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John Blevins

March 16, 1936 – Nov. 20, 2023

John A. Blevins passed away on Monday, Nov. 20, at age 87 surrounded by his family after a long illness. He was born on March 16, 1936, in Joplin, and moved at age 12 to a farm near Asbury with his parents and sister. He graduated from high school at Carl Junction in 1954. He was active in 4H and FFA when he was young. On the farm, he and his dad milked cows, planted crops, grew big vegetable gardens and painted houses. He hauled water to neighbors before rural water became available, and he knew the people in the community. He loved the farm.

John married his wife, Jewell, in 1962 and they celebrated 55 years together before her death in 2018. Jewell was a teacher at Carl Junction. John built a home for them and was a great dad to their two daughters. He was Jewell’s caregiver and true friend during her illness, giving up much of the farming around that time to take care of her. Together John and Jewell had four grandchildren. He was a proud and devoted supporter of his grandkids, attending plays, tennis matches, church programs and more.

John was a Christian and member of Asbury Baptist Church for most of his life, helping with Sunday School, youth activities, a living nativity and more. He recently joined Forest Park Baptist Church in Joplin, where he was able to help in Awana before his illness worsened.

John served with B Company of the 203rd Engineer Battalion Houn’ Dawgs of the Missouri National Guard for 22 years and participated in annual training, in Germany one year, as well as other places in the U.S. He loved the guard, enjoyed the people he worked with in the 203rd, and was an active member of the 203rd Retirees Association.

John loved his wife and daughters and he loved his grandkids. He enjoyed a good yard sale or auction. He made great pancakes and he was an excellent potato peeler. He loved ice cream. He and Jewell enjoyed the senior citizen center in Carl Junction and their friends there. He loved animals in general and especially his dogs. He thought he could fix nearly anything on the farm with a little baling wire and a pair of pliers, and he usually could.

He was always willing to help others. He always took time to talk with acquaintances he ran into around town, and it seemed he never met a stranger. He enjoyed traveling with his family. He was the best of listeners for his girls. And he will be greatly missed.

John was preceded in death by his late wife, Jewell Blevins and by his parents Herbert and Leota Blevins. He is survived by his daughters, Aleta (Phil) Greathouse, Joplin, and Sharon (Phil) Gloyer, Joplin; his grandchildren Emma (Benjamin) Ludwinski, Pierce Gloyer, Tessa (Cooper) Hale, and Jackson Gloyer; and his sister, Frances Dodd.

John’s funeral service was will be held Monday, Nov. 27, 2023, at Simpson Funeral Home in Carl Junction.  A graveside service followed in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to John’s favorite charity, the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home, in care of the funeral home.


Sheila Johnson

Dec. 10, 1962 – Nov. 13, 2023

Sheila A. Johnson, 60, of Sedalia, passed away at her home on Monday, Nov. 13. She was born on Dec. 10, 1962, in Webb City, the daughter of Johnny Spicer and Anna S. (Pequignot) Buckner, who preceded her in death.

Sheila was a 1981 graduate of Webb City High School. She worked in the deli at Walmart in Sedalia and as a Spark and DoorDash driver. Sheila enjoyed crocheting, traveling, and listening to CNN on the radio. She loved her pets, “Boss Man” and “Shadow” and her grand cat, “Tee-Tee.” Shelia enjoyed talking with her dear friend, Melvin, and his son, Marcell Porter. Sheila had a special bond with her daughter. Not only were they mother and daughter, they were best friends.

Survivors include her daughter, Amanda Cross, of Sedalia; two brothers, Walter Furry, Joplin, and Frankie Furry (Diane), Shelton, Wash.; a stepbrother, Mike Spicer, Joplin; a sister, Molly Johnson (Mike), Neosho; and a stepsister, Jackie Yeager, Joplin.

In addition to her parents, Sheila was preceded in death by a brother, David V. Furry; maternal grandparents, Frankie A. and Flossie M. Buckner; and paternal grandparents, Ben and Lucille Tandy.

A celebration of life gathering of family and friends will be announced by the family at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the family in the care of Rea Funeral Chapel.


Bobbie Jones

Oct. 26, 1934 – Nov. 19, 2023

Bobbie Glenn Jones, age 89, passed away peacefully in his sleep the afternoon of Sunday, Nov. 19.

Bobbie was born Oct. 26, 1934, in Iberia Mo., son to the late Edna and Raymond Jones. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Jones; three daughters, Anita Kay McGinn, Donna Fauver and Marsha French; and grandson Alec French. He is survived by two daughters, Brenda Jones-Mueller and Paula Gardiner; his grandchildren, Tiffany Hutchinson, Brian Fauver, Emily Mueller, Micheal-Shane Mueller and Grant Gardiner; great-grandchildren, Vanessa and Annisten Hutchinson; his three younger siblings, Luella Fear, Barbara Bryant and Larry Jones; and many nieces, nephews, and friends (a lot of friends – Bobbie never met a stranger.

Bobbie graduated from Edwardsville High School in 1952. He enlisted in the Army in March 1954 and was stationed in Ft. Bliss, Texas. He married Joyce Eaves on June 15, 1955, in the Church of the Nazarene in Edwardsville, Ill. He served eight years in the Army, 25 years in the Army National Guard and was Honorably Discharged from both.

