As of Wednesday,  Aug. 3, 2022

Cities without a state are in Missouri 


Rose Easton

July 20, 1936 – July 22, 2022

Rose Irene Easton, age 85, of Peculiar, departed this life Friday, July 22, at Beautiful Savior Nursing Home in Belton.

Rose is survived by her husband, B.R. Easton of the home; three sons, Robert Easton and his wife Lori Jo, Peculiar, Richard Easton and his wife Lorie, Raymore, and James Easton, Carl Junction; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services were held Friday, July 29, at Raymore Fellowship Church in Raymore. Burial was in Raymore Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Samaritan Purse “Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes.”

Arrangements are under the direction of Dickey Funeral Homes, Harrisonville.


Leesa Hedgecorth

Sept. 18, 1953 – July 29, 2022

Mrs. Leesa Kay Hedgecorth, 68, of Webb City, departed this life on Friday morning, July 29, in the comfort of her home after a long hard-fought battle with cancer.

Leesa entered this life on Sept. 18, 1953, in Webb City, born to the union of Phillip and Betty (Ivy) Reeder. She was a lifelong resident and a 1971 graduate of Webb City High School. On Feb. 14, 1969, she was united in marriage to Micheal Hedgecorth, and together they have shared the last 53 years. She retired from Walmart as direct receiving manager in 2019, after 27 years of service. She enjoyed gardening and was an avid collector.

A daughter, Valarie Dianne Hedgecorth preceded her in death on March 26, 2020.

Leese is survived by her husband, Micheal Hedgecorth, of the home; a daughter Glinda Smith and husband Mike, Eagle River, Alaska; six grandchildren, Brittany Smith, Steven Hedgecorth and wife Devinne, Eleesha Smith, Zane Hedgecorth and wife Kaylee, Mikeah Hedgecorth and Lauren Fisher; three great-grandchildren, Mikayla, Brady and Payton; her parents, Phillip Reeder, Webb City, and Betty Long, Oronogo; a sister, Debra Joy Mahurin and husband Rick, Webb City; and a host of other family and friends.

Graveside funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 2, at Oronogo Cemetery, with Joe Morris officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home.


MaryAnn Jamison

Nov. 11, 1944 – July 29, 2022

MaryAnn Jamison, age 77, of Webb City, passed away Friday, July 29, at her home surrounded by loved ones.

MaryAnn, daughter of the late Frank and Mary (Sorota) Gorgone, was born on Nov. 11, 1944, in East Chicago, Ind. She grew up in Indiana and soon after high school, she completed cosmetology school. She has been a beautician, bank teller, office worker, and most importantly, a wonderful homemaker and mother of two. 

On April 15, 1972 MaryAnn was united in marriage to James “Jim” Jamison, and they had just celebrated 50 years of a loving, caring, and devoted life together. She and Jim moved to Webb City in 2014 to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Her life was centered on family, and she spent a lot of intentional time and loving care in preserving, sharing, and passing on family mementos and keepsakes. She was always thinking of others first and sacrificed her needs for the good of her family, as well as anyone else who needed help. Her devotion to her family and the values and principles she lived will leave a permanent impression in the hearts of her family.

Survivors include her husband, Jim Jamison, of Webb City; her two children, Brian Jamison and his wife Sally, Springdale, Ark., and Nancy McCaulley, and her husband Matthew, Carl Junction; her sister, Nancy Mansueto, Dyer, Ind.; grandchildren, David McCaulley, Carl Junction, Brionna Wherry and husband Josh, Fayetteville, Ark., and Ladon Jamison, Springdale; a nephew, Andy Mansueto, and his wife Amelita, and their daughter, Madeline; her niece, Lisa Mansueto; and several cousins and extended family members. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her aunt and uncle, Ann and John Negovetich, whom she also loved deeply and took care of for many years.

Funeral Mass was celebrated Wednesday, Aug. 3, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Joplin, with The Reverend Joe Weidenbenner officiating. Burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home, Webb City.


Linda Messer

Sept. 4, 1947 – July 25, 2022

Linda K. Messer, age 74, of Webb City, passed away on Monday, July 25, at Landmark Hospital in Joplin.

