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Obituaries Archives for 2023-07

Paul Stephen Thomas

Paul Stephen Thomas, age 74, of Coffeyville, Kansas passed away on Monday, July 24, 2023, at The Journey Home in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. 


Paul was born on September 18, 1948, in Kansas City, Missouri, to William and Nora Thomas.  He grew up in Kansas City, Missouri where he graduated from East High School in 1966, earned a Bachelor of Science with a business minor from Rockhurst University in 1974.  In 2004 he received his Master's in Theology. He also received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Auxano University in the Philippines for work in the field of Missions Services for Prisoners in 2007.


In 1975 he was united in marriage to Janet Halchak.  From that union their daughter, Kira was born in 1977.


On April 22, 2000, Paul married Kathryn Sue (Blakey) Thomas in Overland Park, Kansas.  She preceded him in death on January 3, 2019. 


On July 7, 2019, he married Mary Ann (Olberding) Thomas in Coffeyville, Kansas where they made their home.  Mary Ann preceded him in death on June 6, 2022.


Paul worked for QuikTrip, John Hancock Insurance Company, and the IRS before he found his true calling in the Ministry.  Paul was a passionate and dedicated minister who loved sharing God's word with those around him.  His religious ministry was not just his occupation but also his calling, which he held dear to his heart.  He found immense joy in reading scriptures and sharing the wisdom they imparted.  Paul dedicated his life to serving God and his community.  As a devoted and generous servant of God, he was a beacon of faith and a pillar of strength in his community, around the world through Facebook and other social media, and at the First Assembly of God Church in Coffeyville, Kansas.


Paul's commitment to his faith was not just limited to his ministry.  He was also actively involved with the Boy Scouts of America, as an Eagle Scout, where he utilized his position as a leader and member to instill his strong faith and values in the young boys under his mentorship.  Paul enjoyed attending Boy Scout Camp at H. Roe Bartle Boy Scout Reservation in Osceola, Missouri where he was an active member, Sachem Little Lone Hunter Brave, of the Tribe of the Mic-O-Say for many years.


Surviving to cherish his memory is his loving daughter, Kira Lillie and husband, Daniel, of Lee Summit, Missouri, grandchildren, Elijah and Virginia Lillie.  He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Nora Thomas, brothers, Mack Thomas and twin newborns that died at birth. 


Following Paul’s wishes, cremation is to take place under the direction of David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville, Kansas.


A Memorial Service to Celebrate Paul's Life will be held by the family at the First Assembly of God Church in Coffeyville at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, July 31, 2023.  Pastor Randy DePriest will officiate.  A private family inurnment will take place at a later date. 


The family suggests memorial contributions can be made to Kira Lillie; 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. 


As we remember Paul, let his life of faith, dedication, and generosity inspire us all.  We invite you to share your memories of Paul and upload photos to the memorial page at, as we celebrate and honor a life lived in service to God and others.


Philippians 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.


If you take a step of Faith, God will meet your needs.


J. Rexford Mills

J. Rexford Mills, known to all as Rex, passed away at his home in Caney, on Tuesday, July 18, 2023.


He was born on February 11, 1938, in Caney, Kansas to Fred D. and Beulah C. (Morehead) Mills.  Rex grew up and attended school in Caney graduating from Caney High School in 1956.  He attended Coffeyville Community College and later attended and graduated from Missouri Auction School. 


Rex was a veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard serving from February 1958 until receiving his honorable discharge in February 1961.


Rex was a highly respected figure within his community, known for his thoughtful demeanor and the genuine care he had for all who crossed his path. His career spanned various roles, each exemplifying his dedication to serving others. He was a diligent salesman for Sellers Tractor Co. a heavy equipment company based in Wichita, Kansas, was a deputy sheriff with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department and served as a Montgomery County Commissioner. His entrepreneurial spirit shone through when he owned and operated Central States Auction Company. Beyond his professional life, Rex was deeply involved in community service, and he was a proud former member and Past Master in 1996 of the Caney Masonic Lodge.


Rex's heart belonged to his family. He married the love of his life, Diane Foster, on June 16, 1963, at Sedan, Kansas. Together, they lived in Independence for nine years, before returning to their hometown Caney to build their loving home. They raised their children, Anita, and Scott, with the same values of hard work, dedication, and love that Rex lived by.


