Sunday, December 14, 2008

Mt. Vernon, MO Obituaries - M

Updated 11-19-10
These Obituaries are reprinted from The Lawrence County Record, which is Mt. Vernon, MO hometown newspaper. The newspaper, published once a week includes the weekly deaths of Lawrence County residents & their families. In an effort to maintain Mt. Vernon, MO Genealogy I have only reprinted the Mt. Vernon Deaths, other Lawrence County deaths can be located elsewhere on this site. I will list these alphabetically and I will add to these on a regular basis so be sure to check back often.
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Luella V. Marshall

Luella V. Marshall, 84, Mt. Vernon, died at 6:36 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, 2007, in the Mt. Vernon Residential Care Center.
She was born May 26, 1922, in Ainsworth, Neb., to Orville Patrick and Fern (Fitzgerald) Anderson. She was a bookkeeper for Ralston Purina Manufacturing Company. She attended Libedrty Church, Monett, and was a member of the Victory Extension Club.
She married Lavern Herbert Marshall April 7, 1942, in Nebraska. He died Nov. 18, 2006.
Survivors include one daughter, Dixie Budd, Miller; one son, Herb Marshall, Clinton, Neb., four sisters, Ida Andersonand Rutha Blundell, both of Hay Spring Neb., Verna Barela, Denver, Colo., and Iva Holtz, Avoca, Iowa; two brothers, Lee Anderson, Newburg, Ore., and Patrick - "Andy" Anderson, Granger, Ind.; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Ward and Ellis Anderson.
Services were Monday, April 30, in Hoch Funeral Home, Ainsworth, with the Rev.
Glen Wray officiating. Burial was in Ainsworth Cemetery. Local arrangements were under direction of Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home.
Wayne Marti
Wayne Marti, 85, Mt. Vernon, passed away at 6:47 p.m. Tuesday. Nov. 11, 2008, in Lacoba Nursing Home, Monett.Wayne was born Aug. 7, 1923, in Stotts City to Pete and Amy (Williams) Marti. He was a graduate of Pierce City High School. He was a World War II Army Air Force Veteran serving from Jan. 11, 1943, through Dec. 5, 1945. He retired from Carnation Milk Company in Mt. Vernon in 1988, after 47 years. Wayne was a very active member of the First Baptist Church, where he also served as a deacon.On Jan. 29, 1942, he was united in marriage with Vivian Elsey in Lamar. She survives.Those surviving him are: one daughter, Linda Batson and husband Jerry, of Mt. Vernon: two sons, Richard Marti and Wife Jogene, of Farmington, AR, and Dr. Robert Marti and wife, Barbara, of Springfield; 11 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.His parents preceded him in death.Services, under the direction of Fossett-Mosher Funereal Home, Mt. Vernon, Were Saturday, Nov. 15, at First Baptist Church, Mt. Vernon. Burial with full military honors, was in Union Cemetery, Stotts City.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Endowment Fund, in care of the funeral home.Online condolences may be shared www.fossettmosherfuneralhome.com

Carol Ann Mayo
Carol Ann Mayo, 62, Mt. Vernon, passed away at :35 p.m. Monday, July 16, 2007, in her residence.
She was born April 10, 1945, in Whittier, Calif., to Robertson Clark and Myri Francis (Salisbury) Davis. She was a homemaker and loved to spend time with her children and grandchildren. She was of the Southern Baptist faith.
Survivors include three daughters, Shanon Sims and husband, Mike, and Bobbie Williams and husband DeForest, all of Buckeye, Ariz., and Casey Rogers and husband Ronnie, Mt. Vernon; two sons, Scott Mayo and wife, Rhonda, Henderson, Nev., and Aaron Mayo and wife Rhonda, Springville, Calif.; three sisters, Evelyn Nicholson, Bryan Texas, Inez O’Daniel, Marlow Okla., and Donna Morrison, Tulare, Calif.; one brother, Hubert Davis, Show Low, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Her parents; two sisters, Helen Smith and Barbara Post and one brother, Louis Davis preceded her in death.
Graveside services, under the direction of Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, Mt. Vernon, will be at 10 a.m. Monday, July 23, in the Mt. Vernon IOOF Cemetery, with Chaplain Jack Betts officiating.
Family will receive friends form 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 22, in the funeral home chapel.
Online condolences may be made at
http://www.fossettmosherfuneralhome.com/

