977 - 7 Jan 2012 CCH-N 18 Jan 2012
            Brandon Phillip Annett, 34, of Ozark, passed away Jan. 7, 2012. He was born Oct. 17, 1977, in Glendale, Calif., the son of Phillip Ray Annett and Sandra Lynn (Evans) Worth. Brandon worked in the outside sales industry. Survivors include: His wife, Heather Annett; his two sons, Conner, 8, and Gavin, 6; his parents, Phil Annett and wife Gloria, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and Sandy Lynn Worth and husband Jack, Valencia, Calif.; two brothers, Adam Annett and Michelle Branch, Long Beach, Calif., and Ryan and Jamie Annett, Valencia, Calif.; grandparents, Donnese Miller, Thorp, Wash., and Lynn and Jacque Evans, Rosemead, Calif., and father in law Charles Clow. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Ernest Ray Annett. A celebration of his life will be 2 p.m. Jan. 14, at the family’s home. Arrangements are under the direction of Adams Funeral Home, Nixa.

Annett, Marie (Jones) 26 Jan 1910 - 28 Sep 1982  OH 21 Oct 1982 pB4

[Note: Daughter of Charley W. & Clara Mae (Sparkman) Jones; married Rodney Annett 19 Jul 1900 - Jun 1984]

Services for Marie Annett, 72, Parker, Wash., former resident of Nixa, were held Oct. 1 in Shaw and Sons Funeral Chapel in Parker, Wash. The Rev. Roy Callahan officiated and burial was in Terrace Heights Memorial Park Cemetery. Mrs. Annett died Sept. 28 in a Parker, Wash. hospital after a sudden illness. Survivors include her husband, Rodney; three stepsons, Gail and Robert, both of the state of Missouri and Jim, Phoenix, Ariz; three brothers, Loren Jones, Yakima, Wash.. and Guy and Orville Jones, Both of Nixa; three sisters, Bertha Carter, Aurora, Lorene Bolin, Bois’D’Arc and Irene Cook, Nixa; five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. {Newspaper Clipping from Family Bible September 1982} Contributed by Jamie Hubbert.


Annett, Marie (Jones) 26 Jan 1910 - 28 Sep 1982  OH 21 Oct 1982 pB6

Card of Thanks

We want to thank all the Missouri people for the flowers at the funeral of Marie Annette.  Mr. and Mrs. Loren Jones  Guy Jones  Orville Jones  Leonard Cook  Mrs. Lorene Bolin  Bertha Coker  Myrl Jones  Mr. Robert Inman  40-1tp


Anstrand, Hattie 22 Sep 1882 - 18 Dec 1981 OH 24 Dec 1981 p5

[Note: on 1930 census was listed as niece; widow, both parents born in Sweden;  in home of Solomon & Grace Erickson in Chicago; SSDI gives 20 Sep 1882 dob]

Memorial services for Mrs. Hattie Anstrand, 99, Sparta, were held Dec. 22 in Kingsway United Methodist Church, Springfield with the Revs. Frank Jones and Charles Welsh officiating. The body was cremated under the direction of Adams of Ozark. Mrs. Anstrand died Dec. 18 in Mercy Villa Nursing Home, Springfield, after a short illness. A Linden resident for eight years, she was a retired seamstress for Lane Bryant, Chicago. Survivors include a son, Charles, Sparta; four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.


Anthony, Treva (Snowden) Lansaw 21 May 1925 - 28 Aug 1999  CCH-N 1 Sep 1999

[Note: Daughter of Ezekiel & Myrtle Mae (King) Snowden; married ? Lansaw; married second Norman Anthony]

Treva Snowden Lansaw Anthony, 74 of Ozark, Missouri died August 28, 1999 at Ozark Nursing Center, widow of the late Norman Anthony daughter of the late Ezekiel Snowden and Myrtle Mae King Snowden. She was a teacher and cosmetologist of Cosmetology Beauty School. Survivors include brother-in-law, Carl Peck of Ozark, MO. niece Donna Darlene Sigma, Ozark, MO. and great niece Whitney Sigma of Ozark, MO. Services will be September 1, 1999 at the Wells Funeral Home, Stanton with burial to follow in Clay City Cemetery. Visitation after 6 P.M. Tuesday August 31, 1999. Services were at 1 PM. Wednesday at the Wells Funeral Home, Stanton, Ky.


