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Obituaries Archives for 2023-08

Brady Scott Titus

Brady Scott Titus, 55, of South Coffeyville, Oklahoma passed away Wednesday, August 23, 2023, at The Journey Home in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.


He was born on May 9, 1968, in Des Moines, IA, and resided in South Coffeyville, Oklahoma area all of his life. Brady attended grade school in South Coffeyville and completed his education graduating from Field Kindley High School, class of 1986, where he first discovered his love for fast cars.


Brady married Cristal Hyde in 1988, and they had two beautiful daughters, Erin and Hali. The couple later divorced in 2006.


Brady's dedication to providing for his family led him to starting and fulfilling a 33-year career as a Track Foreman for Union Pacific Railroad. His dedication was not limited to his professional life, as he was also a proud member of the Brotherhood of Maintenance and Way Employees. His hobbies reflected his adventurous spirit and creative mind. After his kids, Brady’s passion was drag racing and building engines. In his spare time, Brady was a master storyteller, captivating friends and family with his unique tales.


Above all, Brady loved his kids and grandkids  His love and dedication to his family were the cornerstones of his life. He is survived by his daughters, Erin Adams (Jamal) and Hali Titus (Kyle Thurman); five grandchildren with two more on the way; his parents, Larry and Connie Titus; brother, Aaron Titus (Peggy); nephew, Liam Titus; niece, Teagan Titus; aunt, Cheryl Young (Robert); and cousins, Nicholas and Riley Young.


Brady was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lawrence and Mayme Titus.


Honoring Brady's wishes, cremation will take place under the direction of David W. Barnes Funeral Home. A Gathering of Family and Friends will take place at a later date.


In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Brady’s to The Journey Home in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.


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David W. Barnes Funeral Home is honored to be entrusted with the services.

L.E. Lee Garding


L.E. "Lee" Garding age 90 a former longtime resident of Coffeyville, Kansas passed away on August 26, 2023, at Prairie Homestead Assisted Living in Wichita, Kansas where he had resided for a few years.

Mr. Garding was born on September 3, 1932, to Alphonse P. and Alice J. (House) Garding in Grant Falls, Montana. He grew up and attended schools in Kalispell, Montana and graduated high school there.  On April 8, 1958, he married Donna DeMott in Reno, Nevada.  The couple made Coffeyville their forever home in 1989. The couple were members of Trinity United Methodist Church where Mr. Garding also was the full-time custodian. Mr. Garding also worked part time as custodian in the USD 445 school system.


Mr. Garding served in the US Military.  While in the military he was a supply clerk beginning the US Army and later transferred to United States Air Force.  His enlistment began in 1950 and continued until his Honorable Discharge in 1973. During his tour he was stationed in Korea, England, Turkey, and Vietnam. Mr. Garding was an active member of the community he was a member of American Legion Post 20, DAV, Coffeyville VFW Post 1022, where he gave visual talks on how to fold and honor the flag. He was the director of the local Patriots Pen Essay Contest at Roosevelt Middle School and FKHS in Coffeyville and the surrounding area among other patriot things.

Mr. Garding worked for National Steel and Albertson Hien Machine Shop in Wichita, Kansas.  He also worked at Jet Propulsion Laboratory California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California.  Sitting on the porch in a rocking chair waiting for "when the old age pension check comes to my door" as the song went wasn't something Mr. Garding did.  At the age of 76 Mr. Garding began working at USD 445 as a janitor first in the grade schools and then the high school, he was a quite man who was loved and respected by all.   His favorite pastimes were fishing and bowling.  He loved, loved to spend one week with his boys at the NBC Bowling Tournament each year.


Survivors include his two sons Bud and his wife Penny, Roger and his wife Barbara and daughter Robin Talbott, seven grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife Donna, brothers, Matt, James, Lorin, Mike, and sister Marvel Chambers, and son-in-law Steven Talbott.


Breakfast at Village Inn was a favorite of Lee's with a good cup of coffee; the family and church congregation invites you to join them for a cup of coffee and refreshments from 9am until service time at 10 am on Friday, September 1, 2023, at Trinity United Methodist Church Ave., 1001 W 8th, Coffeyville, Kansas. Funeral services will begin at 10 am.   Graveside be held at Spring Hill Cemetery where Lee will be buried next to his wife Donna.  Military Honors will be provided by US Air Force Honor Guard, Coffeyville VFW Post 1022, and Coffeyville American Legion Post 20.  Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 31, 2023, at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville, KS from 5-7pm.  Visit 2405+Woodland+Ave.+%0D%0A+Coffeyville,+Kansas+67337?entry=gmail&source=g> watch the live streaming of the service under his obituary or to leave a message of condolence or share a memory.


