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NAPTON, Clyde E. (1923 - 2008)
Mullinax Funeral Home
Clyde E. Napton, March 15, 1923 - August 17, 2008 - Clyde E. Napton passed away Sunday, August 17, 2008, at the Adrian Manor in Adrian, Mo., at the age of 85 after spending his entire life farming. Clyde was born March 15, 1923 at the Napton Farm near Drexel to Frank and Lizzie Ethel (Williams) Napton. He accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior at the age of 15. He attended the Calvert School. Fifty-nine years ago, on December 12, 1948 he was united in marriage to Eunice Ketner; she survives. He is also survived by their three children: Darrell and wife Luanne of Brookings, South Dakota; Philip and wife Toreca of Drexel, Mo., and Janice Blair and husband Kevin of Olathe, Kan. Clyde is also survived by his sister, Letha Schultz of Lee’s Summit, Mo., and three grandchildren: Clint Napton and wife Cathy of Soda Springs, Idaho.; Brett Napton and wife Jessica of Lee’s Summit, Mo.; and Kyle Blair of Olathe, Kan.; as well as one great-grandchild, Shane Napton of Soda Springs, Idaho. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and friends. He was a faithful member of the South Fork Baptist Church near Drexel, serving as a deacon, Sunday School teacher, and other duties. He was always willing to help any neighbors, and he loved children. Visitation will be from 7-8:30pm Tuesday, August 19, 2008, at Mullinax Funeral Home, Drexel. A funeral service will be at 11am Wednesday, August 20, 2008 at the South Fork Baptist Church, with burial to follow in Sharon Cemetery near Drexel. Memorial contributions in Clyde’s name are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association, and may be left in care of the funeral home. Written messages may be sent to the family using the website The family is being assisted by Mullinax Funeral Home: 816-657-4400.

NEELY, Lloyd L. (1937 - 2008)
El Dorado Sun, Thursday April 10, 2008
Lloyd L. Neely - Lloyd L. Neely, 70, Butler, was born on Nov. 11, 1937, in Clay County, to Evan K. and Clarissa Neely. He passed away April 3, 2008. Lloyd married Donna Christine Coale on June 1, 1957, in El Dorado Springs. To this union, three children were born – two daughters – Renee Paarmann – Nevada, and Teresa Neely – Kansas City, and one son, Jason Neely – Kansas City.  Lloyd enjoyed many hobbies, including fishing and restoring classic Ford trucks. His passion and will to live was an inspiration to all that knew him. He will be greatly missed. Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Donna; brother, Floyd K. Neely; two daughters, Renee Paarmann and husband, Jim, and Teressa Neely; one son, Jason Neely; three grandchildren – Aaron Cline, Tara Paarmann and Keagan Paarmann; several nieces and nephews and wonderful family and friends.  Services were held on Sunday, April 6, at Bland-Hackleman Chapel with Rev. Brent Bland officiating. Burial was in the Hackleman Cemetery under direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Kyle Neely, Leslie Neely, Scott Coale, Randy Fletcher, Randy Coale, Kelly Johnson and Bobby Shellhorn.

NEFF, Wauneta Pricella Herrell  (1925 - 2005)
Adrian Journal, 24 May 2006
Wauneta Pricella Herrell Neff 1925-2005.  Wauneta Pricella Herrell Neff, age 75, of Adrian, MO died July 28, 2005 at the Adrian Manor Nursing Home in Adrian. Funeral services will be held Sunday, June 4, 2006 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler.

NELSON, Elvis  (1940 - 2008)
Kansas City Star, 17 February 2008
Nelson, Elvis - Elvis Nelson, 67, of Amsterdam, Mo., died Feb 15, 2008. Funeral services 10 a.m. Feb. 19, Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel Butler, Mo., (660) 679-6555. Visitation 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 18, at the chapel. Masonic services 8 p.m. Contributions Amsterdam Masonic Lodge or Virginia
UMC Youth Building.

NELSON, Elvis Edwin (1940-2008)
Funeral services for Elvis E. Nelson will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 19, 2008 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri with Pastor John Payne officiating. Visitation 6 - 8 p.m. Monday, February 18 followed by Masonic services. Burial in Mulberry Cemetery, Amoret, Missouri. Contributions, Amsterdam Masonic Lodge or Virginia U.M.C. Youth Fellowship Building. Elvis Edwin Nelson, age 67 of Amsterdam, Missouri died Friday, February 15, 2008 at University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. He was born May 25, 1940 to Thomas Edwin and Ellen Belle Crawford Nelson in Jefferson, Iowa. Elvis is survived by his wife, Nora Ann Nelson of Amsterdam, Missouri; four sons, Jeffrey E. Nelson and wife Stephanie of Butler, Missouri, Mark E. Nelson and wife Tracy of Amoret, Missouri, John W. Nelson and wife Julie of Nevada, Missouri and Daniel M. Nelson and wife Vanessa of LaCygne, Kansas; a stepson, Robert F. Wensch and wife Monique of Lehigh Acres, Florida; two sisters, Eleanor Karns and husband Ray of Fairbanks, Alaska and Elaine Zellmer and husband David of Amsterdam, Missouri; ten grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and son Gregory Alan Nelson who died in 1964.