LaVern M. McCollough
LaVern M. McCollough, 28, Mt. Vernon, died Friday, Sept. 21, 2007, at his home in Mt. Vernon.
He was born Aug. 5, 1979, in Janesville, Wis., to the late Mr. McCollough and Judy Orman Wommack.
Survivors include two daughters, Kayla McCollough and Sage McCollough, both of Arizona; his mother, Judy Wommack and husband David, Mt. Vernon; three sisters, Lorie Hellenbrand, Evansville, Wis., and Susan Benash and Lisa Williams, both of Janesville; and maternal grandmother, Alvida Landis, DeSoto, Wis.
Arrangements are under direction of Lakin Funeral Home, Pierce City.
Plummer Houston McDaniel And Jeraldine "Juggie" McDaniel


Plummer Houston McDaniel & Jeraldine “Juggie” McDaniel - Mt. Vernon - Plummer Houston McDaniel, 73, Mt. Vernon formerly of Marysville, Calif., died with his loving wife Jeraldine “Juggie” McDaniel, 68 and dog Missy, Thursday evening, Jan. 18, 2007, in their home due to carbon monoxide poisoning.Plummer was born Feb. 3, 1933, in Poteau, Okla., to Charles and Francis (Stewart) McDaniel.Juggie was born Feb. 25, 1938, in Marysville, Calif., to Arlie and Jenny “May” (Dixon) Coker.Plummer and Juggie moved to Mt. Vernon to be with family in 2005.Plummer worked for American Equipment Rentals as an agricultural machine mechanic. He raced stock cars for many years and was proud points champion a multitude of times. Juggie worked as a real estate agent for Coldwell Bankers. She was a hard worker, she loved fixing up homes, helping grandchildren to purchase their own homes and teaching them life lessons.Together they loved NASCAR racing and watching the grandkids race (Plummer was their crew chief), play slot machines and poker with their family. This last year in Mt. Vernon has been most memorable for the entire family.They are survived by three daughters, Deborah Aust and husband, David Sr., Pam Aust and husband Gene, Tracy Warnow and husband Michael, all of Mt. Vernon; son Lonnie McDaniel and wife, Terri, Marysville, Calif., sons Ronnie and Donnie McDaniel, Marysville, Calif.; daughter Marlina Holt, Yuba City, Calif.; foster son, Timmy Shaw and wife, Fonda, Marysville, and their two children:
Plummer’s brother, Kenneth McDaniel and wife, Delma, Marysville, Juggie’s brother, John Coker and wife, Nina, Trowbridge, Calif.; her two sisters, Vernie Coker, Sacramento, Calif.; 14 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.Plummer is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Homer, Lester and Gerald McDaniel, and two sisters, Mary Leaville and Audie Jacobs.Their grandson, Lucas Yaden, also preceded them in death.A dual funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, in teh Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, with burial in Mt. Vernon IOOF Cemetery.Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, in the funeral home.A memorial fund has been established at Mid-Missouri Bank in the name of “The Plummer and Juggie McDaniel Memorial Fund”.
Betty Lou McKinzie

Betty Lou McKinzie - Mt. Vernon, 79, died at 9:35 a.m. Tuesday Dec. 11, 2007, in her home.
She was born Feb. 8, 1928, in Seneca to Roscoe and Ester (Sherer) Lankford. She married R.E. “Mac” McKinzie April 21, 1048, in Columbia. He died May 18, 1996.
She was a 1946 graduate of Seneca high School and worked on the family farm. She was a member of the Aurora Church of Christ.
Survivors include two sons, Dan, Republic, and don, Mt. Vernon; two daughters, Dea Furgason and Diana Weston, both of Mt. Vernon; one sister, Marceline Rinehart, Seneca; nine grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by twin sons, Dave and Denis; one sister and one brother. Services were Saturday, Dec. 15, in Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora, with burial in the Thompson Grove Cemetery, Seneca.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Honduran Children’s Sponsorship Program, in care of the funeral home.
James M. Mecum

