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DAINS, Robert Neal
Clinton Daily Democrat, 19 December 2001
Robert N. Dains, 82, Taberville, died Tuesday, December 18th, 2001 at his home. He was a farmer. Funeral services will be Saturday, December 22, at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel, Osceola. Burial will be in the Osceola Cemetery.

DALGLIESH, Dryden George (Dr.)
Lowry City Independent, January 15, 1931
Dr. Dagliesh Passes - Dr. G. D. Dagliesh, well known physician of Osceola, died at his home in that city last Thursday morning. Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Osceola at  2 o'clock, Friday afternoon, conducted by the Rev. H.E. Carpenter. Burial was in the Osceola cemetery. Dr. Dagliesh was born at Troy, New York August 12, 1865 He first took up the practice of his profession at Quincy, Hickory County, Missouri. Later, removing to Rockville, Missouri, he built a large medical practice. The family made their home in Lowry City at two different times. In the year 1902, or thereafter, they lived in the residence just east of the M.E. Church. They later lived in the M.E. Mitchell home. In 1911 he removed his family to Osceola in which city he continued to reside for the remainder of his life. During his residence in Osceola, Dr. Dagliesh has at different times, served as a member of the county board of health and as county farm physician. He has, also, enjoyed a good private medical practice in that part of the county. The doctor first became ill a week ago last Thursday but continued to work until the following Saturday when he was obliged to give up and go to bed. It is thought that death was due to toxic poisoning. He is survived by his wife and two married daughters; Mrs. Hazel Coulter of Okmulgee, Oklahoma and Mrs. Beulah Adams of Marshall, Missouri. Both daughters and their husbands arrived to be at his bedside before the end. Dr. Dagliesh was a brother-in-law of C.M. Miller of Lowry City and uncle of Mrs. A.E. Armstrong. Among those from here who attended the funeral last Friday were A.E. Armstrong and family, Clyde Armstrong and wife, Mrs. Tom Hatfield, Mrs. Leo S. Wright, G.H. Penn and C.M. Miler.

DAMON, Mabel Mary Range
Funeral services were for Mabel M. Damon were held Thursday, November 29 at 11:00 a.m. in the Goodrich Chapel, Osceola. The Reverend A.L. Zimbelman officiated. Music was provided by Mary Ann Bearden and C.A. Besser with Eula Matthews accompanist. Casket bearers were Lester Birdsong, Frank Chambers, Harold Dukes, Walt Lyons, Jr., John Putnam, and Kenneth Scott. Interment was in the Rest Haven Memorial Gardens.
Mabel May Damon, daughter of Ira and Gertrude Range, was born March 17, 1906 in the Hawkeye Township of Osborne County, Kansas. She passed away Monday, November 26, 1979 at the Sac-Osage Hospital in Osceola, Mo at the age of 73 years, 8 months and 9 days. Mabel was the oldest of seven children. Her mother, father, and a brother preceded her in death as did her husband, Ray, who passed away August 5, 1977. She attended grade school in Hawkeye Township of Osborne County, Kansas. Mabel was united in marriage to Milton Ray Damon at Smith Center, Kansas on January 2, 1924. They lived in Osborne County their first years of marriage, then moved to a farm near Roscoe, Missouri in 1944. In 1961 they moved to Osceola where Mabel and her husband became members of the First Christian Church of Osceola. She was devoted to her family, church and friends, and was much loved, and will be sadly missed in the community. Mabel and her husband observed their Golden Wedding Anniversary in 1975. Mabel was the mother of two daughters, both surviving her, Eva Mae Ramsey of Kansas City and Marjorie Knox of Raytown, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Five brothers: Ray Range of Wichita, Kansas, Orval Range of Glen Elder, Kansas, Lester Range of Cortland, New York, Irvan Range of Derby, Kansas, Richard Range of Beckley, West Virginia, and a host of other relatives and friends.

DANIELS, William Alfred
St. Clair County Democrat, January 1935
Wm.. A. Daniels - William Albert Daniels , son of Edwin T. and Christiana Daniels, was born in Sommersville, Mass. on March 5th, 1856. He passed away at his home in Osceola on Thursday evening, January 24th, 1935 at the age of 78 years and 10 months. Mr. Daniels was the youngest of a family of six, all having preceded him death except one sister,Mrs. Emma Landes of Port Arthur, Texas. At the age of eight, he, with his parents, moved from Massachusetts to Missouri, settling first in Sedalia and later moving to St. Clair County. Mr. Daniels was married April 3rd, 1899 to Miss Mary George. He is survived by the widow, one daughter, Mrs. Olive Daniels Tinsley of Eldorado Springs, Missouri and three grandsons, Hal, Donald and Carl Tinsley of the same address. In 1897, Mr. Daniels united with the Osceola Presbyterian Church and has always been a faithful attendant and loyal worker in that congregation, in recent years being a valued member of the choir. He also served as trustee of the Presbyterian Church for many years. Funeral services were conducted at the home last Friday afternoon by the Rev. Frank L. Kerrick of the Presbyterian Church. Burial was in Osceola Cemetery.

St. Clair County Courier, 30 June 2006
Neva Hope Dannenbrock, 83, Lowry City passed away June 27, 2006 at Truman Lake Manor, Lowry City. Funeral services will be Friday, June 30 at 11 a.m. at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel, Osceola with burial in the Mt. Zion Cemetery, Deepwater. Family will receive friends from 10 until service time Friday in the funeral home.

DANNENBROCK, Sandra Roberts
St. Clair County Courier, 2 February 2007
Sandra Dannenbrock was born on May 6, 1952 in Kansas City, Kan. to Hubert J. and Nancy Pauline Nelson Roberts and passed away on Jan. 25, 2007, at North Point Skilled Nursing Home in Paola, Kan. After schooling she was married to Kenneth Dannenbrock for many years which ended in divorce. Sandra was in the food service industry and nursing for many years. She was a very dedicated worker and loved working with the community. She farmed, loved her animals and loved being self-sufficient. Most of the time she raised her own food. She always spent time with her nieces and nephews and loved teaching them to be self sufficient. Sandra was an avid hunter and great fisherman, her favorite was snagging for spoonbill. When not spending time with her family she was with her long time friend Ann McWilliams. Sandra was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Danny, Jody, Terry and Ricky; one sister, Sheila Hernandez and one nephew, Shawn Hernandez.
Sandra is survived by her brother, Doug Roberts; sisters, Paula Brewer, Bonnie Hernandez and Nancy Hernandez and her daughter, Anita Hernandez; numerous nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by family and friends. Services for Sandra were Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home with Reverend Dave Slusher officiating. Musical selections were "Indian Call", "In The Garden", "Go Rest High On That Mountain", and "Don't Laugh At Me". Casketbearers were Joe Hernandez, Andy Yackle, Doug Roberts, Paul Hernandez, Jr.; Ray Heldren, Joseph Hernandez, Jerry Hern and Robert Kenneth Feebeck. Interment was in the Peaceful Home Cemetery under the direction of Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

DASCH, Adeline Osborn
St. Clair County Republican, Osceola, St. Clair, MO, Thursday, Dec. 21, 1922. Submitted by: Karen Foreman.
Mrs. Ada H. Graham received a letter last week announcing the death of her aunt, Mrs. Addie Dasch a sister of the late Mrs. Scobey in Macon county, on December 12th. Some of the older people of the community may remember her as an early resident of St. Clair county, as she came here with her father, Robert A. Osborn, from Tennessee about 1840, and settled in the Chalk Level neighborhood and later removed to Macon county where she resided until her death. Had she lived until March she would have been ninety-three years of age, and was mentally and physically strong up until her last illness, pneumonia being the immediate cause of her death. She lived a devout christian life and was a member of the Presbyterian church for eighty years. She left six sons and one daughter, her husband having passed on a few years ago. -- (Submitter’s note: She was the daughter of Robertis A. Osborn and Dovey Hart. The 1850 census shows the family residing in St. Clair Co., MO. She married Phillip Dasch on Apr. 29, 1858 in Macon Co., MO, and the 1860 census shows them living in Salt River Twp., Audrain Co., MO, while the 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910 and 1920 census’ show them in Liberty Twp., Macon, MO. She and Phillip are buried in the Bloomington Cemetery, Bloomington, Macon Co., MO.)

Kansas City Star, 20 October 2004     
Glen E. Daugherty, 75, of Osceola, MO, died Oct. 17, 2004. Funeral services will be Friday, Oct. 22, at 1 p.m. at Sheldon Goodrich Chapel; burial in the Pleasant Mound Cemetery, Osceola. Family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with Masonic services at 7 p.m.

Clinton Daily Democrat, 25 October 2004
Glen Ellis Daugherty, 75, was born May 15, 1929, in Osceola, the son of Glen Ellis and Irene Margaret (Strong) Daugherty, and died Sunday, October 17, 2004, at Research Medical Center in Kansas City. He married Mary G. Frye December 19, 1953. They lived in Kansas City before he retired in 1989 from General Motors Fairfax Plant in Kansas City. After his retirement, they made their home in Osceola. He received an honorable discharge from the United States Air Force. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Shriners Provost Guard, Scottish Rite and UAW Local 31. While living in Osceola, he enjoyed being part of the driving staff for OATS.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Mary; his father Glen and brother Don.  He is survived by his mother Irene; brother Ray and his wife Evelyn; two daughters, Glenda and her husband David, Patty and her husband Paul, and one son Glen Jr. and his wife Cindy; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, Chris and his wife, Michelle, Autumn, Erin, Kelly, Katie, Jakob, Justin, CJ, Nicholas and Dylan; three step-grandchildren, Riannou, Tiffany, Megan, and one step-grandson Remington; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  Funeral services were held Friday, October 22, at Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home. Burial with military honors was held at Pleasant Mound Cemetery.

