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John Newberry

Nov. 23, 1931 – Feb. 24, 2024

John Newberry, age 92, of Joplin, passed away Saturday Feb. 24, 2024 at his home with family by his side.

John was born Nov. 23, 1931, in Joplin, to John Burt and Jessie (Sweetland) Newberry.

He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. John founded Bethel Baptist Church and was a Baptist minister there for over 50 years until he retired. He was very proud of his service to his country and was very involved with American Legion Post 13 funeral honors team. John retired as an engineer with Eagle-Picher after 40 years. He loved sports and was a life long Kansas City Royals and Kansas City Chiefs fan.

John married Mary Rawlinson on Nov. 1, 1949, in Joplin, and she preceded him in death on Feb. 21, 2009. He was also preceded in death by his parents and eight siblings.

He is survived by one son, Rick Newberry and wife Toni; two granddaughters, Chelsea Harmon and husband Derrick, and Carmen Newberry; one great-grandson, Ty Harmon; and numerous extended family and friends.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024, at Mason Woodard Mortuary.. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to Bethel Baptist Church or American Legion Post 13 and may be sent in care of the mortuary.



Joe Tournear

June 7, 1934 – Feb. 24, 2024

Joseph “Joe” Clarkson Tournear II, 89, of Joplin, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, at Spring River Christian Village.

Joseph was born on June 7, 1934, in Lacross, Kan., to the union of Joseph and Bonnie (Plunkett) Tournear. He married Vivian K. Rhudy in 1957 in Bartlesville, Okla. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and drove the ambulance in the Korean War. After the Korean War, he returned home and obtained his associates degree from Pittsburg State University. He then went on to work for American Steel, American Fixtures, and for the last 20 years as a union carpenter. Joseph loved working with his hands and helped build some incredible buildings. Some of those buildings include the Joplin Northpark Mall, Christian Church of Carl Junction, Springfield Mall, Kansas City Electrical Towers, and Branson buildings. He enjoyed building trampolines, mopeds and dune buggies. He could fix any and everything you can think of. He enjoyed gardening in his spare time. At one time he raised angus cattle. He also had a strong love of animals. But, above everything he accomplished and built, nothing was more important to him than watching his children play sports. He was an extremely supportive father who could always be seen at Carl Junction football games or in the outfield of a baseball game cheering the boys on.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Danny Tournear.

Joe is survived by his three sons, Myung Taylor (Jae); Joe Tournear III (Linnet); Shawn Tournear (Jennie); and one daughter Carol Harshman (Gary); and 31 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be sent to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

Visitation was Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024, at Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024, at Fairview Cemetery in Coffeyville, Kan.