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Obituaries Archives for 2022-10

JanNeil Leigh Davis Clarkson

JanNeil Leigh Davis Clarkson age 43 of Neodesha, KS. Passed away peacefully after a short illness surrounded by family at Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville on October 29, 2022.


JanNeil was born on December 8, 1978 in Coffeyville, KS to Neil and Barbara Davis. She grew up in both Neodesha and Caney, KS. She graduated from Caney Valley High School with the class of ’97. She gave birth to Taylor Davis in 1995 and Jayden Ross in 1999. JanNeil married Darin Clarkson in 2016 in Neodesha, he survives at his home in Afton, OK. JanNeil worked many years at Cobalt Boats in Research and Development, Neodesha City Parks as a supervisor and Neodesha Lumber as a manager. She studied Human Services Bachelor of Science at Post University. She was a baptized member of Christ Church in Neodesha.


JanNeil’s memories will live on with her husband Darin, her parents Neil and Barb Davis of Neodesha, daughter Taylor Davis and granddaughter Kairi Ann of Neodesha, son Jayden Ross of Neodesha, her sister Christi (Rick) Heatly of Neodesha, her brother Derek (Kim) Davis of Cherryvale, 8 nieces and nephews, Lizzy, Nicholas, Becca Heatly of Neodesha, Bentley, Alec, Joei, Evelynn, and TyLeigh Davis of Cherryvale, grandparents: Lois Durst of Neodesha, and Mick and Shirely Davis of Caney.


She now rests with her grandfather Glen Durst, aunt Nancy Finney, great-grandparents, Mick and Adelena Edens, and Dee and Martha Ross.


Honoring JanNeil’s wishes, cremation has taken place under the direction David W. Barnes Funeral Home and the family will host a memorial service on Saturday, November 12, 2022 at 2:00pm at Christ Church in Neodesha, KS with Pastor Gary Lambert officiating. Inurnment will follow at Robbins Cemetery West of Coffeyville.


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Lue Barndollar


Lue Edna Diver Barndollar passed away peacefully on October 25, 2022, surrounded by her children. She touched many lives with her abundant energy, positive outlook on life and leaves a legacy of love and community.


Lue was born December 31, 1933, in Clay Center, KS, to Edna Lenora (Duncan) Diver and Robert Warren Diver, M.D.   The family moved to Coffeyville in 1937 where Dr. ("Doc") Diver established a practice specializing in eye, ear, nose, and throat.  Lue attended Coffeyville schools through the eighth grade and then, as a boarding student, attended Ward-Belmont Preparatory School in Nashville, TN, from which she graduated in 1951.  She next attended the University of Kansas, where she was affiliated with Chi Omega, until her marriage to Pratt Barndollar Jr. in 1953.   When their youngest child started school, Lue returned to college, eventually receiving a B.A. and an M.A. in English and an Education Specialist Degree in Community College Education from Pittsburg State University.


Joining Coffeyville Community College in 1978 as an English instructor, she received that institution’s first Distinguished Professor award in 1985 and was subsequently the recipient of an Award for Teaching Excellence from the International Institute for Staff and Organization Development.  In 2008 Lue was honored as Distinguished Retiree and in 2010 as Distinguished Alumnae. She also was named the Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Educator in Higher Education.  Through her years as an employee of the College, Lue served the school in many capacities:  English Instructor, Honors Program Coordinator, Division Chair, Academic Challenge Coach, Humanities Tour Leader, and Grant Coordinator. Extra special memories include the Academic Challenge Team winning the 1986 state championship in the Academic Excellence Challenge competition and exposing students to the wonders and education of international travel through many Humanities Department tours to Scotland, England, Ireland, Greece and more. In 2019 the College dedicated a special garden to Lue for her continued service and support.


Always active in the community, at various times Lue served as Sunday School teacher, Camp Fire leader, Cub Scout Den Mother, PTA Picture Lady, Red Cross Water-Safety Instructor, P.E.O. officer, and Trustee of the Coffeyville Public Library.  In 2003, she was elected to the Coffeyville Community College Board of Trustees, serving as Board Chair for four years.  She also served as a College Foundation trustee.  