He leaves behind his wife, Diane, his daughter Anita (Justin) Chitwood, and his son Scott (Kelli) Mills, grandchildren Madelyn Mills, Cooper Mills, and Audrey (Bobby) Powell, and great-grandson, Carson Powell. He is preceded in death by his parents Fred and Beulah Mills and his siblings Marilyn Martin, Melba Labadie, and Junior Mills. Rex's legacy continues through the love and memories he leaves behind.


A Memorial Service celebrating Rex's life will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 29, 2023, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Caney with Wayne Blakemore officiating. Following Rex's wishes cremation has taken place under the direction of the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville. 


Rex's life was a testament to the power of love, commitment, and service. His warm smile, kindness, and love for his family and community will always be remembered. We invite all who knew Rex to leave memories and upload photos on his memorial page at  as we continue to celebrate his remarkable life.


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


Bonnie Ladean Long

Bonnie Ladean Long of Coffeyville, Kansas passed away on Saturday, July 15, 2023, at Medicalodges on Midland at the age of 92.


Bonnie was born on March 11, 1931, in Edna, Kansas to Ray Ona and Edna May (Comstock) Manley.  She grew up and went to school in Edna.


Bonnie loved swimming, sewing, fishing, skiing, playing games, and dancing.   She was the best interior decorator and did most of the remodeling of her home herself. She could tear down a wall and rebuild a new one on her own.


On May 23, 1948, Bonnie married the love of her life Robert "Bob" Long in Parsons.  During their marriage they had four children, Larry, Cathy, Kelly and Bobbi.  Bob and Bonnie had just celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary prior to his passing on November 11, 1998.


Survivors include her children, Cathy Long (Vin), Kelly Long (Necia) and Bobbi Sells (Ron); brother Darrell Manley (Norma); sister-in-law Mary Manley; grandchildren Justin Roberts, Morgan Sells, Shannon Adamson, Aaron Long, Lisa Compston, Amy Caulkins, David Carr, Marta Carr, Ty Long, Shelli Burdiek, Holli Dieckmann; several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

In addition to her parents, and her husband Bob, Bonnie is not at rest with son Larry Long and brother Sheldon Manley.



A Celebration of Life service will be held on Friday, August 4, 2023, at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., in Coffeyville at 2pm. Bonnie will be laid to next to her late husband Bob in a private family inurnment that will take place at North Edna Cemetery.   Visit<> to view live streaming of her services under her obituary page where you can also leave an online condolence or share a memory for the family.

Michael A.  "Mike" Manley

Michael A.  "Mike" Manley, formerly of Coffeyville, Kansas passed away on Thursday, July 13, 2023, at his home in Edmond, Oklahoma. 


Mike was born on October 24, 1951, in Coffeyville, Kansas, to Orville "Monk" and Vernola Manley. He was one of eight children: brothers, John, Junior, and Ben, sisters, Connie, Judy, Marilyn and Mona.  They grew up together not just siblings but also friends in Coffeyville where he attended local schools.


Mike lived a life filled with laughter and love. In his 71 years he made an unforgettable impact on everyone he met. A man who could shoot pool with one eye closed, catch fish with his bare hands, and plant flowers while whistling.


Mike was the kind of guy who could turn an ordinary day into a grand adventure. After retiring from Coffeyville Refinery, he devoted his time to his eclectic range of hobbies. Whether he was strategizing his next move in a game of cribbage, or using his green thumb in the garden, Mike always did it with a smile and a joke.  He loved his time with Lynda by his side, whether it involved a trip to spin the wheel at the casino or a journey to his beloved Alaska. He could talk for hours with anyone about Harley Davidson Motorcycles.  


Mike's love for life was surpassed only by his love for his family. He met the love of his life, his "Alaskan Cutie" Lynda, while serving his country with courage and honor in the United States Army. Their love story is the stuff of legends, beginning in Alaska, spanning over five decades, and creating a beautiful family along the way with son, DJ and daughter, Shelly.


Mike is survived by his best friend and wife, Lynda Manley of the home, his son Duane "DJ" (Sarah) Manley, his daughter Michelle "Shelly" (Curtis) Pope, his grandchildren Devin (Ryan) Hayden-Young, Brandon Pope and Ceiara Burchett; great grandchildren, Poppy, Bennett and Jackson. Additional survivors include his siblings and their spouses, Lynda's siblings and their spouses, numerous nieces, nephews extended relatives and lifelong friends and co-workers.


He is preceded in death by his parents, Monk and Vernola Manley.


As we mourn the loss of our loving friend and family member, we find comfort in the words of Dr. Seuss, "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened." Mike's life was filled with smiles, laughter, and love, and for that, we are eternally grateful.