Robert Eugene Morgan

On August 17th, 2023, held his daughter's hand as he left from this world and entered Robert Eugene Morgan the kingdom of heaven. 


Robert was born on February 7th, 1968, to Janet Morgan and Delano (Tom) Morgan. 


Robert grew up on a 100-acre farm in Coffeyville, Kansas with 3 brothers Randy Morgan, Danny Morgan, and Tommy Morgan and 2 sisters Pam (Rosson) Poston and Norma (Morgan) Fields. They all loved to roam in the woods on the property and swing on a vine across the gully together. They got into countless shenanigans together.


As children, Randy, and Danny always relegated Robert to 'the little ones' (Tommy and Norma) when he wanted to tag along with the big boys, but no one was telling Robert who he was. He was determined. 


"Doobert" is the nick name coined by his siblings that his nieces and nephews still refer to him as to this day.


Robert attended school at Longfellow, Roosevelt, and Field Kindley. Robert Quit school in 11th grade and got his GED the same year he would have graduated high school.


In April 8th1994 Robert welcomed his only child, Ashli Dawn Morgan (Holcomb), into the world. He loved to sing music with her, and they shared a mutual love for Rascal Flatts. 


Robert went on to work at Acme Foundry and later John Deere from where it was his lifelong dream to retire. He worked the carousel and the forklift and enjoyed every moment, even if he got bumped on a different shift. 


He loved to sing and party with his many friends.  His baby sister will never forget her 21st birthday party that he threw for her. 


Roberts favorite Holiday was The 4th Of July. Every summer he would buy as many of the loudest fireworks as he could. He took such joy in setting off the biggest and loudest one. For a few moments the noise and color would make the distractions of the world disappear.


A common theme with Robert is that he found an escape through music. It could be head banging to Metallica in his Silver Monte Carlo or serenading the trees in the back yard with Garth Brooks. Many times, he found a deep connection to a CD, and he would fixate on it. It would play on repeat until he was sure his heart was content. 


Robert loved his mama. When he needed a glass of sweet tea and godly advice, he knew she was right up the drive. He would sit at her kitchen table and mull over the troubles of the day while she either encouraged him or told him how it was. Even when it seemed like he wasn't listening, his mama's advice touched him deeply. She brought him into the world, and she was with him the day he left. 


Those who knew Robert knew that he could have a very hard outer shell and sharp words that cut deep but when he allowed you to break through that shell, he was a very soft, loving, and goofy man. He made some bad choices through the years but through his relationship with the Lord he overcame those choices and addictions. 


Robert was who he was and there was no changing that. You could always find him with a Mountain Dew in his hand and a HoneyBun in his mouth. 


Robert is proceeded in death by his father Delano Radar (Tom) Morgan and his little brother Tommy Morgan


He is survived by his mother Janet, siblings Pam, Randy, Danny, and Norma, his daughter Ashli, his nephews Stephen, Cody, Kevin and Dakota and his nieces Kayla, Angelica, and Jennifer. 


His nephew Kevin Greenfield said it best "Robert lived life on his terms and enjoyed every moment".


A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, August 25, 2023, at 11am at First Southern Baptist Church, 2701 W 8th St, Coffeyville, KS 67337 with Pastor Matt Friese officiating. Robert will be laid to rest in a private inurnment at Fairview Cemetery by his father in Coffeyville. The family request memorial contributions be made payable to: First Southern Baptist Church-Memo note Waymaker. An addiction/recovery program. Contributions may be left in care of the chapel.  To leave a message of condolence or to share a memory visit



Tarell Durant Sparks

Tarell Durant Sparks, 35, of Coffeyville passed away on Wednesday, August 16, 2023.


