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Sharon Kaye Smallwood


Sharon Kaye Smallwood age 78 of Caney, Kansas formerly of Tyro, Kansas passed away on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

 

Sharon was born on September 19, 1940 to John and Nadine (Edinger) Davis in Coffeyville, Kansas.  Sharon attended Coffeyville schools graduating from Field Kindley Memorial High School.  She attended Coffeyville Community Junior College obtaining her associates degree.   

 

On July 16, 1960 she married Donald "Donnie" Smallwood in Tyro where they made their home and raised their children.  Their home was often filled with more than just their family.  Together they had two children, Kelly and Shelly. Through their love for others they adopted as their own, Aaron and Karon, welcoming them home.  Often, there would be friends, or neighbors who would stop in for a visit, or stay for a while needing a place to live or even strangers knocking on the door, simply to take shelter from a storm.  Everyone was always welcome.   Donnie preceded her in death on February 27, 2003, but Sharon continued their legacy of opening her home, always making everyone feel welcomed. 

 

Sharon was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, friend and co-worker.  She had a unique personality and was loved by all that knew her.  Sharon was one of the original founding members of Tyro Christian Church, she has attended church there for over 58 years.  She could also often be found at Bible study, a thrift store, or a rummage sale, maybe even signing up for a "Free Drawing". One person's junk is often another's treasure; Sharon enjoyed finding a new purpose for those treasures.   She was also a dedicated PBR Bull Riding fan, traveling with her daughter to Las Vegas for the big show.  As a family the Smallwood's shared a love of showing and riding Appaloosa Horses.  They traveled showing horses all over the United States, in those travels they gained an additional family and circle of friends.  She was an active member of several Appaloosa Horse clubs over the years.  In most recent years she has enjoyed Adult Coloring books.

 

Those to carry on the family legacy include; children, Kelly Smallwood, Shelly Chaffin, Aaron Smallwood and wife April, Karon Starr and husband, Norman; grandchildren, Andy Smallwood, Madison and husband, Cody Hockett, Paige and husband, Bud Reed, MacKenzie Chaffin, Kristian James, Ernesto Williams, Jonnie Woods, Jaylon Woods, Jaron Woods, KaBria Smallwood, Jathan Woods and Niah Starr; 9 Great Grandchildren; brother, Larry Davis; nieces, nephews and a whole host of friends and extended family.  In addition to her parent, and husband she is now at rest with, her brother, John Robert and sister, Nancy.

 

Funeral services celebrating the life of Sharon and the love she had for her Savior, Jesus Christ will be on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Tyro Christian Church, 301 S Market, Tyro, Kansas with Evangelist David Bycroft officiating.  Burial will follow at Fawn Creek Cemetery, in rural Tyro.  The family will receive friends on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville, Kansas from 6 to 8 pm.  The family has requested memorial contributions be made payable to either Tyro Christian Church, PO Box 307, Tyro, Kansas 67364 or Cookson Hills Christian School, 60416 Highway 10, Kansas, OK 74347, contributions may be left in care of the chapel.  To leave a message of condolence for the family visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

 

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Brenda Bea Lind


Brenda Bea Lind, 76, of Coffeyville, Kansas passed away on Monday, February 11, 2019 at Windsor Place in Coffeyville.

 

Brenda was born on February 1, 1943 in Coffeyville, Kansas to Ernest and Inice (Scott) Bever.  She grew up in Coffeyville where she graduated high school at Field Kindley.  She completed some college courses at Coffeyville Community College.  She went on to earn her cosmotology degree from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas.

 

On August 19, 1961 she was united in marriage to Donald J. Lind in Coffeyville, Kansas.  Following their marriage they made their home in Westmoreland, KS where Don taught school at Westmoreland High School for two years before moving to Fredonia where he taught at Fredonia High School. In 1964, they returned to Coffeyville.

 

Brenda and her mother had their own beauty shop on 11th street in Coffeyville called Nu-Art Beauty Shop.  She retired in 1992.  Brenda was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Independence, Kansas.  She also volunteered for many years at Holy Name Catholic School.  She enjoyed doing church work and visiting with others as well as running errands and shopping.

 

She is survived by her children, Gregory Lind and wife, Paula of Elmhurst, IL; Lisa Payne and husband, Kendall of Coffeyville, Lori Toms and husband, Michael of Draycott, England, and Kimberlee Smith of Kentucky; six grandchildren; one great grandchild.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Inice Bever and her loving husband, Donald Lind; son-in-law, Steve Smith; brothers, Dr. Grant Bever and Hulen Bever.

 

A Graveside Memorial Service will be held on Friday, February, 15, 2019 at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

 

The family will greet friends Thursday evening at David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

 

The family suggests memorials to Harry Hynes Hospice, LDS Independence Ward, or to Holy Name Catholic School; contributions may be left with the funeral home or mailed in care of David. W. Barnes Funeral Home 306 N. Cline, Coffeyville, Kansas 67337.

 

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

 

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

 

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Edward Orin Ellison


Edward Orin Ellison age 66 of rural Tyro passed away on February 11, 2019 at Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville.

 

He was born in Coffeyville, KS on December 2, 1952 the son of Keith Orin and Emma Maude (Denny) Ellison. He grew up in the Caney area graduating from Caney High School. After his schooling, he began working on a pipeline. Later he enrolled in Southeast Kansas Vocational Technical School in Coffeyville, receiving training in the area of automobile mechanic. After his vocational training he began employment with Leavenworth Steel. Later receiving more training through Tri-County of Bartlesville, OK in the art of welding. Mr. Ellison later became employed with Hackney and Sons in Independence until he began employment with Parmac in Coffeyville and then retiring from Farmland Industries in 2006 as a welder in their maintenance unit.

 

On April 30, 1983 he married Paula Kim McKinney in Independence. The couple made their home in rural Tyro.

 

Mr. Ellison is a member of the Boilermakers Local 83, of Kansas City, MO, the North American Fishing Club, and an Honorary Member of the Delaware Tribe, receiving his Indian name from the Tribal Elder in 1995. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and being in the outdoors, and he loved spending time with his grandchildren.