DAUGHERTY, Irene Margaret Stong
St. Clair County Courier, 6 May 2005
Irene Margaret Daugherty, daughter of Samuel B. and Mary Ellen Cripe Stong, was born Feb. 7, 1907, in Warden, Wis. She departed this life Wednesday, April 27, 2005, in Glenwood Healthcare in Seymour, at the age of 98 years, two months and 20 days. In August 12, 1928, she was united in marriage to Glen Everett Daugherty and to this union three sons were born. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Glen, on Feb. 14, 1973; two sons, Glen Ellis and Donald Lee Daugherty; a great granddaughter, Autumn Daugherty; and one brother, and two sisters who died in their youth. Irene is survived by a son, Ray Daugherty and his wife, Evelyn of Ozark; nine grandchildren, Glenda, Patty, Glen, Rhonda, Donna, Janice, Sarah, Terry and Sherrie; 15 great grandchildren; three great, great grandchildren; a sister, Eva Scott, of Humansville; as well as a host of other relatives and many friends. She was born and raised in Wisconsin and then moved to Osceola in the early 1920s. She earned her bachelors degree from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Ark. After she and Glen were married, they made their home in St. Clair County until moving to Arbyrd, in Dunklin County. Irene had a lengthy career as an educator, teaching in a one room school in Mountain View and on a reservation in Wisconsin. Throughout the years, she was a special education teacher in Deepwater, Winona, Fordland and Seymour, and completed her career in Conway where she retired as the elementary school principal in 1971. Irene was a longtime active member of the First Baptist Church of Seymour, where she was the organist and pianist for many years. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 144 in Seymour. Funeral services were held April 29 at the Holman-Howe Chapel in Seymour with Rev. Mitchell Wright officiating. Music selection were “Amazing Grace”, “Bringing in the Sheaves” and “In the Garden” by Scotty and Judy Kasterke. Caskebearers were Chris Daugherty, Glen Daugherty, Terry Daugherty, C.J. Daugherty, Paul Daugherty and Clay Green. Graveside services was held in the Lowry City Cemetery on April 30 under the direction of the Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

DAUGHERTY, John William

The Weekly News, Lowry City, Missouri, 19 March 1942
John Wm. Daugherty was born on Aug. 27, 1856 in Granger County, Tenn., and passed away Mar. 12, 1942 at his home 10 miles southwest of Eldorado at the age of 85 years, 6 months and 13 days. He was the son of John Williams and Caroline Satterfield Daugherty. The father passed away when his namesake was only 11 days old. When he was 4 years old the Satterfields sold their slaves and other possessions and moved to Cedar County near Stockton, coming in a train of 15 ox wagons. When the boy was 8 years old his mother died, leaving him and three other children homeless. Their home was then about 8 miles east of Osceola. After the mother's death the four children were taken into various homes in the community. John William at first was taken into the home of Mrs. Celia Hayes, but war prejudice caused him to be removed from that home, and he suffered many hardships before finding another. His sister Martha (Mrs. Geo. Delozier) died in the early 90s; another sister, Mary (Mrs. John Young) still lives near Harmony, Okla., at 90 years of age. His brother, Levi was separated from the others when he was 12 years old and the family never heard from him again. In the early 70's John William Daugherty, then in his teens, joined a wagon train bound for Texas and he spent a few years in riding the range there as a cowboy, returning to Missouri horseback. His formal schooling was meager, but he had a great natural ability and a skilled mechanic. To many farmers in Cedar, St. Clair and Henry counties he
will be remembered as the operator of threshing machines in the day of the steam engines. He has piloted these puffing juggernauts over most of the roads and byways of this section of Missouri. In addition he has drilled hundreds of wells and his sawmills have sawed the lumber for hundreds of homes and barns. He was a man who worked, who gave full measure to society to justify his being, filled heaped up, and running over. To thousands he was even better known as a musician, for he was a master of  most stringed instruments. In his day, Pillar Daugherty as he was affectionately known, was held up as the best fiddler in the whole county. Certainly his musical genius has given pleasure to many. Mr. Daugherty was reared in the Methodist church and was tolerant of other faiths, being a firm believer that the life we live is more important than the creed we profess. He faced life with a philosophical attitude and faced the end of life in the same manner. His children and other loved ones will love reverence his memory. He saw many friends go on before him, and he leaves many to mourn his passing. For his friends were legion, and he had no enemies. Funeral services were held Friday, March 13 at 2 p.m. in the Siders Gwimm Funeral chapel in El Dorado Springs. He was buried in the Osceola cemetery by the side of his wife who passed away July 1, 1937.

Clinton Daily Democrat, 18 December 2003
Mary G. Daughterty, 74, Osceola, a retired cosmetic company employee, died Monday, December 15, 2003, at the Sac-Osage Hospital in Osceola. Funeral services will be Friday, December 19, at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel in Osceola. Burial will be in Pleasant Mound Cemetery, near Osceola.

DAULTON, Aletha Cordelia Smith
ElDorado Sun, 20 September 2008
Alethea Cordelia Daulton, 77, El Dorado Springs, was born June 22, 1931, in Lee's Summit, to Daniel Thistlewood and Cordelia Hitt Smith. She passed away Sept. 10, 2008, in community Springs Healthcare Facility in El Dorado Springs. On Nov. 27, 1947, she was united in marriage to Lyle D. Daulton. This marriage was blessed with three sons – Allen, Bruce and Kirby. Lyle and Alethea made their home in Kansas City and later in the Raymore area. In 1972 they moved to the Roscoe area where they made their home before moving to El Dorado Springs in 1986. Alethea loved family gatherings and having her family around. She loved to crochet, play the piano and, in later years, was very interested in all types of dancing, especially clogging and square dancing. She especially loved helping others and was happiest when involved with a project to benefit someone else. She was blessed with many close friends and her loss will be felt by many. Alethea was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Thelma Ray and a daughter-in-law, Carol Daulton. She is survived by her husband, Lyle, of the home; three sons – Allen – El Dorado Springs, Bruce – Osceola, and Kirby and his wife, Chandra – Stockton; two sisters – Lela Bears – Lee's Summit, and her twin sister, Alberta Sealey – Strasburg; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services were held Saturday, Sept. 13, in the Roscoe Christian Church, with Rev. Larry Young officiating. Poems were read by Allen Daulton and Jewel Nitsche. Special music was I'll Fly Away and My Jesus, performed by Gene Holtgreve, and If That Isn't Love by performed by Paul Hooper and Vera Keeton and accompanist Dorsha Hooper. Interment under the direction of the Sheldon Funeral Home was in the Benton Green Cemetery. Casket bearers were Heath Daulton, Brock Daulton, Adam Daulton, Gene Holtgreve, Paul Hopper, Brent Pearson and Aaron Daulton.

DAVIDSON, Jennifer Hamilton
Columbia Daily Tribune, 12 February 2006
Jennifer Hamilton Davidson, 27, of Columbia died Friday, Feb. 10, 2006. Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15 at Nilson Funeral Home and will be conducted by E.W. Greenup. Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. She was born April 20, 1978, in Hugoton, Kan., to Larry and Rebecca Wyatt Hamilton. She married John Davidson on Aug. 31, 2003, in Columbia. Survivors include her husband, John Davidson, of Columbia; parents Larry and Rebecca Hamilton of Centralia; two daughters, Bridgett Hamilton of Centralia and Noel Hamilton of Owosso, Mich.; a step-daughter, Ashley Davidson of Columbia; a brother, John Petrie of Hoxie, Kan.; three sisters, Davina Fitzgerald of Muncy, Pa.; Jada Mead of Larned, Kan.; and Christina Hamilton of Walla Walla, Wash.; and mother-in-law Elizabeth Davidson of Columbia.

DAVIDSON, Mary Jane Adams
Submitted by Dave Davidson
Died May 14, 1890, Aged 71 years, 1 month, 21 days. - A preciious one from us has gone, - A voice we loved is stilled; - A place is vacant in our home - Which never can be filled. - God in his wisdom has recalled; - The boon his love has given; - And though the body slumbers here, - The soul is safe in Heaven.  Note: Mary Jane Adams Davidson, mother of Dr. Alfred C. Davidson, buried at Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

DAVIDSON, Mrs. L.L. (Cornelia)
Osceola Sun, 10 June 1880
By request of relatives of the late Mrs. Davidson, formerly of this place, Dr. E. Parker called to inspect the body at her father’s residence, and the following is a copy of his written opinion, which seemed to satisfied those interested: 1. That the present condition of the body of Mrs. L.L. Davidson as well as the mode of death on June 4th, was probably occasioned by a paralysis of the lungs or collapse, together with a weakened state of the heart, producing death by congestion. 2. As to symptoms of poisoning, they are too slight from external appearances to base a positive opinion. 3. Some poisons can produce a sudden death, but not more sudden than from the above described mode, and might have been accidentally and innocently taken. 4. As to any premeditated violence of course I could not say, not knowing the circumstances or surroundings before or at the time of decease; but individually would have to believe Mr. Davidson innocent. 5. The action of the jury on the inquest will have to stand in the case. “A professional can ascribe the cause of a sudden death to various abnormal changes, generally of an organic character, as, likely in this case, there was disease of the left side of the heart, whereby the blood was impeded in its return from the lungs, causing pulmonary apoplexy, or, another term, apnea (privation of breath), which latter case would account for the continued pulsations after all other signs had ceased. Either of these conditions or terminations predisposed according to the peculiar diathesis of the person, as scorbutic, rheumatic or phthisical. Also, the rupture of an annuerism would likely have produced the phenomena described in this case. The rapid decomposition, etc., of a body is much modified by the state of the weather, being rapid in warm weather, and especially so when the blood of the person is poor and vitiated.”

DAVIDSON, Mrs. Lee (Cornelia)
Osceola Sun, 10 June 1880
Mrs. Lee Davidson Falls Dead. - The people of our town were never more surprised and shocked than when, about 4 o’clock last Friday afternoon, the startling and horrifying news came to them that Mrs. Lee Davidson, living at the Will Graham property in the suburbs of town, had fallen from her chair dead. The particulars of the sad occurrence are about as follows: Mrs. Davidson, who was a lady in rather delicate health, was sitting in a chair, there being no other person about the house except Mrs. W.A. Holmes. The first information the visitor had of anything wrong was the startling sight of Mrs. D. falling to the floor apparently insensible. Mrs. Holmes immediately gave the alarm, and Mrs. Ney, the nearest neighbor, came over at once. The ladies placed Mrs. Davidson upon a bed, and seeing that she was in a dangerous condition, dispatched a messenger for Dr. Whaley and Mr. Davidson. But a few moments elapsed after the attack before medical aid and loving hands were bending every nerve to resuscitate the unfortunate lady from what it was fondly hoped would prove only a death-like swoon, but too soon was it sadly realized that she was beyond all earthly aid – her gentle spirit had silently passed into eternity. Dr. Whaley states that he could detect only the slightest pulsations of her heart when he first reached her bedside, and it is probable that life was beyond recall an instant after she fell from the chair. The Doctor further informs us that an attack of syhcope is rarely fatal. Mr. Davidson removed his family from Quincy as recently as last week, and his wife was a daughter of Judge Brownlee, one of the most highly respected citizens of Hickory county. She leaves a husband and three small children to mourn her death. The remains were interred in the Brownlee cemetery, Hickory county, last Saturday afternoon.

