Obituaries published in February 2021


Debbie Brubaker

Feb. 18, 1951 – Feb. 19, 2021

Mrs. Deborah Sue “Debbie” Brubaker, 70, of Webb City, Missouri, departed this life Friday in the comfort of her home after a battle with cancer.

Debbie was born on Feb. 18, 1951, in Holden, W.V., to the late Millard and Lavera (Sturgeon) Pack. She was raised in Columbus, Ohio, where she graduated high school in 1968. She resided in Sheridan, Wyo., before moving to Webb City in 1984. 

Debbie worked as an administrator for Doss Office Systems in Joplin for several years. She also served as a caregiver for a family with special needs children. She enjoyed quilting, oil painting and caring for her beloved dog, Max.

On April 12, 1986, Debbie was united in marriage to Jay Brubaker and together they have shared the last 34 years. He survives, as do a sister, JoAnn Shaffer, Sheridan, Wyo.; nine nieces and nephews; and seven great-nieces and nephews; as well as a host of other family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Ramona and Greta.

Viewing and visitation will be from 5-7:00 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home.


Debbie Doss

June 16, 1958 – Feb. 20, 2021

Debra J. Doss passed away Saturday. 

She was born on June 16, 1958, in Joplin, Missouri, to Clyde and Marjorie Smith. She attended Parkwood High School and graduated in 1976. She attended Missouri Southern University and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in education. She also earned a master’s degree in computer technology from Pittsburg State University. She taught math for 25 years at Webb City Junior High School and coached volleyball. After retiring, Debbie worked at Schifferdecker Golf Course, where she fell in love with golf. She started playing tournaments and joined the Briarbrook Golf Club, the Briarbrook Women’s Golf Association, the Schifferdecker Women’s Association and the Missouri Golf Association. She also found time to work for American Airlines in Joplin, which allowed her to take trips to play golf. Debbie loved attending St. Louis Cardinal baseball games and watching the Chiefs games.

Debbie is survived by her husband, Tim; her children, Colby Wakefield, Kansas City, and Carlie Wakefield, Joplin; her stepchildren, Kim Bullard, Ozark, and Kasey Mullins, Kansas City; her granddaughter, the light of her life, Kinsley Wakefield; her sisters, Cheryl Stephenson and her husband Mark, Karen Wilson and her husband Terry, Terry Ritchey and her husband Don; her brothers, Randy Smith and his wife Patricia, and Gary Smith; 12 nieces and nephews; 30 great-nieces and great-nephews and many cousins.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Webb City R-7 Schools Foundation.

The family will hold private services at a later date. An open visitation for friends to pay their respects at Mason-Woodard Mortuary. Honorary pallbearers will be Tammy Thomas, Rita Moore, Leigh Ann Hackney, Jill Huffman, Dawn Huff, Kathy Goetz, Jan Rose, Teri Carlson, Kerry Helton, Jennifer Fagan, Jan Chase and Jayne Green.


George Leishing

April 6, 1943 – Feb. 19, 2021

George Lee Leishing, age 77, of Carterville, passed away Friday at his home following a short illness.

He was born April 6, 1943, in Springfield to Floyd and Donna (England) Leishing.

George was a minister for Tarkio Full Gospel Church and the music minister for several area churches. He also worked in HVAC for Cardinal Scales and for himself. He served as a military policeman in the U.S. Army, with service in Korea and West Point. He was a former member of the American Legion. George was the founder and former president of the Joplin Chapter of Christian Motorcycle Association. He was a member of Cornerstone Revival Church.

George married Ann Ash, the love of his life, on May 5, 1961, in Kansas City, Kan. and she survives. He is also survived by two sons, Jeffrey Leishing and Brad, Springfield, and George Leishing Jr. and Ashli, Joplin; three daughters, Darla Hightower and Vincent, Joplin, Dianna Devore-McKaig and John, Nixa, and Rhonda Leishing, Webb City; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous extended family and friends.

George was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister.

Full services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at Cornerstone Revival Center, with Morris Cleveland and Greg Martin officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow at Carterville Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at Mason-Woodard Mortuary.