 

He is survived by his wife, Paula of the home, sons; Cory Ellison his wife Anna, Zachary Ellison his wife Gail all of Caney?, Tyler Ellison his fiancé Kelsey Tronsgard of Tyro, daughter Kyla Angel her husband Bronc of Coffeyville, his father Keith Ellison now of Windsor Place in Coffeyville, grandchildren; Keith, Orin, Emma, Gemma, Aaliyah, Mariah, and Iris.

 

He was preceded in death by his mother, Emma

 

Memorial services will be held on Monday, February 18, 2019 at the Cornerstone Church in Caney at 10:00am. Inurnment will immediately follow in Robbins Cemetery west of Coffeyville. Friends are invited to sign the register and greet the family on Sunday, February 17, 2019 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm also at the Cornerstone Church in Caney. The family suggests memorials be made payable to the family for the education of his grandchildren 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.fordwuldbrunschapel.com

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Stephen Ray Cursor


Stephen Ray Corser, 61, of Dearing, Kansas passed away on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas.

 

Stephen was born on November 3, 1957 in Parsons, Kansas to Myron and Georgia (Hammond) Corser.  He grew up in rural Cherryvale, Kansas and attended school in Altamont where he earned his high school diploma.

 

Stephen spent his adult life at a truck driver.  Most recently he worked for MBI Trucking up until the time of his passing.  He enjoyed bowling, hunting, fishing, camping and cars.

 

He is survived by his mother, Georgia Corser of Independence, Kansas; son, Chris Manning of Parsons, Kansas; daughter, Lisa Corser of St. Louis, Missouri; grandchildren, Piper and Breanna Manning; brothers, Carl (Diane) Corser of McDonald, Tennesse, John Corser of Dearing, Kansas, Robert (Joann) Corser of Irving, Texas; sisters, Elaine (Roger) McCafferty of St. Peters, Missouri, Karen (Phillip) Bleicher of Tempe, Arizona; best friend, Ken Matney; seven nieces, seven nephews and a host of other family and friends.

 

Visitation will be held on Friday, February 15, 2019 from 12:00 p.m. until 8 p.m. at David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville, Kansas

 

Graveside Services will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Robbins Cemetery west of Coffeyville, Kansas.  Pastor Dick Drumeller will officiate.

 

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials can be made to the Coffeyville Friends of Animals; contributions can be mailed in care of the funeral home to David W. Barnes Funeral Home 306 N Cline, Coffeyville, Kansas 67337.

 

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

 

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James "Bud" Martin


James “Bud” Martin departed this life to be with his God and Savior on Thursday morning, Feb. 7, at the home he shares with his very loved wife, Rachel Martin, in Coffeyville.

 

Bud was born Feb. 5, 1927, in Tulsa, to James E. and Maude (Jones) Martin. He moved with his family to Coffeyville later that year. Bud attended local schools and in 1945 he was drafted into the Army and stationed in Germany, where he served as a military policeman. He enlisted in 1947 and was stationed in Germany again, this time serving as a highway patrolman. After his honorable discharge from the Army, he worked at Ludowisi Roof and Tile and Continental Can before beginning work at Farmland in 1953. He retired from Farmland in 1989 after working there thirty-six years.

 

Bud and Rachel (Graves) married May 21, 1950 in Coffeyville, where they lived their entire married lives. Bud considered Rachel the girl of his dreams, and she always felt blessed to be married to such a good man.

 

Bud was an active member of First Assembly of God where he held various offices, including sixty-plus years as deacon.

 

He was a member of the Cooperative Credit Union Board of Directors for twenty-two years. He was also involved with the Pioneer Chapter of the Red Cross and worked several disasters in building and repair. 

 

Bud is survived by his wife, Rachel Martin, of the home; his children: Sheila Lander and her husband Don of Nixa, MO; Don Martin and his wife Debbie of Coffeyville; his brother Leslie Martin of Coffeyville; grandchildren, Nathan Lander, Matt Lander, Angi Womeldorff, Amber Parker, Ashley Woods, Aaron Martin, Micah Martin, and Hannah Martin; step-grandchildren, Jenni Ploeger and Amber Clark; eight great-grandchildren; Mary Eden; nieces and nephews, and daughter-in-law Lori Martin. He was preceded in death by his son, Jim Martin; his parents, three sisters, and an infant brother.

 

Bud was a gentle and faithful husband and a devoted, loving father who raised his children in the house of the Lord, teaching them by his example how to love and serve God.

 

Friends may call on Friday, Feb 15th, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville. The will greet friends on Friday from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the First Assembly of God Church, Coffeyville.

 

Services are 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, also at First Assembly of God Church. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery with Military Honors conducted by the U.S. Army Honor Guard, Ft. Riley, KS, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1022 and American Legion Post #20.

 

The family requests that memorial contributions in lieu of flowers be made to: Harry Hines Hospice and First Assembly of God; contributions may be left with the funeral home or mailed in care of David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 North Cline Road, Coffeyville, KS 67337.

 

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

 

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Kathleen Marie Feeler


Kathleen Marie Feeler age 67 of Coffeyville passed away on January 17, 2019 at Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg.

 

Kathy was born on September 9, 1951 in Redwood Falls Minnesota to George and Gertrude (Wolverton) Mann. She attended and graduated from Redwood Falls High School. Kathy worked odd jobs around Redwood Falls until she moved to the Dewey/Bartlesville area. It was then that she met Lonnie Feeler at a bible study group at Tyro Christian Church, the couple was united in marriage in a ceremony on October 21, 1991 at the Bartlesville East Christian Church. Kathy loved doing crafts, mostly plastic canvas, she enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, crocheting, shopping, and finding treasures at garage sales. She enjoyed cutting up and had a quirky sense of humor, her smile and laugh were infectious. Kathy was a member of the TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) group and always joked she lost the same pound 20 times.

 

Those who cherished life with Kathy are her husband, Lonnie of the home; sister, Marica Dyson her husband Chuck; sister-in-law, Sheilah Y. Smith her husband Michael; numerus nieces, nephews and friends.