NELSON, Evelyn Rose (1913 - 1914)
Adrian Journal, Thursday, August 6, 1914. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
OBITUARY - Evelyn Rose, only daughter of Willie and Rhoda Nelson was born May 17, 1913, departed this life, July 28, 1914, at the home of her parents, two miles northeast Burdett. Sad indeed was that home when parents and friends saw they must give little Evelyn up, everything was done to keep her here, but God knows best. Funeral services at the Burdett church by Rev. Prevo Tuesday eve 4 p.m. Interment Burdette cemetery. Poem: Dear little joy and sunshine, Who gladden our hearts with your smile.Your loving arms entwine us. The love light of your eye still remain. But God called your sweet soul to return to the dear golden home of your soul. We all hope to join you our little dove that has flown.

NELSON, Gertrude A. (1913 - 2005)
Adrian Journal, 2 November 2005
Gertrude Alice Nelson 1913 - 2005 - Gertrude Alice Nelson, 92, Harrisonville, MO, died Friday, October 28, 2005 at Camden Health Care Center, Harrisonville. Memorial services will be held Sunday, November 6 at the Archie United Methodist Church.

NELSON, William D. (1887 - 1918)
Adrian Journal, Thursday, December 12, 1918. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
WM. D. NELSON DEAD- William D. Nelson, died at his home near Lee’s Summit, Mo., Sunday, December 8th, 1918; aged 81 years, 2 months and 3 days. Mr. Nelson was born at Burdett October 5th, 1887, and grew to manhood there. He left here several years ago. He was married and is survived by a wife and four children; besides these his mother, four brothers and one sister survive. The body of Mr. Nelson was brought to Adrian Tuesday and buried in the Burdett cemetery. Rev. W. S. Hood conducted a brief funeral service at the grave. The relatives have the sympathy of friends in this bereavement.

NESTLERODE, Catherine E. (1857 - 1937)
From the Bates County Democrat, Thursday, March 4, 1937. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard.
Mrs. Katherine Nestlerode Dead - Mrs. Katherine Estella Nestlerode, aged about 81 years, passed away Monday afternoon at the home of her son, Jones Nestlerode, in Summit township. Mrs. Nestlerode was a native of Cook county, Illinois. She had been a resident of Bates county for many years.Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the Virginia Methodist church by Rev. Chas. R. Swofford of this city and burial made in the Adam Howe cemetery.

NESTLERODE, Cyrus S. (1899 - 1952)
From the Bates County Democrat, April 24, 1952. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
Charlotte Flashes - Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. at the M.E. Church for Cyrus Nestlerode, 72 years old, who passed away at a hospital in Russelville, Ark., April 18. His home was at Dover, Ark. Mr. Nestlerode was a former resident of Charlotte township and a brother of Mrs. Grant Oldham who lives near Amoret. Interment was in a cemetery near Jingo, Kas.

NESTLERODE, Nelson M. (1857 - 1929)
From the Bates County Democrat, January 2, 1930. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
Nelson M. Nestlerode Dead - Nelson M. Nestlerode died at his home in the Virginia neighborhood Friday morning He leaves a wife and three children, one daughter, Mrs. Grant Oldham and two sons, Jones and Cyrus Nestlerode. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Christian church in Virginia and burial made in the Adam Howe cemetery.

NESTLERODE, Nelson M.H. (1891 - 1969)
From the Bates County Democrat, Thursday, March 6, 1969. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
N. M. H. Nestlerode - Nelson M. H. (Jones) Nestlerode, 77, 428 S. Main, Butler, was found dead at his home Monday March 3. He was a lifelong resident of Bates county. He was born at Virginia, Mo., the son of Catherine Estella Hussey and Nelson M. Nestlerode. Mr. Nestlerode was a veteran of World War I. Surviving is a sister, Mrs. Grant Oldham, Route 3, Butler; niece and nephews Harry Nestlerode, Eugene Nestlerode, Ellis Nestlerode, Elvia Shazer, Nadine Kershner and Helen White. Funeral services were held at 2:30 o’clock Wednesday afternoon at the Underwood-Steinbeck chapel. Burial was made in Oak Hill cemetery.