Zola Livingston

Nov. 19, 1952 – Jan. 21, 2021

Zola Marie (Naylor) Livingston, age 101, passed away Sunday. She was born to John Melton Naylor and Ethel Salome (Armstrong) Naylor on September 11, 1919 in Kendrick, Okla. 

Zola worked in the World War II war effort, building aircraft, including working as a riveter. She later worked in accounting, including at Cessna Aircraft in Wichita, Kan., where she met her future husband, Home Earl Livingston Jr. They married on Jan. 15, 1955. Zola actively took part in their dairy and ranching business throughout the rest of her life. 

Zola is survived by her daughter, Lisa Livingston-Martin, Webb City; grandchildren, Alexander Martin, Benton Martin and Cameron Martin; great-granddaughter Rosalind Martin; and a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; her brother, William Naylor;  and a sister, Dorothy (Naylor) Routh. 

A graveside service will be held Thursday, Feb. 25, at Oakwood Cemetery, south of Neosho. Services are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home.


Bill Nichols

Nov. 19, 1952 – Jan. 21, 2021

William Curtis “Bill” Nichols died at his home in Arlington, Texas, on Thursday, Jan. 21. He was born on Nov. 19, 1952, in Fort Worth, Texas, to Robert L. “Bob” Nichols and Frances Hardison Nichols. He was a devoted son, providing care for both of his parents as they aged.

He moved with his family to a farm near Chisholm, Texas, in 1962. The old farmhouse and grounds required many weekends of hard work by everyone in the family, including 10-year-old Bill, to ready it for occupancy. When Bill suggested the farm name be “Achin’ Acres,” everyone was in agreement. Bill attended Chisholm United Methodist Church and was active in 4-H. He was recognized as a Gold Star Boy, the highest county 4-H honor. He graduated from Terrell High School and remained close to the school through the years as he helped implement the Bobby Nichols Jr. Scholarship program in memory of his older brother.

Bill attended the University of Missouri-Columbia, as well as Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, majoring in business.

Bill married Terralene Jean “TJ” Tiner in 1985. They each brought two sons to the marriage, William Robert “Bobby” Nichols and Matthew Brian “Matt” Nichols and Scott E. Tiner and Sean E. Tiner.

He worked in the travel industry for many years, at NTS Travel, Pegasus Travel, and ETC group Inc. His interest in computers led to a new career when he began work for the Texas Department of Public Safety, Highway Patrol in 2014. He took great satisfaction maintaining the on-board computers for patrol officers throughout the state and was proud to be part of a team doing important work.

Both his immediate family and extended family were very dear to Bill. He never ended a visit without saying “Love you!” His strong interest in genealogy led him to distant relatives, and he was always delighted to expand the family tree and to meet new family members. Recently when his 9-year-old grandniece asked about her ancestral roots, he sent her pages of family history, igniting this interest in a new generation.

Bill was fond of golfing, having had a regular Sunday golf date with friends for more than 20 years. He also enjoyed playing hockey with his son Bobby. He laughed about being “the old man” on the team.

In recent years he developed an interest in astronomy. He was an active member of the Fort Worth Astronomy Society and enjoyed sharing his love of the night sky with others during their events as well as organizing astronomy presentations at family reunions.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents and brother Robert L. “Bobby” Nichols Jr. He is survived by his wife, TJ, their sons, Scott, Bobby, Sean, and Matt, and a granddaughter, Katelyn N. Tiner. Other survivors include his sister, Eileen Nichols, and his brother, Michael L. (Mike) Nichols; Bobby and Matt’s mother, Karen Mann Pike; aunts, Billie Nichols, Mary Cole, and Kay Jackson; uncles, Bruce Hardison and Don Harrison; nephew, Alex, and nieces, Cora, Emily, and Erica; and a host of cousins and friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, North Central Texas Chapter, 2630 West Fwy, Suite 100, Fort Worth, TX 76102 or Mission Arlington, 210 W. South Street, Arlington, TX 76010.

Bill will be buried with his parents and brother at Greenwood Memorial Park Cemetery, 3100 White Settlement Road, Fort Worth. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27. A website has further information about Bill and photos.


Ron Sampson

July 15, 1947 – Feb. 19, 2021

Ronald Eugene “Ron” Sampson, 73, of Webb City, passed away Friday, Feb. 19.

