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Robert B. "Bobby" Jones


Robert B. “Bobby” Jones, 89, passed away on Monday, July 17, 2017, at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center, surrounded by his family.

 

was born September 16, 1927, to his father, Bernard H. “Bob” and mother, Ethel (Carlson) Jones, in rural Angola, Kansas. He attended his freshmen year of high school at Valeda High School, Valeda, Kansas, and graduated from Labette County Community High School, Altamont, Kansas, in 1946. Bobby was active in many high school activities including:   L Club, Mechanics Club, Boxing Club, Football, Basketball, Track, and served as Senior Class President.

 

In the summer of 1945, Bobby met the love his life, Colene Harden. On June 2, 1948, Bobby and Colene were married at the Altamont Baptist Church. The couple made their home on the family farm, Deer Creek Farm, and recently celebrated their 69 Year Wedding Anniversary. Bobby was a farmer/rancher and loved the life he and Colene shared together. Bobby and Colene are the parents of three children:  Tommy, Janie, and Scottie. During their children’s school years they were always supportive of their children in all their sports and extracurricular activities seldom missing a game or an activity. Through the years they loved watching their grandchildren play sports and participate in their school activities.

Bobby loved sports, traveling (especially vacations to the Colorado Mountains), hunting, taking pictures, telling jokes, and spending time with his family. 

 

Bobby was a member of the Angola United Methodist Church where he held several offices in the church and Sunday school. While his children were in high school, he served as President of the Labette County High School Athletic Booster Club and was always a proud supporter of the Grizzlies.  In 2006, Bobby received the Bob Holtzman Basketball Service Award.  Bobby was recognized by The Parsons News as the 1986 Farmer of the Year and received the Kansas Bankers Association Soil Conservation Award in 1998.

 

Bobby is survived by his wife, Colene, of the home; children, Tom and Jeannie Jones of rural Coffeyville, Kansas, Ken and Janie (Jones) Leedy of Cashion, Oklahoma, Scott Jones of Houston, Texas; grandchildren, Brandi and Darren Wegner, Brian and Sarah Beth Leedy, Ashley and Teddy Owens and by seven wonderful great-grandchildren.

 

Bobby is preceded in death by his infant son, Rickey Jones; parents, Bob and Ethel Jones; sisters, Pearl and Martha Lee Jones.

Friends may sign the guest register on Thursday, July 20, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville, Kansas

 

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, July 21, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the Angola United Methodist Church in Angola, Kansas.  Interment will follow at the Angola Richland Cemetery.

 

Memorials may be made to the Robert B. “Bobby” Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund, Labette County High School:  contributions may be left with the funeral home or mailed c/o David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 North Cline Road, Coffeyville, KS 67337.

To leave a message for the family please visit www.dwbfh.com.

David W. Barnes Funeral Home of Coffeyville is in charge of arrangements


James W. (Jim) Hales


James W. (Jim) Hales went to be with the Lord on July, 17, 2017.  He was 83 years old.  Jim was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on January 19, 1934 to Mathias and Velma (Badgely) Hales. 

 

Jim graduated from Will Rogers High School, Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1952.  He then came to Coffeyville Community College on a football scholarship to play for the Red Ravens.  He graduated from CCC in 1954.  While at CCC, he met his wife, Jeannine (George) Hales.  They married December 20, 1953, in their sophomore year in a beautiful Christmas wedding.  Three years later they had their one and only child, Janis (Hales) Frye. 

 

After graduating from CCC, he started furthering his education and was awarded his Bachelor’s degree in Education from Pittsburg State University and later his Master’s degree in Education at Azusa Pacific College in California.  He began his first teaching position in a two teacher school in Chautauqua, KS.  He taught the upper grades while Jeannine taught the lower grades.  They then moved to Hugoton, KS to teach for 2 years.  They then moved to Coffeyville, KS to teach for 10 years.  Jim taught 5th grade and loved every minute of it.  In 1969, they moved to California and taught there for 10 years.  While in California Jim was instrumental in developing the Star Math program for all the elementary schools in California.  Then back to Coffeyville to teach the remainder of his career before retiring in 1999.  While teaching in Coffeyville him and a fellow teacher, Vernie Stallings served on a salary committee together and were instrumental in gaining a salary increase for women teachers.  At the time, women teachers were paid $400 less a year than male teachers.  Due to this service, women were finally paid the same as their fellow male teachers. 