Antrikin, Ada  M. (Hilbert) 23 Aug 1909 - 13 May 1972 CCR 18 May 1972 p1

[Note: married Redis “Bunt” Antrikin  10 Sep 1910 - 26 Oct 1974]

Mrs. Adah M. Antrikin, 62, of Route 2, Nixa, died at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 13, in St. John’s Hospital, after a short illness. She was a member of the First Christian Church at Nixa, and had moved to Nixa in 1951 from Springfield. Surviving are her husband, Redis; a son, Billy H. Antrikin of Detroit; two daughters, Mrs. Lenna Ella Carman of Tulsa, and Miss Lucy Antrikin of the home; two brothers, Ralph Hilbert of Houston, Tex. and Paul Hilbert of Dallas; her mother, Mrs. Ella Langston of Springfield; and six grandchildren. Funeral services were at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday in the Harris Chapel at Nixa with the Rev. C. C. Keller officiating. Burial was in Springfield National Cemetery


Antrikin, Redis “Bunt” 10 Sep 1910 - 26 Oct 1974 OH 31 Oct 1974 p8

[Note: married Ada M. Hilbert 23 Aug 1909 - 13 May 1972]

NIXA - Funeral services for Redis “Bunt” Antrikin, 64, Route 2, Nixa, were at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Harris Chapel, Nixa with the Rev. C. C. Keller officiating. Burial was in Springfield National Cemetery. He was dead on arrival at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Cox Medical Center, Springfield, after an apparent heart attack while hunting near his home.


Apostolos, Freda Elaine (Bolin) 26 Jun 1931 - 30 Nov 2001 SN-L 1 Dec 2001

[Note: Daughter of Oscar & Ruth Viola (Burns) Bolin; married George Apostolos]

Freda Elaine (Bolin) Apostolos, 70, Springfield, passed away at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 28, 2001, in her home. Mrs. Apostolos was born June 26, 1931 in Nixa, the daughter of Oscar and Ruth (Burns) Bolin. She was a member of the Daughters of the Nile in California and enjoyed painting. She retired from Pacific Bell Telephone Company in San Francisco. Her parents, four sisters and six brothers preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband, George Apostolos of Auburn, Calif.; daughter, Diane Belt of Springfield; five grandchildren, Gale Kent Tuter Jr., Ricky Lee Tuter, Tammy Shanneal Webber, Shane Ware and Amanda Dawn Marler, all of Springfield; ten great-grandchildren; a sister, Madlin Bessie Hopkins of Springfield; and a sister-in-law, Berta Bolin of Willard. Graveside funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, December 3, 2001, in Manley Cemetery, Battlefield, under the direction of Ayre-Goodwin-Lee Funeral Home at Rivermonte. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Community Hospice of America, 1465 E. Primrose, Suite A, Springfield, MO. 65804. Springfield News-Leader, December 1, 2001.


Appleby, Felix Justin Young, Jr. 21 Jan 1883 - 16 Sep 1965   Blythe, CA newspaper

[Note: Born Dade Co, MO, son of Felix Justin Young & Mary M. (Ball) Appleby; married Frances Myrtle (may be Link?)]

Final Tribute Paid Veteran Educator

Funeral rites were held at 2 p.m. Saturday for veteran educator, Felix J. Appleby, 82, who succumbed last Thursday in Blythe Nursing Home. A grand old man, beloved and respected by many people in Palo Verde Valley whose lives he touched, Mr. Appleby spent 50 years in public education, and was principal of a local grammar school from 1929 to 1956. Kind and gentle, yet firm with students when firmness was required, Mr. Appleby taught and lived the golden rule, friends recall. Neighbors had never heard an ill word about him. Former students still prize good test papers marked with Mr. Appleby’s initials. Two schools were names for the one - one was the former Blythe Grammar School on E. Barnard, the main portions first built in 1916 - and the other is the new Felix J. Appleby Elementary School which “broke ground” in 1963 and first opened last fall. Mr. Appleby was a charter member of the original Blythe Lions Club and again when the club reorganized. He remained honorary Lion Tamer, even after he became inactive. He was an honorary life member of the Blythe Rotary Club. Mr. Appleby was also active in the Blythe Community Methodist Church and was a trustee for many years. Born Jan. 21, 1883 in Missouri, Mr. Appleby held a BA degree from Southwest Missouri State  Teacher’s College and an MA from the University of Missouri.

Years of Experience

He came to the Palo Verde valley with 27 years of continuous experience gained as superintendent at Hartville High School 1900-1911 and Ozark High School, 1911- 1924, both in Missouri. He was principal at Milan High School in Mo. From 1924 to 1927. Prior to 1909, he taught in several school of Greenfield, Mo. For four years. Survivors include his widow, Frances, whom he married at Lockwood, Mo. in 1910; and two sons, Jack, a U. S. Navy Rear Admiral, Washington, D. C. and Dan, employed by Kemling. Co. of Dallas, Tex, and four grandchildren. Funeral services were held from the Community Methodist Church, with the Rev. William Opitz officiating. Interment followed at Palo Verde Cemetery.