Ron was born July 15, 1947. in Carterville, to the late Rheuben “Bud” Sampson and Patsy (Fields) Sampson. After high school Ron proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his service Ron worked as one of the youngest Marine drill instructors at the time and a helicopter crew chief. He served a 13-month tour in Vietnam and was a Purple Heart recipient.

Ron spent most of his career in the manufacturing industry. His work took him to many areas of the country, including Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and Georgia. It was in 1992 that he became the executive director of the Joplin Workshops. He loved the opportunity to work with disabled employees and make a positive impact on their lives. He retired from his position as executive director in 2015 after 22 years of service. He was then presented with a flag that was flown over the capital for 22 minutes in recognition of his devoted service to Joplin Workshops.

Ron loved his boys trips to go pheasant hunting, boating and camping. However, most of all he enjoyed getting to spend time with his family and cherished the memories created with them. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Ron was united in marriage to Mary Tune on April 25, 1978, in Miami, Okla. They spent 42 precious years together before his passing.

In addition to his parents, Ron was preceded in death by his sister, Wilmetta Madison, on January 6, 2021.

Survivors include his wife, Mary; children, Heather Sampson, Tracy Tune and Melissa Wheatley “his girl Saturday,” Dustin Sampson and wife, Ila, Eric Tune and Sandy Hall; bonus child Lynn Bragg; grandchildren Blake Tune, Keylee Davis, Canyon Kimbrough and Liam Sampson; and several extended family members and friends.

“Heaven gained another warrior today. He fought for us when the country rejected and despised them… Rest in peace Ron, your watch is over, we will do our best to keep her healthy and whole…Semper Fi”

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at Parker Mortuary with Pastor Walter Hammond officiating. Interment will follow at Webb City Cemetery. The family will receive friends for visitation from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to Joplin Workshops Inc.


Leo Simonds

June 17, 1933 – Feb. 20, 2021

Leo Lavaughn Simonds, age 87, Joplin, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 20, at Joplin Gardens.

Leo was born June 17, 1933, in Madill, Okla. to the late John Simonds and Mary Ann (Ragsdale) Simonds. He worked as an operator for Farmers Chemical and retired in 1989 after 33 years of service. During his time at Farmers Chemical he was also the president for the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers Union. Leo loved hunting, fishing and the outdoors. He will be missed by all those who knew and loved him.

In addition to his parents, Leo was preceded in death by his three sons, Larry Simonds, Gary Simonds and Bruce Simonds. He is survived by seven grandchildren, Scott, Brian, Brice, Kelley, Gary, Zack and Lucas; eleven great-grandchildren; several extended family members and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at Parker Mortuary. Interment will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery. The family will receive friends an hour before the service begins.


Mary Armstrong

April 9, 1937 – Feb. 10, 2021

Mary Frances Armstrong, age 83, of Carthage, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021 at Carthage Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mary was born July 10, 1937, in Shawnee, Kansas, one of six children born to the late Rev. Alonzo E. Dotson and Mildred Wanita (Brown) Dotson. She worked for years as a nurse’s aide for Webb City Health Center and Elmhurst of Webb City. She grew up being a “PK” (preacher’s kid) while her father pastored several churches while she was a child. That helped instill her love of her Heavenly Father as a child, and her servant’s heart to help others over the years. She was currently serving at the Birthing Center Pentecostal Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sons, Billy Armstrong and Mike Armstrong; a daughter, Barbara Mallatt; and all five of her siblings.

Survivors include a son, Patrick Armstrong, Webb City; a daughter, Virginia Tosh, Webb City; eight grandchildren, Patrick “PJ”, Christian, Stephanie, Matt, Tiffany, Robert, Richie, and Sandy; 15 great-grandchildren, Kayden, Andon, Little Richie, Dawson, Bentley, Nevaeh, Zoey, Jaelyn, Aliyah, Kason, Cru, Ellie, Kip, Kourtnee, Owen; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday at Parker Mortuary, with the Rev. Kenneth Miner officiating. Interment was in Carl Junction Cemetery


Sidney Cornell

March 30, 1937 – Jan. 31, 2021

Sidney “Sid” P. Cornell, age 83, a resident of Chillicothe, Missouri, passed away Sunday at Wexford Place, Kansas City, Missouri.

