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Bonnie Hooley

Feb. 11, 1934 – Sept. 30, 2022

Bonnie Lee Hooley (“Momma Hooley”) was born on Feb. 11, 1934, to David and Ruby Cooper of Oklahoma.

Bonnie, at the age of 88, took her last breath here on earth late Friday evening, Sept. 30, at home. She immediately entered into the presence of Jesus!

After traveling nine years with evangelists Grandma and Grandpa Plumley, playing the piano and singing, she met the love of her life at a revival in Tulare, Calif.

Bonnie married Bobby Gene Hooley after dating him only six weeks on April 3rd, 1962, in Tulare. By July 3, they started pastoring their first church in Rogers, Ark.

After pastoring in Rogers and Hoxie, Ark., they were elected state youth directors for the Pentecostal Church of God, Arkansas District in 1965.

In 1971, they were voted in as pastors of First Pentecostal Church of God in Fort Smith, Ark., where they served together and grew a fruitful and life-giving church that impacted their community. It was here that both of their children learned to follow God and serve in ministry. They pastored this church until Bob’s death in November of 1986.

After feeling lost with no direction, Bonnie was asked to become dorm mom at Messenger Bible College in the summer of 1988. There she made a lasting impact on several hundred students as they prepared for ministry. It was at Messenger College that she received the name “Momma Hooley” that so many still use to refer to her today.

She also served as the receptionist at the Pentecostal Church of God International headquarters during her time at Messenger College. She talked and encouraged pastors and leaders from around the country on a daily basis.

After retiring, she moved into her own apartment connected to her daughter’s home in Webb City and began helping Gene and Melody raise their five children.

She was very active in the ministries of Destiny Church. She especially had the gift of prayer! She personally prayed for hundreds of people, especially many wives who were having trouble conceiving. She had many, many testimonies of babies being born after those prayers.

Her greatest joy was that both of her children, Lonnie and Melody, had followed in the steps of ministry. She was especially proud of all her grandchildren and bragged on them to anyone who would listen.

Bonnie never met a stranger and impacted everyone she ever came in contact with. Her life was a living testimony of God’s amazing love!

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bob, son Lonnie and daughter in-law Tina. She is survived by her daughter, Melody Bebee and son-in-law Gene Bebee; grandchildren, Melissa Benham and husband Josh, Preston Bebee, Landon Bebee, Hayden Bebee, Halle Bebee, and one great-grandson, Onyx Benham.

A family celebration of Bonnie’s life will be held at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 10, at Destiny Church, 3411 N. Range Line Road, Joplin. Flowers can be sent to Mason-Woodard Mortuary. Monetary donations can be given through Destiny Church.


Irma Lindsey

July 28, 1934 – Oct. 1, 2022

Irma Lindsey, was born in Merklingen, Germany on July 28, 1934. The loving mother of one, grandmother of four, and great-grandmother of one, passed away at the age of 88 on Saturday, Oct. 1.

She was married to the one love of her life, Charles Lindsey, for eight years and had her only loving daughter. She earned her national citizenship in 1993. She earned her CNA and worked as a nurse aid at the former Elmhurst nursing home in Webb City from 1974 to 1998. She was recognized by the National Association Of Geriatric Nursing Assistants for her 24 years of service on Aug. 25, 1998.

She enjoyed the simple things in life such as doing crossword puzzles, watching Wheel of Fortune and the Price is Right, and going on walks around her small neighborhood. She went on walks with three of her four grandchildren when they were younger and played ball outside with them, and later fully enjoyed the time spent with her great granddaughter. 

There will be a visitation from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at Mason-Woodard Mortuary.


Norman Rumble

Jan. 22, 1939 – Sept. 30, 2022

Norman “Doc” E. Rumble, age 83, of Prosperity, passed away on Sept. 30, at the Solace House in Joplin. He was born on Jan. 22, 1939, to James “Howard” Rumble and Hattie Mahurin in Prosperity. He worked for Jim Smith Vending for several years as a field technician.

