As of Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021


Kyson Lane Baker

Oct. 4, 2021

Kyson Lane Baker, of Webb City, passed away Monday, Oct. 4, at Mercy Hospital Joplin.

He was born on Oct. 4, 2021. He is survived by his parents, Michael Baker II and Jerry Purvis, both of Webb City.

Kyson is also survived by his siblings, Kayden Baker, Kale Baker, Kalyla Baker, C.J. Haverfield II., Shaylee Sieben, Bryson Dumas, Jayden McNally, Kyran Dumas, Aalyiah Purvis, Clauz Purvis, II, and Kayden Ryder. He was preceded in death by one sibling, Koda Baker.

A graveside service was held Tuesday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home in Webb City. Visit for online condolences.


Carl Brandon

Sept. 25, 1929 – Oct. 6, 2021

Carl C. Brandon, age 92, of Carterville, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 6.

Carl was born on Sept. 25, 1929, to his parents, Carl C. Brandon Sr. and Fannie Mae (Tonpkins) Brandon. Carl married the love of his life Lorene Vickers.

Carl was a medic for the U.S. Army before working for Tradex Sales for over 30 years, where he eventually retired. In Carl’s spare time, he volunteered at the Webb City Senior Citizens Center. He loved cars and watching sports of all kinds.

Surviving family members include three children, James Spencer, Ronda Smith, and Clifford Friend; 16 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents, Carl Sr. and Fannie Mae Brandon; two brothers, Warren Brandon and Blackey Brandon; and three children; Sharon Barker, Carol Newman, and Larry Friend.

Services were held Tuesday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary. Burial was in the Noel (Mo.) Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Masonic Lodge 335, in care of the mortuary.


Bernice Eden

Dec. 20, 1920 – Oct. 7, 2021

Bernice (Devine) Eden, age 100, of Webb City, passed away Thursday, Oct. 7, at Foxberry Terrace. She was born in Milo, Mo., to Loyd Fenton and Dollie (Harper) Fenton on Dec. 20, 1920.

She retired from the Webb City School District, where she worked as a bus driver and in the lunch room.

Bernice is survived by her three sons, Jack Divine and wife Sallie, Neosho, Erran Devine, Webb City, and Claude Devine and wife Judy, Diamond; 12 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, Claude Divine and James Eden; five siblings; and two grandsons.

A graveside service was held Tuesday in Carterville Cemetery, with Clem Graham officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Perseverance ATA Lodge No. 160, 6258 County Road 188, Webb City, MO 64870. Services were under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home.


Kelly Edgett

Sept. 6, 1963 – Sept. 23, 2021

Kelly W. Edgett, age 58, of Webb City, passed away Thursday, Sept. 23, at Northeastern Medical Center in Gainesville, Ga. He was born on Sept. 6, 1963, in Houston, Texas, to Lonnie Edgett and Barbara Ryan (McReynolds) still alive.

Kelly, a trucker for 20 plus years, currently was trucking for Southwestern Trucking. Kelly loved all the places he seen as a trucker. He also loved the Vikings football team, tie dye, Grateful Dead, rock and roll, country, hats of all kinds, and cowboy boots. Everywhere he went he knew someone, he was always the life of the party, and above all he had love for all his family.

Kelly is survived by his fiancé, Joyce Covey; two daughter, Amanda Covey, and Alana Covey; four granddaughters, Adrianna Reynolds, Katelynn Reynolds, Stacey Bergman and Greenleigh Bergman; two grandsons, Trey Covey, and Trytan Aloiau; his stepmother Joyce Edgett; two sisters, Ann Edgett and Deborah Thompson; three brothers, Melvin Edgett, Lonnie Edgett and Lonnie Thompson; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews; and an uncle. He is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Ruth and Bill Harris; Grandma Lena, Dad Lonnie Edgett; Aunt Carolyn; and two brothers, Donnie Edgett and David Edgett.

A celebration of life is planned for a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home.


Cara Fletcher

March 9, 1962 – Oct. 5, 2021

Cara Lee Fletcher, 59, of Carl Junction, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 5.

She was born in Carthage, on March 9, 1962, to Marty and Linda Williams. Cara was a member of the Carl Junction High School graduating class of 1980 and was a proud Bulldog!