NEWPORT, Chester L.  (1920 - 2006)
Adrian Journal, 8 February 2006
Chester L. Newport 1920-2006. Chester L. Newport, 85, Adrian, MO passed away Sunday, February 5, 2006 at Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Shawnee Mission, KS. Funeral services were held February 9, 2006 at the Atkinson Chapel in Adrian, MO.

NICHOLS, Bertha Ann (1910 - 2001)
Bertha Ann Nichols  - July 8, 1910 - Feb. 17, 2001
Bertha Ann Nichols, 90, Parsons, Kan., formerly of Archie, died Saturday, Feb. 17, in Parsons. She was born July 8, 1910, in Stanley County, Aberdeen, N.C., the daughter of Debbie Lee and Flora Ann (Austin) Moss. She worked in the cotton fields as a young person. In 1927, she married Samuel Robert Nicoll. Mrs. Nichols moved to Kansas City in 1935 to live with Samuel's family. She was employed at the Nelly Don Garment Factory in Kansas City. Later, she moved to a farm west of Archie. In 1948, she married Clarence P. Nichols. They worked the family farm south of Archie until they retired and moved to Archie in 1970. Mrs. Nichols was a member of the First Christian Church in Adrian and the Optimist Club in Archie. She moved to Parsons in 1995. Mrs. Nichols was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence P. Nichols in 1979. Surviving are five sons, Robert Samuel Nicoll, Oak Grove, Richard Austin Nicoll, Independence, David Lee Nicoll, Parsons, Clarence Daniel "Danny" Nichols, St. Joseph, and James Winfred Nichols, Harrisonville; eight brothers and sisters in North Carolina; 13 grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren. Casketbearers were Scott Nicoll, Steve Nicoll, Terry Nicoll, John Nicoll, Chris Nichols and David Doren. Services were Tuesday, Feb. 20, at the Atkinson Chapel, Archie, with the Rev. Paul Burhart of the Adrian Christian Church officiating. Phyllis Alexander and Shirley Dobson were the vocalists with Nadine Lethcho on the piano. Burial was in the Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian, under the direction of the Atkinson Funeral Home, Archie.

NICHOLS, Dale Henry (1933 - 2008)
ElDorado Sun, 7 August 2008
Dale Henry Nichols, Willcox, AZ, was born to Minister George and Suzanna Smith Nichols on Feb. 4, 1933, in Isabella, Oklahoma. He passed away peacefully on Aug. 2, 2008, reaching the age of 75 years. Dale grew up in the Fairview, OK, area and received his education there. At the age of 13 he gave his heart to the Lord and was baptized into the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite by his Father. At the age of 19 he went to Mexico to teach school. There he met Marlene Toews and they were united in marriage on June 7, 1953. They shared 55 beautiful years together. To this union were born 10 children. Their mission years in Mexico were a highlight in his life. In 1965 they moved to Inman, KS. In 1968 the Lord opened the door for them to move to Schell City, where they lived 28 years. After selling their farm in 1995, they moved to Willcox, AZ, where Dale resided until his death. Left behind to cherish his memory are, his loving wife, Marlene, their children, Richard and Betty - Faunsdale, AL, Carol and Don Dirks - Walker, George and Marcia - Farwell, TX, Clyde and Marilyn - Hiawatha, KS, Margaret and Ward Unruh - Garden View, KS, Dalen and Sheri – Willcox, AZ, Annette and Bryson Holdeman - Victoria, TX, Danny and Alicia - Garden View, KS, and Carlos and Lynette, - DeRidder, LA; 32 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and long time family friend Anthony Fagan, and a host of relatives and friends. Services in Wilcox, AZ, were held at the Mountain Valley Mennonite Church on Aug. 5. Local services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 8, in the Mennonite Church - Walker. Interment will be in the Living Faith Cemetery - Walker, under the direction of Hoagland Funeral Home – Schell City. Friends may call Thursday, Aug. 7, at the Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home.

NIEDER, Ellen Arlene (1924 - 2005)
Adrian Journal, 2 November 2005
Ellen Arlene Nieder 1924 - 2005 - Ellen Arlene Nieder, age 81 of Butler, Missouri died Saturday, October 22, 2005 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Funeral services were Wednesday, October 26, 2005 at the Schowendgerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler.

