Jan. 13, 1940 – March 26, 2022
James “Jim” Coleman, of Webb City, passed away at home on Saturday, March 26.
Jim was a lifelong resident of Webb City. Son of the late Thomas W. Coleman and Bertha (Breedlove) Coleman, he attended school at Webb City High School, Joplin Junior College and Pittsburg State University. He worked at R&S Chevrolet and Cardinal Scales before years of employment at The Webb Corp. He had many hobbies over the years. When he was younger he was known for building engines for street cars and stock car engines. He had many years of enjoying fishing and camping on Table Rock Lake. But what brought him the most joy was sports. He served several years as Webb City Little League president, helping establish the new fields in King Jack Park. The greatest passion in his life was football. When healthy, he never missed a home game of the Webb City Cardinals, and he attended as many away games as possible. Saturdays were reserved for Missouri Southern and Pittsburg State games. Sundays and Monday nights he would be found watching NFL. He also enjoyed being a hamm radio operator and loved playing guitar most all of his life.
Surviving Jim are his wife, Guyla Coleman, of the home; daughters Debbie Harlen and husband Tom, Webb City, and Teresa Musselman and husband Chuck, Webb City; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Arrangements were under the direction of Hedge Lewis Goodwin Funeral Home.
March 24, 1942 – April 14, 2022
Ronald Doss, age 80, of Carthage, passed away on Thursday, April 14, at his home. He was born in Bakersfield, Calif. on March 24, 1942, to Virgil Doss and Vaughnie (Goss) Doss. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Vietnam War during part of his 26 years as a combat engineer. He was a member of the VFW Post #534 in Joplin. He loved to garden, work outdoors and whittle.
Ronald married Paulette (Gates) Doss, and she preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter, Kaitlyne Doss; and nine siblings. He is survived by his daughters, Vaughnia Holloway and Dorinda Williams and husband Paul; a son, Virgil Doss; grandchildren, Roderick Williams, Danielle Williams, Kaeleen Doss, Kirah Williams, Allyssa Williams, and Kahleb Holloway; a great-grandchild, Callum Doner; several nieces and nephews; and his dog Kiddles.
Services will be private for the family. Arrangements are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home.
Sept. 7, 1933 – April 15, 2022
Beverly Jones, age 88, of Webb City, passed away on Friday, April 15, at Mercy Hospital Joplin. She was born in Sabetha, Kan., to Claude Wyrick and Georgia (Corley) Wyrick on Sept. 7, 1933.
Beverly graduated from Missouri Southern State University with a bachelor’s degree in teaching and went on to get her master’s degree from Pittsburg State University. She taught in the Webb City R-7 School District until her retirement in 1993. In addition to teaching physical education, she coached volleyball, track, cheerleading, and Redettes. She was a Girl Scout leader, loved to bowl, camp, and watch her beloved St. Louis Cardinals baseball. Beverly received the Pillars of Education Award from the Webb City R-7 Schools Foundation just this past March. Above all else she loved spending time with her family and will be missed by all that knew her.
Beverly married Charlie Jones on Sept. 11, 1953, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 2, 1998. Beverly was also preceded in death by a daughter, Elaine Shewmake; and three brothers, Ed Wyrick, Bud Wyrick, and Jim Wyrick. She is survived by her son, Randy Jones and wife Toni, Joplin; a daughter, Diane Ray and husband Steven, Stark City; son-in-law, Buck Shewmake, Webb City; grandchildren, Cole Shewmake and wife Jennifer, Webb City, Stephanie Ray, Carthage, Katie Ray, Webb City, Corbin Jones, Plano, Texas, Emily Jones, Rogers, Ark., Stone Shewmake and wife Sydney, Batesville, Ark.; and four great-grandchildren, Selah, Noa, Creed, and Thaddeus.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, April 20, at First Christian Church in Joplin, with Pastor David Johnson officiating. Burial was private for family. Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church in Joplin. Services were under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home.
Jan. 17, 1933 – April 19, 2022
Max E. Page, age 89, passed away on Tuesday, April 19, in Springdale, Ark. He was born on Jan. 17, 1933, in Mound Valley, Kan., to Rowland E. and Bertha (Ferguson) Page. He was a graduate of Alba High School in Alba at the age of 17. Max attended Joplin Junior College from 1950-1951 and taught in the Rising Sun and Pleasant Valley school districts until he was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1953, where he served until 1955 when he was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant-first-class. He went on to graduate from Pittsburg State University with a bachelor’s degree in 1957 and a master’s degree in 1961. He was an accomplished athlete in high school and college, playing basketball, football and then semi-pro baseball.
He started in the Webb City R-7 School District as a teacher in 1955 and ended his career there in 1982 as director of elementary education. He became director of elementary education from 1982-1984 in the Hartville R-2 School District. From 1984 until his retirement in 1988, he served as principal at Garfield Elementary in Coffeyville, Kan. He spent part of his retirement years continuing to follow his passion for students by serving as an aide in the Springdale Public School System.
He was a member of American Legion Post 139 in Springdale. He loved fishing, camping, traveling and watching the Pittsburg State Gorillas and Arkansas Razorbacks in any sporting event. In 1988, Max and his wife, Peggy, retired to Beaver Lake in Lowell, Ark., where he spent time with his dog, Freckles, and cats, Tommy and Lucky, as well as fishing out on the pontoon, volunteering at the local fire department and entertaining children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Max is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Peggy; his sister Roberta Williams; three sons, Jon Page, Mickey Page and Carl Smith; and three daughters, Teresa Page, Annette Elam and Rebecca McDonald; and 15 grandchildren, Jonnie, Mason, Andrea, Tyler, Shelby, Kitrick, Michael, Cassandra, Kristina, Matthew, Amanda, Kalee, Jamie, Kiersten and Riegen; and many nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren.
Max was preceded in death by his parents; brother Harry; son Gregory; and daughter Joyce. Max was known by many, loved by all, and his smile warmed any heart and lit up any room. He will be missed beyond measure.
A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 29, at Fayetteville National Cemetery. Arrangements are under direction of Westfield Chapel Funeral Home.
A celebration of life will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at the Mining Days Community Building, 703 Dawson Drive, Webb City.