Local history was long her interest.  Lue was a member of the Coffeyville Historical Society board for many years and served as President for eleven.  She was also a founding member of the Friends of the Brown Mansion, serving as its President.  Through the years she authored several successful grant applications for funds which helped with the restoration of the Brown Mansion.  Lue also published several works related to Coffeyville history, including What Really Happened on October 5, 1892: An Attempt at an Accurate Account of the Dalton Gang and Coffeyville (1992).


Lue was well-read and intellectually curious. She was the "Grammar Queen" and ensured her family appropriately used apostrophes, never confused a subject with an object, or ended a sentence with a preposition. Her children take responsibility for any grammatical errors in her obituary and ask for your grace.


Lue is preceded in death by her husband Pratt who passed away in 2015. She is survived by son Pratt III and wife Shelley Barndollar of Houston, TX, daughter Florence Lue and husband Mark Hurlbutt of Coffeyville; daughter Rebecca Ann and husband Richard Snook of Austin, TX, and son Peter Warren Barndollar of Kansas City, MO.  Eight much loved grandchildren and spouses also survive:  Matt and wife Casey Jo Hurlbutt of Dallas, TX; Callie and husband Cody Young of Coweta, OK; Tyler and wife Brittany Barndollar of Calgary, Alberta; Joe and wife Emily Barndollar of Breda, Netherlands; Judson and wife Samantha Snook of Dallas, TX; Samantha and husband Cole Kitchel of College Station, TX; Cole and Luke Barndollar of Houston, TX.  Seven great-grandchildren also survive: Charley, Maddie and Hadley Young of Coweta, Rhett and Jake Barndollar of Calgary, Holden Snook and Burkley Hurlbutt of Dallas. Lue was very close to her two nieces, Molly McCoy of Spokane, WA and Katy McCoy of Kansas City, MO. Lue also leaves many close friends who were a great source of support and fun throughout her life.


In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Lue Barndollar Memorial Scholarship at Coffeyville Community College, 400 W. 11th St., or The Coffeyville Historical Society, PO Box 843 both of Coffeyville, KS 67337. Contributions may be left in care of the chapel


Register signing and viewing will be held on Monday, October 31 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM at the Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville, KS 67337.  Visitation will be at the First United Methodist Church, 304 W. 10th St, in Coffeyville on Monday from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM. The funeral service celebrating Lue’s life will be held on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at 1:00 PM at the First United Methodist Church. Lue will be laid to rest next to her husband Pratt in Elmwood Cemetery following the service.  Services will be streamed live under her obituary page at where you may also leave an online word of condolence or share a memory. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Lue Barndollar Memorial Scholarship at Coffeyville Community College, or The Coffeyville Historical Society. Contributions may be left in care of the chapel.

Becky Sue Gordon (Casurole)

Becky Sue Gordon (Casurole) age 77 of Coffeyville passed away on October 18, 2022 at the Journey Home in Dewey, Oklahoma with those she loved at her side till the end.


Becky was born January 5, 1945 in Coffeyville to Meredith and Virginia (Crawford) Hurst. She attended local schools graduating from Field Kindley High School in 1963. After graduation she was united in marriage to Roger Casurole and they made their home in Arlington, VA. where she began working at The Pentagon for the Department of the Army. Moving to Filbert, Pennsylvania in 1966 where they were blessed with two sons, Preston and Jason. She returned home to Coffeyville in 1973 where she became a lifetime caregiver for her son Jason Paul "Jake",.afflicted at birth with Cerebral Palsy.

                                                                                                                                                         Becky loved getting together over a cookout, she played in many horseshoe tournaments, hanging out at the VFW, playing cards with friends, spending time with her family, and attending all of her children and grandchildren's events. Becky loved her family fiercely and made sure they were taken care of and loved.