James M. Mecum - 81, Mt. Vernon, died Friday, March 2, 2007, at the Missouri Veterans' Home / Mt. Vernon.
He was born July 22, 1925 in Columbia.
Survivors include his wife, Helen (Bonnie) Mecum, whom he married Dec. 27, 1948; one daughter, Trish Hedrick, one son, Tim Mecum; three grandchildren; and four great-
He was a World War II veteran of the United States Navy. He was owner of Jim's Body Shop and Votaw's until his retirement in 1987. He was a member of the Elks Lodge 409 and past member of the Shriner's Abou Ben Adhem Temple.
Graveside services were Monday, March 5, at the Missouri Veteran's Cemetery.grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Elks Lodge 409, 2223 E. Bennett, Springfield, MO 65804
Jayme Ruth Bell Medlock
Jayme Ruth Bell Medlock, Mt. Vernon, died at 12:10 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, 2007, at Mt. Vernon Place Care Center. She was 85.
She was born Feb. 13, 1922, in Mt. Vernon. She married Glen Fredrick Medlock Sept. 5, 1961. They spent most of their marriage in the Joplin area.
She was a member of Lone El Church in Joplin.
Mrs. Medlock was preceded in death by her husband on Nov. 21, 1997; by her mother, Gladys Bell Mann; and her stepfather, Aaron Mann.
Local survivors include cousins Naomi Snyder, Joe Snyder, Julie Kleeman and Judy Edwards, all of Mt. Vernon.
Graveside services were held Friday, July 6, at Ozark Memorial Cemetery in Joplin, with the Rev. J.C. Walker officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Lone Elm Church or Mt. Vernon Place Care Center in care of mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin.
Adam Lee Mesicek
Adam Lee Mesicek - 28, Mt. Vernon, died suddenly Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007.He was born Aug. 11, 1979, in Humboldt, Iowa, to David and Catherine (Trickel) Mesicek. He lived in the Mt. Vernon community for the past eight years. He worked construction and attended Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness, Miller.He married Annette Thomas April 12, 2007, in Hollywood Beach, Fla. She survives.Additional survivors include two children, Skyler and Adalyn, of the home; his mother Catherine “Cathy” Arnold, and stepfather Kelly, Monett; one brother, David James “D.J.” Mesicek II, Springfield; one sister, Sarah Mesicek, Nixa, maternal grandparents Ron and Karen Trickel, Ozark; paternal grandparents Hubert and Frances Mesicek, Humboldt; and maternal great-grandmother, Elizabeth Erickson, Algona, Iowa.He was preceded in death by his father, David Mesicek, and great-grandparents.Services were Monday, Dec. 10, in Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, Mt. Vernon. Burial was in Liberty Cemetery, Monett.





David Wayne Millsap
David Wayne Millsap, 56, Mt. Vernon, passed away at 5:51 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010, at his home.
    He was born Oct. 4, 1954, in Monett to Gene Edward and Bonnie Jean (Copeland) Millsap.  David lived in the Mt. Vernon community his entire life.  He was a 1973 graduate of Mt. Vernon High School, a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Freistatt, and worked as the director of maintenance for the Mt. Vernon R-5 School District.
     On June 18, 1976, he married Carol George in Freistatt.  She survives.
     Also surviving are his mother, Bonnie Smith of Mt. Vernon; three daughters, Catherine James of Mt. Vernon, Monica Cavener and her husband, Roger, of Marionville, and Sonja Crisp of Mt. Vernon; six grandchildren, Zariah, Madison and Gabriella James, Haley and Ethan Pace, and Audrey Bittle; two sisters, Sandy Brecht and her husband Steve, of Mt. Vernon, and Debbie Longley of Republic; an uncle and aunt, Bobby and Beverly Kincaid of Farley; an aunt, Patricia Millsap of Springfield; and a host of relatives and friends.
     Preceding him in death were his father, Gene Edward Millsap; his stepfather, Kenneth Smith; his grandparents; and an uncle, Don Millsap.
     Services, under the direction of Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, were Saturday, Oct 16, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Freistatt.  Burial will follow at a later date.
     Memorial donations may be made to the Burrell Behavioral Health Center in care of the funeral home.
     Online condolences may be shared at http://www.fossettmosherfuneralhome.com/.