Linda, daughter of the late James and Frankie (Johnson) Jones, was born on Sept. 4, 1947, in Sand Springs, Okla. She was previously employed with Midcon Cables Co. as a lead inspector for over 30 years until her retirement. She was a devoted mother and grandmother always giving of herself for others. She was a second mother to many. Her bubbly energy and sassy attitude was infectious. She loved the outdoors, animals and being in her garden. She enjoyed the nights playing bunko with her friends and traveling. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Survivors include her children, Teresa Pendley and her husband Jeramy, Webb City, Todd Messer, Lowell, Troy Messer, Boise, Idaho; grandchildren, Mason Messer, Sasha Messer, Chase Messer, Evelyn Chatterton, Lynsee DeGraw, Trayse DeGraw, Tayva Pendley, and Avery Pendley; her brothers, Gary Jones, Greensville, S.C., and James “Buster” Jones and wife Krystal, Carl Junction; a sister-in-law, Judy Neilson and her husband Carl, Kansas City; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by sisters, Judy Giles and Sue Jackson.

Visitation was Saturday, July 30. A private family service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.


Theodore Reynolds Jr.

March 12, 1961 – July 27, 2022

Theodore Reynolds Jr., 61, of Carl Junction, departed this life on Wednesday, July 27, in Joplin.

Theodore was born on March 12, 1961, in Omaha, Neb., to the union of Theodore Reynolds and Candice Elizabeth (Mozee) Reynolds. He was the oldest of 11 children.

Theo’s love of music began as a boy in Omaha, Neb., when his father bought him his first guitar. As he got older, he went to the Boys & Girls Club, where he was introduced to the piano. As his interests grew, he learned to play a large variety of instruments, allowing him to play with several musicians and bands like Percy Sledge, Chaka Kan, Brooks & Dunn, and many local talented musicians. He also enjoyed fishing and barbecuing his famous Dinosaur Ribs. His smile and his laughter were contagious, and you couldn’t help but love him.

Theo was united in marriage to Kathy (Craggett) Davis on Feb. 3, 1989, in Miami, Okla. They spent 33 years together before his passing.

In addition to his parents, Theo was also preceded in death by his brothers, Quintin Reynolds and Jeremy Ramone Phillips.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy Reynolds, of thehome; sons, Teddy Reynolds, Alba, Daniel Davis and wife Rosita Davis, Oronogo; his brothers, Tracy Reynolds and wife Jessica Reynolds, Salt Lake City, Lamond Reynolds, Salt Lake City, and Grant Reynolds, Omaha; his sisters, Kimberly Reynolds Salt Lake City, and Alyce with husband Vincent Johnson, Salt Lake City, Francis Phillips, Minneapolis, Minn., Tawanna Phillips, Minneapolis, and Casey Reynolds, Minneapolis; grandchildren, Serinity and Ian Reynolds, Kalista Foraker, Tyler Davis, Josalyn Foraker, Corbin Davis, and Beckett Davis; and several extended family members and friends.

A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. Aug. 13, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses at 615 S. Pine St., Carterville, with Steve Hodge officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.


Briann Therrian

May 23, 1989 – July 25, 2022

Briann C. Therrien, age 33, of Joplin, passed away Monday July 25, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, following a courageous battle with leukemia.

Briann was born on May 23,1989, in Wichita, Kan., the daughter of Beth Greenfield and Mike Therrien. She has lived most of her life in the Joplin area. She could be found with friends in her youth group, various music venues, and coffee shops. She graduated from Joplin High School in 2007. She shared her talents as a dental assistant for Uncommon Orthodontics, where she brought smiles to patients and peers alike. Briann was always joyful and had charisma. She was never afraid to share. She loved music with a passion, and especially enjoyed singing karaoke with friends into the night. Her favorite place to visit was Nashville.

Briann always had a positive attitude, even in the face of great trials. Briann was generous to those in need, going out of her way help others. She was a faithful friend, daughter, sister, and mother. She celebrated big and with all her heart. Briann touched many with her vibrant personality, loving big and wide. She knew how to have fun and brought humor and joy to any party. Those who love her know she returned great love to them.

She is survived by her daughter, Ellie Therrien, of the home; her mother and stepfather, Beth and Wayne Greenfield, Webb City; her father and stepmother, Mike and Chastity Therrien, Liberty; three brothers, Shane Therrien and wife Mandy, nieces Liya and Madilyn, Webb City; Kyle Therrien and wife Kimberly, Ashland City, Tenn; and River Therrien, Liberty; her maternal grandmother, Carol Ann Morrison, Carl Jct.; paternal grandmother, Karen Therrien, Derby, Kan.; Ellie’s father, Brett Ferguson, and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Gary Morrison; and her paternal grandfather David Therrien; and her cousin, Treff Carpenter, of Colorado.

A memorial service honoring Briann’s life was held Tuesday, Aug. 2, at Mason-Woodard Mortuary.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Memorial fund for Ellie Therrien, or at the Briann Therrien Education Fund for Ellie Go Fund Me Page.

Special thank you to Dr. Matthew Christopher and staff at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.