Becky's memories live on with her son Preston Casurole, her grandchildren Shea and Rain Casurole, her great-granddaughter  Saige Elizabeth Rock., Preston’s sister Claire’s children Macsen Edward Casurole and Griffin Lucas Ramirez and her longtime partner Harry Stanley and his children, Manissa and Mickole.


She now rests with her parents, her sister Deana Henry and Deana’s son’s Mark and Meredith and their father Richard Henry.


Honoring Becky's wishes, cremation under the direction of David W. Barnes Funeral Home has taken place and she will be buried right beside her son Jake in Fairview Cemetery.


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Johnny Glen Eli

Johnny Glen Eli, age 89, formerly of Edna KS, passed away on October 25, 2022, at the Presbyterian Manor in Parsons, Kansas.


John was born on January 11, 1933, at the family’s home in Coffeyville, KS to John D. Eli and Thelma L. (Reynolds) Eli. He graduated from Field Kindley High School, and later attended Coffeyville Community College, where he was drafted into the United States Army during the Korean War. During this time, he served as Specialist 3rd class in the 79th engineers, before being honorably discharged in 1955.  John met Helen Jean Beal and the couple was united in marriage on January 27, 1957, at the First United Methodist Church in Coffeyville, KS. They were blessed with 2 daughters Dana and Zaneta. John then went back to further his education and earned his Bachelors in Sociology and teaching from Pittsburg State University. The couple then moved to Rawlins, Wyoming where he began his teaching career, but the couple later returned to Kansas where he attended Pittsburg State University to earn his Masters in Anthropology. He then taught at Missouri Southern College until moving to Le-Mars, Iowa where John developed a program that allowed technical program students to apply credits earned toward a bachelor’s degree at Westmar University. The family then returned home a short time later for John to become the Adult Coordinator at Northeast Tech in Afton, OK. They eventually settled in Edna, KS where they lived for 38 years. John began working and retired from Funk’s Manufacturing later bought out by John Deere.

John enjoyed from a very young age building model airplanes including remote control airplanes which he entered competitions winning many awards throughout the years. Throughout the years he enjoyed race cars, fishing, hunting, skeet shooting, and their farm where they raised Registered Red Angus cattle. He was an active member of the Methodist Church, a loyal member of Ducks Unlimited, Quail Unlimited, and the VFW. He also received his pilot’s license and owned two different planes during his younger years that he greatly enjoyed flying. He lived life to the fullest and always willing to help.


John is survived by his wife Jean, his 2 daughters; Dana Gilpin and her husband Jack; Zaneta Radebaugh and her husband Bill, grandchildren; Jennifer Harp her husband Chris, and Nate Radebaugh and wife Ashley; Bryan Gilpin, Gene Gilpin, and Chris Gilpin, and great-grandchildren Wyatt and Amaia Harp; brother Stan Eli and wife Carol.


He now rests with his parents and stillborn infant daughter Deana Eli.


Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, November 1, 2022, at Springhill Cemetery North of Coffeyville at 1:00pm with Pastor Lane Roberts officiating. Friends may attend the viewing and sign the register on Monday, October 31, 2022, at David W. Barnes Funeral Home from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in honor of John, to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Shriners Hospitals for Children and they may be left with or sent in care of David W Barnes Funeral Home 306 N Cline Rd Coffeyville, KS 67337.

Zionyah Wade,

Infant daughter, Zionyah Wade, 2 ½ months old, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, October 19, 2022, at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center in Coffeyville, Kansas.  

FKHS Head Football Coach Deonta Wade and wife, Mrs. Megan Wade, the FKHS Attendance Secretary, welcomed their baby girl, Zionyah Sarai Wade into the world on July  26, 2022, as the newest addition to the Wade Family.   She was growing stronger each day, gaining strength at holding her head up and movements to sit up more, even attempts at holding onto her bottle.  Zionyah had begun to teeth, enjoyed shower time and most of all she loved to snuggle.  Her parents referred to her as “the littlest-biggest Nado Football Fan” and was there to cheer on every game.  She made a huge imprint on the lives and hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing her.

