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Dr. James 'Doc' Boyle

April 8, 1977 – Nov. 26, 2022

Friends of “Doc” Boyle have established the Dr. James Boyle “Pay it Forward” Scholarship fund in his honor through the Webb City R-7 Schools Foundation.

Donations may be made by mailing a check to: Webb City R-7 Schools Foundation, 411 N. Madison St. Webb City, MO 64870, with either a notation on the check or a note indicating the donation is intended for the Dr. James Boyle “Pay it Forward” Scholarship.

James R. Boyle Jr., MD, 45, passed away on Nov. 26, 2022, at Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville, Ark. from long-term Covid complications. He was born on April 8, 1977, in Delmar, N.Y. to James R. Boyle and the late Lorraine E. (Mahota) Boyle. Jim or “Doc” as he was later known to many, grew up in the Elsmere neighborhood of Delmar and he graduated from Bethlehem Central High School. Jim was a highly accomplished student-athlete at BCHS; having graduated with 30 AP credits, the AP Scholar Award, the National Merit Scholarship Finalist award, and a full football scholarship to the University of Maryland.

Dr. Boyle was a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine physician. After he played collegiate football for the University of Maryland as an offensive lineman, Jim continued his studies and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from Cornell University. Dr. Boyle was awarded his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo and completed his Orthopedic Surgery Residency at the Albany Medical Center. He went on to complete an Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship from the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center. He researched and published articles on spine surgery, bone tumors, and measuring radiographs on the lower extremities.

Dr. Boyle had over 18 years of experience in the medical field and had helped countless people recover from a variety of orthopedic ailments. His career began in Joplin with Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. Jim arrived just before the 2011 tornado, after which he and his colleagues worked alongside first responders; and later treated many patients recovering from storm-related injuries. In the months and years that followed, Jim actively supported rebuilding the Joplin community and personally helped many residents get back on their feet.

Dr. Boyle served in many capacities within the Joplin area, including as the team physician for Northeastern Oklahoma A& M College (NEO) and Webb City High School. At Webb City, in addition to functioning as team physician, Jim volunteered as an assistant coach on Missouri Sports Hall of Fame football coach John Roderique’s staff. In addition to sharing his extensive knowledge of football skills and strategies, Jim was a mentor for many students.

At the time of his passing, Dr. Boyle was a partner at Agility Center Orthopedics in Bentonville, Ark. and Precision Surgical Center of Northwest Arkansas, LLC, in Fayetteville, Ark., where he resided.

Jim was predeceased by his mother, Lorraine (Mahota) Boyle, and his uncle, John “Yazu” Hart. He is survived by his father, James “Jim” Boyle, of Las Vegas, Nev.; his sister, Raegan (Boyle) Hermon (Eric) of Las Vegas, Nev.; his aunt, Ellen (Mahota) Hart of Harwich Port, Mass.; his uncle, William “Bill” Mahota of Harwich Port, Mass.; his cousin, Jennifer Hart Seidel of Upper Maryland; his cousin, Kristen Hart (William) of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; his cousin Danya Mahota of Cape Cod, Mass.; other relatives; numerous friends; and colleagues.


Darlene Hamsher

May 30, 1935 – May 1, 2024

Lovingly written by the family

Darlene Marie Hamsher passed away on May 1, 2024, at Joplin Gardens Nursing Home.

A celebration of life will be held Thursday, May 9, at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 300 N. Pennsylvania St., Webb City. The visitation will be at 10 a.m., followed by the celebration of life at 11 a.m. Burial will be at the Wild Rose Cemetery in Webb City.

Memorial donations may be made to the Emmanuel Baptist Church building fund.

Darlene was born on May 30, 1935, near Salem, Neb., to Harold and Elizabeth (Allen) Crow. The family moved to Grundy County, Mo., in 1941. Darlene graduated from Trenton High School in 1952.

Darlene married Richard (Dick) Dean on Oct. 6, 1952. They were married for 49 years until his death on Oct. 22, 2001. They had one daughter, Vickie. Darlene married Calvin (Keith) Hamsher on Jan. 4, 2015.

Darlene worked as a postmaster for the U.S. Postal Service for many years at the Galt Mo. Post Office. She retired in January 1999. Upon her retirement they moved to Webb City.

Darlene loved the Lord and was always involved in church activities. She was a member of the Galt Christian Church until the move to Webb City where she joined Emmanuel Baptist. She was a faithful prayer warrior. She was always busy doing volunteer work – she delivered Meals on Wheels; cooked meals at the church; did taxes for those who needed help – these are just a few examples of her service.

Darlene loved her family, not just her immediate family but her large extended family. She devoted hours to genealogy research of the various family branches and loved to tell anyone who would listen about her latest findings. She was responsible for organizing many family reunions over the years.

She is survived by Keith Hamsher and her daughter, Vickie (Warren) Brown. Granddaughter, Brandy (David) Carlson; grandsons, Trevor (Nicole) Brown; Dustin (Becky) Brown; and Cody Brown. Great-granddaughters, Addysen Carlson, Addyson Johnson, Alexus Brown, Freyia Brown and Everleigh Brown. Stepchildren, Carisa (John) Henkle; Tom (Mary) Hamsher; Brian (Melinda) Hamsher. Step grandchildren Dani (Gavin) McAllister, Garrison and Colton Henkle. Additionally, two sisters-in-law survive Darlene, Mary Lou (Dean) Polley and Esther (Crow) Pierce, numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home.


Debbie Sullivan

April 24, 1952 – May 3, 2024

Deborah Kay Sullivan, of Oronogo, affectionately known as Debbie, passed away at the age of 72 on Friday, May 3, 2024, after a brief illness at Mercy Hospital Joplin. Born on April 24, 1952, in Mt. Vernon, she was the cherished daughter of the late Arthur and Gerda (Towtz) Gaines.

She was raised and attended school in Joplin. In 1970, she made her home in Oronogo, where she would spend the majority of her life. Debbie was a dedicated worker, having been employed at Kellers Barbecue in Joplin, the Dinner Bell in Webb City, and Judy’s Cafe in Jasper. She also worked alongside her husband in the operation of Airborne Pollen for several years.

Debbie had a passion for crocheting and researching genealogy. She took great pride in her flowerbeds. Above all, her grandchildren were the light of her life, and she cherished every moment spent with them.

Debbie is survived by her husband, John Sullivan, whom she married on June 20, 1970; three children, Jason Sullivan and wife Samantha, Oronogo, Jamie Sullivan and wife Shellie, Carl Junction, and Jennifer Rippel and husband Neal, Columbus, Kan.; seven grandchildren, Austin Sullivan, Nicole Sullivan, Illyanna Buckley, Logan Buckley, Kaylee Sullivan, Wyatt Sullivan and Cashtyn Rippel; a brother, Ronnie Gaines and wife Marilou, state of Florida; two sisters-in-law, Joyce Patton of Reeds, and Suzan Sullivan of Riverton, Kan.; her beloved dog, Bud-Bud; as well as a host of other family and friends.

Services are under the direction of Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.