As of Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021


Joseph Chapman

Dec. 1, 1996 – Oct. 31, 2021

Joseph R Chapman, age 24, of Webb City, passed away early Sunday morning in Joplin. He was born on Dec. 1, 1996, in Bakersfield, Calif., to Michael Chapman and Nancy Rickman. He worked at Specialty Foods in Joplin in maintenance. Joseph loved to skateboard and try to fix anything to make it work. He was a very positive person and could make anyone laugh. Joseph will be remembered as one of the sweetest guys you would ever meet. He was a member of the Road Church in Webb City and was very proud to be working on his recovery.

Joseph is survived by his mother, Nancy Rickman, of Aurora; his brothers, Jonathan Chapman and Daniel Chapman, of California; sisters, Nikki King, California, Patty Overman, Joplin, and Samantha McDonald, California; and girlfriend, Victoria Armstrong, Joplin. He was preceded in death by his father, and a sister, Joanne Stayman.

The family will have a celebration of life service at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Road Church, 1005 W. Daugherty St., Webb City, with Phil Stotts officiating. Arrangements are under the care of Simpson Funeral Home.


Benton Martin

March 8, 1998 – Oct. 26, 2021

Benton Aethelred Livingston Martin, age 23, of Webb City, passed away at his home on Tuesday, Oct. 26. 

He was born March 8, 1998, in Springfield, to Leon Edward Martin and Lisa Lynn Livingston-Martin.

Benton was a graphic designer and video production director. He was often referred to as an old soul, wise beyond his years, passionate about learning, history, archaeology, music, and creative endeavors. Benton was co-director of Cinemaphotography for Dark Ozarks, as well as the technical manager of Paranormal Science Lab. Benton loved his family and his friends deeply and passionately. He was selfless in his actions for those he loved.

Benton was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Richard Earl martin and Lavina May (Lake) Martin; his maternal grandparents, Homer Earl Livingston Jr. and Zola Marie (Naylor) Livingston. He is survived by his father, Leon Edward Martin, of Coweta, Okla.; his mother, Lisa Lynn Livingston-Martin, Webb City; two brothers, Alexander Earl Livingston Martin and Cameron Nicholas Livingston Martin, both of Webb City; and one niece Rosalind June Livingston Martin, Webb City.

Services were held Saturday at Simpson Funeral Home.


Mary Tyler

March 1, 1943 – Oct. 27, 2021

Mrs. Mary Annette Tyler, 78, of Webb City, departed this life on Wednesday evening, Oct. 27, in the comfort of her home after a few years of declining health.

Mary entered this life on March 1, 1943, in St. Paul, Minn., born to the late Walter and Lena (Rye) Swanson. She was raised in Ft. Smith, Ark., by her mother and stepfather, James Carey. She was a 1961 graduate of Ft. Smith Senior High School.

On July 7, 1963, she was united in marriage to Ronald Tyler and to this union two children were born, James and Heather. They lovingly raised their family in Cache, Okla. While raising her children, Mary decided to attend Cameron University in Lawton, Okla., obtaining a bachelors’ degree in education. She taught kindergarten and first grade for 22 years at Cache Elementary, retiring in 2001. She was awarded Teacher of the Year and was instrumental in implementing the Transitional First Grade Program. In 2005, she and Ron moved to Webb City to be closer to family. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, cooking and gardening and was an avid reader. Mary was a member of Christ’s Church of Oronogo.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter Swanson and Lena and James Carey.

Mary is survived by her husband of 48 years, Ron Tyler, of the home; two children, James Tyler and wife Sumie, Kansas City, and Heather Brust and husband Chris, Bentonville, Ark.; three grandchildren, Colby Brust, Seiko Tyler and Cassidy McCalla; a sister, Kandy Brun, Austin, Texas; and a host of other family and friends.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 8, at Christ’s Church of Oronogo, with Rob Brust officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home.

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