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Fernie Goodenough

July 6, 1937 – April 1, 2023

Lovingly written by the family…

Fern “Fernie” Goodenough, 85, passed away Saturday, April 1, at Solace House of the Ozarks with her family by her side.

She was born July 6, 1937, in Dade County, to Harry and Marjorie Hurrell.

She grew up in the Golden City area and attended school there.

1956, she married Robert McCray at Lamar. To this union three children were born, they later divorced.

1970, she married George Goodenough in Isabel, Kan. They moved to Idaho and she stayed there until his passing in 1985. She then moved back to Missouri.

She was an awesome cook, the neighbors loved her cooking. She gave away most of the dishes she cooked. She did lots of sewing and crocheting for her family and friends. Fishing was her favorite outdoor hobby, and she liked playing penny slots. Her main singer was George Strait.

She was a member of Carterville United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Billy McCray; one daughter, Debra Kossman; one granddaughter, Sarah Ricke; three brothers; and four sisters.

She leaves behind one son, Lynn McCray (Lavonne), Medicine Lodge, Kan.; four grandchildren, Josh, Justin, Robin, Tina; six great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild, with an additional great-great-grandchild on the way; two sisters, Mary Ann Simmons (Gary), Alba, and Patty Baker (Wayne), Carl Junction; one brother-in-law, Norman Rush, Carthage; and lots of nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

Memorial contributions may be given to Solace House of the Ozarks or Carterville United Methodist Church.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 16, at the Carterville United Methodist Church. Final resting place will be Isabel Cemetery, Isabel, Kan. Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary.



Phillip Harpole

July 9, 1942 – March 22, 2023

Phillip E. Harpole, age 80, of Oronogo, passed away on Wednesday, March 22. He was born on July 9, 1942, to Ralph and Emily (Furnace) Harpole in Carthage. Phil was a very loved husband, father and grandfather. He was a hard worker. He believed in the value of hard work and dedication, as his career with Schreiber in Carthage attested to.

He was a graduate of Alba High School. Phillip met the love of his wife, Georgia, in March of 1965, and they were happily married just three short months later on June 16, 1965. Together, the couple had three kids, and they enjoyed watching the kids grow up. He enjoyed attending their school functions, including band concerts and football games. Later in life, after retirement, he became an avid fan of the “Wheel of Fortune” and spending time at home with Georgia. Phillip and Georgia attended Purcell Baptist Church, where he previously had served as a trustee for some time.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Manda Jane; and a brother, Charlie. 

Phillip is survived by his wife, Georgia (Thomas), of Oronogo; sons, Dan and wife Johnna, Lexington, N.C., and Dusty, Webb City; daughter, Marinda Harpole, Oronogo; grandchildren, Sam, Hayden, Chris and Marcus; three stepgrandchildren Andrew, Faith and Jessica; and several extended relatives.

Funeral services for Phillip were held Monday, March 27, at Simpson Funeral Home. A private family committal service was to follow at a later date at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery.


Jason Nally

Nov. 20, 1980 – March 30, 2023

Jason Lee Nally, age 42, of Carthage, passed away on Thursday, March 30, at home. He was born on Nov. 20, 1980, in Carthage to Gerald Nally II and Brenda (Rea) Nally. Jason worked for Roadrunner Tire Company in Joplin. He loved to fish, camp and do woodworking in his time off.

Jason loved playing jokes and pranks on family and friends, anything he could do to make his family or friends laugh was a joy to him. When leaving his parents’ house Jason made sure he hugged and kissed his mom on the cheek and said, “I love you.” Jason would always shake his dad’s hand and tell him he loved him as well, and once he was walking out the door he would turn and make sure he said, “I love you guys.”

Jason is survived by his parents; his children, Jackson Nally, Mosby Nally, and Jaylynn; a brother, Jerry Nally III and wife Kathy; nieces, Madison and Taylor; a nephew, J.R.; his best friend, David Leedy; great niece, Novaleigh; an aunt, Vickie Beeching; cousins, Douglas Beeching and wife Tammy, Carri Smith, Britney Erie Smith, Ben Beeching, and Tony Miller; all the Nally and Capps family, aunts, uncles and cousins; and an honorary uncle, John Barnes. Jason was preceded in death by his uncle, Melvin Beeching.

The family will have a celebration of life service on April 7, 2023 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Nashville Christian Church, 884 Southwest 104th Lane, Oronogo, with Pastor Woody Wilkinson officiating.

Arrangements are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home.


Russell Schell

March 18, 1938 – April 3, 2023

Russell J. Schell Sr., age 85, of Alba, passed away Monday, April 3, at Freeman West Hospital. He attended Alba Schools, and then transferred to Carthage High School, where he graduated.

Russell was a Master Mason at Criterion Lodge of Alba #508, a Shriner, and a lifetime member of the Scottish Rite of Joplin, where he had many friends. He owned and operated R.J. Schell construction for several years and worked in the pipeline and construction industries for most of his life. 

Russell was preceded in death by his loving mother, Betty Jo and father, Clint Schell; one sister, Linda Murray; and one brother, Rickey Clinton Schell. 

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Pansy J. (Boyer) Schell, of Alba; his two sons, Rusty Schell and wife Joann, Columbus, Kan., and Rocky Schell and wife Linda, Webb City; four granddaughters, Alissa Oleksa and husband Larry, Lacey Scheirer and husband Zach, Christan Schell and husband Marc, Jacqueline Rogers and husband Josey; four great-granddaughters; and four great-grandsons.

The family will have services at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home.