She worked in banking for over 30 years and served as a branch manager for U.S. Bank. She loved her family very much. Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her children, playing with her grandchildren, and loving on her fur baby, Chewy. She also enjoyed hosting holidays for her family, working in her yard, and going on girls trips with her group of friends, the 80s ladies. She was a devoted mother and grandmother and was a loving friend to everyone she met.

Cara is survived by two daughters, Courtney Derryberry and husband Jonathon, and Cassie Jurek and husband Alex; three beautiful grandchildren, Miles, Eleanor, and Griffin; her older brother, Marty Wayne Williams; and a nephew Derek Williams. Cara was preceded in death by her parents, Marty and Linda Williams.

The family held a celebration of life service Friday at the Carl Junction Cemetery pavilion. Arrangements were under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home.


Bill Hall

April 24, 1973 – Oct. 5, 2021

Mr. William John “Bill” Hall, 48, of Carthage, departed this life on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at his residence.

Bill entered this life on April 24, 1973, in Hammond, Ind., born to the union of Becky (Robinson) Hall and the late Harry Eugene Hall. He moved with his family to Purcell in 1988 and was a 1992, graduate of Webb City High School. For the last 22 years he has been employed by Schreiber Foods in Carthage. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, football and flea markets.

Bill is survived by his mother, Becky Hall, of Alba; two sisters, Angela Millman and husband Tim, Webb City, and Trica Messer, Jasper; five nephews; one niece; his maternal grandmother, Bonnie Robinson, Alba; and a host of other family and friends.

A memorial visitation was held Tuesday at Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home. Private burial took place at Webb City Cemetery.


Mattie Pearson

May 19, 1926 – Oct. 8, 2021

Mattie Alene Pearson, age 95, of Webb City, passed away on Friday, Oct. 8. She was born on May 19, 1926, to Oran F. Harper and Ethel (Miller) Harper in Wynnewood, Okla. 

Mattie was an operator for Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. for over 31 years before she retired. She graduated from Caldwell High School and was a member of Cleora Baptist Church in Cleora, Okla.

Mattie was one of the sweetest ladies you could ever meet, and she will be greatly missed by everyone that knew her.

Mattie was preceded in death by her husband, Dale Pearson, on July 12, 1992; her parents; a son, Butch Pearson; and three siblings. She is survived by her daughter, Carol Mowery, Webb City; a son, Jack Pearson, Webb City; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; and many other extended family members. 

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in Caldwell City Cemetery, Caldwell, Kan. Services are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home.


Phyllis Russell

– Oct. 7, 2021

Phyllis J. Russell, age 78, of Webb City, passed away Thursday, Oct.

Graveside services were held Tuesday at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery.

Contributions may be made in loving memory of to Kristen Joy Russell (Phyllis’ granddaughter) to the Ronald McDonald House, 2502 Cherry Street, Kansas City, MO 641108. Arrangements were under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary.


Gladys Wynne

Aug. 16, 1923 – Oct. 8, 2021

Mrs. Gladys Mae Wynne, 98, of Webb City, departed this life on Friday, Oct. 8, in the comfort of her home.

Gladys entered this life on Aug. 16, 1923, in Duenweg to the late Noah Elmer and Anne (Hulbert) Harper. She was raised in Duenweg and was a 1939 graduate of Duenweg High School, where she was involved in choir, the girl’s championship basketball team and was salutatorian of her graduating class. 

On May 17, 1941, Gladys was united in marriage to Earl Wynne Jr., and to this union three children were born, Jerry, Mary Ann and Don. She was employed at Elders Shirt Factory in Webb City for 15 years before retiring from JCPenney in Joplin, where she worked in shipping and receiving. She enjoyed camping, fishing, bowling and eating fried chicken at Barto’s in Frontenac, Kan. She attended Faith Baptist Church in Webb City.

Gladys was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Earl Wynne Jr., on Jan. 20, 1996; three brothers, Harold, Clarence and Dwight Harper; and two sisters, Inez Hodges and Corine Black.

Gladys is survived by her three children, Jerry Wynne and wife, Patricia, Mary Ann Coleman, and Don Wynne and wife, Debbie, all of Webb City; eight grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home, with Stan Crane and Dick Smith officiating. Burial followed in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Pallbearers were Steve Wynne, Brian Wynne, Billy Farmer, Troy Painter, Greg Harlen and Jeffery Harlen. Arrangements were under the direction of Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home.

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