 

His hobby was designing homes.  He designed and helped build the home in which he was currently residing as well as a previous home and several other homes in the South Coffeyville/Coffeyville area.  He also designed and helped build the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church in South Coffeyville. 

 

Until his health declined, Jim was an active member of the First Baptist Church, South Coffeyville.  He served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, in the Children’s ministry and a choir member. 

 

Leaving to honor his memory is his wife of 63 years, Jeannine and daughter Janis Frye.  Also, Jim was the proud grandfather of James (Brooke) Hampton, Melissa (Joel) Guinn, Richie (Ashley) Frye, April (Michael) Zillifro, and Eric (Ashley) Frye.  He also had 11 great grandchildren and one on the way, Drake, Jazzi, Hunter, Harley, Hutson, Riley, Reagan, Dylan, Kaylee, Dallas, Charlotte and 4 great-great grandchildren.  His quiver was full. 

 

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, one sister, his mother and father-in-law and his son-in-law. 

 

Friends may call on Friday, July 21, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville.  The family will receive friends on Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. 

 

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, South Coffeyville, Oklahoma, with Pastor Jonathan Filson officiating.  Burial will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Coffeyville. 

 

The family suggests memorials to the First Baptist Church of South Coffeyville or Salvation Army Community Service Volunteers (SACSV); contributions may be left with the funeral home or mailed c/o David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 North Cline Road, Coffeyville, KS 67337.

 

To leave a message for the family please visit www.dwbfh.com.

 

David W. Barnes Funeral Home of Coffeyville is in charge of arrangements.


Ruth Lorene Elliot


Ruth Lorene Elliott age 97 of Coffeyville passed away on July 17, 2017 at Windsor Place.

 

Ruth was born on February 29, 1920 in Wann, Oklahoma to Leroy and Gertrude (Poe) Crittenden. She attended and graduated from Wann High School. She then continued her education at Coffeyville Junior College, Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK and later earned a Master's in Education from Pittsburg State University. She began her elementary teaching career in a one-room schoolhouse at Antioch, located near Wann. She then taught in Wann, OK for 10 years before moving to Whittier Elementary School in Coffeyville and retiring from Edgewood Elementary School after 40 years in education. Ruth was united in marriage to Ralph ''George'' Elliott on December 25, 1942 in Ft Sill, Oklahoma. To this union the couple was blessed with two daughters. Ruth's passions in life were her family and her profession. Ruth was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the NEA, Keystone Class, the Salvation Army Auxiliary, and the CRMC Auxiliary.

 

Those left to cherish her memory are her daughters Connie Cox and Sue Staudt (Joe); two granddaughters, Kimberly Gonzalez (Mateo) of Frisco, TX and Holly Staudt of Pittsburg, KS; a great-granddaughter Audrey Gonzalez; and a nephew, Nolen Smith of Bartlesville, OK.

 

Ruth now rests with her parents, her beloved husband George, her brother Forrest Crittenden, and her sister Leola Smith.

 

Friends are invited to sign the register on Friday, July 21, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel. Private family services will be held at a later date. The family suggests memorials be made payable to Coffeyville First United Methodist Church or to Coffeyville Friends of Animals, and they may be sent in care of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville, Kansas 67337. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

 


Sherry Ann Todd (Lee)


Sherry Ann Todd (Lee) passed away peacefully at Windsor Place on July 11, 2017 in Coffeyville, KS at the age of 70.

 

Sherry was born on August 24, 1946 in Coffeyville, KS to Raymond and Thelma Lee. She graduated from Lenapah High School in 1964. Her sons remember her as a loving and kind mother who encouraged them to pursue their goals and dreams. Sherry had a profound love of her family and would put them first before herself. She was always willing to help any person in need and would often take in friends of her son’s.

In the years prior, Sherry was an avid softball player and coach. She had a love of the game and was fiercely competitive. She was accomplished at baking, as her sons and brother would swear she made the best rolls and cinnamon rolls next to her Mother (Grandma Lee). She was an excellent gardener and worked for several years at a local nursery. Sherry was an avid animal lover and would often take in stray cats. She had a great sense of humor and would often make her family laugh and smile with joy.