Jacob Matthew Meyer
Jacob Matthew Meyer of Mt. Vernon earned his angel wings while surrounded by those who loved him on Friday, March 20, 2009, in Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, after a valiant struggle with Rhabdomyosarcoma Cancer. He was 2 years old.
Jacob was born May 4, 2006, in Springfield, the son of Jeremy Allen and Candace Lynn (Barrett) Meyer, and loving brother to Curtis and Josie.
He was the grandson of paternal grandmother Judith Kimmons of Springfield, paternal step-grandmother Shelley Meyer, Battlefield, maternal grandparents Arthur and Dee Barrett, Mt. Vernon, paternal great-grandparents Merlin and Yvonne Meyer and Jerry and Bernetta Kimmons, Billings, maternal great-grandparents Curtis Barrett, Mt. Vernon, and Elnora Enlow, Ava, and a dear, sweet nephew and cousin.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Joe Meyer; maternal great-grandmother Carmeletta Barrett; and maternal great-grandfather Lloyd Enlow.
Although his life was short, it was long in substance. Jacob was not only a patient, but a teacher. Throughout his illness he gave much hope and inspiration to many children and adults, not only in the hospital, but wherever he went. His nurturing sense and infectious smile will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
A funeral service in Jacob's memory will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, at First Baptist Church, Mt. Vernon, with burial in Mt. Vernon City Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Children's Miracle Network or Mt. Vernon Emergency Services for Children, in care of Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, 510 E. Cherry Street, Mt. Vernon, MO 65712.
Online condolences may be shared at http://www.fossettmosherfuneralhome.com/
Donald Wayne Miles
Donald Wayne Miles, 81, Mt. Vernon, went to be with his Lord Thursday, June 4, 2009, in Cox South, Springfield. He was born July 16, 1927, in Lawrence, Kan., to Virgil and Pauline (Clay) Miles.
He attended school in Tucson, Ariz., and Clever and was inducted into the United States Army Jan. 10, 1946. He served in Yokahama, Japan, as a TEC 4 until April 9, 1947. Don received the Victory Medal and Army of Occupation Medal - Japan.
Don retired from Zenith in 1987, having also been a builder and registered Guernsey dairyman. He was an active member of Ozark Prairie "Brick" Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder and Sunday School superintendent.
On Sept. 5, 1954, Don was united in marriage with Mary Marie Sapp in Mt. Vernon.
Preceding him in death were his parents, a sister, Bonnie Fabro, and brothers-in-law Bill Dunn and Gibson Noblitt.
His loving wife, Marie, of nearly 55 years, survives Don. This union was blessed with two daughters, Brenda Whitt and husband Brian of Tulsa, Okla., and Lisa Brafford and husband Emery of Mt. Vernon; six grandchildren, Mallory, Zachary and Katelyn Whitt, Jenna (Bradfford) Swihart and husband Jason. Emily and Heath Brafford. He was looking forward to the birth of his first great-grandchild. "Baby" Swihart, in December. Other survivors are sisters Marilynn Dunn of Springfield, Betty Nobit, Sugar Land, Texas, and Joann Verfurth and husband Bill of Billings, nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
Don was a kind and gentle man who loved and cherished his faimly and friends and who was loved and cherished in return. He and his wonderful sense of humor will be greatly missed.
A celebration of Don's life was held Monday, June 8, in the Ozark Prairie "Brick" Presbyterian Church, Mt. Vernon. Burial was in the church cemetery, under direction of Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, Mt. Vernon.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ozark Prairie Presbyterian Church, American Cancer Society, or to the charity of the donor's choice, in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be shared at http://www.fossettmosherfuneralhome.com/.
Linda June Miller-Honeycutt
Linda June Miller-Honeycutt, 57, Mt. Vernon, died at 12:30 a.m. Saturday, April 17, 2010, at Cox South, Springfield. She was diagnosed with lung cancer in December 2009.
She was born Nov. 12, 1952, in Stillwell, Okla., to Harry Earl and Opal Elnora (Steen) Miller Sr.
She grew up in Arizona and was a 1971 graduate of South Mountain High School in Phoenix, Ariz.
Survivors include one son, Jason Allen Moore Sr., Dallas, Texas; one sister, Lenna Jean Miller-Rowe, Monett; three brothers, Harry Earl Miller Jr., Springfield, Colo., Charles David Miller, Walsh, Colo., and Ronald Dean Miller, Orlando, Fla.; and one grandson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and three brothers, George Elbert, Kenneth Ray and Jerry Don Miller.
Memorial services, under direction of Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora, will be held at a later date.
Curtis Dale Mitchell
Curtis Dale Mitchell, 86, Bolivar, died at 11:42 a.m. Monday, Oct. 15, 2007, at the Missouri Veterans' Home/Mt. Vernon after a lingering illness.
He was born July 1, 1921, in Aldrich to Albert Ray and Opal Acuff Mitchell. He was a 1939 graduate of Marion C. Early High School. He was a U.S. Arm veteran of World War II. He farmed and raised cattle. He was active in Wishart United Methodist Church until it closed. He then attended Aldrich United Methodist Church.
He married Betty Jean Lane Jan 31, 1942. She survives.
Also surviving are a daughter, Elaine Huff, Boliver; a sister Jean Degraffenreid, Bolivar; a brother, Warren Mitchell, Bolivar; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
One brother, Basil Mitchell, preceded him in death.
Services were held Thursday, Oct. 18, in Butler Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Harfold Hendrickson and Bill Moore officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Aldrich, Military honors were conducted by AMVETS Post 114 of Flemington.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association in care of the funeral home.
Elwood J. Moeskau
Elwood J. Moeskau, 87, Mt. Vernon, died Tuesday, Sept 25, 2007, at the Missouri Veterans' Home/Mt. Vernon.
He was born July 3, 1920, in Brainerd, Minn., to Andrew and Cora Moeskau. He attended school in Bemidji, Minn. And graduated from Bremidji High School in 1938. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1942 for pilot training, received his pilot wings and was commissioned a lieutenant. He was a multi-engine instructor pilot during World War II and served 21 months during the Korean War. He was discharged as captain in 1951. His last assignment was Thornborough Air Force Base at Cold Bay, Alaska.
He began his career with the Federal Aviation Agency in 1962 at the Indianapolis, Ind., control tower. He was transferred to Grand Forks, N.D., and to the Joplin Municipal Airport in 1966 as facility chief. He retired in 1978.
He was a member of Peach Lutheran Church and the American Legion Post No. 13.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Storlie Moeskau; two daughters, Carol Hunt, Springfield, and Bette Schoeberi, Joplin; one son, Jim Moeskau, Branson; one brother, Keith Moeskau, Bemidji; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were Monday, Oct. 1, at the Missouri Veterans' Cemetery, Springfield.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or Peace Lutheran Church.Check Spelling
Thomas Duane Moore
Thomas Duane Moore, 81, Mt. Vernon, formerly of Springfield, died at 7:30 a.m. Friday, June 8, 2007, at the Missouri Veterans' Home/Mt. Vernon, following a lengthy illness.
He was born Nov. 9, 1925, in Blackwell, Okla., to William Thomas and Bernice Irene Phillips Moore.
He was a World War II veteran of the United States Army. He worked as a corrections officer for the federal government.
No funeral services are planned at this time. Arrangements are under direction of Pitts Chapel, Bolivar.
Don Keith Morgan