He was born on April 6, 1988, in Coffeyville, Kansas to Lloyd and Jiffie Mae (Lawrence) Sparks. Tarell grew up in Coffeyville where he attended local schools and graduated from Field Kindley High School in 2006.  Known for his smart mind, talented hands, compassionate heart, and adventurous spirit, Tarell embodied the essence of a true Kansan. He lived his entire life in Coffeyville, where he developed a strong connection to the community and the great outdoors.


Tarell was a gifted artist, employing his creative talents as a painter of fishing lures and as a painter at Cobalt Boats in Neodesha, Kansas.  His company, On Da Bank Custom Lures, was recognized by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, featuring Tarell and his exceptional work in their publications. He was not only talented but a self-learner too, teaching himself airbrush techniques to make his lures more realistic. Beyond the business, Tarell was an avid outdoorsman. He loved fishing, hunting, and working in his garden. His adventurous spirit often led him to new experiences and challenges, always making the most out of life's moments.


Surviving to cherish his memory is his father, Lloyd Sparks of Barstow, California, his mother, Jiffie Sweeney, his stepfather Anthony Sweeney both of Coffeyville, Kansas; his brother, Calvin Sparks, a sister, Brenda Noblitt, a cousin who was like a sister, Stephanie Denise Lawrence all of Coffeyville, Kansas, step brothers, Calvin Jennings, Shaymon Wesley, Sir Anthony Sweeney, Anthony Sweeney III, Tremane Sweeney, step-sister, Lorana Delgado, a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended relatives and many close friends. 


He was preceded in death by his sister Ashia Sparks, his paternal grandparents Sylvester Johnson and Queen Esther Sparks, by his maternal grandparents, Eddie and Valder Lawrence, and by his uncle David Lawrence. 


Home Going services will be held for Tarell on Saturday, August 26, 2023, at 10:00 a.m.  at the Mid America Revival Center, located at 505 Hollywood Street, Coffeyville, Kansas, with Pastor Robert West officiating.  Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Coffeyville.


Visitation will be on Friday, August 25th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville.


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Patricia Ruth Cease

Patricia Ruth Cease, a beloved member of the Coffeyville community, passed away on August 17, 2023. She was born on December 5, 1957, in Coffeyville, Kansas, the place that would be her home throughout her life.


Patricia embarked on her educational journey right here in Coffeyville. She attended school in the area and eventually graduated from FKHS. During her time in high school, Patricia distinguished herself as an active member of the choir, lending her beautiful voice to harmonies that filled the halls. Her passion for music would continue to be a significant part of her life.


While Patricia faced health challenges that limited her ability to work, she found joy and fulfillment during her younger adult years when she worked at George's Cafeteria. It was there that she discovered a sense of purpose and had the opportunity to connect with others in the community.


Those who were fortunate enough to have known Patricia will remember her as a delightful, funny, and caring individual. With a warm smile on her face and an infectious laughter in her voice, she brightened the lives of those around her. Her genuine concern for others and kind-hearted nature left an indelible mark on all who crossed her path.


One of Patricia's great passions was singing. She used her melodic voice to uplift spirits and touch hearts. Whether it was performing special music at church or lending her talents to the church choir, Patricia's angelic voice resonated with all who heard it. But Patricia's ministry extended beyond singing — she also found solace in sending greeting cards to friends and church members. Remembering birthdays and extending words of encouragement brought immense joy to Patricia's life.


In times of leisure, Patricia found solace in various hobbies. She delighted in solving jigsaw puzzles while surrounded by laughter and good company. Serious about board games, Patricia embraced healthy competition and excelled at games like Yahtzee. Her meticulous scorekeeping revealed a determined spirit and an unwavering desire to succeed. Additionally, she shared a love for square dancing with her parents, relishing the lively steps and infectious energy of the dance floor.


As Patricia's health declined, she found comfort at Medicalodges on Midland, where she resided since June of 2023. It was there that she received exceptional care and support from her dedicated caregivers during the final chapter of her life.


Patricia now rests in eternal peace alongside her father, Harold Cease, her brother Donald Glenn Cease, and her sister Peggy Lee Samadani. Although their physical presence may be gone, their memories will forever live on in the hearts of those who loved them.


Patricia leaves behind a loving family who cherishes the memories they shared with her. She is survived by her dear mother Ruth, sister-in-law Donna Cease, brother-in-law Ahmad Samadani, and niece and nephews: Caveh Samadani and his wife Michelle, Setare Perryman and her husband Joey, Amir Samadani and his wife Whitney. She also leaves behind several great nieces and nephews who will keep her spirit alive through the stories they will tell.