 

Sherry Ann Todd (Lee) is survived by her sons Chadd Creed of Winchester, CA and Craig Creed of Vista, CA, and brother Lonnie Lee of Coffeyville, KS. Sherry has five Grandchildren and one Great Grandchild whom she loved and adored.  She is preceded in death by her father Raymond Lee, mother Thelma Lee and brother Ronald Lee.

 

Memorial services will be on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 6:00pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, all are welcome to attend and celebrate Sherry’s life. Friends are invited to sign the register and greet the family on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.   The family suggests in lieu of flowers, please send donations to Coffeyville Friends of Animals Shelter and they may be sent in care of the Chapel.

To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

 

The family would like to thank Windsor Place staff for their care of their beloved Mother, Grandmother and Sister.


William Paul Leathers


William Paul Leathers age 90, of Coffeyville, passed away on July 13, 2017 at Select Specialty Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma

 

Paul was born January 20, 1927 in Howard, Pennsylvania to Lester and Alma (Solt) Leathers. He lived in Howard and Mill Hall, Pennsylvania. He was baptized on April 9, 1939 in the Mill Hall Methodist Church. He joined the US Navy on April 14, 1944. After an honorable discharge he joined the US Air Force on July 15, 1947. He met JoAnn Duncan while stationed at the Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska. They were united in marriage on September 30, 1950. They moved to Erie, Pennsylvania where he worked for Bethel Hill Steel, before moving to Buffalo, New York where he found employment as a tile layer. In 1963 the family made their home in Coffeyville where he went to work for the Missouri Pacific/Union Pacific Railroad until his retirement on November 7, 1989.

 

While living in New York he was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout Leader. Always an active bowler, he helped with the Coffeyville Youth Bowling League. He was inducted into the Coffeyville Bowling Hall of Fame on May 5, 2013. He was a past member of the Masonic Lodge, VFW, American Legion, United Trainmen Union, and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.

 

Those left to honor his memory are his children, Michael Leathers his wife Myra of Elk City, KS, Pam Obrien of Ramona, OK, Rose Wilmoth her husband Jim of Tyro, KS, Jill Hull her husband Chuck of Coffeyville, and Vickie Barnhart of Topeka, KS, 14 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 55 years, JoAnn, brothers; Roland ''Ted'' and Lester ''Leo'', sisters, Alice Oneida and Virginia, son-in-laws, Dwayne Davis and Joe Barnhart

 

Graveside memorial services under the direction of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel will be held on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 11:00am at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery with Pastor Terry Marta officiating. The family suggests memorials be made payable to the Asbury Village Activity Fund and they may be sent in care of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel 2405 Woodland Ave. Coffeyville, KS 67337. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com


Jonina Karol Anthony


Jonina Karol Anthony age 70, passed away July 10, 2017 at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center. She had been a resident at Windsor Place for several months.

 

She was born March 19, 1947 to Mary Ellen and Kenneth W. Lytle. She graduated from Lenapah High School, attended Coffeyville Community College and graduated from Pittsburg State University with degrees in Oral Communication and Political Science. In later years she returned to Pittsburg State University and obtained her Master's Degree in Higher Education.

 

Jonina retired in 2009 after working 35 years for the state of Kansas Social and Rehabilitation Services in Independence where she was an Income Maintenance Specialist. In 2001 she was chosen to participate in the SRS Kansas Leadership Program. She was one of several workers loaned by Kansas in 2005 to go to Louisiana to assist Hurricane Katrina victims get entitled assistance.

 

In past years she has served as a part-time Debate Coach with the Independence High School and as an adjunct instructor for Independence Community College, where she taught classes in Speech and Social Work.

 

Jonina was united in marriage to Ralph Anthony on June 9, 1982. He survives at the home in Caney, other survivors include, her mother; Marry Ellen Todd of Collinsville, OK, son; Kennen Lewayne Simmons his wife Cyndi of Coffeyville, grandchildren; Austin Covel, Alex Campbell, and Gabrielle Simmons. She was preceded in death by her father Kenneth Lytle and dad John Todd.

 

Funeral services will be held on Monday July 17, 2017 at 10:00am at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel interment will follow at Robbins Cemetery, west of Coffeyville. Friends are invited to sign the register and greet the family on Sunday, July 16, 2017 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at the Chapel. The family suggests memorials to be made payable to the ASPCA and they may be sent in care of the Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel 2405 Woodland Ave. Coffeyville, KS 67337. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com


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