DAVIS, Abigail Artilla Hopkins
Coffeyville Daily Journal, Thursday, February 21, 1929
Widow of Mack L. Davis Dead at home of Relative. - Mrs. Abbie Artilla Davis, widow of Mack L. Davis, died at 10:30 o'clock last night at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Mabel Johnston, 510 East Tenth Street after a nine week illnesss of flu and complications. She was 78 years old. The Davis family came to Coffeyville from Missouri ten years ago and Mr. Davis died here in May, 1920. Two daughters, Mrs. Alice McCall, 510 E. Tenth street this city and Mrs. Gertie Davis of Montrose, Missouri survive, as do four sons, Mack Davis, 311 East Eleventh St., Coffeyville, W.C. Davis of Lenapah, Oklahoma, R.M. Davis of ElDorado Springs, Missouri and George Davis of Seminole, Oklahoma; two brothers, G. W. Hopkins of Stafford, Kansas and W. O. Hopkins of Roscoe, Missouri; two granddaughters, Mrs. Jessie Reita, 1809 Walnut Street, Coffeyville and Mrs. Mabel Johnston, at whose home Mrs. Davis died. Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the skinner Funeral Home and burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery. Rev. Earl Riney of the First Baptist Church will preach the sermon. The pallbearers will be Milton Ashby, A.W. Boyd, Harry Hicks, Fay Smith, W.F. McDonald and Clark Tinsley. One of the sons of the deceased, george, arrved from Seminole, Oklahoma this afternoon. A daughter, Mrs. Gertie Davis of Montrose, Missouri and a son, R.M. Davis of ElDorado Springs, Missouri will be unable to attend.

DAVIS, Cora N. Neptune
Clinton, Mo. - Cora N. Davis, the youngest child of William H. and Eliza Virginia Neptune, was born in Henry County, near Piper, Mo., April 24, 1881. After an illness of one year, she departed this life December 28, 1969, at the Mountain View Professional Convalescence Home, Festus, Missouri, having reached the age of 88 years, eight months and four days. Her brother, Elmer Neptune, and two sisters, Mrs. Bertie Chapin and Miss Iveh Neptune, preceded her in death. On February 1, 1905, she was united in marriage to Troy Davis. To this union four children were born: William Orin, Mildred, Nolia and Harold Leroy, who preceded her in death in July, 1943. In 1927, Mrs. Davis and her family moved to Appleton City where she resided until she moved to Clinton, Missouri in 1949. Her love for flowers led her to spend much time out of doors cultivating them, and sharing them with her many friends. At an early age she became an active member of the White Oak Methodist Church, later her membership was transferred to the Appleton City Methodist Church and at the time of her death, she was a member of the United Methodist Church of Clinton, Missouri. In 1946, she was installed as the Worthy Matron of the Olive Branch Chapter #157 of the Order of the Eastern Star of Appleton City, later transferring to the Clinton Chapter #73. She leaves to mourn her passing, one son, William Orin Davis of Albuquerque, New Mexico; two daughters, Mrs. Mildred Rosbrugh of Appleton City, Mo.; and Mrs. Nolia Williamson of Pevely, Mo.; seven grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, as well as a host of friends. Funeral services were conducted at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Appleton City Wednesday, December 31, 1969. Burial was in the Appleton City Cemetery.

DAVIS, Floyd Allen
St. Clair County Courier, Friday, 30 May 2008
F. Al Davis - Floyd Allen Davis passed away Monday evening, May 19, 2008, at his home in Lowry City. Al, as he was best known by all his family and friends, was born on September 5, 1943, in Clinton, to Albert Jefferson [known as AJ.] and Helen Lawson Davis, who preceded him in death. Al is survived by his loving wife, Janice, of the home; his son, James Allen, of Evanston, Illinois; two daughters, Lori Robinett of Carl Junction and Cheri Davis of Peculiar; two grandchildren, Nathan and Kali Floyd of Carl Junction. Al is also survived by four brothers, Charles Davis and A. Joe Davis, both of Lowry City, Dean Davis of Clinton and Dennis Davis of Gladstone; one half-brother, Ray Davis of Scottsdale, Arizona amd a host of wonderful nieces, nephews, cousins. Also surviving are three stepchildren and their families, who all held a special place in his heart. Al proudly served in the Missouri National Guard from 1961 to 1974. Al resided in the Kansas city area for many year and was employed in the banking industry. He returned to this area and in 1982 began his career with Sac-Osage Hospital where he remained until his retirement on January 1, 2007. It was during this time that he met and married the love of his life, Janice, on July 8, 1995. Together they enjoyed spending time browsing through flea markets and antique stores, but their best times were spend going on "wild goose chases". Al was always involved in community service activities. He served as a volunteer firefighter when he lived in the Kansas City area and as communications coordinator for st. Clair County Emergency Management. He had also served as Deputy Sheriff and thoroughly enjoyed his service in law enforcement. He recently joined the American Legion Post in Lowry City. Al's family was very important to him. He was always there to lend a helping hand and his family knew they could count on him for support and encouragement. He always enjoyed family get-togethers. He was a caring and loving husband to Janice even as his battle with cancer progressed. She returned his love with the wonderful care she gave him. Al was a good friend to many. He enjoyed life and was always generous. He will be greatly missed. Services were held Friday, May 23 at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel with Elder Terry Erwine officiating. Music selections included "I'll Say Goodnight Here" and "I'll fly Away" by Richard Sunderwirth, soloist and Alma Rodabaugh, accompanist. Casketbearers were Don Johnson, Dave Roberts, Jerry Hart, John Christianson, Don Stockton and Kevin Church. Honorary casketbearers were Walt Bigelow and Jim Wright. Interment was in Benton Green Cemetery, Roscoe. Arrangements were made by Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

DAVIS, Gary Wayne
St. Clair County Courier, Friday, 15 February 2008
Gary Wayne Davis was born April 1, 1955 in Clinton, to Donna Davis Houston and Eddy Davis. He passed away in Clinton on Jan. 24, 2008 after a year long battle with cancer. Gary graduated from Osceola High School in 1973. He was self employed for some years, later working for Union Pacific Railroad in Kansas City as a carman welder. He was saved during a revival on April 1, 1973, baptized and a member of the First Baptist Church of Osceola. Gary was a friend to all; always ready to lend a helping hand where needed. Gary enjoyed fishing, mainly trotlining, taking his son snagging and his daughter crappie fishing. Gary was united in marriage to Ty Ott on April 4, 1987. She was his faithful companion and best friend. To this union, two children were born; Spenser and Tabitha which was his pride and joy. They were a very caring, loving family. Gary was preceded in death by his father and two half brothers. He is survived by his wife and two children of the home, his mother and father-in-law, and his loving sister-in-law and brothers-in-law; a mother and stepdad, one half brother and one half sister. many nieces, nephews and a multitude of dedicated friends. Services were held Monday, Jan. 28 at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel. Officiated by Greg Mangum. Music selections included "In the Garden" by Richard, Toni and Leslie Kiefer' "How Great Thou art" by Rob Self and Mary Lu Hildebrand, accompanist and "Amazing Grace" by Johnny Leonhart. Casketbearers were Richard Kiefer, Ronald Devine, Curtis Baxter, James Patroske, Cody Peery, Tim Byrne, Dave Chapman and Dale Roeder. Interment was in the Doyal Cemetery. Arrangements were made by Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

DAVIS, Gertie Mae Zumwalt
Unknown newspaper, February 1973
Gertie Mae Davis Zumwalt - Gertie Mae Davis was born at Appleton City, Missouri on January 4, 18844, the daughter of Mack Davis and Abby Hopkins. There she lived until she was married to Manuel Davis on November 4, 1901 at Vista, Missouri. To this union seven children were born, all living except one son who passed away in August of 1966. She went to California where she was head cook at a girls school. She then returned to Clinton where she met and married Frank Zumwalt on April 7, 1951. They lived at 602 West Ohio Street. She was cared for by her husband except for the three weeks she was in the Golden Valley Home where she passed away. She is survived by her faithful husband and her children: Grace Richter, Weaubleau, Missouri, Lena McKee, Hammon, Indiana, Eula Landes, San Diego, California, Cleo Davis, Portland, Oregon, Leo Davis, Vandalia, Ohio, Emogene Thompson, Osceola, two step-children, James Zumwalt, Kansas City and Dorothea Birkenbine, Clinton, Missouri.

DAVIS, Gideon
Bolivar newspaper, 2 October 1858
Fatal Accident - Man Killed. - Mr. Gideon Davis, one of the hands employed at the Steam Saw Mill in our town was suddenly killed on Monday last. He was arranging one of the bands while the engine was in motion, when the saw caught in his shirt sleeve jerking him under it, mangling one of his arms and tearing it entirely out of the shoulder blade. In this condition, he walked some fifteen feet and in a few minutes expired. This sad accident took place on the first day Mr. Davis got to work at the mill. - Osceola Independent

DAVIS, Gladys Ellen Waters Neale
Memorial rites for Gladys Davis were held November 15, 1978 at the First Baptist Church with the pastor of the church, Paul Midgett, officiating. Paul Wheeler, soloist, sang "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" and "Ivory Palaces" accompanied by Mrs. Paul Wheeler, pianist. Casket bearers were Dale Bock, Dennis Bock, Kenneth Davis, Roy Davis, J.W. Davis, and Dennis Davis. Interment was in the Mount Zion Cemetery, Rockville, Mo., under the direction of Eckhoff-Hill Funeral Home. Gladys Ellen Waters was born June 22, 1900 to Daniel W. and Lucy Mae Water near Taberville, Mo., and died November 13, 1978 at Columbia Regional Hospital following a lingering illness. She grew up in the Taberville area and when a young girl united with the Bethel Baptist Church remaining a member throughout her lifetime. After moving to Appleton City, she faithfully attended First Baptist Church as long as her health permitted. She was united in matrimony on August 26, 1919 to Leslie J. Neale. To this union two children were born, Leslie J. Neale II and Mary Mae Neale. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie J. Neale, on December 26, 1936. She was united in matrimony January 2, 1945 to William Davis. He preceded her in death on September 24, 1961. She lived most of her life in the Appleton City area.
Surviving are one son, Leslie J. Neale II of Tacoma, Wash., and one daughter, Mary Mae Lynd of Warrensburg, Mo.; two brothers, Theodore Waters of Rockville, Mo., and Everleigh Waters of Vacaville, California; 13 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by seven stepchildren and 12 step-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, William Thomas Waters and Daniel Delbert Waters.