Bobbie was a dedicated family man and was actively involved with his five daughters’ activities, including coaching their softball teams. He and Joyce were avid bowlers and were members of bowling leagues for years, with both winning many awards. During his career, he spent 38 years at and retired from McDonnell Douglas. Bobbie and Joyce raised their family in Edwardsville, Ill., and lived there until they moved to Webb City in 1998. Bobbie loved music, specifically country music, and also enjoyed playing many musical instruments, including the harmonica, guitar and piano. Bobbie was a bit of a perfectionist when it came to his house and his yard, taking pride in both. He also made it a point to stay physically fit to made sure he could always fit into his military uniform. In his later years you could find Bobbie at a horseshoe pit or in his garage drinking a cold beer and listening to the St Louis Cardinals game. He loved capturing memories, he always had his camera and camcorder out. Bobbie truly loved and valued the simple things in life. He went to every function of his kids, grandkids, and great grandkids that he could. He will be deeply missed by family, friends and neighbors.

The “So Long” services for Bobbie were held as follows:

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023, at Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home. Officiated by Jason French. A private committal service followed.

10 a.m. Dec. 2 at Glenview Church – The Nazarene, 400 Glen Carbon Rd, Glen Carbon Ill. Officiated by Loren Fear. Lunch will be served at the church immediately following the service.

1 p.m. Dec. 2, the final celebration of life will be held at The Corner Tavern as we toast “So Long” to Bobbie with his favorite cold beverages and snacks.

Please do not send flowers or plants. If you’re inclined to send memorials, please donate to your local Army National Guard in Bobbie’s name.

Local arrangements are under the direction of Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home.


Barbara Twenter

Dec. 19, 1940 – Nov. 17, 2023

Beloved mother, Barbara Ann (Luke) Twenter, age 82, left this earthly world to join Jesus in heaven on Friday, Nov. 17. Barbara was mother to Ronald Campbell (Lee Ann Campbell), of Liberty, Michael Campbell, of Kansas City, Susan Campbell (JT Anderson), of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Krista (Twenter) Ideker, of Joplin. She was also grandmother to six grandchildren: Raegan Campbell, Brennan Campbell, Cadence Campbell, Oscar Anderson, Izzy Ideker, and Eli Ideker.

Barbara Ann Luke was born to parents Forrest Luke and Mildred (Lowry) Luke on Dec. 19, 1940. During her childhood, Barb made many joyful memories in the Joplin area with her siblings, Forrest Luke Jr., Dorothy (Luke) Van Volkinburg, Mildred Sue (Luke) Hansen, and William “Bill” Luke.

Barbara was a resident of Joplin for the majority of her life. She worked for many years as a licensed practical nurse at St. John’s Hospital and Joplin Nephrology. Her playful personality and nurturing spirit both delighted and brought comfort to her patients and staff.

Barbara was a vivacious woman who enjoyed laughing, loving, and dancing in the kitchen. She was an avid music lover who was always ready to “boogie.” Stylish to a fault, Barbara sought to make everything in her world as beautiful and stunning as she was. A devoted mother of four children, Barbara made many sacrifices to always be present and to provide for her family. She was the beloved “Grammy” and “Grandma T” to six grandchildren that she adored and was more than happy to spoil endlessly.

As a lifelong Christian, Barbara loved her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She is assuredly rejoicing in heaven with Him and reuniting in celebration with her loved ones that have also passed into His care.

Funeral services for Barbara Ann will be held on Friday, Nov. 24, 2023, at Mason Woodard Mortuary. A visitation will begin at 10 a.m., with a full service at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Barbara’s chosen location of eternal rest, Saginaw Cemetery in Joplin.


Barbara Wolfe

Nov. 1, 1948 – Nov. 23, 2023

Mrs. Barbara Ellen “Nan” Wolfe, passed away on Thanksgiving, Nov. 23, at home with her husband, Bob, by her side, surrounded by the love of her friends and family that she had built there, after a brief battle with cancer. Thanksgiving was her favorite holiday.

Barbara was born Nov. 1, 1948, in Joplin, the daughter of the late John and Donna Hardy. Barbara worked at Midcon in Joplin until she “retired” after the birth of her daughter to care for her. After becoming Mom, she became Ms. Barbara, and finally Nan, after the birth of her first granddaughter, to countless children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren that she has cared for over the last 41 years.

Additionally, in 2001 with her loving husband, she

opened Always Buying Books and worked behind the scenes to help in its success. Nan never stopped watching children though and was still babysitting her youngest grandchildren when she passed.

Nan loved playing the slots at the casinos (especially with her daughter, Bobbie), throwing darts (lately over the phone with her son, Jim), watching her shows, caring for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren (her favorite activity was baking pies and cakes with them), and spending

time with her family. Her greatest joys were holidays and birthdays when the family would come

together and celebrate.

Nan is remembered, loved, and survived by her husband of 51 years, Robert Bob Wolfe; son, Jim Fort and wife Kandy, Carl Junction; daughter, Bobbie Peron and husband Mark, Joplin; grandchildren, Lincoln Gleason and husband Ryan, Carthage, Marley Shallenburger and husband Kody, Asbury, Maxwell Fort, Carl Junction, and Mason and Fenton Peron, Joplin; great-grandchildren, Stratton and Vaughn Gleason, and Katie Shallenburger; her Brother, Jim Hardy and wife Kathy; sister Marsha Templeton and husband Jerry; nieces, nephews, cousins; and all the children whose lives Ms. Barbara touched.

Nan was an amazing matriarch and woman who was taken from this Earth too early, she is dearly loved, and will be forever remembered and missed by so many. A celebration of her amazing life will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023, at Joplin VFW Post 534, 110 E Veterans Way, Joplin, where family and friends will eat, throw darts, and remember Nan. If your life or the life of your child was made special by Ms. Barbara/Nan, you are encouraged to come remember her life and share stories about your time with Nan and the wonderful woman she was. Arrangements were under the direction of Mason Woodard Mortuary.