As of Wednesday,  April 26

Cities without a state are in Missouri 


Jim Collard

Sept. 21, 1942 – April 18, 2023

James “Jim” F. Collard, a longtime resident of the Oronogo area, passed away on Tuesday, April 18, at the University of Kansas Medical Center to be with the Lord and his good friend Butch Crow.

Jim was born on Sept. 21, 1942, in Stella, to Arthur E. and Margaret Jean Collard. He was married to Karen S. Pope on Sept. 16, 1966, and were married for 56 years. They loved each other through thick and thin. They never left each other’s side.

Jim worked for Vickers for 20 years until it closed. He then started employment at the Webb City School District on May 13, 1991, and retired on June 30, 2004. He enjoyed farming and raising cattle, especially Polled Herefords on the land Jim and Karen eventually named Boulder View Farms (because of the rocks).

He enjoyed quail hunting and fishing his entire life until he was unable. He enjoyed all of his family but especially the grandkids. He went to their sporting events and cattle/pig shows. He was involved in FFA, receiving his State & American Farm Degree. He was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 471 of Oronogo. Jim was also a member of the First Baptist Church of Oronogo.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents Art and Margaret Collard; a brother Randy Collard; father and mother-in-law Bill and Maxine Pope, respectively; and one great-nephew, Hutch Flippo.

He is survived by his wife, Karen Collard; two sons, James Clayton Collard and wife Janelle, and Douglas Collard and his wife Joy; six grandchildren Ashliegh (Nick) Norbury; Morgan, Wyatt, Emily, Brooke, and Allison Collard; a great-grandson, Wiley Norbury; a brother, David Collard and wife Nancy; an uncle, Fred Schnider; and several nephews, nieces and cousins.

A visitation was held Friday at Simpson Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Saturday, April 22, 2023, at First Baptist Church in Oronogo, with Jerry Mayfield presiding. Internment will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Wyatt, Houston, Bronson, Matt, Justin and Adam Collard. Honorary pallbearers will be Jack, William and David Flippo, along with Joe, Mike and John D Collard.

Memorial contributions may be made to Children’s Mercy in Kansas City, in care of the funeral home.



Carl Gilliam

Feb. 8, 1933 – April 24, 2023

Carl Dale Gilliam, age 90, of Webb City, passed away Monday, April 24, at Webb City Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born on February 8, 1933, to Homer and Hazel (Hawkins) Gilliam in Merritt, Mo.

Carl was a 1951 graduate of Webb City High School. He was married to Martha (Durham) on May 20, 1956, in Webb City. Together, the couple had four children whom they loved. He worked at Southwestern Bell as an engineer until his retirement in 1986. He was an avid gardener. He served his country faithfully in the Army during the Korean War.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Hazel; his loving wife Martha Sue, who passed away on July 12, 2022; his three siblings Marvin Gilliam, Merlene Hartley, and Howard Gilliam. He is survived by son Curtis Gilliam and wife, Lana of Branson; daughter Lorie Cobble and husband, Randy, Webb City; son Craig Gilliam and wife, Peggy, Webb City; and son Chris Gilliam, Webb City; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 27, in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, with Greg Gilliam presiding. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home.


Patty Hewlett

March 22, 1942 – April 18, 2023

Patricia W. “Patty” Hewlett, 81, of Moberly, died Tuesday, April 18.

Patty was born March 22, 1942, in Webb City, the daughter of Hal and Dorothy (Cady) Wise. She and her sister, Ann, shared their parents’ passion for travel and learning and participating in their local community.

After graduating from Webb City High School, she attended the University of Missouri and the University of Southern Mississippi and in 1962 married Joseph Hewlett. They shared a daughter, Marcia Swain and her husband Ed and two grandchildren, Alec Swain and Mackenzie Swain.

Patty taught in the Moberly Public School system for 31 years, first at Central School and then for most of her time at Moberly Junior High teaching eighth grade social studies. Her true aim was for all of her students to succeed in understanding our country’s history and our form of government so they could participate as good community citizens.

She loved walking for exercise and logged many miles on the walking trails around town and at the MACC Activity Center. She especially enjoyed her yoga group at the YMCA and hated to miss any of their scheduled times. She was active in PEO and Sorosis and at Coates Street Presbyterian Church.

Memorial contributions can be made to Coates Street Presbyterian Church, Moberly, where the visitation and memorial service were held Tuesday. A private committal prayer and burial will take place in Oakland Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Cater Funeral Home.


Lowell Mason

Aug. 14, 1937 – April 22, 2023

Lovingly written by family…

Lowell Mason was born Aug. 14, 1937, in Knoxville, Tenn. His parents were Lewis P. Mason and Delia F. Mason, who were students at Johnson Bible College at Kimberling Heights, Tenn. Lowell Mason was an only child. In 1942, at the age of 5, Lowell, with the Mason family moved from Odessa, Mo. to the state of Michigan where Lewis accepted the pastorate of the Pine Run Church of Christ at Clio, Mich. That same year, Lowell was enrolled in the Pine Run grade school and later finished high school at the Clio high school as a member of the class of 1955. Lowell always considered Clio and Pine Run, as his hometowns and liked to be known as “One of the Pine Run Boys.”