 

She now rests with her parents, brother Richard Lee Mann, sisters Judith Louise Ahrns and Lynnora March Bergum

 

Kathy’s wishes were for cremation to take place under the direction of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel in Coffeyville and her remains to be scattered in a special place in Minnesota. To leave the family a message of condolence please visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

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Barbara Maurine Neale


Barbara Maurine Neale, age 93 died Wednesday February 6, 2019, at the Village Manor Christian Care Center in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

 

The Coffeyville Kansas native was the daughter of the late Joe and Maurine Read and the granddaughter of Hazard Wilson Read founder of H.W. Read’s department stores in Coffeyville Kansas.  She is a life-time member of the First United Methodist Church in Coffeyville KS and an Affiliate member of the State Street United Methodist Church in Bowling Green KY.  She was dedicated to her family and many friends and took pleasure in gardening and traveling with Ed.  She enjoyed her memberships to the Art and Literature Club that her Mother organized in 1928.  In 1956 she was awarded a PTA Life Time membership.  She was member of the Coffeyville Historical Society, a member of the Friday Book Review Club and a charter member of the Coffeyville Country Club. She volunteered as a member of the Red Cross, Salvation Army and Coffeyville Regional Medical Center Auxiliaries.  

 

She was preceded in death by her husband Edwin of 70 years and one grandson Joseph Burke Neale.  She is survived by three sons, Ed Neale Jr. and wife, Kathy Lou (Cook) Neale of Columbia MO, David Neale and wife, Lynda(Wilson) Neale of Bowling Green KY and John Neale and wife, Nancy (Burke) Neale of Arlington TX, a sister JoAnn Mattson of Lafayette CO, five grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. 

 

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the First United Methodist Church and the Brown Mansion in Coffeyville KS. Contributions may be left with or mailed in care of David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 North Cline Road, Coffeyville, KS 67337. A private graveside service is planned at a later date in Coffeyville, KS. 

 

 

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

 

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

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Richard Doyle Taylor


Richard Doyle Taylor, 85, of South Coffeyville, Oklahoma passed away Thursday, February 7, 2019 at his home.

 

He was born on June 17, 1933 in Nowata County, Oklahoma to Lee Wesley and Leona Mae (Kivett) Taylor. Doyle grew up in and attended school in Nowata County graduating from Lenapah High School in Lenapah, Oklahoma. He also attended Coffeyville Community College and McFarland Trade School.

 

Doyle was a veteran of the Korean War serving in the U.S. Army from May 27, 1953 until receiving his honorable discharge on May 13, 1955.

On November 25, 1956 he married Katherine Louise Winkler at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Coffeyville. Following their marriage they made their home in Coffeyville until moving to South Coffeyville in 1958, in 1963 they returned to Coffeyville, returning to South Coffeyville in 1981. Doyle was employed as a butcher at Butcher’s Packing Co. later he became the manager of Butcher’s Firestone after Butcher’s closed he was welding manager at Jensen Mfg. and later welding foreman at Dixon, Ind until retiring in 1995. After his retirement Doyle stayed busy butchering for many local farmers, ranchers and game hunters.

 

He was a long time member of Holy Name Catholic Church, and a life time member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1022. Doyle enjoyed hunting, fishing and he loved having fish fries, but his greatest joy was spending time with Kathy surrounded by their children, and their families, and close friends.

 

Left to honor Doyle’s memory are his wife, Katherine “Kathy” Taylor of the home; three daughters, Sherry Taylor Perkins and husband, Mike of South Coffeyville, OK, Tammy Taylor Thompson and husband, Roger of South Coffeyville, OK, and Penny Taylor Beecher and husband, Bradley of Carl Junction, MO; grandchildren, Tara Witwer and husband, Mike of Dearing, KS, Heath Perkins and wife, Kiesha of South Coffeyville, OK, Melissa Thompson of Broken Arrow, OK, Jeremy Thompson of Phoenix, AZ, Austin Thompson of Laveen, AZ, Krystal August and husband, C.J. of Carl Junction, MO, and Madison Beecher of Springfield, MO; eight great-grandchildren; one brother, John Logan Taylor; and one sister, Betty Colleen Taylor Robison.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee Wesley Taylor and Leona Mae Taylor; two brothers, Donald Lee Taylor and Charles Kenneth Taylor; and two sisters, Katherine Taylor Bennett, and Wanda Darlene Taylor Johnson.

 

A Rosary Vigil Service will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at Holy Name Catholic Church in Coffeyville.

 

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 13th at Holy Name Catholic Church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Coffeyville with Military Honors conducted by V.F.W. Post #1022 and American Legion Post #20.

 

Friends may call on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville.

 

The family suggests memorials in Doyle’s memory to Holy Name Catholic Church; contributions may be left with the funeral home or mailed in care of 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.

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Mary Ethel Thomas


Mary Ethel Thomas, age 95, of Coffeyville passed away Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at Windsor Place.

 

 

She was born April 19, 1923 in Tulsa, OK to Daniel Lewis and Barbara Ruth (Sheddrick) VanWinkle. She grew up in Wayside, KS where she graduated high school. She then attended and graduated from Tulsa Business School.

 

On September 8, 1946 she married Ralph Raymond “Doc” Thomas. The couple made their home in Coffeyville, where they raised their family.

 

When their children were young Mary worked from home as a seamstress. She could sew anything from silk dresses to upholstering car seats. She was known as “The Cake Lady” for many years because of the fabulous cakes she baked for hundreds of people in the community and surrounding areas. In her younger years, Mary worked for Continental Can and Parkersburg. After their children were older she worked for Jolly Kids, Coffeyville Packing Plant, and Automotive Control Corporation (now Standard Motor Products) where she was employed until her retirement.

 

She was Den mother for each of her sons’ Boy Scout Troops and scout leader for both her daughters’ Girl Scout Troops. Mary enjoyed sewing, Knitting, crocheting and decorating cakes. She was a member of Tyro Christian Church.

 

Mary is survived by her children Ricki Hanna her husband Jim, Bill Thomas his wife Vicky, Harry Thomas his wife Karen, Kathy Argent her husband Jim, and Dave Thomas his wife Toni. She is also survived by a sister-in-law Barbara Jordan, 12 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, four brothers, Howard, Dave (Roberta), Harold (Betty), and Bill (Wilma); one brother-in-law Albert Jordan.