Sid was born March 30, 1937, in Webb City to Oliver and Dorothy (West) Cornell. He graduated from Webb City High School in 1955. He joined the Air Force and was stationed for a while in Greenland.

In 1959, Sid joined the National Weather Service Severe Storms Forecast Center in Kansas City, Missouri, where he worked for more than 30 years, before retiring in 1992 and moving to Chillicothe.

During his retirement, Sid was an active member of the community, serving on Chillicothe’s City Council and volunteering for several organizations. He was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church. Later in life, he studied to become a pastor and served in the ministry for several years.

Sid took great joy in being a father, husband, grandpa and great grandpa. He was a truly kind man who enjoyed traveling, laughing, and spending time with friends and family.

Survivors include two daughters, Lori Norris, Platte City, and Mari (Mark) Rydings, Platte Woods; two stepdaughters, Sherry (Bernie) Parks, Chillicothe, and Terisa (Steve) Guenther, Lee’s Summit; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Karen (Kenny) Wilson, Carl Junction, Linda Beaver, Galena, Kan., and Diane (Jerry) Brown, Carthage; and several nieces and nephews. Sid was preceded in death by his parents; wife of 34 years, Wilma Cornell; brother, Dennis Cornell; son-in-law, Rod Norris; and first wife, Gladys Cornell.

A private family funeral service was held at the Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe on Friday, Feb. 5. Burial was in Edgewood Cemetery, Chillicothe. Memorial contributions may be made to the Livingston County Cancer Assistance (checks payable to UMC-LCCA) and mailed to Lindley Funeral Home.


Teresa Kloer

Oct. 14, 1961 – Feb. 14, 2021

Teresa Marie Kloer (Schmidt) 59, of Columbus, Kan., died Sunday at KU Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., following an unexpected illness.

Mrs. Kloer was born Oct. 14, 1961, in Pittsburg, Kan. to Paul and Agnes (Zortz) Schmidt. She graduated from Columbus (Kan.) Unified High School in 1980. After high school, she attended nursing school at Labette County Community College in Parsons, Kan., where she earned her degree in nursing and graduated with honors.

Teresa was united in marriage with Kevin Patrick Kloer on March 13, 1982, at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Scammon, Kan.

Teresa began her nursing career in 1983 at Maude Norton Hospital (now Mercy Hospital) in Columbus and enjoyed helping those in need. She loved the people she worked with as well as being able to care for the people of her hometown. She spent most of her time caring for patients in the emergency room as well as patients in the hospital, but also worked in home health, obstetrics, surgery, and the gastrointestinal lab in the hospital. Teresa retired from nursing after 35 years of dedicated service due to health reasons. She was a passionate woman who treasured time with her family and was often seen at various events for her children and grandchildren with a camera in hand to record those fond memories. She was a friend to everyone she met and a faithful woman. Her grandchildren lovingly referred to her as “Grams” and “Gi-Gi”. Teresa was a devoted Catholic and attended St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Columbus. She also served on Mercy Columbus Nursing Shared Governance from 2013-2018, Trauma Registry from 2018-2019, and Ambulance Board from 2008 until her retirement.

Survivors include husband. Kevin Kloer, Columbus; two sons, Shaun Kloer and his wife Lindsay, Webb City, and Derek Kloer and his wife April, Sherman, Texas; a daughter, Julie Irwin and her husband Danny, Pittsburg; six grandchildren, Olivia Kloer, Brooklyn Kloer, Drew Kloer, Grace Kloer, Piper Kloer and Brylie Irwin; a sister, Mary Kay (Schmidt) Wagner and her husband Lowell, Offerle, Kan.; and a brother, John Schmidt and his wife Anne, Seattle, Wash., and several nieces and nephews. The parish rosary will be recited at 4 p.m., Sunday Feb. 21, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 115 W. Walnut St., Columbus. The family will receive friends and family from 4 to 6 p.m. after the rosary service at the church. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at the church, with Father Jeremy Huser as celebrant. Burial will be in the St. Bridget’s Cemetery in Scammon. Expression of sympathy may be made in form of memorials to the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. Those unable to attend in person may visit St Rose of Lima’s website for live streaming of the mass. Arrangements are under the direction of Bath-Naylor Funeral Home.