DAVIS, Gladys Ellen Waters Neale
Funeral Notice - Gladys E. Davis, June 22, 1900 - November 13, 1978. Age: 78 Years, 4 Months, 20 Days.
Services: First Baptist Church, Wednesday, November 15, 1978, 2:00 P.M. Minister: Rev. Paul Midgett.
Visitation: 7-8:30 P.M., Tuesday, November 14. Eckhoff-Hill Funeral Home. Interment: Mount Zion, Rockville, Mo.

DAVIS, Gladys Ellen Waters Neale
Funeral Pamphlet - Gladys Ellen Davis, June 22, 1900 - November 13, 1978. Age: 78 Years, 4 Months, 20 Days. Services: First Baptist Church, Wednesday, November 15, 1978, 2:00 P.M. Minister: Rev. Paul Midgett.
Music: Mrs. Paul Wheeler, Pianist; Paul Wheeler, Soloist, "Great Is Thy Faithfulness", "Ivory Palaces". Casketbearers: Dale Boch, Dennis Boch, Kenneth Davis, Roy Davis, J.W. Davis, Dennis Davis. Interment: Mount Zion, Rockville, Mo.

DAVIS, Helen Lawson
St. Clair Courier, 21 October 2005
Helen Davis, 87, born September 29, 1918, to W.E. “Elzie” and Maude Lawson of Iconium, passed away on October 14, 2005 at Truman Lake Manor in Lowry City, where she had resided for the past two years. She was preceded in death by her husband, A.J. “Bert” Davis. She is survived by five sons; Chuck and his wife Kathy, Al and his wife Jan, A. Joe and his wife Sylvia all of Lowry City. Dean and his wife Nora, Clinton, and Dennis and his wife Deborah, Gladstone. One sister Eunice Scott, Osceola. One brother Melvin Lawson, Kansas City and a special niece, Vera Hargis, Lowry City. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter, plus numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Helen lived in the Lowry City area all of her adult life. She was the first head cook at Lowry City School and was a local business-woman operating Davis Variety Store for many years. She was an active member of the Methodist Church, Community Betterment, Eastern Star, Chamber of Commerce and Optimist Club. She was a board member of Castle Court and various area organizations. Services were held Monday, October 17 at the Sheldon Goodrich Chapel with Rev. Randy Hargis and Rev. Fred Stevens officiating. Music was “Amazing Grace”, “In The Garden” and “Peace In The Valley” by Mrs. Irene Hartley. Casket bearers were Jason Howser, Tony Davis, K.C. Hosey, Nathan Floyd, Jeff Davis and Nick Hosey. Interment was in the Lowry City Cemetery with arrangements by Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home.

DAVIS, James Ralph
June 10, 1942 - November 6, 2006 - James Ralph Davis, son of Glen Ralph and Esther Pauline (Young) Davis, was born June 10, 1942 in Appleton City, Missouri. He departed this life November 6, 2006 at Ellett Memorial Hospital in Appleton City. Jim lived in the Appleton City area all of his life where he attended school and graduated from Appleton City High School. Jim worked as a stocker and clerk at Yoss Brothers Grocery store for over 40 years. He always had a kind word and a smile as he helped the customers he served. He was a faithful member of the First Christian Church in Appleton City. He enjoyed collecting antique dishes and taking trips to Las Vegas with friends. Jim lovingly cared for his parents in their later years, staying with them so they could remain in their home. Jim was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include three aunts: Mary Norton of Raymore, Missouri, Etta Mae Varns of Butler, Missouri and Mary Phillips of Moran, Kansas, and several cousins. Interment in Appleton City Cemetery, Appleton City, Missouri.

DAVIS, Lloyd A.
St. Clair County Courier, 22 June 2007
Lloyd A. Davis was born on September 24, 1920 in Chillicothe, to James and Ollie (Motley) Davis and passed away on June 10, 2007 at Freeman Hospital in Joplin. Lloyd was in the U.S. Navy during WW II. From 1968 to 2002 Lloyd was a barber. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lowry City and was a member of the Masonic Lodge #403 AF and AM. Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents, James and Ollie Davis, two brothers, Everleigh and Ray Davis. Lloyd is survived by his wife Helen F. (Keele) Davis of the home, one son, Jerry Davis and wife Barbara of Grove, Okla., five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, one brother, Floyd Davis of Clinton, four sisters, Thelma Stoneking of Clinton, Zillah Baker of Kansas City, June Davis of Deepwater and Norleigh Stanley of Kansas City. Services were held on Wednesday, June 13 at the First Baptist Church of Lowry City and was officiated by Rev. Jeff Ferguson. Music included "When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder" and "In The Garden", with a solo by Gail Ingle. There were Masonic Services performed by Masonic Lodge #403 AF and AM of Lowry City. Casketbearers were Danny Goans, Art Krebs, Al Falke, Marvin Shepherd, Mark Naylor and John Cary. Honorary Casketbearers were his Lodge Brothers.
Military Honors were given by VFW Post #1894 of Clinton. Interment was at the Kidds Chapel Cemetery with arrangements made by the Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home of Osceola.

DAVIS, Manuel James
Unknown newspaper, June 1941
Manuel Davis Died - At a Kansas City hospital where he was taken last Thursday with a ruptured intestine, the end coming after a few tragic days at 11:50 p.m. Saturday, June 21, 1941. Mr. Davis had made his home in Clinton the past seven years, where he had been the trusted assistant at the Brown Blacksmith Shop on West Jefferson Street, a man of sturdy body and honest principle who bore the scrutiny of his fellow men and the tests of life with fearless courage and fine manhood. Manuel Davis was born October 4, 1879 at Meadville, Missouri. Henry County had been his home for many years and he was a member of the Deepwater Baptist Church. November 4, 1901, Miss Gertie Mae Davis became his wife and seven children were born to their union, all of whom survive: Mrs. Arlie Richter of Weaubleau, Mrs. Lena Witzel of Carterville, Kansas, Mrs. Frank Landis of Alhambra, California, Harry Davis of Kansas City, Cleo and Leo of Dayton, Ohio and Mrs Willie Miller of Clinton. There are also 12 grandchildren, three sisters, Mrs. Anna Burrow of Vista, Mrs. Lydia Morrow of Urbana and Mrs. Della Cruzan of Deepwater. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Hugh Sperry at the Vansant Funeral Home at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and the body was laid to rest at Englewood. Pallbearers were: John Rickman, Ernest Rentchler, George Graham, George Scott, Earle Lilleston, Fred D. Baker.

DAVIS, Margaret S.
Appleton City Tribune, 21 September 1909 
Wife of F.L. Davis, died at the family home in Rockville last Friday after a ten days illness during which time she suffered intensely. Deceased was born in Noble County, Ohio, in 1833, and with her husband came to Missouri in the fall of 1887, and from that date until about four years ago they resided in Bates County. The last four years Mr. and Mrs. Davis resided in Rockville. The remains were brought to our city Saturday evening and taken to the home of the son, Mr. D.S. Davis, and the following day interment was made in the city cemetery. The aged husband and son have the sympathy of all our people in their time of sorrow.

DAVIS, McElvy "Mack"
The Coffeyville Daily Journal, Saturday evening, May 22, 1920
McElvy Davis is Dead. - McElvy Davis, a retired farmer, died at 3:35 o'clock yesterday afternoon at his home, 311 East Eleventh Street of chronic ailments. He was born in Nashville, Tennessee and was aged 77 years, 11 months and 12 days. Besides the widow, he leaves six children: R.M. Davis, Humansville, Missouri; W.C. Davis, Quay, Oklahoma; Miss M. J. Davis, Weaubleau, Missouri; Mrs. F. E. McCall, Wann, Oklahoma; George and McElvy Davis at home. Funeral services were conducted at the home at 2 o'clock this afternoon by Rev. E. C. Jorn, the M.E. pastor at Wann and burial was made in the Fairview Cemetery.

DAVIS, Oren Clarence
Osceola Library files
Oren Clarence Davis, 77, of Rt. 4, El Dorado Springs, passed away on Thursday, August 9, in St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. He was born in St. Clair County, Mo., to Burl Daniel and Henrietta Bean Davis on September 10, 1906. He was married to Tina Mae Turpin on September 10, 1928. She preceded him in death in September of 1979. One daughter was born to this union. He was a retired truck driver and lived all of his life in St. Clair County, in and around the Tiffin vicinity. Survivors include the daughter, Norma Taylor, of Tiffin, and a host of friends and neighbors. Services were held on Monday, August 13, at the Tiffin Baptist Church with Rec. Gordon Mizer officiating. Music was supplied by Lois Francis and Pam Wallace and vocalists were Herman Jones and Mildred Moore. Burial was in the El Dorado Springs City Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman-Peterman Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Paul Eye, Clell Reed, James R. Mundy, Ray Francis, George Ray Francis and Earl Myers. Honorary pallbearers were Earl Moore, Jay Counti, Neil Coleman, Elton Markham and Clarence Taylor.

DAVIS, Otis Eugene
Lawrence Journal World, Wednesday, 15 July 1998
Services for Otis E. "Bud" Davis, 74, Appleton City, Mo., will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Milster Funeral Home
Chapel. Burial will follow at Taberville cemetery, Taberville, Missouri. Mr. Davis died Monday, July 13, 1998, at Ellett Memorial Hospital, Appleton City, Mo. He was born June 28, 1924, in Mendon, Mo., the son of George W. Davis and Annie Mary Jones Davis. He was a self-employed truck driver, and later a service station operator. He retired in 1962 and had lived since 1980 in Appleton City, Mo. He married Ruby Maxine Atwell on Aug 24, 1942 in Brookfield, Mo. She died March 18, 1998.  Survivors include two sons, Larry, El Dorado Springs, Mo., Jerry, Lawrence; three daughters, Sue Motley, Appleton City, Patty McCurdy, Nevada, Mo., and Marylou McClelland, Lawrence; a brother, Bobby, Oklahoma City; four sisters, Jane Iberg, California, Opal Sherick, Carthage, Mo., Peggy Vausbinder, Lawrence, and Dixie Woods, California; 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Milster Funeral Home, ElDorado Springs, Mo.

DAVIS, Owen Lee
ElDorado Sun, Friday. July 10, 2009
Owen Lee Davis entered this world in a rush on June 18, 2009, at 1:25 a.m. He was welcomed by his mommy and daddy, Whitney Benham and Tony Davis. Unfortunately, his time here was short. He went to Heaven on July 5, 2009, after visiting many family members. His passing is mourned by a host of loving family members and though he was with us only a short time, he will be missed forever. Whitney and Tony are joined in their sorrow by grandparents, Sheila and Gary Benham; aunt, Maggie Benham; uncle, Josh Benham; and aunt, Katie Benham – El Dorado Springs; grandma, Tina Mitchel; aunt, Sara Mitchel; and uncle, Nick Mitchel – Montrose; grandpa, Jerry Davis – Lawrence, KS; aunts, Bobbie and Billy Anderson – Eaton, OH; great-grandparents, Fern Barclay – El Dorado Springs, Ralph and Marcine Benham – Stockton, Linda and Doug Kennedy – Rockville, Larry and Whonda Shepard – Appleton City, and Mary Lou McCellard and Gayland – Lawrence, KS; great-great-grandma, Sara Hearting – Rockville; and great-uncle, Mike Shepard - Appleton City; great aunt and uncles – Deanna and Guy Shouse, and children – El Dorado Springs, Don and Melinda Benham, and children–– Carterville, David and Christie Benham, and children – El Dorado Springs, Dixie and Eric Turner, and children of Plato, and Marla Uptegrove and Ed Gettys, and children – El Dorado Springs; and many other family, friends and loved ones. Graveside services were held Tuesday, July 7, in Taberville Cemetery with Rev. Brent Bland and Rev. Daniel Mackey officiating. After family and friends joined in singing–Jesus Loves Me, baby Owen was laid to rest near his great-grandparents, Bud and Maxine Davis. Arrangements were under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home, El Dorado Springs.

DAVIS, Roger Lee
Clinton Daily Democrat, 10 February 2000
Roger Lee Davis, son of Raymond Lee and Virginia Louise Capps Davis, was born in Rolla August 17, 1957, and died Thursday, January 13, 2000, at his home in Clinton. He worked for Tracker Boats as a security guard until he became disabled. He was a member of the Clinton Masonic Lodge No. 548, Kansas City Scottish Rite Bodies and Ararat Shrine Temple, Kansas City. He is survived by his wife, Helen Jean Davis of the home; two sisters, Linda Davis and Judy Swanson, and one niece, Virginia Ann Swanson, all of Clinton; three half-brothers, David Kreisler of Jacksonville, Florida, Bill Vaughn of Cole Camp, and James Harley Davis of Stockton; four half-sisters, Jodie Eranslom and Jeannie Blair of Stockton, California, Wanda Adams of Rolla and Kathy of Jacksonville, Florida, as well as a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at the Vansant-Mills Chapel on Tuesday, January 18. Burial was in the Appleton City Cemetery.

DAVIS, Quince Thaddeus
16 January 1908. Submitted by Kim Lucht
The death of “Quince” Davis , which occurred on Monday morning, is most deplorable. He had been ill for several weeks with pneumonia, but as he had a good constitution his friends entertained hopes of his recovery up to the morning of his demise, notwithstanding the statement of his physicians that his death was only a matter of time. Mr. Davis was born in 1861 and had spent the greater part of his life here. He farmed for many years in the High Hill neighborhood but removed to Osceola several years ago, where his wife died not long since and left him with the care of ten children, only three of which were old enough to take care of themselves. Five of the children are still small, and at home, and just what disposition will be made of them is not decided. Probably they will be taken into some christian families and given good homes or sent to the Baptist orphans' homes at St. Louis . They are bright, intelligent and handsome boys and girls and with proper training will be an honor to themselves and the state at large. Mr. Davis carried life insurance policies of $2,000, $1,000 each in the Modern Woodmen and Modern Brotherhood, and the former organization had charge of the funeral arrangements, which were held Tuesday morning from the Baptist church, of which the deceased was a member, the pastor, Dr. B.F. Lawler, preaching the sermon. Quince Davis – and we knew him well – was an honest, hardworking, God-fearing man who did his duty according as he understood it. Strictly temperate, pleasant of speech, quiet and unassuming in manner, he made friends with all with whome he came in contact and his death is regretted by all.

DAVIS, Virginia Louise Capps
Clinton Daily Democrat, 26 March 1998
Virginia Louise (Capps) Davis was born in Salem, Missouri, on August 27, 1932. Entered into rest March 18, 1998 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City. Her parents Elbert Elmer and Lou Anna Capps. She lost her father at an early age. Later on in life she lost her mother as well. Virginia had one sister and brother, Alice Mae Petty and Bob Capps, who had passed before her. She had to other sisters remaining, Florence Smith and Gladys Davis of Salem. Virginia was married to Ray L. Davis on June 8, 1958, in Sedalia. Ray Davis died May 24, 1991. She is also survived by her brother-in-law Paul Davis of Tipton. Virginia is survived also by three children, Roger Lee Davis, Linda Lee Davis and Judith Rae Davis Swanson, who she loved very dearly. Virginia it is also survived by her son-in-law James John Swanson and her daughter-in-law, Helen Jean Davis. Virginia only had one granddaughter, Virginia Ann Swanson , who she devoted her tender loving care to, taking her shopping and to the ice cream store. Also a friend of the family who Virginia thought the world of, Carol Julian and her daughter Whitney Allison. Virginia in her husband, Ray, earlier in life, had two restaurants. They were Gerald's Restaurant and Virginia's Smorgasborg. in the year 1975, Virginia went to work for Clearfield Cheese Company where she worked hard for many years. Then Clearfield changed hands to Schreiber's Foods Inc. She worked there as long as her illness allowed her to. Virginia will be sadly missed by her children, her granddaughter, in-laws, nieces and nephews and many friends. Funeral services were held at the Vansant-Mills Chapel Saturday, March 21. Burial was in and the Appleton City Cemetery, Appleton City.

DAVIS, William
Urich-Montrose Herald Tidings, 13 October1961
Funeral services for William Davis, 79, who died unexpectedly Sept. 24 at Ellett Memorial Hospital, Appleton City, were conducted at First Christian Church in Appleton City Sept. 27, 1961. Flower girls were grandchildren Mrs. Joan Davis, Mrs. Florence Snyder, Ilene Bennett, Clara Ellen Josh, Linda Davis, Bonnie Link, Nancy Davis, Anna Jane Boch, Mary Wilson and Marylu Lockard. Interment was in the Appleton City Cemetery. William Davis was born Feb. 27, 1882, near Urich the son of Niles Newton and Mary Davis. The 79 years of his life was spent in Missouri with the exception of a few years spent in Texas. He resided when a young man in the Bethel and Spruce communities and at the time married Martha Erman Carrell who preceded him in death in 1944. To this union were born eight children, one dying in infancy. In 1922 Mr. Davis moved to Hudson Community and later located in the Round Prairie vicinity. It was here he attended the Apostolic Church. In 1945 he married Gladys Neale and had lived in Appleton City, Mo., since. The brothers and two sisters preceded him in death. He leaves two sisters, Bessie Carrell, Grand Junction, Colo., and Annie Dodson, of Oklahoma. Besides his wife, Mr. Davis leaves three daughters, Mrs. Ruby Wix, Independence, Mo., Mrs. Clyde Wilson, Topeka, Kan.; Mrs. Chas. Lundberg, Kansas City, Mo.; four sons, Carrell N. Davis and Orval L. Davis, Appleton City, Mo.; Howard L. Davis, Kingsville, Mo.; and Lawrence Eugene Davis, Independence, Mo.; two stepchildren, Mrs. Stanley Bock, Mayview, Mo.; and Sgt. Leslie Neale Jr., Tacoma, Wash. Also surviving are twelve grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren and stepgrandchildren and nine step-great-grandchildren.

DAWSON, Annie Hedrick
Osceola Library files
Former Countian Buried Aug. 15 - Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 2 p.m. at Vaughn-Aufranc chapel in Dearborn, Mo., for Mrs. J.L. Dawson, former St. Clair Countian, who died at her home in Dearborn Aug. 12, following a heart attack. Pallbearers were her grandsons, Jimmy and Donald Burrow, Billy and Benton Dawson, Jim Hughes and George Adkins. Burial was made in Pleasant Ridge cemetery near Weston, Mo.
Annie Hedrick, daughter of William and Mary Kincaid Hedrick, was born Feb. 13, 1881, Sherburne, Bath County, Kentucky. Her marriage to J.L. Dawson occurred Dec. 6, 1899. Five children were born to the couple.
Mrs. Dawson at an early age united with Christian church at Roscoe, where the family lived for several years in the Mt. Olive community. A daughter, Virginia Dare, died at the age of eight. Three brothers, Kirby, Oscar and Nick also preceded her in death. Survivors are her children, Chas. R. Dawson, Dearborn, O.D. Dawson, El Dorado Springs, Espie Dawson, Harrisonville, and Pauline Burrows, Faucett; five sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Williamson and Mrs. Martha McGrew of Oklahoma, Mrs. Stella Bradley and Mrs. Ida Williams of Owingsville, Ky., and Mrs. Mable Spurlock, Greencastle, Ind., one brother, George Hedrick, Covington, Ky. Among the out of town persons attending the services were a 93-year old sister, Elizabeth Williamson and daughter, Mattie of Woodward, Okla., Mrs. Martha McGrew and daughter, Erma, of Waukonus, Okla., Mrs. Mable Spurlock, Greencastle, Ind., a twin brother, George Hedrick and his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Hawkins of Covington, Ky., a nephew, Fidella Hedrick, Kansas City, a cousin, Pressley Kincaid, Platte City, all 17 grandchildren, and three of her 21 great grandchildren.

DAWSON, Elizabeth E. Widman
The Weekly News, Lowry City, MO, 2 April 1942
Elizabeth Widman was born at Dombresson, Canton Neufchatel, Switzerland, September 27, 1863. She came with her parents, Jacob and Anna Widman, to Clinton, Missouri, in 1872, and grew to womanhood in Henry County. In 1882, she united with the German Reformed Church, later transferring her membership to the Presbyterian Church in Lowry City. She was married to William H. Dawson in May 1891, to which union was born four children: Major Dwight Arnold Dawson, U.S. Army Air Corps, Fort Riley, Kansas; Beulah Elizabeth Nesbit, Kansas City, Missouri; Leo Lowry Dawson, Kansas City, Missouri; Helen Louise Douglass, Lowry City, Missouri. In addition to these four children, she mothered three step-children: William Edgar Dawson, Glendale, California; Ada Belle Rule, deceased, and Iva Mae Noll, Salem, Oregon. She is also survived by the following grandchildren: Geneva Rule McKinley, Huntington Park, California; Gladys Noll Clements, Weiser, Idaho; Sergeant William Elbert Noll, United States Marines; Second Lieutenant Charles Dawson Nesbit, U.S. Army Air Corps, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Helen Elizabeth Nesbit, Kansas City, Missouri; and one foster grandchild, Elsie Ann Douglass, Lowry City, Missouri. Also, four great grandchildren. Only one sister, of six brothers and sisters survives her – Mrs. Bertha Briggs, Stillwater, Oklahoma. Mrs. Dawson has made her home in Lowry City for fifty years, with the exception of extended visits with relatives. Her genuinely Christian spirit is well known in every community in which she dealt. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Her life was one of loyalty to Christian principles, loving kindness and devotion to family and friends. Mrs. Dawson passed away on March 29, 1942, at the age of 78 years, 6 months, and 1 day. Her husband, William H. Dawson, departed this life thirteen years ago, March 15, 1929. An impressive funeral service was held Monday afternoon at three o’clock in the Presbyterian Church, conducted by Rev. Ross Fulton of Odessa, Missouri. The pallbearers were Dr. J.W. Terwilliger, Wm. Wells, H.A. Higgins, R.D. Gordon, C.L. Browning and E.H. Disney.