 

A celebration of Mary’s life will be held on Friday, February 1, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel 2405 Woodland Ave. Coffeyville, KS 67337 with Evangelist David Bycroft officiating.  Interment will immediately follow at Robbins Cemetery West of Coffeyville. Friends are invited to sign the register on Thursday January 31, 2019 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The family suggests memorials be made payable to the Tyro Christian Church and they may be sent in care of the Chapel. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

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Pauline R. Mowder


Pauline R. Mowder, 93, former longtime Coffeyville resident passed away Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Shawnee, KS where she’d made her home the last three years.

 

She was born on January 10, 1926 at Freeport, Illinois to Paul and Olga Deininger. Pauline grew up and attended school in Freeport graduating from Freeport High School.

 

In 1945 she married Warren L. Mowder at Salina, Kansas. They moved to Coffeyville shortly after their marriage where they raised their children. When Pauline’s children were older she was employed at the Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce, Winston Realty and later at BANK IV where she worked until her retirement. Her husband preceded her in death on June 28, 1996.

 

She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Coffeyville and Beta Sigma Phi. Pauline enjoyed playing cards especially Bridge, but her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

 

Survivors include two sons, John Mowder and wife, Jackie of Shawnee, KS and Pat Mowder and wife Lynn of Hutchinson, KS; grandchildren, Chis Mowder and wife, Alicia, Karen Mowder, Doug Mowder and wife, Ashley, Craig Mowder, and Mike Hudson; and great-grandchildren, Ellie Mowder, Hannah Mowder, and Trinity Hudson.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Warren; one daughter, Susan Mowder, and two brothers; George Deininger and Calvin Deininger.

 

Services will be at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, January 31, 2019 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Tony Fields officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.

 

Friends may sign the book on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville.

 

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

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

 

 

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Carlton "Sonny" Parsons


Carlton “Sonny” Parsons, 77, of South Coffeyville, Oklahoma passed away on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at CRMC in Coffeyville, Kansas.

 

Carlton was born on March 3, 1941 on a farm west of Delaware, Oklahoma called Cocklebur Hill, to Hugh Parsons and Juanita (Keithley) Parsons.  As a young boy he moved to Nowata with his family to 803 Seneca in 1942.  He was educated in Nowata School System and graduated in 1960.  In the fall of 1961, he met the love of his life, Mary Sue White.  They were married in April of 1963 in Coffeyville, Kansas.  He and Mary Sue were the parents of one son, Terry Wayne Parsons.

 

He is survived by his son, Terry Parsons and wife, Kathy; grandchildren, Jessyka Sue, Kelsy Lyn;  grandson, Jozey Lee; five siblings, Mabel Root of Edmond, Oklahoma, Mary Dick of Tuttle, Oklahoma, Virginia Lemmons of Hesperia, California, Roberta Hughes of Edmond, Oklahoma and Bill Parsons of Fontana, California. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hugh and Juanita Parsons and by the love of his life, Mary Sue Parsons.

 

As a young boy, Sonny loved to hunt and fish.  He truly loved the outdoors.  He played softball and baseball well into his 40’s.  He also coached for 18 years and after that his was an umpire.  Sonny traveled with his granddaughters from Grand Junction, Colorado to Richmond, Virginia where Jessyka played for the Babe Ruth Little League Softball World Series.

 

He was a member of the South Coffeyville Lions Club, the Nowata Bass Club and the Nowata Archery Club.  He also served on the board of directors for the Ball Cemetery for more than 20 years.  He was a perpetual life member of the Masonic Lodge #477 in Delaware, Oklahoma.  He went through the chairs and served as the Worshipful Master.

 

Sonny worked for Parmac for 30 years.  He retired from Parmac and went to work for Thompson Brothers Welding Supply in 1996.  He retired from Thompson Brothers in 2003 and went to work part time until 2014.

 

He was always a generous, friendly man and would never hesitate to help a friend.

 

Following Sonny’s wishes, cremation has taken place under the direction of David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville, Kansas.

 

Memorial Services will be held on Monday, January 28, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Emmanuel Chapel in South Coffeyville, Oklahoma.  Pastor James Feltner will officiate.

 

To leave a message for the family please visit www.dwbfh.com.  David W. Barnes Funeral Home of Coffeyville is in charge of arrangements.

 

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Ruby Jo Browning


Ruby Jo Browning passed away Friday, January 18th.

 

Ruby Jo Browning was born Sept. 9, 1937, the thirteenth child of Robert Lee Brooks and Mabel Roberts Brooks, in Nowata County Ok, September 9th, 1937.

 

Ruby Jo, known by most as “Jo”, is survived by her husband Stanley,

son Scott and his wife Tia, two grandchildren Hunter and LaurenSage,  sister Ida Lee Rosson, many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and cousins.

 

She graduated from Wann high school in 1955.

 

Jo married her husband of nearly 60 years, Stan Browning, of Caney Ks, on May 30th 1958.  Jo and Stan moved to Kansas City, Ks area to be near family where they resided for the past several years.

 

Jo was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, she will be dearly missed.

 

Friends may sign the register book on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville.

 

A Memorial Service celebrating Jo’s life will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at the First Baptist Church in Coffeyville.

 

The family will host a reception following the service from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

 

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

 

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

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Richard William Henry


Richard William Henry age 69, lifetime resident of Coffeyville passed away unexpectedly on January 18, 2019 at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center. He was surrounded by his family. 

Rickey was born in Coffeyville on July 21, 1950 to Robert and Thelma (Thomason) Henry. He attended local grammar schools and graduated from Field Kindley High School. He continued his education at Coffeyville Community College. Rickey was united in marriage to Evelyn “Sue” (Woodall) on August 29, 1970 in Caney. Rickey started working at the family business, Henry’s Auto. He continued working in auto parts at car dealerships. He had a passion for the 57 Chevy, Oldies Rock music, and drinking Coca Cola. Rickey was funny, always telling jokes, and teasing his family and friends. At the age of 49 Rickey lost his sight, you would never guess that his vision was impaired as he never let it define him.