In addition to her loving parents, Deonta and Megan Wade, she is survived by her older siblings, Elijah Wade, Harmony Wade, Nevaeh Wade, Amiyah Wade, Kainen White and Julionna Morgan, paternal grandparents, Chris and Christie Luten of Parsons, Kansas, maternal grandmothers, Susan Martin of Nevada, Missouri, Rene Hibdon of Girard, Kansas and Traci Dunn of Aldrich, Missouri maternal great grandmother, Kathy Elmore of Aldrich, Missouri, maternal great grandmother Elsie Dunn of Willard, Missouri and maternal great grandmother Kimberly Jump of

 the home, along with a host of aunts, uncles, extended relatives and many family friends.  Zionyah was preceded in death by her paternal great grandmother, Annette Oliver, her maternal great grandfather, Michael Jump and her uncle Kaelin Welch.

 A Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2022, at Grace Fellowship Church in Coffeyville with the family present to greet friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.   Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 29, 2022, at Grace Fellowship Church in Coffeyville.  Pastor Doug Mund will officiate.  

The family suggests memorial contributions can be made to FKHS Athletics and/or Boys and Girls Club of Coffeyville these may be left with the funeral home or mailed in care of David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 N. Cline Rd. Coffeyville, KS 67337.  To leave a message for the family online, visit

Orville E. "Tom" Tomlin

Orville E. "Tom" Tomlin, 79, passed away at his home near Caney, Ks on Saturday, October 8, 2022. Tom was surrounded by family at his passing.


He was born on March 4, 1943, in Fort Smith, Arkansas to George and Thelma (Moses) Tomlin.


Tom married the love of his life, Katie Snell, on May 10, 1962.  Tom met Katie, where she was working as a waitress in his mom's restaurant. It was love at first sight and their love has lasted for over 60 years. Starting their lives together they moved to Kansas, settling in Coffeyville to raise their three children, Wendell, Kim and Shelly. After retiring, the couple moved to Altamont by their daughter, Shelly. They resided there for 18 years but because of failing health moved closer to Kim.


Tom was not only a loving husband and wonderful dad, but he was a jack of all trades. He was an excellent craftsman and enjoyed fishing and camping. Tom and Katie enjoyed spending time with family and would do anything for them.


Tom held many jobs through the years including Paige Milk Company, Sherwin Williams, Harry Keith and Sons, and Amazon. Tom had also owned and operated the ABC carpet cleaning until he sold it to his brother-in-law, Ron Smith.


Tom loved and trusted in Jesus and was Katie's protector and her life.


Tom is survived by Katie of the home, Children: Wendell Rigsbee and wife Cathy, Kimberly Betts and husband Lonnie, Shelly Wiley and husband Scott. Grandchildren: Wendell Rigsbee Jr. and wife Karla, Shawn Rigsbee and wife Andrea, Nikki Pease and husband Mark, Crystal Jusino and husband Michael, Zach Reeves and wife Tiffany, Carrie van Andel and husband Hayden, Dakota Wiley and wife Terrie, Dalton Wiley, ShyAnne Wiley and Dawson Wiley.  Great grandchildren: Zaylie, Trinity, Gunner, Piper & Raiden Rigsbee, Whyatt Cates, Emery Pease, Brock Mejia, Adrian, Penelope, Piper & Poppy Jusino, Isabella Reeves, Mylan, Justin & Jackson Wiley.


He is now at rest with his parents, his brother Bobby H. Tomlin and sister Thelma Williams.


Funeral services to celebrate his life will be held on Monday, October 17, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. at Tyro Christian Church with David Bycroft officiating. Tom will be laid to rest in Harrisonville Cemetery under the direction of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville, Kansas 67337. The family has requested memorial contributions be made payable to Genentech Foundation, 1 DNA Way 311 B South, San Francisco, Ca. 94080 and may be left in care of the chapel. Services will be streamed live under his obituary page at   where you may also leave an online word of condolence or share a memory.

Belle Stapleton

Belle Stapleton of Coffeyville, KS, died October 11, 2022.


Belle was born on November 4, 1939, in Coffeyville, KS to Harry T. and Grace L (Fisher) Roberts. At the age of four, her parents moved to rural Coffeyville, just west of town. She attended Robins School, and later attended

Coffeyville schools, where she graduated from Field Kindley High School. In 1956, Belle married Ronald Ross Stapleton. She and Ron left the Coffeyville area briefly so Ron could serve in the United States Army. Once Ron completed service, they returned to Coffeyville, where they raised their three children; Richard, Jerome, and Rhonda.


Belle would occupy her time as a wife and mother as she raised her children. In 1969, she and Ron bought a farm west of Coffeyville where they enjoyed raising horses, cattle, and buffalo. Belle went to work, part-time, at the family business Stapleton's Products. In 1974, the family business sold, and soon after, she went to work for Ozark National Life Insurance. Belle retired in 1990. Ron would join her in retirement in 1999, and the two enjoyed their time gardening and traveling. Later in life, Belle would become an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She also continued to garden, one of her great passions, through the summer of 2022, having a very successful garden, despite the current drought.


Belle is survived by her children, Richard and Donna Stapleton, Jerome and Becky Stapleton, and Rhonda Stapleton Baker, all of which live in Coffeyville. She is also survived by 9 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grand son, and her sister, Elizabeth Allen.


She is preceded in death by her husband Ron, her parents, a brother, and a granddaughter, Jenny Stapleton.


Memorial services by the family will be held at Dearing Christian Church on Friday, October 14, 2022 at 10:30 am. The family suggests memorials be made payable to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice and they may be left with or sent in care of David W. Barnes Funeral Home 306 N Cline Road Coffeyville, KS 67337.


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Norma Lou Russell

Norma Lou Russell, age 86, passed away peacefully at The Journey Home in Bartlesville, Oklahoma in the early morning hours of Tuesday, October 4, 2022.  She was a lifelong resident of rural Caney, Kansas.  


Norma was born on August 19, 1936, in Dewey, Oklahoma to Frank and Waneta (Fields) Rigdon.  She was raised in Caney, Kansas where she attended local elementary schools and graduated from Caney Valley High School.  She furthered her education at the Kansas Teachers College at Pittsburg where she earned her degree in teaching.  Norma began teaching for the school in Tyro, Kansas with children ranging from kindergarten through 5th Grade as an Elementary School Teacher.  


Norma fell in love with Joe Russell; the couple was married on December 19, 1959, at the Caney United Methodist Church.  They made their home east of Caney. 


Norma enjoyed being a teacher but soon found that she had a much greater calling.  As their family grew, so too did the need for Norma to be available full-time as a mother, homemaker, wife, cook, farmer’s hand, and caregiver.  She wouldn’t have traded it for anything in the world.  Norma loved helping raise the children, tending to the home, and helping Joe when she could with farming and raising cattle.  She especially loved when it was calving time.  


Norma loved the Lord, she and Joe attended Caney United Methodist Church regularly.  Norma helped with Bible Study and many of the church gatherings throughout the years.  She would never hesitate to lend a helping hand.  Her favorite time of year was spring.  She also enjoyed quilting, crafts, shopping, and most of all she loved her family.  She cherished the time she was able to surround herself with family (kids, grandkids, and g-grandkids) and friends.  


Surviving to honor Norma’s memory are her children, Kristi Frisbee and husband, Bob of Girard, KS, Steven Russell and wife, Jana of Bartlesville, OK, Kimberly Russell and partner, Paula Wheatley of Caney, KS, and Kendra Grant and husband, Mark of Caney, KS, eight grandchildren, Bobby Frisbee and wife, Jennifer of Andover, KS, Melanie Berry and husband, Matt of Temecula, CA, Russell Frisbee and wife, Rachel of Choctaw, OK, Jonathan Russell and wife, Melanie of Bartlesville, OK, Matthew Russell and wife Allie, of Bartlesville, OK, Garrett Grant, Renee Grant, and Gage Grant all of Caney, KS; three great-grandchildren, her sister, Deloris Miller of Bentonville, AR, along with numerous extended relatives and close friends.  