At the age of 9, Lowell became a member of the Children’s Bible Hour radio broadcast out of Grand Rapids, Mich. This program was heard internationally, and Lowell has always said that this was where his ministry really began. Lowell sang on that program until he was 15 years old. Through this radio outreach, Lowell was invited to sing at hundreds of churches throughout the United States, and Canada. He liked to tell how his mother and dad would put him on a greyhound bus, send him someplace where he would be met by some preacher who would take him to some Church where he would sing, then the preacher would put him back on a bus, and send him back home in time to go to school on Monday morning. At the age of 16, Lowell joined the Cecil Todd evangelist team out of Joplin. This team later formed the Christian Evangelizers Association, which in turn established the Revival Fires Ministries, which became a world-wide, multifaceted ministry, including area-wide Revival Crusades, which have been recognized as some of the largest crusades in the history of the “Restoration Movement.” Probably the most remembered part of the Revival Fires ministry was the weekly television program, which was seen on 154 television stations throughout the United States. Lowell was music director and soloist for Revival Fires, and served as it’s vice president for many years.

In 1963, Lowell married Judith Ann Jones of Ripley, Ohio. Lowell and Judy have four children. Kelly Grace McClintock and husband Brad (deceased), of Hot Springs, Ark., Kathy Mason, Webb City, Lowell D. Mason II (“Duke”) and wife Stephanie, Webb City, and Kristy Ann Bemis and husband Darren, San Antonio, Texas. Lowell and Judy have 10 grandchildren, Kayleigh Tandy and husband Chris, Cory Emmert and wife Sheree, Jude McClintock, Malarie Bemis, Alyssa Bemis, Lauren Carter and husband Jacob, Katherine Carson and husband Daniel, Devlin Bemis, Raulie Bemis, and Khloe Bemis. They also have seven great-grandchildren, Carter Tandy, Colby Tandy, Emaleigh Tandy, Colton Emmert, Baylee Emmert, Bentley Emmert, and Dakota Carson.

Lowell attended Manhattan Christian College in Manhattan, Kan., and later received an honorary doctor of divinity degree from Kerala Christian College for excellence in world missions. He was senior pastor at the Christian Church in Robinson, Kan., while attending college and also pastored the Arbela Church of Christ, near Millington, Michigan, while his father was on a one-year sabbatical leave from the church pastorate due to serious health problems. In joint cooperation with Evangelist, Cecil Todd, and the Revival Fires Ministries, Lowell assisted in providing over four million Bibles to Russia. Lowell conducted over 1,500 gospel music concerts at the world headquarters of Precious Moments in Carthage. At one time he was a licensed insurance agent with Mutual of Omaha, a licensed real estate agent with Gold Star Realty in Jefferson City and Bob Roy agency in Carl Junction and a licensed auctioneer. Lowell was founder, and first vice-president of the Christian Church, Church of Christ, Retirement Pension Trust based in Joplin. He also was co-founder and first vice-president of Ohio Valley Manor nursing home in Ripley, Ohio, which became the largest employer in Brown County Ohio, exceeded only by the public school system of that county.

Lowell and Judy formed “Operation We Care” as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt corporation which has, with the help of H.E.H ministries, delivered several million meals to people in poverty, and with the help of funding from I.D.E.S., many churches and individuals, has also been able to act as rapid responders in feeding thousands of victims of natural disasters, throughout the United States. Lowell was also co-founder and first vice-president of Helping Hands Ministries of Carl Junction.

Lowell was named “Man of the year” in the city of Orell, Russia, because of charitable contributions to orphans in that city.

Lowell has been a husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, gospel singer, recording artist, evangelist, soul winner, missionary, business man, deacon and elder in his home church, radio announcer, avid deer hunter and fisherman, race car owner and operator, and will historically be remembered in “The Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement” and in the “2013 Guinness World Book of Records.”

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.


Lynn Swoveland

Feb. 26, 1948 – April 17, 2023

Vally “Lynn” Swoveland, 75, of Jackson, N.J., died suddenly at home on Monday, April 17. Born in Webb City, he resided in Lakewood, N.J., for 25 years before moving to Jackson 26 years ago.

He retired in 2012 after 25 years from Ocean County Recycling in Lakewood. He enjoyed camping, fishing, boating, hunting, golfing and the outdoors. A great baseball player, he was drafted by the pro Philadelphia Phillies as a pitcher prior to enlisting and serving in the Vietnam War from 1968-1972. He was a captain for the volunteer firemen in Lakewood Fire District No. 2, for which he served over 25 years. He liked frozen devil dogs and was extremely handy mechanically. He loved to cruise the Princess Cruise Lines to the different islands.

Lynn is predeceased by his first wife, Diane. Surviving is his wife of 26 years, Debra I Olesheski Swoveland; son, Michael Swoveland and wife Ann; daughters, Sabrina Flores and husband Alfonso and Kimberly Escalona and husband Martin; siblings, Glen Swoveland and wife Bonnie and Linda Beaver; seven grandchildren, Brianna, Kayla, Justin, Chad, Cassandra, Nicholas and Gabriel and three great-grandchildren, Braylin, Malaki and Alaya.

Interment was April 21 in Woodlawn Cemetery, Lakewood. Arrangements were  under the direction of Oliverie Funeral Home.