NIEDER, Judith Ellen (1944 - 2008)
Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel Inc.
Judith Ellen Nieder, July 20, 1944 - November 20, 2008. Funeral services for Judy Nieder will be 10 a.m. Monday, November 24, 2008 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri with Rev. Christian Cleghorn officiating and Rev. Denny Sikes assisting. Visitation, 6-8 p.m. Sunday, November 23 at Schowengerdt Chapel. Burial, Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. Contributions, Butler Assembly of GOD Church. Judith Ellen "Judy" Nieder, age 64 of Rich Hill, Missouri died Thursday, November 20, 2008 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. She was born July 20, 1944 to Vernon Doyle and Mary Ellen Moore Conley in Nevada, Missouri. Judy is survived by her husband, Eldon Nieder of Rich Hill, Missouri; two sons, Daniel Nieder and wife Cindy of Butler, Missouri and James Nieder and wife Janice of Rich Hill, Missouri; a brother, Jim Conley and wife Kay of Butler, Missouri; four sisters, Janice Keeler and husband Vern and Mina Miller, all of Neosho, Missouri, Vicky Sikes and husband Denny of Macon, Missouri and Eva Hargrave and husband Donald of Dangerfield, Texas; eight grandchildren, Ryan Hooper and wife Shelly, Sheryl Hunter, Johnathan Nieder and wife Jessica, Rebecca Hooper, Justin Nieder, Julie Nieder, James W. Nieder and David Nieder. She was preceded in death by her parents.

NEITCH, George Matthew (1938 - 2006)
From the Adrian Journal June 14, 2006. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
George Mathew Neitch 67, of Drexel, Mo., died Sunday, June11, 2006 at his home. Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 13, 2006 at the Atkinson Chapel, Adrian, Mo.

NIGGLEY, Willa Maxine  (1918 - 2006)
Adrian Journal, 26 January 2006
Willa Maxine Niggley 1918-2006 - Willa Maxine Niggley, age 87, of Butler, Missouri died Saturday, January 21, 2006 at Beautiful Savior Nursing Home in Belton, Missouri. Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at the First Baptist Church in Butler.

NIXON, Ruth Barr  (1916 - 2005)
Adrian Journal, 28 December 2005
Ruth Barr Nixon 1916-2005. Ruth Barr Nixon, age 89, formerly of Leawood, Kansas, died on Saturday, December 17, 2005 at the Parsons Presbyterian Manor in Parsons, Kansas. Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 20, 2005 at the Mount Moriah &Freeman Funeral Home.

NOLAN, John James  (1929 - 2005)
Adrian Journal, 14 December 2005
John James Nolan 1929 - 2005.  John james Nolan, age 76 of Adrian, Missouri died Thursday, December 8, 2005 at his home. Funeral services were Monday, December 12, 2005 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, Missouri.

NOLAND, Orrin J.  (1939 - 2005)
Adrian Journal, 15 August 2005
Orrin J. "Sonny" Noland 1939-2005  - Orrin J. "Sonny" Noland, age 66, Butler, Missouri went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, August 3, 2005 at his home in Butler. He was born January 21, 1939 to Orrin J. Sr. and Josephone Hanceross Noland in Omaha, Nebraska. Memorial services were held Saturday, August 6, 2005 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler with Brother John Davis officiating. Inurnment in the Virginia Cemetery, Virginia, Missouri.

NORRIS, Dorothy Margaret  (1959 - 2005)
Adrian Journal,27 October 2005
Dorothy Margaret "Dottie" Norris 1959 - 2005 - Dorothy Margaret "Dottie" Norris, age 46, Nevada, Missouri passed away Thursday, October 20, 2005 at her home. Funeral services were Monday, October 24, 2005 at the Showengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, Missouri.

NUNN, Carl Lee  (1948 - 2008)
From Cass County Democrat Missourian
Carl Lee Nunn, Sept. 3, 1948 – Jan. 22, 2008 -- Carl Lee Nunn, 59, Harrisonville, died Jan. 22, 2008, at his home. He was born Sept. 3, 1948, in Anadarko, Okla., the son of Cleatus Loyd and Launa (Golden) Nunn. Mr. Nunn had lived in Harrisonville and the Cass County area since 1967. Oct. 3, 1967, he married Kathleen Ann Woodard in Harrisonville. They were married for 31 years. They remarried on Oct. 8, 2006, in Belton. Mr. Nunn was a U.S. Army veteran. He worked for Praxair for 27 years before retiring in 2004. He was a member of Teamsters Union, Local 541 and was a union steward. Mr. Nunn was a member of the Rock Brook Church in Belton and the Galiceno Horse Breeders Association. Preceding him in death were his parents. Surviving are his wife, Kathy, of the home; a son, Jesse Nunn, Lee’s Summit; two daughters,  Anita Kepner, Harrisonville, and Rita Carter, Ft. Lewis, Wash.; a brother, Ranney Nunn, Montgomery, Ala.; two sisters, LaDonna Stewart, Montgomery, and Joyce Nunn, Lawton, Okla., and three grandchildren, Tearstin Ogle, Carl John Carter and Jacob Kepner. Casket bearers were Kenny Baum, Bobby Greer, Dexter Joiner, Russell “Dozer” Buckner, Glenn Kepner and Jesse Nunn. Services were Jan. 25 at the Rock Brook Church in Belton with the Rev. Kelly Walter officiating. Burial was in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian, under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.