It is impossible to forget the tremendous impact Patricia had on those around her. Her infectious laughter, caring demeanor, and beautiful voice will forever echo in our hearts. As we gather to bid farewell to our dear Patricia Ruth Cease, let us celebrate a life well-lived and the profound legacy of love she leaves behind.


A funeral service will be held at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel located at 2405 Woodland Ave in Coffeyville on August 26th, 2023. The family will receive friends beginning at 10:00 AM and the service will commence at 11:00 AM as we come together to honor Patricia's memory and pay our respects. The family request that Memorial Contributions be made payable to Trinity United Methodist Church in Patricia's memory and may be left in care of the chapel.  Patricia will be laid to rest in Restlawn Cemetery beside her father Harold Cease. The committal service will be held at the Veteran's Memorial Patio across the street from the funeral home. To leave a message of condolence or share a memory visit






Dorothy Marie Wilkins-Herzberg

Dorothy Marie Wilkins-Herzberg passed away on August 12, 2023, at her home in Coffeyville, Kansas with family at her side.


Dorothy was born on June 16, 1938, to Melvin and Freddie Wilkins in Hooker, Missouri.  On a blind date Dorothy met her sweetheart, LeRoy of 61 years.  They were married on January 15, 1962.


As Dorothy awaits the return of Our Lord, she sleeps.  She leaves behind her husband, LeRoy; son David and his wife Rachel of Louisiana; son Don and wife Michelle of Kansas; Doug of Georgia; daughter Darlene and husband Bill of Montana; daughter Delores of Oklahoma.  She also leaves behind 20 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Bud, and Dale and her sister Jean and daughter, Laura Denise.


Dorothy’s wishes were for cremation to take place under the direction of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel. Private inurnment will take place at Towanda cemetery in Towanda, Kansas. To leave an online condolence or share a memory for the family on Dorothy’s obituary page visit


Sharylon Joan DeMott

Sharylon Joan DeMott, a beloved wife, mother, and nurse, passed away on August 15, 2023, in Coffeyville, Kansas. Sharylon 's passing occurred at Medicalodges on Midland in Coffeyville, Kansas, where she received exceptional care during her declining health years after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.


Sharylon was born on December 22, 1933, in Independence Kansas, to Paul Otis and Lois Matilda (Johnson) O’Brien.  She received her education at Liberty and Richland grade schools. She married in 1951 prior to completing High School, and after moving to El Paso, Texas in 1957 she completed her GED before pursuing her passion for nursing. In 1967, she earned her Licensed Practical Nurse Degree in Denison, Texas. Sharylon continued her studies and obtained her Associate Registered Nurse Degree in Chanute, Kansas in 1988. She furthered her education by earning a Bachelor of Science Degree at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas in 1990.


Throughout her career as a nurse, Sharylon made a significant impact on the lives of many patients. She worked at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center and served as a dedicated nurse in Denison for several years. After 18 years of employment at CRMC, she semi-retired in 1995.


In addition to her successful career, Sharylon found great joy in living on acreage with gardens and pastures alongside her husband Marion Dean DeMott. As they grew older together, their favorite outages were to local casinos to try their luck.  


Sharylon 's proudest accomplishments centered around being a devoted wife, loving mother to Ronald Dean DeMott and Diana Lynn DeMott. Family meant everything to Sharylon, and she embraced the role of caregiver with immense love and dedication.


Sharylon is survived by her children Ronald Dean DeMott and Diana Lynn DeMott; two grandchildren:  Joshua DeMott and Nancy (DeMott) Matsuzawa: two great grandchildren Allen and Shona Matsuzawa; and one brother Larrry O’Brien.  She was preceded in death by her parents Paul Otis and Lois Matilda O'Brien; husband Dean; siblings; J. D. O’Brien; Edwin O’Brien; Jack O’Brien; Pat O’Brien; Leotis (O’Brien) Freeman; and Georganna (O’Brien) Smith.


Sharylon Joan DeMott will be remembered for her unwavering love as a wife, mother, and nurse. Her compassionate spirit touched the lives of many, leaving a lasting legacy within the community she served. She will be deeply missed but forever cherished in the hearts of those who had the privilege to know her. 