Norma was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Waneta Rigdon, husband, B.J. “Joe” Russell on October 1, 2017, three brothers, Dean, Keith, and Glenn Rigdon, and by her sister, Beverly Halligan.  


Visitation will be held at David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville, Kansas on the evening of Sunday, October 9, 2022, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.  The family will be present to greet friends at the funeral home. 


Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, October 10, 2022, at the Caney United Methodist Church in Caney, Kansas.  Interment will follow at the Sunnyside Cemetery in Caney.  


The family suggests memorial contributions can be made to The Journey Home; contributions may be left with the funeral home or mailed in care of David W. Barnes Funeral Home 306 N. Cline Rd. Coffeyville, KS 67337.


David W. Barnes Funeral Home of Coffeyville is in charge of arrangements.  To leave a message for the family online, visit


Sara L. Sharpton

Sara L. Sharpton, age 46 of Coffeyville, Kansas has passed away at Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, Missouri.




Sara was born to Stan Shafer and Kristi (Hare) Ryan on March 29, 1976, in Coffeyville, Kansas.  Sara attended grade school, high school, and technical school in Coffeyville.  Sara completed her certified nursing assistant certification and has dedicated 30 years for caring for others.




Sara met and fell in love with Clayton Sharpton at the of 11 and Clayton at the age of 13 one summer in Coffeyville.  Though the miles and years separated them their love for each other didn’t. The two were married on September 1, 1995, in Hutchinson County, Texas, the couple were married, made Texas their home for one year before returning to Coffeyville.  Clayton began employment with AIW and when the location in Coffeyville closed Sara and Clayton their two children Kristina and Clayton Jr., relocated to Douglas, Georgia for a few years.  Moving away from family with their two young children was hard and Coffeyville was simply home so they moved back to Coffeyville to be near family and to raise their children.




Sara enjoyed camping, fishing and enjoying the outdoors with her family, especially with her Dad.  She was a great wife, mother, daughter, aunt, friend, and co-worker, she loved people, and they loved her.  Sara always found a way to either pay it forward or serve others, that is what made her so good at her job at Medicalodge on Midland (formerly Windsor Place) where she has worked for the past 9 years caring for the residence she loved.  She did everything to help better others, she never knew a stranger and always wanted to offer encouragement to others.  Sara adored her family and was so proud of her children and their accomplishment. She wanted them to excel and succeed in life and encouraged them to not let anything stop them from their goals.




Sara loved with her whole heart and was a beaming light in this world. It is no surprise that one request of her family was that if it were ever possible at the end of her life for others to benefit from her organs to please donate them so others could have life.  Her family honored that request by allowing the pursuit of organ donation, though that wasn’t possible they were honored by at the opportunity to do so.




Sara will be greatly missed by everyone but most by her husband, Clayton Sharpton Sr. of the home, her children, Kristina Sharpton and Clayton Sharpton Jr and bonus son, Dalton Ferguson; her parents, Stanley Shafer, and Kristi Ryan; brothers, Stanley Shafer Jr., Travis Ryan, Ricky Ryan and his wife Shannon, Justin Ryan; sisters, Amy and husband Brian Duncan, Pamela and husband Chad Morrill, Kristin Ryan; grandma Patsy Watts; aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of friends.  She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Bob, and Earlene Shafer and Grandpa Hare.




Funeral services celebrating Sara’s life will be held on Monday, October 10, 2022, at 2pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville with Pastor Mark Wilson officiating.   Sara will be laid to rest in Fairview Cemetery.  The family will receive friends on Sunday, October 9, 2022, from 3 to 5pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel.  Services will be streamed live under her obituary page at  where you may also leave an online word of condolence or share a memory.

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