As of Wednesday, June 2, 2021


Sonny Eddington

March 11, 1956 – May 26, 2021

Mr. Robert Lewis “Sonny” Eddington, 65, of Webb City, departed this life on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, in the comfort of his home.

Sonny entered this life on March 11, 1956, in St. Louis, son of the late Robert Eugene and Louisa Jane (Burwick) Eddington. He resided in Fresno, Calif., until his senior year. He graduated from Carl Junction High School in 1974. He served his country faithfully in the U.S. Army from September 1974 until September 1977. He resided in Tulsa, Okla. until moving to the Joplin-Webb City area in 2014. His work history included Cardinal Scales, Mill Creek Carpet and Tile and Dyno Nobel. He loved spending time outdoors and traveling.

Sonny was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Jacob Eugene Eddington; and two brothers, Will and Alan Eddington.

Sonny is survived by his wife, Stephanie Eddington of the home; children, Miranda Bruce, Blake Wilson, Brock Wilson, Nash Smith and Graceson Eddington; and a grandson, Jacob Bruce.

Graveside services, with full military honors, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Springfield. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home.


Sheryl Thurlo

Dec. 14, 1953 – May 29, 2021

Sheryl J. Thurlo, age 67, of Webb City, passed away on Saturday, May 29, at Mercy Hospital Joplin. 

She was born on Dec. 14, 1953, in Webb City to Wallace Thurlo and Doris (Ogle) Thurlo. She was a homemaker for the majority of her life and graduated from Webb City High School. 

Sheryl is survived by her son, Barry Thurlo, Webb City; her life partner, Scott Hunter, Webb City; and a brother, Gary Thurlo, Centerton, Ark. She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Larry Thurlo and Steve Thurlo. The family will have a celebration of life service at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 5, at the Webb City Farmer’s Market pavilion. Arrangements are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home.


Bob Wilbert

Sept. 21, 1932 – May 25, 2021

Mr. Robert James “Bob” Wilbert, 88, of Webb City, departed this life on Tuesday evening in the comfort of his home.

Bob entered this life on September 21, 1932, in Pittsburg, Kan., one of four sons born to the late Riney and Ethel (Gallet) Wilbert. He was raised in Pittsburg, and was a 1950 graduate of St. Mary’s High School. He furthered his education at the University of Kansas, graduating in June of 1957 with a civil engineering degree.

On Aug. 27, 1955, he was united in marriage to Billie Johnson and to this union four children were born. Bob was employed by the Missouri Department of Transportation for 38 years, retiring in 1995, as District 7 Materials Engineer. He was a lifelong Boston Red Sox fan and a loyal follower of St. Mary’s Colgan and Pittsburg State University sporting events from 2001-2019. Billie and he traveled extensively after retirement, driving on smaller highways throughout 48 states, visiting National Parks and various state capitols. He was a longtime member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Webb City and was a veteran of the United States Army.

His parents and three brothers, Riney, Don and Howard Wilbert, preceded him in death.

Bob is survived by his wife of 65 years, Billie Wilbert of the home; their four children, Patricia Holley (Steve), Glendale, Ariz., Alan Wilbert (Sherri), Carl Junction, Linda DiModugno, Webb City, and Kathi Wilbert, Joplin; nine grandchildren, Dr. Heather Holley-Decker (Kyle), Stephanie Ratliff (Adam), Ali Wilbert, Lauren Repsher (Christian), Maria DiModugno, Aubri Barwick (Dalton), Glenn Wilbert, Michael DiModugno and Bruce Wilbert; five great-grandchildren, Raelynne and Braxton Decker and Bella, Colton and Lillianna Barwick; and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral Mass was held Wednesday, June 2, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with Father Paco Gordillo officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home.

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