We invite you to join us in celebrating Mike's extraordinary life by sharing your favorite memories and photos on his memorial page  We look forward to hearing your stories and keeping Mike's spirit alive in our hearts and minds.


In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions in Mike's honor can be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  Donations can be made online or by mail to 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


Following Mike's wishes, cremation has taken place.  No public services are scheduled at this time. A future gathering may be scheduled at a later date.

Sonja S. Lukens

Sonja S. Lukens, 73, of Coffeyville, Kansas, passed away on Sunday, July 16, 2023, at her home surrounded by her family.


 She was born on March 14, 1950, in Coffeyville to Ralph E. and Julia J. (Dennis) Zillifro.

Sonja was a proud graduate of Field Kindley High School, Coffeyville Community College, and Pittsburg State University, reflecting her ambitious spirit.


On April 2, 1980, she married the love of her life Larry A. Lukens.  She spent her life as a dedicated homemaker, cultivating a warm and welcoming environment that resonated with her caring nature. Sonja was also known for her love of sewing and shopping, hobbies that brought her joy and satisfaction. Her greatest pleasure, though, was being surrounded by her children and grandchildren. Sonja's love for them was boundless and she was their guiding light.


Sonja is survived by her sons, Roy (Laresa), Randy (Crystal), and Chuck, Matthew, Jamie (Amber English) Lukens; her daughters, Tina (David) Myers, and Cassie Lukens; her sisters, Stephanie Boley and Sallie (Scott) Usher; her brother, Steve (Peggy) Zillifro; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Larry Lukens, her daughter Terri Searles, and her parents, Ralph and Julia Zillifro.


Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 19, 2023, from 12:00pm to 8:00pm at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville.


Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 20, 2023, at 10:00am at the Coffeyville First Nazarene Church, 2300 West 1st Street, Coffeyville, Kansas with Reverend Ford Hall officiating.


The family suggests memorials to Coffeyville First Church of the Nazarene; contributions may be left with or mailed in care of David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 North Cline Road, Coffeyville, KS 67337


We encourage those who knew and loved Sonja to share their memories and upload photos to her memorial page at


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


Clyde LuRoy Gatewood

Clyde LuRoy Gatewood, 97, of Coffeyville passed away Sunday, July 9, 2023, at Saint Simeon's Senior Community in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


He was born on December 28, 1925, in Coffeyville, Kansas to Gilbert LuRoy and Goldie May (Ochenbein) Gatewood.  Clyde grew up and attended school in Coffeyville graduating from Field Kindley Memorial High School.


Clyde was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Navy from March 1944 until receiving his honorable discharge in May 1946.  He reenlisted in the U.S. Navy serving during the Korean War from April 1951 until August 1952.


His journey in life was remarkable, filled with love, dedication, and thoughtfulness, which touched many lives around him. He was the embodiment of humility, always putting others before himself. Known for his loving heart and thoughtful nature, Clyde's life was a testament to the power of kindness.


On December 28, 1948, Clyde married the love of his life, Lorene E. Davis at her parents' home in Coffeyville. Following their marriage they called Coffeyville home where they raised their daughters Arma and Carla.  Lorene preceded him in death on August 30, 2020.


Clyde was a man of many talents and passions. In his youth, he worked at Hall's Sport Shop and sold real estate before embarking on a rewarding banking career at 1st National Bank in Coffeyville and later at Coffeyville State Bank until his retirement. However, his dedication didn't let him rest for long. After seven years of retirement, he returned to work at Wal-Mart, where he joyfully served the community for over two decades, greeting customers, stocking shelves, and doing whatever was necessary with a smile. Clyde's love for his job and colleagues was palpable, making his presence unforgettable. He was a passionate antique collector and enjoyed taking care of his booth at the antique mall. One of his favorite pastimes was coaching youth softball. Clyde found joy in the simplest things, like watching the birds in his yard, a testament to his humble and appreciative nature.


Despite his various professional and personal ventures, Clyde's heart always belonged to his family. He was a loving father to his daughter, Arma Gatewood, and a proud grandfather to Natalie Donaldson. He was also blessed with a great-grandson, Gabriel Sumner. Clyde also leaves behind his sister, Joyce Ford. Clyde was preceded in death by his parents, Gilbert and Goldie Gatewood, his wife, Lorene Gatewood, his daughter, Carla Almond, and his siblings, Maynard Gatewood, Myrl Camp, Frances Robinson, Ethel Ross, and Ina Hardesty.