Rickey’s memories will live on with his children, Richard W. Henry Jr his wife Lori and Monica Hart her husband Bret brothers Terry K Henry, Dee D Henry, sisters Candace Bliss her husband Ray and Sherry Ellis her husband Rick, sister in law’s, Patty Samson, Debra Evensvold, and Becky Wheatley, grandchildren, Haylie Dixon, Drew White, Callie Hart, Allica Henry, Taylor Henry, and Drew Henry, great-grandchildren, Caydin, Masen, and Maeve. Foster children Aubrey and Eddie Cauley,

He now rests with his parents, his wife Sue, and brother Dana R Henry.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 21, 2019 at 3:00 pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel. A private family burial will follow. The family suggests memorials to the Coffeyville Meals on Wheels 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

 

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Sonja Charlene (Sunny) Payden


Sonja Charlene(Sunny) Payden age 76 passed away on January 18, 2018 at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center with her family by her side.

 

Sonja was born on February 9, 1942 in Coffeyville to Noel Rufus and Madeleine Blanche (Mosteller) Mayfield. She attended local Coffeyville Schools. Right out of school she met Emerald Dale Payden and the couple was united in marriage on February 17, 1958. Sonja found employment with the Caney Box Factory, she was the floor manager at TG&Y, she was manager for KFC, and she was night clerk for the Townsman Motel, her greatest career was raising her children. Sonja loved being a mother and a wife and when the grandchildren started arriving her joy only tripled. She was the glue that bonded the family together, a true matriarch, the one everybody turned to. But they also knew she wouldn’t think twice about lining one of them out.   Sonja enjoyed reading,camping, bowling, ice skating, swimming, and crocheting. She not only enjoyed crocheting, she was very skilled in the art and made afghans for everyone. It was part of her nature, she always worried about everybody. Sonja had a house at Grand Lake and she loved the times spent there.

 

Sonja’s memories will live on through her children, Emerald Douglas Payden his wife Donna, Noel Richard, Jeffrey Dale his significant other Lori, brother, William David Mayfield his wife Jami, sisters, Patricia Marie Ervin,  Carol Ann “Kay” Boswell and Sondra Felts Mayfield, 14 grandchildren, and 27 great-grandchildren.

 

She now rests with her parents, her husband Emerald Dale Payden, son, Ronald Ray Payden, daughter, Rhonda Gay Follis, brothers Clifford Dale and Robert Leroy Mayfield, sisters Betty June Lowder and Clara Jean Davis.

 

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel with Chaplain Keith Springer and Steven Foraker with Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice officiating. Burial will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

 

The family suggests memorials be made payable to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice and they may be sent in care of the Chapel. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

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Kenneth Dean Sullivan


Kenneth Dean Sullivan, 67, of rural Havana, Kansas passed away Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from injuries received in an accident.

 

He was born on December 19, 1951 at Independence, Kansas to Harold and Goldena (Eversole) Sullivan. Kenny grew up on the family farm in eastern Chautauqua County and attended grade school in Niotaze, Kansas, and went on to attend Caney Junior High and graduated from Caney Valley High School in 1969, he then attended Kansas State University, receiving his degree in Agronomy.

 

On June 5, 1971 he married Carla Folk at the Tyro Christian Church in Tyro, Kansas. Following their marriage they lived in Manhattan, Kansas while they both completed their degrees, after graduation they returned to rural Havana where Kenny farmed and ranched.

 

During his early years of farming, Kenny enjoyed being mentored by Russell Powell. As he grew older Kenny mentored several young people involved in agriculture in Chautauqua and Montgomery Counties. These opportunities evolved into long term friendships. 

Kenny was a member of the Tyro Christian Church, where he served as the child security guard. He loved spending time on the farm, caring for his cows and improving the land. Ken’s hobbies included his catfish ponds and gardening with Carla.  Ken started a labor of love when he and Carla designed and constructed their dream home which helped to host High School Reunions, large family gatherings, bible studies and hunting trips. He was known for being creative in his agriculture ventures, being the one of the first to raise Sunflowers in southeast Kansas. He also designed and brought to life the metal horse silhouettes that are located at the US 166/Hwy 75 intersection.  One of Ken’s greatest gifts was the ability to sense need and be one of the first to offer assistance. His greatest joy though was spending time surrounded by his family and friends.  He was especially fond of spoiling his only grandchild, Sullivan Max. 

 

Survivors include his wife, Carla of the home; daughter, Micca Brown, husband, Craig and grandson, Sullivan; sister, Patty Fields, husband, Loyd, and their sons, Kelly Fields and wife, Sara  and Shane Fields and wife, Marisha; brother-in-law, Richard Brant of rural Havana and his children, Juli Brant and Jason Brant and wife, Miranda; and brother-in-law, Richard Folk and wife, Debbie..

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister, Marianna Brant.

 

A Celebration of Kenny’s life will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, January  22, 2019 at the Tyro Christian Church with Evangelist David Bycroft officiating.

 

The family will receive friends on Monday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Tyro Christian Church.

 

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials in Kenny’s memory to the Caney Valley High School F.F.A. or Tyro Christian Church; contributions may be left with or mailed in care of 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.

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Tommy Joe Strickland


Tommy Joe Strickland age 57 of Coffeyville passed away on January 16, 2019 at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center.

 

Tom was born in Coffeyville on October 31, 1961 to Judy (Oja) Taylor. He attended local grade schools and graduated from Field Kindley High School. He continued his education at Coffeyville Community College where he earned his EMT certification and later his paramedic. He worked for the EMS in Caney, Frontenac and Garnett. Changing careers, Tom most recently worked for B&W Hitches in Humboldt as a machine operator. Tom always enjoyed listening to music, spending time with family, fishing, and spending time with friends. He was most known for his cooking, usually on the BBQ grill. Concocting new recipes and then calling his mom to tell her about them was a norm. Tom’s outward appearance one would think he was tough as nails but deep down he was just like a stuffed teddy bear which could be the reason that he was always the favorite uncle to all the nieces and nephews. Tom could always be found helping a friend in need.