DAWSON, Elizabeth E. Widman
Card of Thanks - The kind expressions of sympathy, the services and offers of assistance by our many friends are acknowledged and deeply appreciated by the members of the Elizabeth Dawson family.

DAWSON, Harry Louis Sr.
Eldorado Sun, Friday, 2 January 2009
Harry Louis Dawson Sr., 78, El Dorado Springs, was born to Molly Smith Dawson and O.D. Dawson in Roscoe on Jan. 3, 1930. He passed away after a lengthy illness on Dec. 22, 2008, at Cox Hospital –Springfield.
Harry was proud of his military service, serving in the Korean War from 1951-1953. He married Bernice Johnson, of Rockville, on Jan. 5, 1957. The family was blessed with three sons – David, John and Harry Jr.; one daughter, JoAnn; and six grandchildren – Kyle and Nicholas Dawson, Rachel and Mitchell Trammell and Molly and Allyson Dawson. Preceding Harry in death were his parents, Molly and O.D. Dawson, and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Survivors include his wife, Bernice, of the home; three sons – John Dawson, and Julie, of the home, David Dawson – Independence, and Harry Dawson Jr., and Emily – Independence; one daughter, JoAnn Atkinson, and Mike – Stockton; one brother, Clifton Dawson, and Jeannie – Roscoe; one sister, Dorothy Swopes, and Vess – Roscoe; six grandchildren – Kyle Dawson and Nick Dawson – Independence, Rachel Trammel and Mitchell Trammel – Stockton, and Molly Dawson and Ally Dawson – Independence. Harry was a much-loved husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be sorely missed. Graveside services were held on Saturday, Dec. 27, in Benton Green Cemetery – Roscoe, under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home with Marian Johnson officiating. Pallbearers were – Jeff Johnson, Harold Johnson, Jake Dawson, Rick Swopes, Jeff Dawson and Rickie Johnson.

DAWSON, Lillian Gertrude Smith
Submitted by: Betty A. Hughes
Lillian Gertrude Dawson, 88, of Harrisonville, Missouri passed away May 16, 1994 at Research Medical Center, Kansas City, Missouri. She was born May 14, 1906 near Roscoe, Missouri, the daughter of Wilks Franklin and Betty (Green) Smith. She attended Benton Green grade school and graduated from Roscoe High School in 1929. She was married to Espie Thomas Dawson of Roscoe,Missouri on Dec. 24, 1929. He preceded her in death on June 26, 1985. Espie and Lillian moved to Peculiar, Missouri with their seven children in 1943 and in 1952 they moved to a farm near Harrisonville. Lillian moved to her home in Harrisonville after Espie's death. Lillian was a member of the Daugherty United Methodist Church, southeast of Harrisonville, where she served on the church board of directors for several years acting as the secretary-treasurer. Also, at the same time she was secretary-treasurer of the Hutchinson country school board. Lillian was a sewing and cooking leader and the community leader of the Hutchinson 4-H club. She was a member of the Pleasant Valley Homemakers Extension Club.She was a homemaker, loving mother and wife, who loved music, gardening, tending to her many lovely flowers and mowing her yard. She always believed in living the Golden Rule. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, one son, Thomas Benton (Tom) in 1989, her sisters, Mollie Dawson, Birdie Garver and Eunice Smith and a brother, Willie Smith. She is survived by two sons: Bill R. Dawson, Ontario, Ca. and Burnis L. (Bernie) Dawson of Harrisonville. four daughters: Betty Hughes, husband, Jim of Harrisonville, Mo., Mary Zumwalt, husband, Vincent of Cleveland, Mo., Dolores Bassett, husband, Art of Lee's Summit, Mo., and Carol Jakubczak, husband, Jim of Kansas City, Mo. One brother, Roy Smith, wife, Wreatha of Roscoe, Mo., two sisters: Myrtle Colson, Camdenton, Mo., and Madeline Mitchell, husband, Lee of Collins, Mo. Eleven grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson. Services were held Friday, May 20, 1994 at the Atkinson Funeral Chapel in Harrisonville, Mo. Music was provided by Misti Gile singing "Will There Be any Stars In My Crown" and "Peace In The Valley." Honorary Casketbearers: Lucille Cloud, Clara Rosebrough, Marie Diamond, Ruth Mathis, Claudine Arnold, Helen D. smith, Laura Breashears.
Casketbearers: Tom Dawson, Espie Hughes, Vince Zumwalt, Kevin Dawson, Gary Mathews, Steve McBride.
Interment Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Harrisonville, Missouri.

Appleton City Journal - Supplement, Volume XIV, No. 33, Thursday, 14 March 1894
Mr. Eli Deardoff died last week at the home of his father southwest of this place. He had been in failing health for some time and was just returning home from Kirksville, Mo., whither he had gone for treatment. When he got to his father's he concluded to remain there until his wife and children recovered from the measles. But his mother took down with the measles shortly after his arrival, and in course of time Eli took them, and being already reduced, they proved too much for him. His family have the sympathy of the entire community.

DEHNING, Nadine Sivils
Hill & Son Funeral Home
March 8, 1924 - December 27, 2003 - Nadine Dehning, daughter of Albert Wilbur and Mabel Lorene (Pierce) Sivils, was born March 8, 1924 in Appleton City, Missouri. She passed away December 27, 2003 at Independence Manor Care Center in Independence, Missouri at 79 years of age. Nadine loved to travel and explore. Throughout her 60-year marriage, Nadine and her husband Robert visited most states in the U.S. In their travels, Nadine enjoyed investigating small attractions that were off the beaten path. Some of her fondest memories include riding the roller coaster at Coney Island, digging for diamonds in Arkansas, and enjoying the parks and water shows in Florida. Many of their trips took them to the great monuments including: Yellowstone, the Black Hills, the Grand Canyon and Mount Rushmore. Fishing and sailing were activities she most enjoyed with her husband. In May of 1940, a 16-year old Nadine was honored with the Carnegie Bronze Medal for saving a young girl from drowning in her hometown of Appleton City, Missouri. She is survived by her husband Robert of the home, her brother W.A. Sivils, her nephew Ronny Sivils and her nieces Linda Koch, Brenda Thompson, Jean McCandless, and Tena O’Hara.

DEL GRECO, Robert David (Dr.)
Clinton Daily Democrat, 23 Apr 2003
Dr. Robert D. Del Greco, 58, Shawnee Mission, Kansas, an English professor, died Tuesday, April 22, 2003, in the Indian Creek Nursing Home, Overland Park, Kansas. Graveside services will be Thursday, April 24, in the Lowry City Cemetery.

DELOZIER, Frank Green
Clinton Daily Democrat
Frank Greene DeLozier was born February 9, 1914, to George and Anna Brack DeLozier. He passed away Sunday morning, September 8, 1991, at the Sac-Osage Hospital in Osceola. He was born in Lowry City and was a lifelong area resident. He was a dairy farmer for over 45 years. On February 1, 1941, he was united, in marriage to Geneva Faye McCoy in Greenwood, Arkansas. To this union two daughters were born. He was preceded in death by his parents; three half-brothers, Ralph, Henry and Ray, and two half-sisters, Grace Wright and Stella Turner. He is survived by his wife, Geneva, of the home; two daughters, Phyllis Stafford, and her husband, Ron of Overland Park, Kansas, and Janice Adkins and her husband, Richard of Olathe, Kansas; four sisters, Mrs. Betty Roberts of Kansas City, Mrs. Aline Berry of Springfield, Mrs. Maxine Keith of Lowry City, and Mrs. Josephine Akins of Mankato, Minnesota; three grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services were Wednesday, September 11. Burial was in Lowry City Cemetery.

DELOZIER, Jewel D. Park
Clinton Daily Democrat, November 1994
Jewel D. DeLozier, 94, 12100 Wornall Road, Kansas City, Villa Ventura, died November 8, 1994, at the Research Medical Center. Funeral services will be Saturday, September 12, at the Mt. Moriah and Freeman Chapel, Kansas City. Burial will be in Lowry City Cemetery. She was born in Lowry City and had lived in the Kansas City area since 1919. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the South Broadland Presbyterian Church, Keystone Sunday School Class, and a life member of Peter Dover Auxillary 302 of the VFW. She is survived by one niece, one nephew and several great-nieces and nephews.

DEMPSEY, Kermit Clifford
Clinton Daily Democrat, 31 October 2002
Kermit C. Dempsey, 89, Lowry City and formerly of Osceola, died Wednesday, October 30, 2002, at Sac Osage Hospital in Osceola. He was a retired heavy equipment operator. Funeral services will be Friday, November 1, at Sheldon Goodrich Chapel in Osceola. Burial will be in Yeater Cemetery.

DEMPSEY, Virginia Lucille Poe
Kansas City Star, 7 February 2005
Virginia Lucille Dempsey, 81, of Kansas City, KS, passed away February 4, 2005, at her daughter's home in Kansas City, KS. Virginia, a nurse, is survived by her only daughter, Michelle Elkins, and son-in-law, Randy, of Kansas City, KS; two granddaughters, Courtney Elkins and Jillian Elkins, both of Kansas City, KS; four brothers, Charles, Raymond, Floyd, and Donald Poe; one sister, Irene Kilgore. She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Dempsey, in 1993. Funeral services will be Wednesday, at 1 p.m., at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel in Osceola, MO, with burial in the Pleasant Mound Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, in the funeral home. The family suggests contributions to Cancer Action in care of the funeral home. Arr. Sheldon-Goodrich F.H..

DENNEY, Clarence Elden
St. Clair County Courier, 29 July 2005
Clarence Elden Denney, 84, passed away in Garden Grove, Calif., on June 2, 2005. Elden was the eldest son of Roy and Lucy Denney, formerly of Ohio and Lowry City. Elden was a retired pipe fitter who worked several areas of construction in California for many years. Elden was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Dorthy, who died in 2002. Elden is survived by two sons, Dale and Thomas, and their wives; five grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Also surviving Elden are two sisters, Lorine Denney Kerns and Malzina Denney Bentley and three brothers, John, Earl Lee and Dale. His youngest brother, Eugene, succumbed to a massive heart attack in 2000. He also leaves several nieces and nephews to mourn his passing. Elden was a good family man and his passing leaves a tremendous void in the lives of his beloved family and friends who will miss him dearly. He was laid to rest next to his wife, Dorthy, in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Cypress, Calif.

DENNEY, Malinda Bookout Bailey
Mrs. Malinda Denney died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. A. Hughes in Independence, Kansas, February 4 , 1925, aged eighty-nine years, two months and ten days. The relatives and friends in Independence prepared the body for burial, and it was accompanied by the daughter, Mrs. A.A.Hughes and James W.Smith a grandson of the deceased, to Lowry City, Mo. where funeral services were held Saturday, February 7, in the M.E. Church at 10:30, o'clock, a.m., conducted by Rev.Walker W. Long, pastor of Osceola, Grace M. E. Church, after which the body was laid to rest in the Mt. Zion cemetery in Henry county. Malinda Bookout was born in the state of Kentucky, November 24, 1835. Being left an orphan at an early age she grew to womanhood among her relatives and friends in Kentucky, later coming to North Missouri, where she was united in marriage to Titus T. Bailey, July 15,1856. Six children, three boys and three girls were born to this union; four of them having preceded her to the Heavenly home. Two daughters still survive: Mrs. A. A.Hughes of Independence, Kansas, and Mrs.Ella Purtle of Blackwell, Oklahoma. Mr. Bailey became broken in health and with his faithful wife and children made two overland trips with teams and wagons across the Great Plains to the Oregon and California counties with the hope of regaining his health. Returning to Missouri, he bought and located on a farm near Lowry City, but was soon called by death, leaving his wife and children, who continued to live on the farm for some time. After the death of her husband, Titus T. Bailey, she again married, to Henry Denney in June 1880. She was soon again widowed by the death of Mr. Denney, since which time she resided on the Denney homestead for awhile, later removing to Lowry City where she continued to live for many years. Becoming aged and weakened with infirmities she left her home in Lowry City over a year ago and lived with her daughters in
Kansas, until she closed her eyes in the peaceful sleep of Death to awaken in the arms of the Beloved
Saviour, whom she trusted and loved so well. Malinda Denney united with the church at an early age and at all time was faithful, devout Christian. She was a member of the Lowry City M.E.Church, where she still held her membership at the time of her death. Until her physical strength failed her and she could not easily get to the church building, Grandma Denney was always a regular attendant and one of the valiant workers in all the activities of church work. The greatest comfort she had during the long, lonesome years of her widowhood was studying her Bible and doing what she could to make her children and friends happy. Her kind and loving disposition won her a host of friends who all deeply mourn her departure; but we know because of her good, Christian character she is safely at rest in the Heavenly Master's arms; and is now free from all suffering and pain.
The immediate family to mourn her death, besides the two daughters and grandson, James W.Smith mentioned above, consists of several grandchildren, and the following named stepchildren: H.A.Denney of Lowry City, D.W.Denney of Osceola and E.N.Denney of Clinton.

DENNEY, Malinda Bookout Bailey
Card of  Thanks - We hereby express sincere and heartfelt thanks to all the kind friends in and around Lowry City and Mt.Zion who assisted in any way during the funeral services and burial of our beloved mother and grandmother, Mrs. Malinda Denney. We appreciated your kindness. Mrs. A. A.Hughes, James W. Smith, Warner Purtle, Earl Purtle, Mr.and Mrs. H. A.Denney, Mr.and Mrs. E. N. Denney, Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Denney.

DENNEY, Malinda Bookout Bailey
Funeral Card - Malinda Denney, Born: November Twenty-fourth, Eighteen Hundred and Thirty-six. Died: February Fourth, Nineteen Hundred and Twenty-five, at Independence, Kansas, At the age of Eighty-eight Years, Two Months and Ten Days. Funeral Services at the Lowey City M.C. Church, at 10:30 O'clock A.M. Saturday, February Seventh, Nineteen Hundred and Twenty-five. Conducted by Rev. W. W. Long of Osceola.
Internment at Mt. Zion, Missouri.

DENNIS, Darrell Wayne
St. Clair County Courier, 30 March 2007
Darrell Wayne Dennis passed away March 20, 2007 in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. He was born December 3, 1936 to Carl and Lola Dennis, who preceded him death. He was also preceded by three brothers, Joe E. Dennis, Donnie Lee and Donald Dee Dennis and two sisters, Ida Dean Boyle and Fern Magill. He retired from the Kansas City Fire Dept. in 1988 as F.A.O. He had a home repair business, D. D. Service, in Kansas City for 20 years. He and his wife moved to Hawaii after his retirement where they both were employed with Matsuyama Enterprise. He retired as assistant manager after 10 years. He leaves his wife, Doris, of the home; two sons, Dewayne Dennis of Lowry City, Mo., Randy Dennis of Kailua Kona, Hawaii; one beloved granddaughter, Amber Kay Dennis of Garden City, Kansas; great-granddaughter Rhyan Mekhyla Harding; former daughters-in-law, Michelle Frankland and husband, Kyle, and Branda Dennis; 3 sisters Mae Boyle and Sheryl Lou Dennis, both of Humansville, and Lula Pandolfi, Bakersfield, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were Thursday, March 29, at Murray Funeral Home, Humansville. Interment will be in the Flemington Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted by Amvets Post #114.

DENNIS, Darrell Wayne
Kansas City Star, 27 March 2007
Darrell Wayne Dennis passed away March 20, 2007 in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. He was born December 3, 1936 to Carl and Lola Dennis, who preceded him death. He was also preceded by three brothers, Joe E. Dennis, Donnie Lee and Donald Dee Dennis and two sisters, Ida Dean Boyle and Fern Magill. He retired from the Kansas City Fire Dept. in 1988 as F.A.O. He had a home repair business, D. D. Service, in Kansas City for 20 years. He and his wife moved to Hawaii after his retirement where they both were employed with Matsuyama Enterprise. He retired as assistant manager after 10 years. He leaves his wife, Doris, of the home; two sons, Dewayne Dennis of Lowry City, Mo., Randy Dennis of Kailua Kona, Hawaii; one beloved granddaughter, Amber Kay Dennis of Garden City, Kansas; great-granddaughter Rhyan Mekhyla Harding; former daughters-in-law, Michelle Frankland and husband, Kyle, and Branda Dennis; 3 sisters Mae Boyle and Sheryl Lou Dennis, both of Humansville, and Lula Pandolfi, Bakersfield, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Thursday, March 29, 2007 at Murray Funeral Home, Humansville. Interment will be in the Flemington Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted by Amvets Post #114. Visitation will be Wednesday 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Clinton Daily Democrat, 3 November 2003
Bert W. Devenny, 94, Osceola, a retired agricultural employee for the United States government, died Saturday, November 11, 2003 at the Sac-Osage Hospital, Osceola. Funeral services were Monday at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel, Osceola, with burial in Roscoe Cemetery.

DICE, Darlyn
St. Clair County Courier, 1 September 2006
Darlyn Dice was born Oct. 30, 1953 in Kansas City to Tom and Roseline King Dice. She passed away Aug. 25, 2006 at Cox Medical Center South, Springfield. Darlyn attended school in Osceola, Lowry City and Central High School in Springfield. She attended the Southern Baptist Church in Springfield and organized and helped with the food pantry for the needy. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, J.D. Dice and her sister, Cynthia Dice. Darlyn is survived by her three sons, Anthony and his wife, Ebony, Kansas City; T. and his wife, Jamie, Springfield, and Jesse and his wife, Jennifer Willkie, Hays, Kan., siblings, Robert and his wife, Lorraine Dice, Lake City, Fla.; Norma J. and her husband, Gary Hohimer, Gallatin; Paul Dice, Springfield; Roland and his wife, Sarah Dice, Cameron; Willie Mac and Kurt Cavenaugh, Slater; Fred Dice, Clinton; George and his wife, Darlene Dice, Clinton; four grandchhildren, numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. Services were held Tuesday, Aug. 29 at the Lowry City Cemetery, officiated by minister, Greg Magnum. Interment was in Lowry City Cemetery. Arrangements were made by Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

DICE, Roseline Blanche King
Marshall Democrat-News, Friday, 1 August 2003
Roseline B. Dice, 82, of Marshall, died Wednesday, July 30, 2003, at at Mar-Saline Manor Care Center in
Marshall. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home in Osceola. Burial will be in Lowry City Cemetery in Lowry City.

DICKINSON, Margaret Cox
St. Clair County Courier, 18 November 2005
Remembering Margaret Dickenson. - Dear Editor: Margaret Cox Dickinson died Sept. 21, 2005, quietly at home in San Diego, having turned 100 years old earlier in the month, close to fully functional almost to the end. Her daughter, Doris Dickinson, wrote me that earlier in the month a 100 people attended a celebration honoring Margaret’s 100th. The turnout says something about the esteem in which Margaret was held in her community. Only a few in Osceola, her birthplace, remember her. Margaret was born here, a daughter of Edwin Cox and Alice “Allie” Hancock Cox in 1905, graduated from Osceola High School in 1923 and from the University of Missouri in 1927. After that, she never lived here again. I discovered her existence when my wife Ruth and I received the Christmas card Margaret sent to my mother in 1977. Margaret didn’t know that mother had died in July that year. I wrote to Margaret then, and we corresponded intermittently. I told my sister Elizabeth Lewis Caldwell in Escondido about Margaret, and told Margaret about my sister. They got together and became friends. Besides Osceola, one thing they had in common was membership in the San Diego Natural History Museum. In 1990, when Ruth and I made a mid winter visit to my sister and brother-in-law, we all had lunch with Margaret and her daughter at the Museum, and then spent some time at their apartment. Margaret’s most recent visit to Osceola had been in 1957 or so. At that time she went to see my parents, Bernard and Myrtle Lewis, and her aunt by marriage, Agatha Daniel Cox, who lived around the corner from them. Margaret’s great grandfather, Pleasant M. Cox, M.D., was the first physician in St. Clair County, having settled near the crossing of the Osage at Crow and Crutchfield’s in 1836. Later, Dr. Cox practiced medicine in partnership with my great grandfather, Dr. Lawrence Lewis, four years his junior, who moved to Osceola in 1839. It was a strange feeling for me, sitting in a living room in San Diego and talking with someone whose great grandparents were closely associated with my great grandparents in Osceola. They were all members of old Virginia families. I found Margaret Cox Dickinson remarkable. Although she was in her mid 80s when I met her, she still actively volunteering with the Natural History Museum, and swimming laps daily in an indoor pool in her neighborhood. Just as remarkable to me now is that though neither of us knew it at the time, Margaret Cox, a native white St. Clair County, was soon to acquire a “black family”. It began when I read a letter to the Courier from Marleeta Cox Parks. She was living then in Kansas City, Kan., but was from Appleton City, where her father worked at Zink Motors. She was looking for descendants of Dr. Pleasant M. Cox because she and other family members wanted to thank them. Dr. Cox had seen to it that her grandfather, born to slaves on his farm, was taught to read at a time when slaves were expected to stay illiterate. I knew two of Dr. Cox’s descendants, one in Kansas City, one in San Diego. I wrote to both of them asking if they wanted to hear from a granddaughter of one of their ancestor’s slaves. The Kansas Citian did not write back. Margaret in San Diego wrote a resounding affirmative. I then wrote to Marleeta, giving her Margaret’s contact information. The two of them took it from there. After all the letter writing, Ruth and I got with Marleeta in person and we three became friends. One outcome of the correspondence between Marleeta and Margaret was that the black Cox descendants on the west coast sought out Margaret. Marleeta’s two sisters lived in the Bay area, but one of them had a daughter in metro San Diego. They began to invite Margaret and Doris to family gatherings, like the celebration when a grandniece of Marleeta’s graduated from Stanford University. Margaret had many friends in San Diego, but apart from her daughter Doris, no relatives. Margaret’s sister Eleanor, was a long way off in Connecticut, and I think her brother, Harris Cox, an oil man in western Canada, had already passed away. Margaret was delighted to find family in the person of descendants of Joseph Cox, who upon being freed from slavery adopted the white Cox family surname. A person never knows what boundaries love will cross. The San Diego Natural History Museums’s “Volunteer News” earlier this fall featured “Spotlight on Margaret Dickinson”. It sketched her life and detailed several of the achievements of her volunteer service which had begun in 1972 and continued for years. From the biography, “From the Midwest, Margaret and her husband moved to California in 1939. Tragically, he died six years after they came here. Margaret and their daughter Doris stayed on, investing in and managing property.” As a volunteer, among other things, Margaret started a tradition of monthly luncheons, kept the Museum scrapbooks for 14 years, and worked out the logistics of choirs and youth groups singing from the Museum steps as part of the “Christmas on the Prado” events. A lot of people will miss Margaret Cox Dickinson, and I’m one of them. Besides writing back and forth we also talked on the phone now and then. Margaret cared enough to go Escondido in 1994 to attend the funeral of my sister, who, by the way, as Elizabeth Lewis, taught in Appleton City High School in 1942-43. Wilbur Zink was one of her students. Readers who would like to learn more about Margaret Cox’s “black family” would do well to begin with Marleeta Cox Parks’ biography of her grandfather Joseph Andrew Cox in the St. Clair County Historical Society’s “Families, Vol. 1, 1995”, and continue with other sketches she wrote for the same volume, including the one on her maternal grandmother, Henrietta Freeman. Marleeta died an untimely death from lymphoma in 1996. It was at her funeral at a United Methodist church in Kansas City, Kan., that I met California members of the black Cox family, teachers, librarians and very successful business people. They and I had both Marleeta Cox Parks and Margaret Cox Dickinson in common. I was honored to accept their invitation to me to sit with them during the service. We stay in touch. From time to time St. Clair County has produced remarkable citizens of the world. I’m grateful to have had my life enriched by some of them, including my friends Margaret and Marleeta and their white and black families. Lawrence B. Lewis, Osceola.

DINES, Jackie Dalena
Hill & Son Funeral Home
5 March 2002 – 5 March 2002. Jackie Dalena Dines, stillborn daughter of Donald and Jacqueline Sue (Dukes) Dines, came into this world March 5, 2002 at Liberty Hospital. Jackie is survived by her parents Jacqueline and Donald of the home; two sisters, Kaylea and Emilea Dines of the home; maternal grandparents Debbie and Dave Richards of Rockville, Missouri; maternal grandmother Shirley Dukes of Rockville, Missouri; paternal grandparents Leslie and Janet Dines of Rockville, Missouri; paternal grandparents Tim and Paula Thompson of Kansas City, Missouri; maternal great-grandmother Delores Still of Spiro, Oklahoma; maternal great-grandmother Betsy Cooper of Kansas City, Missouri; paternal great-grandmother Alberta Adams of Kansas City, Missouri; paternal great-grandparents Paul and Georgia McClure of Appleton City, Missouri; maternal great-great-grandmother Jimmy Brown of Sallisaw, Oklahoma.

DITTY, Abram C.
The Appleton City Journal, Appleton City, St. Clair, MO, Thursday, July 21, 1921, Submitted by: Karen Foreman
DEATH OF ABRAM C. DITTY - Death Calls Pioneer Citizen Home After Serving Many Years of Usefulness.
Death has again entered the ranks of the pioneer citizens of this section, taking the life of Abram C. Ditty, a well known citizen of the Johnson City neighborhood, where he has lived for many years. He was living with his son Charles at the time of his demise. Mr. Ditty was one of the early settlers of this section. His parents moved to St. Clair county in 1838, when the deceased was one year old and settled on the farm where he resided until his death, except eight years spent in Tennessee after this father died in 1845. The fourth generation is now being reared on the old home place. Mr. Ditty’s whole life was spent for the betterment of his fellow man. He always stood for what he thought was right. He was converted to Christ May 4, 1917. The day before his death he expressed himself as being saved and was satisfied and ready to go to meet his loved ones. Abram C. Ditty was born in the year 1847, being a son of John F. Ditty, who came to this section from middle Tennessee. He first settled in what is now Henry county, later moving to the old homestead in St. Clair county as stated above.
Some of the historical events of his life are as follows: In April, 1859 he hired to a man by name of Dick Yonce to drive six yoke of oxen to a government freight wagon hauling supplies for Uncle Sam. He started from Leavenworth, Kans., his destination being Ft. Union, New Mexico. The government train consisted of 26 wagons, and averaged six oxen teams to the wagon. He returned home in August the same year. The Civil war broke out in the winter of 1861, and he and his brother Will started for Tennessee, making the trip horseback. When they reached their destination they found that hostilities were as great as at home. He left Tennessee the first day of April, 1862, arriving home the 3rd day of May. He was here and there the rest of the war until Gen. Price’s raid. He joined Price’s forces in 1864 and went south and surrendered at Shreveport, La. He was married in the year 1866 to Miss Frances A. Yonce. To this union seven children were born: Thomas W., Robert E., James M., Ollie N., Charles A., Wade H. and Edna E. One brother, Wm. H. Ditty, of Montana, survives. Funeral services were held at the Spring Grove church Monday afternoon, being conducted by Rev. T. J. Haney, pastor of the Appleton City M. E. church. Interment was made in the cemetery nearby.

DITTY, Mattie Lee (Evans) Alexander
Mattie Lee Ditty, October 31, 1911 - June 27, 2005.  Mattie Lee Evans Alexander Ditty, daughter of John and Mattie Landreth Evans was born near Tiffin in St. Clair County, Missouri October 31, 1911 and departed this life on June 27, 2005 at Woodbine Health Care and Rehabilitation Center, Kansas City, Missouri at the age of 93 years. She with her family moved to a farm near Rockville, Missouri when she was a small child. She attended Osage Grade School and graduated from Taberville High School in 1925. Mattie Lee was united in marriage to Purna Roy Alexander March 21, 1929. To this union four children were born: Bettie, Joan, Matt and Shirley. The Alexander family resided on a farm in the Ohio neighborhood until the death of Purna Roy, at which time she moved to Appleton City, Missouri in 1968. Mattie Lee was united in marriage to Lawrence C. Ditty at Trinity United Methodist Church on December 11, 1978. Mattie Lee joined Bethel Baptist Church on March 28, 1926 and later transferred her membership to Trinity United Methodist Church in Appleton City. She was a member of Order of the Eastern Star Olive Branch Chapter #157, Rebekah Lodge #724 and P.E.O. Chapter CC. She is survived by her four children, Bettie Lee Moore of Kansas City, Missouri, Joan and husband Dr. Purcell Smith of Little Rock, Arkansas, Matt Alexander and wife Marian of Appleton City, Missouri and Shirley and husband Reginald Quick of Kansas City, Missouri, three step-daughters, 17 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Mattie Lee will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

DIXON, Katherine Forquer
Chanute Tribune, 15 February 2006
YATES CENTER - Katherine F. Dixon, 92, Yates Center, died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006. She was born Feb. 27, 1913, in Yates Center, the daughter of Vincent and Dora Stitcher Forquer. She grew up in Yates Center and graduated from high school there. She was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening and baking, especially cinnamon rolls and bread. On July 31, 1929, she married Carl Elvin Dixon. He died Oct. 6, 1982. Survivors include a son, Larry Dixon, Van Buren, Ark.; a daughter, Peggy Ferree, Yates Center; and 10 grandchildren and several great- and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Carl Dixon Jr., and two brothers and two sisters. Funeral will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at the funeral home where memorials to Harry Hynes Hospice may be left. Burial will be in Yates Center Cemetery. Campbell Funeral Home, Yates Center, is in charge of arrangements.

DIXON, Mrs. Lucy Ann Beavers
Submitted by: Dee Mathews
The above named lady was born near Fredonia, KY, May 13 (s/b 23) 1837, and died at the home of her son, John Dixon, near Appleton City, Nov. 6, 1906. When about 18 years of age the deceased was married to Alfred Dixon and together they came to St. Clair County, MO in 1867 and have since resided here. Mrs. Dixon was converted to christianity in 1858 and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church and remained a faithful member of that body until her death. Eleven children were born to her, nine of whom, with her husband survive her. The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. P. E. Pierce at the home of her son from Rev. 7:12 -- "What are These Which Arrayed in White Robes and Whence Came They?" A large concourse of friends followed the remains of this excellent woman to her last resting place in the Appleton City Cemetery.

DIXON, Mrs. Lucy Ann Beavers
Submitted by: Dee Mathews
Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Beavers of Terry were in Osceola last Thursday on the way home from Appleton township where they had been to attend the funeral of Mr. Beaver's sister, Mrs. Alfred Dixon, who died Tuesday evening previous from the effects of paralysis with which she had been afflicted for about two years. Mrs. Dixon was sixty years of age.