Don Keith Morgan - 83, Mt. Vernon, went to be with his heavenly father Wednesday, April 18, 2007.
He was born May 21, 1923, in Miller to Virgil Lee and Ruby Pearl (Stevens) Morgan.
Don grew up in Miller and attended the Miller schools and later graduated from Carthage High School. He voluntarily enlisted in the Army during World War II. During his term he served in the 29Th Infantry Division as a staff sergeant. Co. E 175Th Regiment ETO. He landed at Normandy Beach during the D-Day Invasion and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Don was proud of his work for Peter Kewitt, Master & Jackson, where he worked on road and pipeline construction. After he could no longer labor hard construction work, he got his LPN license and worked at the Missouri Rehabilitation Center. In his early years he was an avid gardener and always a huge St. Louis Cardinals fan.
On June 29, 1946, he married Oleta Belle Evatt in Columbus, Kan. She survives.
Additional survivors include 11 children, Robert Morgan and wife Shelly of California, Anna Rae Davis and husband Maurie, Mt. Vernon, Gary Morgan and wife Jane, Aurora, Donald Morgan, Burleson, Texas, Paul Morgan, Mt. Vernon, Fred Morgan and wife Rosjon, Miller, Doris Carver and husband, Butch, Mt. Vernon, Larry Morgan and wife Suzy, Houston, Texas, Mary Morgan, Mt. Vernon, Michael Morgan and wife Denise, Miller, and Cheryl McElroy and husband Keith, Ash Grove; one brother, Lee Morgan and wife Mary, Bunker; 19 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
His parents, daughter, Ruby Morgan, and brother, Melvin Ray Morgan, preceded him in death.
Services were Saturday, April 21, in the Freedom Christina Center, Aurora. Burial with full military honors, was in Miller Memorial Gardens Cemetery, under direction of Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, Mt. Vernon.
Memorial donations may be made to the Monett Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4207 Canteen, in care of the funeral home.
Duane Morris
Duane Morris, 63, Mt. Vernon, died at 12:47 p.m. Friday, June 19, 2009, in his home.
He was born Sept. 10, 1945, in Santa Clara, Calif., to Cecil Ivarene and Georgia Ruth (Faught) Morris.
Survivors include his wife, Sandra; two sons, Brett Morris, Stockton, and Brandon Morris, Oakley, Calif.; one sister, Jewel Sanders, San Jose, Calif.; and two grandsons.
A memorial service will be held at a later date in California.
Local arrangements are under direction of Herman Lohmeyer Funeral Home, Springfield.
 