Sharylon 's beloved husband preceded her in death on January 11, 2021, during the pandemic not allowing his family to honor him the way they desired. On August 18, 2023, friends and family will gather to honor the life of Marion Dean and Sharolyn Joan DeMott during a Funeral Service at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel located at 2405 Woodland Ave in Coffeyville, Kansas. The service will begin at 2:00 PM and graveside services will follow at Spring Hill Cemetery North of Coffeyville. 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.



Teresa K. Douglas

Teresa K. Douglas, 61, of Coffeyville, passed away on Friday, August 11th, 2023, at her home with her family at her side.


She was born on December 6th, 1961, in Coffeyville, Kansas, to Franklin T., Sr. and Corriene K. (Peyton) Byrd. Teresa grew up and attended school in Coffeyville and completed her education at Independence Community College. She was a lifelong resident of Coffeyville and the Wann, Oklahoma area.


Teresa made a significant impact on her community through her work at Medicalodge. She served as a CNA, Med-Aide, and Social Director, roles in which she showcased her talents and dedication. Her spirit will be remembered by her many colleagues, many of whom are grateful to have worked alongside such a devoted individual. Teresa  enoyed cooking, sewing, gardening, and canning. She also loved arts and crafts, activities that showcased her creativity and talent. Her love for spending time with her family was unparalleled, and the memories forged during these moments will live on in their hearts.


Teresa is survived by her son Nathan (Amanda) Byrd, her father, Franklin T. Byrd Sr., her sisters Lori Byrd, Belinda (Ed) Rutherford, Sarah (Ric) Ammerman, her brothers Franklin  T.  (Tammy) Byrd Jr. and Andy (Brandi) Byrd, granddaughters Briella Byrd, Kamrey Olson, Mackenzie Olson, and a host of other family members including her extended hospice family who loved her dearly. She is preceded in death by her mother, Corriene Byrd Thomas, step-father Jackie Thomas, sister Wanda Holaday, and brother Elvis Byrd.


Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 17th, 2023, from 12:00pm to 8:00 pm at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 North Cline Road, Coffeyville, Kansas, 67337. The family will also greet friends at 6:00pm to 7:30pm at the funeral home.


The funeral service will be held on Friday, August 18th, 2023, at 11:00am CDT at the First Baptist Church, 300 West 9th Street, Coffeyville, Kansas, 67337.


The family suggests memorials to Gentiva Hospice in Parsons, Kansas; 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.


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

Robert Leon Long

Robert Leon Long, 72, known by all as "Goose", passed away on Friday, August 4, 2023, at his home surrounded by his family.


Goose was born in Coffeyville, Kansas, on October 26, 1950, to Buford Marvin and Rosemary (Bowman) Long. He grew up in Coffeyville where he attended Longfellow Elementary School, Roosevelt Junior High, Field Kindley Memorial High School, and Coffeyville Community College. He furthered his education attending Pittsburg State University and received his bachelor’s degree from Friends University out of Wichita,KS.


On October 20, 1977, he married the love of his life Darla Burrows at the First Baptist Church in Coffeyville.  Following their marriage, they made their home in Coffeyville where they raised their daughters Jessi and Amber.


Goose was a jack of all trades.  He had many jobs all of which he loved. His early work experience was in the field of production and inventory control at Funk manufacturing, Jensen brothers and Day and Zimmerman.  He then continued on to work with family at Moonhill, later known as Evans Electric, finally ended his career working as a safety consultant in the industrial construction field for Logan and Company and Turnaround Consulting Services. Each job he had displayed his thoughtfulness, dedication, and selflessness to others.  He was also a familiar and supportive figure at various sporting events, always present to cheer on his children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews, demonstrating his unwavering loyalty to his family.


Survivors include his wife, Darla and dog Kozmo of the home; his daughters, Jessi Vanderpool and husband James of Independence, Kansas, and Amber Wade and husband Zack of Havana, Kansas; his five grandchildren, Wyatt and Anna Cantrell, and Lilee, Luke, and Lauren Wade. Goose was a dedicated brother to Terry Long and wife Kathy of Coffeyville, Crickett Long and wife Lynette of Delaware, Oklahoma, and Pam White and late husband David of South Coffeyville, Oklahoma; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends who will remember their 'Goose' with fondness.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Rosemary Long.