Appleby, Felix Justin Young, Jr. 21 Jan 1883 - 16 Sep 1965 CCR 23 Sep 1965 p1

Friends here have been informed of the death of Felix J. Appleby on Sept. 16 at Blythe, Calif. where funeral services and burial were last Saturday. Mr. Appleby was principal at Ozark schools some 45 years ago. He is survived by his wife Frances of the home in Blythe and two sons.


Appleby, Frances Myrtle (Link?) 22 Feb 1887 - 25 Nov 1976 Blythe, CA  newspaper

[Note: married Felix Justin Young Appleby, Jr.]

Widow of Educator Passes

Frances Myrtle Appleby, the widow of the late Felix J. Appleby who was a long-time teacher and school administrator in Blythe, died Nov. 25 in the Blythe Convalescent Hospital. She was 89 years old. Mrs. Appleby was born Feb. 22, 1887 in Wichita, Kan. and moved to Blythe 47 years ago. An elementary school located on South Third Street was named for her late husband. Private services were held by her family. She is survived by two sons, Adm. Jack J. Appleby of Danville and Dan Preston Appleby of Louisville, Ky. [note says should actually be Lewisville, Texas] ; four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.


Appleby, Jasper Hershel 28 Dec 1892 - 5 Jan 1906 CCR 11 Jan 1906

[Note: Son of Benjamin Franklin & Sarah A. ( ) Appleby]

Died, at his home in Highlandville, Hershel, the 13 year old son of Frank and Sarah Appleby, after an illness of about a year. He leaves one little brother and sister and a host of relatives and friends to mourn his loss. His little friends and school mates were pall bearers. He was a noble boy and loved by all who knew him. He loved every body, and the love he bore his mother and all his family was wonderful. He was patient and everything mamma die was all right with Hershel. He never murmured and was always ready for every dose of medicine mamma gave him. Little Herschel was a good example for all his little friends to follow; he would not do anything mamma and papa said was wrong; he did not want to see mamma in trouble. In losing Hershel the community has lost a noble boy and the family a loving son and brother; but their loss is his gain; he is done with all suffering in this world and is at rest. The pearly gate was opened, a gentle voice said “Come”, and with farewells unspoken, he calmly entered home.  A Friend.


Appleby, Joseph Lewis 11 Jan 1924 - 7 Dec 1972 OH 14 Dec 1972 p4

[Note: Son of Sam & Alma (Richter) Appleby; married Fern]

Joseph Lewis Appleby, 48, of Kansas City, died at the St. Joseph State Hospital at 5:45 p.m. Thursday. Mr. Appleby was a longtime resident of Kansas City. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Fern Appleby; two sons, Joey and Jerome, both of Kansas City; four daughters, Tina Appleby, Mona Appleby, Mrs. Sue Simmons and Mrs. Bambi Welch, all of Kansas City; his mother, Mrs. Alma Appleby, of Ash Grove; his father, Sam Appleby of Des Moines, Iowa; one sister, Mrs. Nancy Gatewood, of Tulsa, Okla; two brothers, Sam Appleby, Jr. of Ozark and Raymond Appleby of Ash Grove; one half-brother, James Appleby, Des Moines; and three half-sisters, Mrs. Clarene Matteson, Malcolm, Iowa, Mrs. Mary Ann Logan, Des Moines, and Mrs. Jessie Bentley, Alton, Ill. Funeral arrangements were announced by Doyle L. Daniel of Ash Grove.


Appleby, Sam, Jr. 26 Dec 1921 - 10 Aug 1985 OH 15 Aug 1985 p1 & p12

[Note: Son of Sam & Alma (Richter) Appleby; married Anne Adams Anderson]

Caption Associate Circuit Judge Sam Appleby

Judge Sam Appleby Killed In Plane Crash

The flag at half-mast on the Christian County Courthouse lawn and a black satin ribbon taped to the door of Room 203 inside the courthouse were only two of the signs last Monday that indicated the loss of Associate Circuit Judge Sam Appleby.

Judge Appleby, 62, died Saturday morning, Aug. 10 when the single engine antique airplane show in Blakesburg, Iowa, according to authorities.

Morgan County Sheriff L. M. Earnest said Appleby’s 1938 Ryan Special crashed about 9:15 a.m. in a field five miles east of Versailles.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by Morgan County Coroner Dr. Jack Gunn.

According to Earnest, the area at the time of the crash was shrouded in a heavy fog. He reported that witnesses said that Appleby’s plane had circled the area for about 20 minutes before the crash, and had made some low-level passes to the ground as it he were going to land.

A Federal Aviation Agency official from Kansas City was at the site last Saturday, but Earnest says he expects it will be a while before any information is available. Until then, he said, any reason he could give for the crash would only be speculation.

Appleby became associate judge Jan. 1, 1979. He completed one full term and was reelected in 1982. His present term would have been completed Jan. 1, 1987.