 

Those left to cherish Tom’s memories are his sons, Joseph Metcalf of Caney and Kyle Barrett of Pittsburg, mother Judy Taylor her husband John of Iola, brothers, Mike Shook his wife Dalena of Coffeyville, Mark Weeks his wife Kristen of Ft. Scott, David Weeks of Paola, step-sister Jessica Baker her husband Sam of Sycamore, and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He is preceded in death by his grandparents Damon and Dot Strickland, brother Stacy Shook and step-brother Gene Taylor

 

Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 11:00 am at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel with Pastor Matt Bycroft officiating. Inurnment will follow in Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. The family suggests memorials be made payable to St Jude Children's Research Hospital and they may be sent in care of the Chapel. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

 

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Steven Charles Tate


Steven Charles Tate of Independence, Kansas passed away unexpectedly on January 14, 2019 due to an automobile accident. He led a full, interesting life and will be missed by the many people he touched and influenced in his nearly 75 years.

 

Steve was known as a loving brother, a wonderful father, a caring companion, an awesome grandpa and a great friend to many.  He was born to Merle and Mable Lucille (Wright) Tate on February 14, 1944, in Coffeyville, Kansas.

 

Steve grew up in Coffeyville, graduating from Field Kindley Memorial High School. Steve loved to learn. He was a self-motivated individual that had many interests that required intelligence and attention to detail such as building his own television, stereo, and obtaining his pilot’s license flying small Cessna planes for many years.  As a young boy, he and his brothers, David and Phil built a Rocket together.  He often mentioned how much he loved spending time with his sister, Lou Ann, simply visiting.

 

He had an amazing passion for music and was often accused of having the music too loud, especially Pink Floyd and Fleetwood Mac, but that's how he enjoyed it best.  He enjoyed the outdoors, Freewheeling across the state of Oklahoma as a member Oklahoma Bicycle Club of Bartlesville, and also loved motorcycling. 

 

He was a dedicated hard worker!  He worked in the oil fields in Montana, 26 years at Orval W. Carter Automotive in Coffeyville, 6 years at Emerson Electric in Independence, and his final 15 years at Amazon.com.   Steve was one of the original 50 employees hired by Amazon when they opened.  He retired just before they closed the Coffeyville location.

 

Steve married Joyce Deal on January 30, 1966 sharing over 20 years of marriage together in which they had two children, Keith and Kelli.  Steve then shared his life with Cheryl Betts for many years, making their home in Independence.  Steve's favorite sidekick, after his family, was his dog, Marley.

 

Steve was a thoughtful, quiet individual.  Though his personality was somewhat of an introvert, he spoke loudly through his photographs.  He developed a huge passion for photography where he won several awards.  However, his favorite subjects were his grandchildren! He would often be found entering a sporting event with his equipment in hand, looking as though he was with a major news media.  With the lens positioned just right he captured perfect shots of his grandchildren in each of their interests, whether it be a sporting event, a pig show, or a musical performance he was always there.  Most recently Steve and his grandson built a drone that was equipped with a camera. This led to yet another opportunity for Steve and his grandson to capture the perfect photograph.  His grandchildren were truly his pride and joy.

 

Steve's family will continue to share a lifetime of memories in the days ahead.  He is survived by his children, Keith Tate and his wife Heather of Kansas City, Missouri, Kelli and her husband Danny Drews of S. Coffeyville, Oklahoma; his companion, Cheryl Betts of the home; his grandchildren, Hannah Baker, Savannah Drews, Cam Tate and Carson Tate; brother, Phil Tate and wife Laura of Cortland, New York; sister, Lou Ann Granning of Enid, OK; his nephews David Tate, Michael Granning, and John Tate; his nieces Linda Bolt, Lori Fisher, Melissa Bell, Anna Tate, and Susan Tate; and his sidekick, Marley. Steve is also at rest now with his parents, and his brother David Tate.

 

Funeral services celebrating Steve's life will be held on Friday, January 18, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville, Kansas with Evangelist David Bycroft officiating.  Cremation will take place following the service with inurnment taking place at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery at a later date.  The family will receive friends also on Friday, January 18, 2019 from 11 am to service time.  Contributions may be made payable to AWOL of Independence, 116 S 23rd, Independence, Kansas 67301 in Steve's memory, contributions may be left in care of the chapel.  To leave a message of condolences for the family visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

 

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Velma Wright


Velma Wright, 75 of Coffeyville passed away Sunday, January 13, 2019 at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center.

 

She was born on August 19, 1943 at Live Oak, Florida to William George and Bertha Mae (Sauders) Voyles. Velma spent her early years in Florida where she started school, her family later moved to Coffeyville where she completed her education.

 

On October 2, 1959 she married Wilbur Dale Wright in Coffeyville. Following their marriage they made their home in Coffeyville where they raised their family. Velma was employed at the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant in Parsons for several years.

 

Velma enjoyed gardening, going to the casino, riding motorcycles, and traveling. But her greatest pleasure was spending time with her family.

Velma was preceded in death by her father and mother and siblings, son-in-law, Danny White and grandson, Dayton Christmore.

 

Survivors include her husband, Wilbur of the home; five children, Debra Ulibarri, Coffeyville, Cheryl Christmore, Portland, OR, Kevin Dale Wright and wife Irene, Coffeyville, Iris White, Adair, OK and Teresa and husband Tony Brizendine, Portland, OR; fifteen grandchildren, and sixteen great-grandchildren.

 

Services will be at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home, with Pastor Mark Wilson of the First Church of God officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.

 

Friend may call on Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville.

 

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

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

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Emma Janette Johnston


Emma Janette Johnston age 80 passed away on January 11, 2019 in Wichita, KS.