Goose was known for being active in his community and a dedicated member of the Field Kindley High School Booster Club while his daughters were in school. His love for his family and friends was the cornerstone of his life, and his thoughtfulness, support, and loyalty will be greatly missed by all.


Friends may sign the register book on Friday, August 11, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville. The family will greet friends on Friday when they will be hosting a beloved family event "Cheeseburger Friday" in the teen building from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Tyro Christian Church in Tyro, Kansas. Come hungry and enjoy a cheeseburger in honor of Goose.


A memorial service celebrating Goose Long's life will be held on Saturday, August 12, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. at the Tyro Christian Church in Tyro, Kansas with David Bycroft officiating.


We encourage everyone who knew and loved Goose to visit the memorial page at

where you can share memories, upload photos, and celebrate the life of this thoughtful, dedicated, and loyal man.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made to the Longfellow Project, run by Robert Cooper, or the Labette County Fair; 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.


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

Bill Ray Hyatt

Bill Ray Hyatt, a generous soul known for his humility and wit, passed away on August 3, 2023, at Saint Luke’s Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri. Born in Coffeyville, Kansas on October 3, 1951, to A.C. Jr. and Mildred (O’Meara) Hyatt.  Bill spent his life making the world a better place with his ever-present humor and kindness. A longtime resident of Grandview, Missouri and most recently of Raymore, Missouri, he was a man who valued family and friendships above all else and never hesitated to put others before himself.


Bill worked for Walmart in Raymore, Missouri, where he worked as an auto mechanic. His skills and dedication were recognized with numerous awards, attesting to his professional excellence. He was known for his love of the Kansas City Chiefs, the Kansas Jayhawks, Nascar, and golf. His time spent grilling, smoking, and enjoying the company of family and friends was treasured by all who knew him. He was proud of his service with the VFW and the American Legion. Bill’s legacy will forever be remembered in his laughter, his generosity, and his unwavering dedication to his loved ones.


Bill served his country spending six years in the Army National Guard.


Bill is survived by his son, Todd (Gena) Hyatt, his brother Butch (Sandy) Hyatt, his sister Sue Hook, step-children Chuck (Rhonda) Sanders, Deanna (Norman) Hills, Jon (Theresa) Sanders, his brother-in-law Jim (Gail) Cook, and sister-in-law Corky Hyatt.  Bill had a special relationship and cared deeply for his grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. 


He was preceded in death by his parents A.C. Jr. and Mildred Hyatt, his wife Patricia Hyatt, his sister Kay Hyatt, his brother Jim Hyatt, and his brother-in-law Floyd Hook.


A visitation will be held on Friday, August 11, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville.  The family will greet friends on Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the funeral home.


A Graveside Service will be on Saturday, August 12, 2023, at 9:00 a.m. at the Calvary Cemetery in Coffeyville with Father James Schibi officiating.


In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to Saint Luke’s Hospice House, 3516 Southwest Trafficway, Kansas City, MO, 64111; contributions may be mailed to Saint Luke’s Hospice House, left with the funeral home, or mailed in care of David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 North Cline Road, Coffeyville, KS 67337.


We invite everyone who knew Bill to share their memories and upload photos to his memorial page at  His life was one of service, humor, and love, and those moments of joy should be shared and remembered by all.


David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville, KS 67337.

Melba Leota Smith

Melba Leota Smith, 95, a long-time resident of Longton, Kansas passed away peacefully on July 31, 2023, at Labette Health in Independence, Kansas.


She was born on June 23, 1928, in Moline, Kansas to James "Howard" and Vida Grace (Jay) Baughman.  Melba grew up and attended school in Howard, Kansas graduating from Howard High School in 1946.


In her early years, Melba worked at the Longton Cafe as a cook and waitress where she was appreciated for her fabulous pies. She met her beloved husband, George Smith, there, and they married on August 17, 1947. Melba later moved to the manufacturing industry, where she was employed at Emerson Electric. She retired in 1988 after many years of dedicated service, but her commitment to her community didn't stop there. She continued to work at the Longton Senior Citizens Center until 2011. Her husband George preceded her in death on April 11, 1996.


Melba was a longtime member of the Longton United Methodist Church, where she played an active role in serving her community. In her leisure time, she enjoyed watching Nascar Races, the Atlanta Braves, and solving word search puzzles. But above all, she treasured the moments she spent surrounded by her family.