Robert Scott

April 9, 1937 – Feb. 10, 2021

On Wednesday, Robert Louis Scott, a loving father, grandfather and friend, walked into the arms of Jesus at the age of 83.

Mr. Scott was born on April 9, 1937, in Malvern, Ark. to Louis and Ruth Scott. After high school he joined the Navy and later the Army National Guard. He served our country for 32 years as a helicopter mechanic and crew chief. 

On May 29, 1965, Robert married Linda Fredene Weaver and together they raised two daughters, Gina and Tammy.

Robert’s faith and love for Jesus was so important, and he was passionate about sharing his faith with others. He loved to hunt, fish and spend time with his family and friends. His love and compassion for his family was genuine and evident to those who knew him. He enjoyed caring and serving others in various ways through Avalon Hospice, Meals on Wheels and Gideon’s. He was known for his love, care and compassion for others.

Robert is preceded in death by his father, Louis, mother, Ruth, and wife, Linda. He is survived by his daughters, Gina and Tammy, son-in-law Robert, granddaughter Amber and her husband Logan; grandsons Logan, Zach and Josh; brothers Charles and his wife Nancy, Doug and his wife Glenda, several cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Friday at Feb. 19, at Christ’s Church of Oronogo in the main worship center. Arrangements are under the direction of Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home.


Matt Wells

Oct. 25, 1969 – Feb. 14, 2021

Matthew T. Wells, 51, of Webb City, passed away on Sunday.

Matt was born on Oct. 25, 1969, in Miami, Okla., to Don and Kaye (Thomasson) Wells. He grew up in Quapaw, Okla., and was a proud member of the Quapaw High School Class of 1987. He was a lifelong member of Quapaw First Baptist Church and locally attended both Christ’s Church of Oronogo and, more recently, Carterville Christian Church. Matt’s work history included several years with Walmart, Aramark, and Nations Credit, before settling in with American Dairy Queen. He worked as business consultant for ADQ, recently celebrating 20 years with the company. He very much enjoyed working with both his coworkers, many of whom became his friends, and the DQ franchisees. He often received recognition for his efforts, most proudly earning the Top of the Field award in 2018.

Matt married Sarah Johnston on June 12, 1992. They were soulmates and blessed with nearly three decades of happiness together. Together they had two beautiful children, Hannah, 17, and Luke, 12. Additional survivors include his father, Don Wells and his wife Karen, Webb City; his sister, Carmen Callahan and her husband Bobby, Commerce, Okla., his cousin and best friend, Brad Neal and his wife Susan, Carl Junction; several beloved nieces and nephews; and his in-laws, Ron and Betty Johnston, Joplin; Ron Johnston, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Rick and Sherri Johnston, Webb City. He was preceded in death by his cherished mother, Kaye Wells; and his dear mother-in-law, Janice Morton.

A loving and devoted husband and father, Matt’s family was the most important thing to him. He loved to work on projects with his dad and to give his sister a hard time. All of his free time was spent with Sarah, Hannah, and Luke. Matt spent the nearly 29 years of their marriage making sure that Sarah knew how much he loved her, finding new ways to make her laugh and showing his children what a good marriage looked like. He loved nothing more than to watch Hannah play softball and Luke play football. He spent countless hours involved in area youth sports, driving all over to tournaments and games, and he enjoyed encouraging all of the kids. No one was prouder of his own kids’ accomplishments, whether it was on the field, in the classroom, or just in life, and no one was a bigger fan. If Matt loved you, he loved you fiercely. He was a positive influence on those around him, always quick with a joke or funny story. He was willing to do most anything for a laugh, especially if it might embarrass his kids. He will be greatly missed.

The family will receive friends beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at Carterville Christian Church. Services will follow at 11 a.m., with burial in Mt. Hope Cemetery. To honor Matt’s involvement with his kids’ sports, youth athletes and coaches are asked to wear a jersey. Services are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home.


Jimmy Campbell

Sept. 6, 1966 – Jan. 24, 2021

James Andrew “Jimmy” Campbell IV, 54, of Joplin, Missouri, departed this life on Sunday morning, Jan. 24, at Freeman Hospital West in Joplin.