 

Emma was born on June 28, 1938 in Britton, OK to Dale and Della (Wardlow) Bryan. She attended the rural Deer Creek School until the she moved to Sedan where she graduated from Sedan High School with the class of 57. Shortly after graduation Emma moved to Coffeyville where she began working as a switchboard operator for Southwestern Bell. She retired from ACC in Independence after several devoted years of service. On a blind date in 1958 Emma accompanied Thomas (Bud) Johnston to an American Legion Dance. On August 7, 1959 the couple was united in marriage, they were blessed with two sons and a daughter.  Emma enjoyed cooking, quilting, sewing, cross-stitching, embroidering, and going to the casinos where she would play the penny slots and the occasional nickel slot on a big night. Bud and Emma were inseparable, where one was the other wasn’t too far away. They enjoyed playing cards with friends, pinochle, canasta, and pitch were some favorites. After the children were out of the house they loved traveling, whether it be bus trips or an Alaskan cruise they were always ready for the next destination. Emma was a member of the First Baptist Church and the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary. When Emma started quilting, Bud would make comments about her needing another machine or more material but shortly was hooked on helping make the quilts for all their children and grandchildren.

 

Emma’s memories will live on with her children, Dale Johnston his wife Jenni, Tom Johnston, and Barbara Osborn her husband Tim, sister, Vicky Stapp, grandchildren, Paige White, Kimberlin Johnston, Zackary Osborn, and Brett Johnston, great-grandchildren, Camden White and Caelor White.

 

She now rests with her parents, her husband Bud, brothers Herbert Bryan, Leon Bryan, Bill Bryan, and Clyde Bryan, sisters, Bonnie Cooper, Linda Floyd, and Alice Marie Hall.

 

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 11:00 am at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel. The family suggests memorials to the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary and they may be sent in care of the Chapel. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

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Charles R. "Chuck" Donaldson


Charles R. “Chuck” Donaldson, affectionally known to his grandchildren as “Pah”, died Saturday, January 12, 2019 at his home. He was 79. Chuck was born in Coffeyville, Kan. on August 20, 1939 to Frank L. and Lillie A. Donaldson (Waddle).

 

He was raised in Coffeyville and attended Coffeyville schools, graduating from Field Kindley High School in 1957.

 

On September 13, 1954 he married the love of his life Gaila L. Gooding. They were married until her death on November 16, 2016. They had three

children.  Chuck was the proprietor of Donaldson Exchange “The Feed Store” until the business closed in 1983. He then worked in the insurance business, trucking and heavy equipment until his retirement in 2005.

 

He was an avid motorcyclist his entire life. Racing in events in different disciplines around the country, including flat track, hillclimb, road race, motocross and enduro. Along with multiple first place finishes, trophy’s and medals, he also earned the silver medal at an enduro in Potosi, Mo. in 1972 which qualified him to race the coveted International Six Days Trials held in Dalton, Mass. Later he and his wife enjoyed touring the country on their Honda Goldwing riding thousands of miles either alone or in the company of their great friends. He also enjoyed continuing to ride by attending numerous Poker Runs where, more often than not, he would win the “Oldest Rider” award.

 

He is proceeded in death by his parents, wife, and son Randy Donaldson.

Survivors include daughter Jamie Dean and husband Larry of Coffeyville, son Jason and wife Vonda also of Coffeyville, granddaughter Sarah Butler, husband Lance, great-grandchildren Rowan and Ryker Butler of Tulsa, Okla., and grandson Matthew Dean and his wife Samantha of Coffeyville.

 

Visitation will be held on Wednesday January 16, 2019 at 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home 306 N. Cline Road, Coffeyville. Services will be held Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 10:00 am at Grace Fellowship Church 2455 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville.

 

Memorials are suggested to Harry Hines Memorial Hospice www.hynesmemorial.org/donate/   or Grace Fellowship Church www.gracefellow.net; contributions may be left with the funeral home or mailed in care of 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.

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Beverly Sue York


Beverly Sue York, 80, of Coffeyville passed away Saturday, January 12, 2018 at Windsor Place.

 

She was born on July 12, 1938 at Mound City, Kansas to Herchel and Lavina (Pritchett) Robinson.  Beverly spent her early years in the Mound City area where she began school, her family later moved to Coffeyville where she completed her education graduating from Field Kindley High School.

 

On April 15, 1958 she married Kenneth York at Wichita, Kansas. Following their marriage they lived in Wichita until returning to Coffeyville in 1968. Beverly was a homemaker until her children were older and she began working as a Payroll Clerk at Coffeyville Regional Medical
Center and later for Kansas Social and Rehabilitation Service where she worked until retiring. Kenneth and Beverly were also foster parents to many young children.

 

She was a member of the Church of God. In her spare time she enjoyed crocheting, sewing, collecting Angels and Wizard of Oz memorabilia, playing the piano, singing, and baking bread. But her greatest joy was spending time with her family especially her grandchildren. 

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth York of the home; one daughter, Becky Prather of Coffeyville; three sons, Michael York and wife, Athena of Pueblo, Colorado, Greg York and wife, Merriam of Coffeyville, and Scott York of Atlanta, Georgia; three sisters, Sandy Gregg of St. Louis, Missouri, Marydel Aspedon of Florida, and Debbie Ross of Coffeyville; eleven grandchildren, twenty-four great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

 

Funeral Services will be at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, January 17, 2019 at the First Assembly of God with Pastor Randy DePriest officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

 

Friends may sign the register book on Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville. Following Beverly’s wishes the casket will be closed.

 

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

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

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Merry Jovalene Heaton


On January 9, 2018 Merry Jovalene Heaton moved from her local residence to her heavenly mansion, built especially for her by her lord and savior Jesus Christ.

 

 She was born on December 9, 1933, in Bethel, NM to Harve A, and Gladys Tobin Redburn. She was born again, when she accepted Christ as her savior and became a child of God, at the age of 13 at the Christian Church in Erie, KS. She dedicated her life to service of the Lord.

 

On August 16, 1976 she and her husband Grafton Heaton were married in Miami, OK. He preceded her in death on December 9, 1997.

 

She attended the Baptist Bible College in Springfield, MO and served the Lord in secretarial and book keeping capacities in Cincinnati, OH and Indianapolis, IN. She also learned sign language and ministered to the deaf in Indianapolis, IN.

 

It is my desire that as you read this you will search your heart and if you have not already done so, you will accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, as Merry has, so that one day we can meet her in Heaven.

 

She is survived by one sister, Martha Hyatt, and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

She now rests with her grandparents, Phillip and Elizabeth Tobin, her parents Harve and Gladys, husband Grafton, and three brothers, Harold, Ray, and Rollo Redburn, and sister Freda Lindquist.

 

Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 14, 2019 at 10:30 am at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel. Burial will follow at Shaw Cemetery in Shaw, KS. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

 

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David Lewis Evitts


David Lewis Evitts of Coffeyville, Kansas, passed away at the age of 76, on December 31, 2018 at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center unexpectedly.

 

 

David was born on October 30, 1942 to Robert G. and Evelyn L. (Hoggatt) Evitts in Wichita, Kansas.  At a young age David's family moved to Coffeyville where he attended school and graduated from Field Kindley Memorial High School.

At an early age David showed a great interest in music.  As a young boy, in the Methodist Church where he grew up David started singing solo's.  Wearing the uniformed pink choir robe as a young boy and not being of the adult stature, they would stand him on an orange crate to sing.  David starting sing soprano in a boys' choir and sang on the radio from Wichita.  His interest grew and after completing high school he went on to study at Pittsburgh State University in Kansas, where he played violin in the orchestra and began to study voice seriously as a bass baritone.  His professional debut was with the national collegiate chorale that performed in Europe on an USO tour, as well as a summer job with the Funtastics, a group that sang and waited tables in a lounge and restaurant in South Yarmouth on Cape Cod.  That summer introduced him to Mark Person and John Moriarty who were influential in his studies in the opera program at the Conservatory in Boston.  David won second prize in the Metropolitan Opera's New England Regionals Auditions in 1969.  He remained in Boston for 10 years.  While in Boston he sang at Emmanuel Church, MIT Choral Society, the Masterworks Chorale, the Boston Cecilia, the Handel & Haydn Society, and with Sarah Caldwell at the Boston Opera and just about every other organization in town.  After leaving Boston he pursued a busy career in American regional opera in New York where he made occasional performances in Europe.  David was one of the funniest men ever, very generous, warm and energetic; and one of the finest singing actors ever. 

 

David's parents were able to see their son perform in Coffeyville when he returned to a sold out recital. Several years later his mother who had not ever been on an airplane nor having ever really traveled, flew to New York to see David perform with Pavarotti in "Tosca" at the Metropolitan Opera.

 

Some of David's biggest fans were his brother, Donald G. Evitts of Overland Park, Kansas; sister, Judith A. (Evitts) Furry of Glenpool, Oklahoma; uncle, James Hoggatt and wife Darlene of Coffeyville, Kansas as well as a host of cousins and extended family. David's last bow also leaves behind a whole community of performers who were very near and dear to his heart and his life accomplishments.  He is preceded in death by his parents.

 

David's final wishes were for cremation to take place under the direction of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel of Coffeyville, and his remains to be scattered in a private service at one of his favorite places as a child.  The family sees it only fitting for David's legacy to continue through donations that can be made in David's name to the AGMA Relief Fund American Guild of Musical Artist, 1430 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10018.  To leave a message of condolence for the family visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel

 

 

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Kaci Ann Mellen


Kaci Ann Mellen known by those who know her best as Grammy Kaci of Edna, Kansas passed away on January 4, 2019 at her home with her family by her side.

 

Kaci was born on September 20, 1948 in Omaha, Nebraska the first of ten children to Bettie (Pangle) Clements. Kaci’s childhood as a military brat gave her and her siblings the opportunity to see much of the world as they were never in one place for too long. After high school she continued her education at Creighton University where she majored in Respiratory Therapy. Kaci made Coffeyville her home in 1979 where she quickly became instrumental in founding the Emergency Medical Services at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center. She also began teaching EMT/Paramedic courses for the hospital until founding the courses at Coffeyville Community College where she was the instructor for over 25 years up to her retirement in 2006. It was during one of her classes in 1990 that she met Curtis Mellen, the couple was together for over 10 years when they made their unwavering love for one another legal on paper when they were married on July 19, 2001. You would never earn the name Grammy Kaci without the grandchildren, her pride and joy other than her QUILTING. Kaci loved being Grammy and she loved quilting, dedicating a full room of the house specifically for her beloved hobby. Kaci was outgoing, strong-willed, always there for everybody, and no matter what was going on she was going to feed you, even if you weren’t hungry she was going to feed you.

 

Kaci’s memories will live on with her husband Curtis Mellen, daughter Tanya Gath her husband Erik, brothers, Kevin Clements, David Clements, and Donald Clements, sisters, Peggy Clements, JoAnne Ziegler, Bonita Rouse, Theresa Carr, and Mary Clements, Grandchildren, Zack Pearson, Joely Gath, and Summer Stimpson, great-grandchildren, Olyvia Pearson and Lane Pearson,many, many nieces and nephews, and her two dogs Lucy and Ginger.

 

She now rests with her mother, Bettie, sons Daniel Keith Stimpson and Thomas Christopher Stimpson, brother, Vincent Clements, grandson Garrett Stimpson, and Chance Pearson.

 

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 1:00pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel with Pastor Travis Modesitt officiating. Burial will immediately follow at Fairview Cemetery. Friends are invited to sign the register and greet the family on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Chapel. The family suggests memorials be made payable to the American Cancer Society 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.fordwulfbrunschaspel.com

 

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Lilith Arya Anderson


Lilith Arya Anderson, infant daughter of Alexander Anderson and Micaela Webber was stillborn on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center.

 

Survivors include her parents of the home; one sister, Kayedince Webber of the home; maternal grandparents, Dana Bechtle of Coffeyville and William Webber of Caney; paternal grandparents, Joy Smith of Coffeyville and John Anderson of Roosevelt, OK; maternal great-grandparents, Marilyn Means of Coffeyville and David Camren of Coffeyville; paternal great-grandparents, Jack Gregory and the later Janis Gregory and Ralph and Mary Anderson; maternal great-great-grandmother, Francis Wooten of Coffeyville and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

 

A Memorial Service will be at 3:00 p.m. Thursday at Emmanuel Chapel in South Coffeyville, OK with Pastor James Feltner officiating.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville.

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

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

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