Neil Shortt, a member of the Christian County Republican Central Committee, said a special meeting of the committee can recommend someone to fill the vacancy, Shortt said, it would be up to the governor to make the appointment.

The door to Room 203, which contains Appleby’s office, remained locked all day Monday, but if one took the time to look closely through the window, he could see lying on a desk a miniature replica of an airplane and a tiny, toy kangaroo. Friends said the kangaroo was anonymously donated and earned Appleby many ribbings, about holding a kangaroo court.

Several county officials and employees in the courthouse missed Judge Appleby’s presence and although work carried on Monday and the first half of Tuesday, their thoughts kept trailing to their friend who was gone so suddenly.

County Commissioner Frank Thomas said he thought it was only fitting that the courthouse be closed Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 13, in Sam Appleby’s honor. The flag also remained at half-mast until after the Tuesday afternoon funeral.

Prosecutor Tim McCormick, who has known Appleby for as long as he can remember , said, “I don’t know any other way to describe him except as the happiest person that I have ever  known,” That sort of happiness. said McCormick, had to be a measure of success.

“Everything Sam did, he did well,” McCormick said, “He was a doer, a goal setter, and a planner. He decided what he wanted, how to go about getting it, and then he could carry out his plan, He enjoyed the planning as much as the doing, and once a plan was carried out, he took much pride in the accomplishment.”

“The most outstanding thing about him as a judge was that he was a conservative and very firm, but he also had a very fine sense of fairness and justice.”

“Sam was very successful financial and every other way, and he had accomplished it on his own. But, in all of his success, he never forgot what it was like to be poor, and he never forgot what it was like to be young. That sense of fairness was very apparent. He kept things in perspective and although Sam was a talker, he was also a good listener. He was the sort of person that people are able to talk to.”

This was apparent in his relationship with his family said McCormick. “He savored life, and he loved his family. He was very close to his children. He was more than their father. He was their friend. He was proud of them, and they were very proud of him.”

Appleby was born Dec, 26, 1922 at Willard,, Mo. Following graduation form Ash Grove High School, he entered the Army and served during World War II as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division, During his stint in the service, he saw action in Sicily, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Holland, North Africa, and participated in the Normandy invasion in France.

“He was a very patriotic person,” McCormick said, “He was proud of his country and very happy and proud to have played a role in what was a very historic time.”

During that time, he made many, many friends with whom he actively stayed in touch after the war. Among his service medals are included a Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and a Campaign Ribbon with six stars.

After the war, Appleby attended Drury College where he met and married the former Anne Adams Anderson, daughter of Lucile Anderson, founder of the Christian County Library.

He graduated from the University of Missouri Law School in Columbia.

The Applebys moved to Ozark in 1951, where he became Ozark’s city attorney and county prosecutor.

He was a longtime member of Ozark Christian Church and active in Republican Party politics.

“In January of 1979, Sam became the last magistrate judge and the first associate circuit judge of Christian County,” McCormick said. “The new system which abolished the magistrate system and enacted the associate system came into effect in 1979, and I remember Sam saying he was magistrate judge for one day.”

According to McCormick, he enjoyed his work, and he worked hard. He also enjoyed playing, and he played hard. He was a member of the Antique Airplane Association, the Grasshopper Squadron, and Quiet Birdmen.

“He loved airplanes, He loved talking about them, and he loved flying them,” McCormick said, “He didn’t fly to be going somewhere. He just loved flying.”

And he loved working on them.

Appleby rebuilt four planes, including the ‘38 Ryan which crashed Saturday. That particular one, McCormick said, was essentially built from scratch. The day it arrived at Appleby’s home, McCormick recalled that it was a bunch of parts in shoe boxes and bushel baskets.

On Friday, Aug. 9, the day before the tragedy, McCormick spent some time with Appleby who was a t the airport working on his plane, In his usual high spirits and willing to share his zest for life, the Judge took McCormick all about the place.

“He had on his overalls, his tools were out, and he had oil on his hands.” McCormick said. “He was doing what he wanted to be  doing. That’s the way I’ll always remember him, a smile on his face and whistling. . . and having a good time.”


Appleby, Sam, Jr. 26 Dec 1921 - 10 Aug 1985 OH 22 Aug 1985 pB11

The staff and Friends of the Christian County Library extend their deepest sympathy to the family of Sam Appleby, Jr. We regret the sudden loss of an especially dear and much treasured friend. He will be missed here very much  371tc


Appleby, Sam, Jr. 26 Dec 1921 - 10 Aug 1985 OH 19 Sept 1985 pB13

Card of Thanks

The family of Sam Appleby than you for the many acts of kindness shown us through the loss of our loved one.  Anne Appleby, David Appleby, Judy Moskoff Peggy Wester

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