Paul Thomas Morris
Paul Thomas Morris of Mt. Vernon, died Monday morning, Feb. 2, 2009, at his home. He was 52.He was deeply loved by his family and many friends. He will be greatly missed by all, but we know he is at peace and in a better place.Paul was born Feb. 22, 1956, in Springfield, MO., to Ronald V. and Ivernia (Jones) Morris. He grew up in Mt. Vernon and was a 1974 graduate of Mt. Vernon High School, where he served as student body president - a role his oldest son, Stuart, would also fill three decades later. He graduated with honors from Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield.He married Gail Schatz June 11, 1983, to that union were born two sons, Stuart Thomas Morris and Samuel Clark Morris.Paul taught government and history at the high school level for two years, then served as special assistant to then - Sen. John Danforth, representing the senator in over 30 counties in Missouri. Earlier he had interned for U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor and in 1980, served as Lawrence County coordinator for Roy Blunt’s campaign for lieutenant governor.In 1982, Paul returned to Mt. Vernon and opened Paul Thomas’ clothing store, which he operated for several years. He had worked for Federal Protection, Inc., in Springfield since 1992.He was honored as Mt. Vernon’s Citizen of the Year in 1987, for his service to the community. Over the years he had served as chairman of the Lawrence County Republican Committee, president of the Mt. Vernon Chamber of Commerce, chairman of Apple Butter Makin’ Days, president of Mt. Vernon Rotary Club and as a member of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library Board and 39th Judicial Circuit Bar Committee, among others.He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Mt. Vernon, where he taught the adult Sunday school class and where he had served as elder and deacon. Paul had revived Easter and Thanksgiving lay services in the community and coordinated those gatherings for many years.At the time of his passing, he was serving as president of the Missouri School Boards’ Association. He has served on the Mt. Vernon R-5 Board of Education for nearly nine years.Paul is survived by his sons, Stuart and Clark; their mother, Gail; his father, R.V. Morris, Mt. Vernon; a brother and his family, Mark and Donna Morris, Abbie and Daniel, Mt. Vernon; and a sister and her family, Ronda and Roger Hawks, Rebecca, Rachelle and Ronnie, Lockwood.He was preceded in death by his mother, Ivernia, in 1997.Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, at First Presbyterian Church, Cherry and Main Streets, Mt. Vernon, with the Rev. Gene Campbell officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, at Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, 510 E. Cherry St., Mt. Vernon. Burial will be in Mt. Vernon IOOF Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at http://www.fossettmosherfuneralhome.com/Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 66, Mt. Vernon, MO 65712
Cleo Calvin Murphy
Cleo Calvin Murphy, 95, Mt. Vernon, died Tuesday, March 31, 2009, at the Missouri Veterans' Home/Mt. Vernon. He was born Aug. 8, 1913, in Webster County to Jack and Grace Murphy. He served in the United States Army in World War II with the 863rd Aviation Engineers. He was a member of Masonic Lodge #422 and American Legion Post 69. He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years. Mildred Knuchols Murphy; three brothers, Elmer, Vester and Vernice; and three sisters, Edith Smith, Jewell Cates, and Alline Vance. Survivors include one brother, Lee "Pat"; and two sisters Marie Fuller and Emma Jean Gann. Military services and burial were Friday, April 3, in the Missouri Veterans' Cemetery, Springfield, under direction of Greenlawn Funeral Home East, Springfield.

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