Mr. Campbell was born on Sept. 6, 1966, in Joplin, to James Andrew Campbell III and Shirley (Dunaway) Campbell. He was a lifelong area resident and a 1985 graduate of Webb City High School. For several years, Jimmy managed many of the Dollar General Stores in the area. He enjoyed fishing and was an avid Kansas City Chiefs fan. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandson and his nieces and nephews. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two siblings, Paula Hopper and Michael Campbell.

Jimmy is survived by his two children, Stephanie Campbell, of Webb City, and James Campbell V, of Japan; a grandson, Brayden Bridges; two siblings, Mark Campbell, Joplin, and Debbie Henson, Webb City; five nieces and nephews; three great nieces and nephews; and other family members and friends.

Graveside funeral services were held Thursday, January 28, at Webb City Cemetery, with Brett Henson officiating. Pallbearers were Zane Persinger, David Rawlins, Walter Furry, Brett Henson, Billy Dunaway and Jackie Clark, with Brayden Bridges, Mark Campbell, Dan Milner and Greyson Milner serving as honorary pallbearers. 

Donations may be made to a memorial fund in care of Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home.


Jerry Dickson

March 2, 1942 – Jan. 31, 2021

Jerry W. Dickson, age 78, of Webb City, passed away Sunday, Jan. 31, following a short illness.

He was born March 2, 1942, to Ray and Lilly (Etcheson) Dickson near Asbury, Missouri. He worked as a welder/fabricator for many years. He also served in the United States Navy.

Jerry married Darlene Franklin on July 28, 1964, and she survives. He is also survived by two sons, Michael Dickson and wife Erica, and Stephen Dickson; one daughter, Connie Waggoner and Nathan; one brother, Jack Dickson and wife Jannie; one sister, Evelyn Myers; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary.


Michael Hoffman

Feb. 19, 1954 – Jan. 31, 2021

Michael J. Hoffman, age 66, of Webb City, passed away Jan. 31, 2021 at Mercy Hospital Joplin after a short illness.

He was born on Feb. 19, 1954, in Pittsburg, Kansas, to Fred Hoffman Jr. and Ethel (Thornton) Hoffman. They moved to Webb City in 1959. Mike attended Webb City Schools and was on the first Cardinal wrestling team at the 98-pound weight class. He worked construction his entire life, working for R.D. Dale Construction until his retirement in 2007. He was a longtime member of the Webb City Elks.

Mike is survived by two brothers, Greg Hoffman, Gas, Kansas, and Jerry Hoffman and his wife Tammy, Webb City; a stepson, Patrick Felker, Webb City; several nieces and nephews, and many friends and extended family members.

No services are planned at this time. Arrangements are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home.


Barbara Lofton

Aug. 3, 1939–Feb. 2, 2021

Barbara J. (Kerney) Stotts Lofton, 81, went home to be with the Lord on Feb. 2, 2021.

She was born Aug. 3, 1939, in Lamar, Missouri, to Willis Glenn Kerney and Iola Gladys (Cones) Kerney. She graduated from Webb City High School with the class of 1957. She was employed by Elders Manufacturing for 30 years, and by Cardinal Scales for 25 years, retiring at 74 years old. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, shopping, traveling, dancing and camping. She was lifelong fan of the Webb City Cardinals.

Barbara married Gary E. Stotts in 1956 in Reno, Nevada. They had two daughters, Marsha and Patricia. Barbara wed Donald E. Lofton in 1999 in Webb City.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; husbands Gary Eugene Stotts, and Donald Eugene “Donnie” Lofton; a sister, Marilyn Nadine (Kerney) Sanders; and a brother, Johnie Homer Kerney.

She is survived by two daughters, Marsha Phillips (Mark), and Patricia Naugle (Bob); three grandsons, Elijah Stotts (Charlotte), Philip Stotts (Bekah), and Richard Moore (Katie); six great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and a special lifelong friend Nancy Silvey.

Special thanks to Integrity Hospice Care. Funeral services are pending. Arrangements are under the direction of Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home.


Bobby Marrett

April 18, 1942 – Jan. 29, 2021

Bobby Marrett, 78, of Webb City, passed away Friday, Jan. 29.

He was a property manager.

Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary.