As of Wednesday, July 14, 2021


John Allen

Sept. 14, 1956 – July 11, 2021

John Franklin Allen, age 64, of Webb City, , passed away Sunday. John was born Sept. 14, 1956, in Chillicothe to the union of Enos Allen and Velma Harper. John worked as an over the road trucker for many years. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and was a loving husband and father.

John is survived by three children, Heather Allen, Joplin, Crystal Trotter, Greenwood, Ark., and John Trotter, Carterville; six grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Jakob McPheeters, Dane and Duncan Triplett, Maxwell and Raylan Wilson; and his faithful four-legged friend Sally Gene.

John is preceded in death by his wife of 38 years, Margie Dean Allen; parents, Ray and Velma Reynolds; two sisters, Lola Reynolds and Deborah Cantu; and brother, George Allen.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Ozark Memorial Park Crematory.


Micah Ansley

Dec. 1, 1978 – July 10, 2021

Micah was born Dec. 1, 1978, in Joplin. He passed away Saturday in Bentonville, Ark., surrounded by his family.

Micah was a graduate of Webb City High School and a member of the first and only basketball state champions at Webb City in 1997. Micah went on to play basketball at Ozark Christian College and Missouri Southern State University. He had his master’s in business. Micah had a 20-year career in the transportation industry and was employed by Meadowlark Companies out of Montana at the time of his death. Micah loved taking his boys to Razorback basketball games and Oklahoma City Thunder games. He also coached both boys in their sports and was so proud of each of them. Micah was an avid golfer and had a large group of lifelong friends that kept in touch with each other often. Micah was a great friend, brother and son. He was dearly loved by many and will be greatly missed.

Micah was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ray McCoy and Paul and Margaret Ansley. He is survived by his sons, Evan Paul Ansley, age 13, and Eli Russell Ansley, age 10, of Rogers, Ark.; his grandmother, Kathryn McCoy, Joplin; parents, Ken and Marsha Ansley, Webb City; two brothers, Rusty Ansley and wife, Lana, along with nieces, Regan and Morgan of Nixa, and Jason Ansley and wife, Heidi, along with nieces, Jalen and Ally, Webb City; and ex-wife Anya Ansley, Rogers.

A celebration of life was held Wednesday at Christ’s Church of Oronogo. Arrangements were under the direction of Callison-Lough Funeral Home, Bentonville.


Barbara ‘BJ’ Porter

April 21, 1941 – July 10, 2021

Barbara Jean Porter, born on April 21, 1941, ascended upon her journey home to be with the good Lord on July 10 at 5:57 pm. BJ was warm in bed, surrounded by her family. Her spiritual transition was the result of cardio pulmonary arrest.

BJ is survived by her oldest daughter, Brenda Cook married to Michael Cook; her youngest son, Bryan Conger; her youngest daughter Lisa Prater; her grandchildren, Brandy Morton married to Jeremy Goforth, Jordan Prater married to Kelsey Prater, and Megan Porter, married to Darin Porter; great-grandchildren, including Annalise Prater, Jayzier Morton, Jozelyn Morton, Jaxzen Goforth, Kaydence Prater, Emma Prater, Axel Prater and Maddalynn Prater.

BJ has been proceeded in death by her mother and father, Lela and Ira Tucker; three brothers, Eddie, Jerry and Ronald Tucker; and her oldest son, Keenan Conger.

BJ was courageous, inspirational and beautiful inside and out. She did many things throughout her time on this planet, such as working at General Motors. She overcame many obstacles and is a true warrior of God. Her hobbies included gardening, crafting, painting, reading and spending time with the ones she loves. She will be so greatly missed by all that knew and love her.

Until we meet again…. My Guardian Angel

Arrangements are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home.


LeAnn Shallenburger

June 20, 1966 – July 9, 2021

Katherine LeAnn Shallenburger, 55, of Carl Junction, passed away Friday at Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa, Okla.

LeAnn was born June 20, 1966, in Houston, Texas, to the late William and Norma (Dawson) Brown. She moved with her family as a young child to Carl Junction. LeAnn was a 1984 graduate of Carl Junction High School. After graduation she attended Missouri Southern State University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 1988.

LeAnn worked as a security guard for Famous Barr Department Store and a substitute teacher in the 2-3 building of the Carl Junction School District. She then worked for many years as an administrative assistant at BLS Industries in Carl Junction. This was a business that her father started in 1976. They were all jobs she enjoyed and had fond memories of.

LeAnn married Danny Lee Shallenburger on May 2, 1992, in Joplin. Together they had four beloved children, Mitchell, Sarah, Kelsey and Kody. LeAnn and Danny shared 29 precious years together before her passing.

LeAnn had a smile that could light up the room. Her laugh was infectious and she never met a stranger. LeAnn had an encouraging and uplifting spirit and was always there for those she loved. She enjoyed playing golf, loved anything green and her very favorite place was at the beach with her toes in the sand. She was funny, sarcastic, and just plain silly at times. LeAnn made sure to show the kids what unconditional love was and she lived life to the fullest. Family was everything to LeAnn, she cherished the time spent and memories created with her husband, children, grandchildren, family, and friends. To know LeAnn was to love her, and she will be greatly missed by all.

In addition to her parents, LeAnn was preceded in death by a brother, Mike Brown; and a niece, Amanda Waterman.

LeAnn is lovingly survived by her husband, Danny; children, Mitchell Shallenburger, Sarah Shallenburger, Kelsey West (Kodey), Kody Shallenburger (Marley); grandchildren, Ashton Harris, Hudson West; brother, Tom Brown (Shirley); sister, Brenda Waterman (Mark), sister-in-law, Pattye Brown; and many extended family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 15, at Christ’s Church of Oronogo, with Mark Liston officiating. Interment will follow at Blackjack Cemetery, north of Joplin. Pallbearers will be Mitchell Shallenburger, Kody Shallenburger, Kodey West, Brian Waterman, Jason Brown, Jeff Brown, Dalton Jones and Garrett Blackford. The family will receive friends for visitation at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, in care of the mortuary.

For those attending visitation and services, the family requests that masks be worn to protect themselves and others and to please observe social distancing. If unable to attend, the service will be available by Facebook live on LeAnn Brown Shallenburger’s page.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.

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