She was a dedicated, loving, supportive, and thoughtful woman who was known for her resilience, warmth, and unwavering love for her family. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, friend, and community member who will be greatly missed.


Melba is survived by her children, Fonetta Keith, William (Regina) Smith, Mary Ann (Randy) Moore, and Milo (Karlene) Smith; her sons-in-law, Gary Floyd, and Chuck Seamans. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Smith; her parents, James and Vida Baughman; her daughters, Wauneta Floyd and Linda Seamans; her granddaughter, Michelle Hogan, and her son-in-law James Keith.


The visitation will be held at the United Methodist Church, 200 West 5th Street, Longton, Kansas, 67352, on Thursday, August 03, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. The funeral service will also be at the United Methodist Church and will commence at 11:00 a.m.


We encourage all who knew and loved Melba to leave memories and upload photos to the memorial page at  as a testament to her beautiful life. Her memory will forever remain in our hearts.


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

Gabriel Casaras Robles

Gabriel Casaras Robles, age 74, of Coffeyville, Kansas passed away on Sunday, July 30, 2023, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

 Born on March 25, 1949, in Mission, Texas, Mr. Gabe was one of ten children born to Jesus and Englantina Robles.  He grew up fast and learned by doing.  From a young age his days were spent working in the fields with his family.  In 1969, he proudly served in the United States Army during Vietnam.  After being honorably discharged in 1971, Mr. Gabe went right back to work.  He worked as a rancher and a roughneck in the oil industry and was a true jack-of-all-trades.


In 1973 he was united in marriage to Gloria Gonzalez in Powell, Wyoming where the couple made their home.  Together they had four beautiful children, Damian, Diana, Rose "Pookie" and Gabriel.  The couple later divorced in 1981.


In 1985 he married Mildred Hartley.  The couple would later divorce but remained friends.


Around 2015, Mr. Gabe and Gloria were reunited, they fell in love all over again.  The two have been by each other’s side ever since.


Mr. Gabe was never one to sit around.  His most recent venture was operating a lawn mower service for the past ten years, proving that no job was too small for his enthusiastic approach to life. He was the embodiment of a hard-working, strong, and loyal man who loved to stay busy. He had an infectious sense of humor, often brightening up the day with his good-natured teasing and pranks.


He found joy in the simplest of things, hunting, fishing and most of all riding his beloved Harley Davidson motorcycles.  Mr. Gabe was a member of the Coffeyville V.F.W. Post #1022 and American Legion Post #20.  He was a proud participant of the Freedom Riders, he rode alongside his comrades, as funeral escorts for Veterans, doing toy/benefit/charity runs to help others in need, and local parades to show support to our community.  Yet, what mattered most to him was his family.


Mr. Gabe/Grandpa Gabe leaves behind his beloved wife, Gloria Robles, his precious daughters,  Damian Robles of Phoenix, Arizona, Diana Morales and husband, Edwin of Independence, Kansas, Rose "Pookie" Robles of Coffeyville, Kansas his cherished grandchildren, Jon Murphy, Eco Orneles, Shane Orneles, Micaela McHenry and husband, Stephen, Angel Robles, Gabrielle Robles, Khloe Robles, Ruben Ruiz-Robles, Ivan Evans, Dominic Ralls and Vanessa Ralls; several great-grandchildren; brothers, Joe, Lupe and Ramiro Robles; sisters, Nora Darley, Gloria Cortez and Amelia Robles; his best friend, Frank, along with numerous extended relatives and friends.



He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesus and Englantina Robles, his son, Gabriel Robles and siblings, Jesse Robles, Ruben Robles and Zoila Robles.


To honor Mr. Gabe's life, a military honor ceremony will be held on Friday, August 4, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at the Veteran's Memorial Patio at Fairview Cemetery in Coffeyville, Kansas, by the Coffeyville V.F.W. Post #1022 and American Legion Post #20 Honor Guard, followed by a visitation at David W. Barnes Funeral Home from 10:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.


The family suggests memorial contributions can be made to the V.F.W. Post #1022 or the American Legion Post #20; 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.


We encourage friends and family to share your favorite memories of Mr. Gabe on his memorial page at  Your stories, pictures, and tributes will serve as a testament to his incredible life.





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