A Memorial Service with military honors conducted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1022 and American Legion Post #20 will be at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 22, 2023, at the Veterans Patio in Fairview Cemetery.  Inurnment will follow in Restlawn Memorial Park. A celebration of life will follow at the VFW.


Friends may sign the register book on Friday, July 21st from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville.


Plants are welcomed, but you could also consider giving a donation to a charity of your choice or toward the funeral expenses.


Clyde Gatewood's life was a beautiful journey, filled with love, dedication, and humbleness. His legacy will always be remembered in the hearts of those he touched. We invite you to share your memories and upload photos of Clyde on his memorial page at




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

Joyce Irene Miller


Joyce Irene Miller, beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and sister, passed away on July 13, 2023, in Coffeyville, Kansas at CRMC with her family by her side.  Born on May 13, 1944, in Coffeyville to Earl “Bill” and Betty Jane (Batman) Palmer. 


Just a few days after her arrival Bill and Betty took their newborn daughter to their home south of Edna across the Oklahoma line in rural Welch, Oklahoma. Joyce attended school with her siblings in Welch and graduated from Welch High School.  After high school Joyce married and had children.  She and Dwane Wolf married and had a daughter Patricia “Patty” and though that union ended in divorce their love for their daughter did not.  A few years later she and C.R. Miller were united in marriage and in that union   their daughter Carrie was born.  Unfortunately, that union also ended in divorce but again the love of Carrie did not. 


Joyce worked various jobs over the years prior to retirement.  As an adult she and her family resided in Wichita for a while where she was employed at Rock Island Railroad and the Hyatt Regency. When returning to the area she and her family moved to Caney, Kansas where she began working at Phillips 66 in Bartlesville and began working part time in property management in Caney. Joyce and her daughters moved back to Coffeyville where she worked at Cox Communications before becoming a full-time property manager for several properties such as Dale Apartments. She worked hard as a single mother to provide for her daughters, sometimes even working three jobs to make ends meet.


Aside from her career achievements, Joyce took pride in being a loving mother to her daughters and a wonderful Granny J to her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Joyce made beautiful quilts for her family. The quilts are cherished more than ever before, knowing that each piece of fabric cut, and every stitch made was with all her love attached to it.  Her quilting also pieced together many longtime friendships formed in the Quilting Guild she was a member of and in the Bunco club.  Jewelry making, and watching old westerns, especially Gun Smoke were also a few of her favorite past times.


Joyce loved sweets or is better known to have had a “Sweet Tooth” she loved a variety of Little Debbie snack cakes, Fudgesicles and Nerds. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were greatly spoiled by “Granny J” also benefiting from her love of sweets.  Her grandchildren will always cherish the weekends spent with “Granny J”, playing countless hands of Phase 10 where they often cheated.  Even though they bent the rules, it wasn’t about winning or losing for Joyce, it was spending time with them and creating memories. 


Being a fun loving, heartwarming woman is what made Joyce so good at her job, special to those who loved her and most and a true friend to many.  She was a good listener, gave real advice about what you needed to hear, not what you wanted to hear, she was nonjudgmental and saw people for who they were and not for their limitations.  People gravitated to her because of these God given traits. Life was challenging at times and being hardheaded and strong-willed gave her the will to push through.   


Joyce is survived by daughters Patty and husband Wes Smith, Carrie Miller-Burnett and wife Leslie Burnett; grandchildren Jacob Smith and wife Kayla, Victoria and husband Tyler Russell, Camille and husband Tyler Watts; great grandchildren, Carson Smith, Cali Smith, Colin Russell, Avalynn Watts and Jenson Watts; brother Lee Palmer and wife Paula; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Diane Wicker.

A Viewing and Receiving of friends will be on Sunday, July 16, 2023, at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., in Coffeyville from 3 to 5pm.  Cremation will take place after Sunday and a Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, July 17, 2023, at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel at 11 am.  The family has requested that Memorial Contributions be made payable to Asbury Village Activities Fund and may be left in care of the chapel.  Privately the family will create a place of remembrance at North Edna Cemetery at a later date.   To leave an online condolence, share a memory or view the streaming of her services visit under her obituary page.


Joyce Irene Miller you have impacted the world around you immeasurably yet left the world brighter with your light. You will truly be missed but forever remembered – your life serving as fiery motivation for us all to live better lives!

Dorothy Edwards


It is with great love and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Dorothy Evelyn Edwards, on July 5, 2023, at the age of 98. Born on April 25, 1925, in Elk City, KS, Dorothy was a beacon of compassion, love, generosity, and thoughtfulness that illuminated the lives of everyone she met. Her life was a living testament to her favorite scripture, Proverbs 31:26: "She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue."


Dorothy, a proud resident of Joplin, Missouri for the last four years, previously lived in Coffeyville, KS. She was a dedicated homemaker, who put her heart and soul into caring for her family. She was a creative spirit who took great joy in sewing and reading. Dorothy was widowed from her beloved husband, Ralph Edwards, with whom she shared a beautiful marriage since May 20, 1946. Despite the many challenges life threw her way, she remained steadfast in her faith and unwavering in her love for her family, which mattered most to her. She was the proud matriarch of a sprawling family, including twelve living great-grandchildren.


Dorothy is survived by her loving daughter, Patricia "Trish" (Jerry) Anderson, her adoring grandsons; Wade (Meranda) Phillips, Curtis (Alisa) Phillips, Trenton (Melissa) Anderson, Daniel (Sara) Knight, Tyler (Miranda) Hughes, her cherished granddaughter, Mandy Knight, and her caring siblings; Jim (Susan) Barnard, Gloria Zimmerman, and Linda (Roger) Patteson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Edwards, her children; David Edwards, Susan Bishop, Gary Edwards, Linda Claybrook, her siblings; Marjorie Whitebird, George Barnard, Leola, Audry Reeder, and her great-grandchildren; Sarah Phillips, Gavean Phillips.


A Memorial Service celebrating Dorothy's life will be at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, July 20, 2023, at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville.


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


We invite you to share your fondest memories of Dorothy, to celebrate her life, her love, and her legacy. Please leave your memories and upload photos to the memorial page at, as we pay tribute to a life well-lived and a woman well-loved. "Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: 'Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.'" (Proverbs 31:28-29).

Darlene Johnson-Austin


We're here to celebrate the life of a living doll, Darlene Johnson-Austin, or as many knew her, Doll. Born in Waterloo, IA, on February 12, 1955, Darlene was a whirlwind of ambitious energy. After a two-week vacation in California, she decided that sunshine and the ocean were her jam, and she moved west. She landed a gig with Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. as an operator and climbed the ladder to management with AT&T. She parlayed her job into a cross-country adventure, working in California, Macon, Georgia, Jacksonville, Florida, and Dallas, Texas before retiring in 2005. It's safe to say Darlene made long-distance calls cool before cell phones were a thing.


Darlene was the queen of arts and crafts and could crochet a masterpiece while simultaneously executing a perfect cha-cha slide. Her handmade picture collages were a sight to behold, capturing memories in a beautiful blend of color and creativity. She was a survivor, beating lung cancer in 2009, and a generous soul, sharing her "daily blessings" with loved ones every morning. Proverbs 11:25, "A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed," held a special place in her heart, capturing her belief in God and her love for sharing inspiration with others.


To say that Darlene was a people person is an understatement. She never met a stranger, just friends she hadn't met yet. She loved and accepted people as they were and always had a listening ear. She was a thoughtful friend, a loving wife to Curtis III, and an adoring mother to Melena, Lemela, stepchildren Tina and Raymond, and godchildren Serenity, Savion, and Will. And let's not forget her role as super-grandma to a troop of grandkids and even a great-grandson.


Darlene was preceded in death by her parents, Cleveland and Arnimell Harris, siblings Jessie, Lillie, Florene, Leon, and Laverne, and her son Letwaun. Now, she's probably up there teaching the angels how to do the electric slide.


A visitation for Darlene will be held on Wednesday, July 12, 2023, at 12:00pm CDT at David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 North Cline Road, Coffeyville, Kansas, 67337. In classic Darlene fashion, let's make it a celebration rather than a mourning. Wear your favorite colorful outfit, bring your best stories, and get ready to share in the laughter and love that Darlene brought to each and every one of our lives.


Please take a moment to share your favorite memories of Darlene and upload photos to the memorial page. Let's keep her spirit alive by remembering the joy, laughter, and love she brought into our lives.

Carl W. "Bill" Clevenger


Carl W. "Bill" Clevenger, passed on Saturday, July 8, 2023, at Labette Health in Parsons, Kansas.


He was born on November 1, 1950, in Oswego, Kansas to Clyde Eugene and Stella May (Pierson) Clevenger. Bill grew up in the Bartlett, Kansas area, where he attended school.


On December 29, 1975, he married the love of his life Pamela Jane Cole at Miami, Oklahoma. Following their marriage, they made their home in the Bartlett and Edna area where they raised their family. His love and devotion to his wife Pamela, was a testament to his character.


For 72 years, Bill made his home in Bartlett and Edna, Kansas, a place he dearly loved and contributed to in numerous ways. Bill was a humble man who lived by the principle of putting others before himself. He was a loving father, husband, brother, and grandfather who cherished his family above all else.


Bill worked at numerous area livestock markets and ranches before going to work at the Bartlett Coop where he retired in 2015 after 32 years of service. In his younger years he enjoyed calf roping and was a member of the Southeast Kansas Mounted Posse, and the Edna Roundup Club. Later in life he enjoyed listening to KU basketball and Royals and Cardinals baseball and enjoyed going to Branson with his wife Pam.


Bill is survived by his beloved wife Pamela; his children Brenda (Gary) McNickle, Carla (JJ) Bebb, and Brent (Michelle) Clevenger; his siblings Lori (Roger) Miller, Richard (Diane) Clevenger, and Debra Barnett; his grandchildren Rachel Bebb, Dillon (Alyssa) McNickle, Kendal Bebb, and Macy Clevenger; and his cherished great-granddaughter Rory McNickle.


He is preceded in death by his parents Clyde and Stella Clevenger, his brother James Clevenger, and his brother-in-law Michael Barnett.


The family will greet friends on Tuesday, July 11, 2023, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Elm Christian Church, 4055 Lyon Road, Edna, Kansas.


Graveside Services will be at 10:30 am, Wednesday, July 12, 2023, at the North Edna Cemetery north of Edna, Kansas, with Reverend Allan Banzet of Elm Christian Church officiating.


In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Bartlett Coop Employees Unity Fund; contributions may be left with the funeral home or mailed in care of David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 North Cline Road, Coffeyville, Kansas 67337.


In memory of Bill, we invite all who knew him to leave their memories, stories, and photos on his memorial page at Please join us in honoring Bill's life and his enduring legacy in our hearts.

Shirley June (Greenwood) Pirkey

Shirley June (Greenwood) Pirkey, of Coffeyville, Kansas passed away in Bartlesville, Oklahoma at the The Journey Home at the age of 79.


Shirley was born on June 1, 1944, in Colorado Springs, Colorado to Charles Edward and Ruth Pearl (Beeson) Greenwood. Her family moved to Mound Valley, Kansas when she was a year old where she spent most of her life.  As a teen she lived in California where she graduated from high school in 1962.  In 1979 Shirley moved to Coffeyville, and attended Coffeyville Community College where she earned her associate degree.


Shirley worked in various positions over the years but her most important job was being a Mom.  Shirley’s first child was born in 1963 and her baby was born in 1973. The first grandchild arrived in 1983, and the great grandchildren are still arriving.   Being a homemaker, she had many more titles in addition to mom and grandma, she was a daughter, a sister, a wife, an aunt and a faithful friend.  She was very particular about her home, making sure that everything had its place, and it was returned to its place. Shirley's faith was very important to her. Her daily Bible reading, and prayer time was a priority. Shirley enjoyed reading, crocheting, dancing, and working puzzles but what she enjoyed most was spending time with her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and extended family of many loved nieces, nephews and greats nieces and nephews.


Shirley is survived by her children Tenise Fine, Terry Lee Tippen, Trent Tippen, Tanya Palmer; 8 grandchildren Eric, Austin & Jamie, Alyssia, Barbara, Gina, Hercules, Kimberly and Emma and 3 great grandchildren Landon, Whitney, Blake; siblings Victor Greenwood, and Charles Greenwood. Shirley's family will often be reminded of her crazy since of humor as they reflect on their memories of her. 


In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Jerry Pirkey; daughter Trenia Elizabeth Tippen; grandson Donovan Prince Tippen; siblings Betty Wylie, Robert Greenwood, and Mary Greenwood. Shirley's family will often be reminded of her crazy since of humor as they reflect on their memories of her. 


Graveside funeral services will be held under the direction of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel of Coffeyville on Thursday, July 6, 2023, at 11 am at Richland Cemetery in Angola, Kansas.  The family request memorial contributions to be made payable to The Journey Home and may be left in care of the chapel.  To leave an online condolence, share a memory or view the streaming of her services, visit under her obituary page.



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