Norman was a tinkerer, and above all else enjoyed working with his hands, all the while being legally blind. He could fix almost anything. In the 1960s-70s, he and his family practically lived at the stock car race track. Norman and his boys made fond memories during his time working on stock cars. For a short time, he operated K&N Mechanic, furthering his desire to tinker with equipment and machines.

Norman enjoyed camping and fishing with his wife Jean. They were always at the lake. He was a family man. In anything he did, from raising rabbits to black walnut hauling, he made sure to include his family. Their family time included various vacations over the years, but most memorable were the steam train exhibitions he would take the children to as they were growing up. His daughter, Norma, remembers a certain father/daughter dance. “He hopped off his work truck and had my dress in-hand. One of my most fond memories of Dad,” she said.

Norman is preceded in death by his parents, James “Howard” Rumble and Hattie Mahurin; his wife, Jean Rumble, who passed away on Oct. 7, 2001; a daughter Diana Hataway, who passed away on Oct. 22, 2009; siblings, Junior Rumble, Kenneth Rumble, and Margaret Forcum.

He is survived by his children, Norma McNary and husband Chuck, Alba, Jim Rumble and wife Evelyn, Galena, Kan., and Darrel Rumble and wife Carrie, Prosperity; his siblings, Alberta Gerard, Carthage, Martha Swager, Carl Junction, and Dixie Lassiter and husband Larry, Carterville; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Simpson Funeral Home, followed by a graveside service in Webb City Cemetery, with Pastor B.A. Austin officiating.


Norman West

Jan. 24, 1936 – Sept. 29, 2022

Norman L. West passed away Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Carthage Health and Rehabilitation after several years of failing health. 

Norman was born to Glen and Freda (Qualls) West on Jan. 24,1936, at Oronogo, where he resided the rest of his life.

Norman worked for Atlas Powder Co. all his working years, ending as manager of the Kinepak division. His hobbies were fishing and raising prize tomatoes in his garden. Family was Norman’s life. He was a wonderful husband and fantastic father.

Norman became a Christian at 27 years old and tried his best to live a faithful life. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Oronogo.

Norman married the love of his life, Mildred Pollan, of Grove, Okla., on Nov. 29, 1966, in Kansas City. She survives at their home. He is also survived by his children, Lynette Rector (Scott), Glen West (Janet), and Melissa Teegardin Martin (Jeff); numerous grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary.



John Wiseman

Jan. 26, 1947 – Oct. 2, 2022

Mr. John Harvey Wiseman, 75, of Joplin, departed this life on Sunday morning, Oct. 2.

Born Jan. 26, 1947, to Stanley and Alberta Wiseman (Harris) / Drake in Ogalalla, Neb. He lived in Colorado Springs, Colo., for many years. He was vice president and general manager for Walter Drake and Sons, a small mail order company located there. He graduated from Chapman College with a degree in computer information systems while living in Colorado Springs.

John served in the Navy for four years and received an honorable discharge. He acquired his private pilot’s license while stationed at the base in Oak Harbor, Wash. He loved water sports: skiing, fishing, jet skiing and tubing, as well as a good boat ride with his family. He spent as much time has he could at his lake house in Lake of the Ozarks. He was always delighted when his family and grandchildren would come out to the lake, resulting in the creation of a great deal of precious memories.

Survivors are his wife, Nancy; children, Tamera Spaulding and husband Brian, Joplin, Chris Wiseman and wife Regina, Springfield, and Tim Wiseman, Scottsdale, Ariz.; grandchildren, Samual Spaulding, Joplin, Lauren Spaulding, Atlanta, Ga., and Caleb, Nathan and Sydney Wiseman, Springfield; brother-in-law, Greg Coursen, Joplin; and nephew, Ben Coursen, Joplin.

John was devoted to his family and adored them all. He was an accomplished man in many areas and blessed with many talents. He will be missed by all who loved him.

A private family graveside service with full military honors will be held at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Springfield. A private family gathering will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements are under the direction of Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home.

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