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Terry Jeffries

March 19, 1938 – Oct. 28, 2022

Mr. Terry Elwood Jeffries, 84, a lifelong resident of Carterville, departed this life on Friday, Oct. 28, at Webb City Health and Rehabilitation, after a recent decline in health.

Terry entered this life on March 19, 1938, in Webb City, one of three sons born to the late Orville and Zelphia (Payne) Jeffries. He was raised in Carterville and was a 1956 graduate of Carterville High School.

On Oct. 5, 1956, in Republic, he was united in marriage to Mona Causby, and to this union three children were born, Deborah, Garry and Tom.

He worked as a shipping clerk at Big Smith Manufacturing in Carthage before becoming the director of maintenance with the Webb City School District. He was a former councilman for the city of Carterville, served many years on the Webb City R-7 School Board and was a faithful member of Carterville First Baptist Church, where he served as deacon, trustee and music director for over 40 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Gerald Jeffries.

Terry is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mona Jeffries, of the home; his three children, Debbie Jeffries, Webb City, Garry Jeffries and wife Kelley, Webb City, and Tom Jeffries and wife Beth, Carthage; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Jim Jeffries and wife Jeanne, Springfield; a sister-in-law, Gertie Jeffries, Henley, Mo.; and a host of other family and friends.

Graveside funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Mt. Hope Cemetery, with Mike Morgan officiating. Pallbearers were Josh Beecham, Jake Bennett, Aaron Christy, Brad Jackson, Robby Lay and Mitchell Lett.

Memorials are being directed to the Webb City R-7 Schools Foundation. Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of the Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home.


Mary Langston

Jan. 17, 1959 – Oct. 28, 2022

Mary Ann Langston, age 63, of Granby, passed away on Friday, Oct. 28, at Mercy Hospital-Joplin.

She was born on Jan. 17, 1959, in Joplin to Harry A. Parrish, Sr. and Ruth A. (Daniels) Parrish.

Mary loved to play cards, board games and do puzzles, and in her younger days she loved to ride horses. She loved spending time with her family especially on the holidays, a couple of her favorites being Halloween and July 4th. She also loved to cook for Joanes, and help him feed the animals on the farm. 

Mary will be greatly missed by all her family and friends. She is survived by her husband, Joanes Euran of Granby; sons, Tim Langston and wife Melissa, Webb City, and Jesse Langston, Webb City; siblings, Nancy Cole, Joplin, Dennis Parrish and wife Janet, Carl Junction, Deanna Mense and husband Gene, Webb City, and Harry Parrish Jr., Joplin; and grandchildren, Devin Langston, Claire Langston, and Harrison Langston.

The family will present for a visitation from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Simpson Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow at 10 a.m.. Burial will be in Park Cemetery at Carthage.


Russell Locascio

Feb. 8, 1969 – Oct. 27, 2022

Russell Anthony Locascio, age 53, of Webb City, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 27, at Mercy Hospital-Joplin. He was born in Kansas City to Charles Vincent Locascio III. and Judith (Wright) Swartz on Feb. 8, 1969. 

Russell loved to spend time with his family especially if it was a barbeque, he loved to read, go swimming, and play disk golf. He will forever be known as a man that liked to keep it simple. 

Russell is survived by his wife, Clara Locascio; sisters, Pam Lakey and Mary Roberts; brothers, David Locascio and Charles Locascio IV; a daughter, Misty Lynn Riley; a son, Richard Alan Rodgers II; nine grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. No services have been planned at this time. Arrangements were under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home.


Betty Long

May 17, 1932 – Nov. 1, 2022

Mrs. Betty Ruth Long, 90, of Oronogo, a lifelong area resident, departed this life on Tuesday morning, Nov. 1, at Joplin Health and Rehabilitation Center after a long battle with her health. 

Betty entered this life on May 17, 1932, in Webb City, daughter of the late George Raymond and Nellie (Tate) Ivy.  On June 7, 1968, she was united in marriage to Linden Long and together they shared 33 years before his passing on March 13, 1992.  Besides being a devoted homemaker, Betty also worked several years at Rex Metallic Casket Company in Webb City. She enjoyed arranging flowers, cooking and spending time in her garden. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Linden Long; her daughter, Leesa Hedgecorth; two granddaughters, Valarie Hedgecorth and Terri Macias; and a brother, Paul Ivy. 

Betty is survived by her daughter, Debra Joy Mahurin and husband Rick, of Webb City; four grandchildren, Vanessa Mahurin, Brenda Dalton, Leslee Mahurin and Glinda Smith; 17 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great grandchildren; four stepchildren, Judy Bainter, Gladstone, Linda Friden, Liberal, Sue Rose, Grove, Okla., and Dayton Long, Wyandotte, Okla.; seven stepgrandchildren; and several stepgreat- and great-great grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends. 

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 7, at Oronogo Cemetery, with Pastor Joe Morris officiating. Pallbearers will be Brice Griffin, Ryan Mahurin, Kyle Farmer, Braxton Baker, Chris Faircloth and Camern Baker. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home.


Phillip Reeder

Aug. 24, 1929 – Oct. 25, 2022

Mr. Phillip Raymond Reeder, 93, a longtime resident of Webb City, departed this life on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at Mercy Hospital-Joplin, after a brief illness.

Phillip entered this life on Aug. 24, 1929, in St. Joseph, born to the union of the late Ralph Raymond and Harriet (Jones) Reeder. He worked at Vickers in Joplin before joining the family business, Reeder Plumbing and Heating, where he remained the entirety of his working career. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed singing and playing his guitar with “Candy Kisses” and “Rag Mop” among his favorites.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Gertrude Reeder; a daughter, Leesa Hedgecorth; two granddaughters, Valarie Hedgecorth and Terri Macias; and two sisters, Joy Shepherd and Margaret Selsor.

Phillip is survived by his daughter, Debra Joy Mahurin and husband, Rick, Webb City; four grandchildren, Vanessa Mahurin, Brenda Dalton, Leslee Mahurin and Glinda Smith; 17 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great grandchildren; a brother, David Reeder and wife, Patty, Webb City; and a host of other family and friends.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home.


Ruth Stewart

April 10, 1938 – Oct. 29, 2022

Ruth Ann Bronk Stewart went home to be with her Lord on Saturday, Oct. 29, at the age of 84. Formerly of Alba, she was a resident of Wildwood Senior Living in Joplin at the time of her death.

Ruth was born April 10, 1938 in Watervliet, N.Y., as the first child of Marguerite and Edwin Bronk. Ruth attended elementary school in Watervliet. She attended high school in Troy, N.Y., while working part time as a candy striper at a local hospital. After graduating from high school, she became a Corp Wave in the Navy, then trained as a nurse Wave at Great Lakes Naval Training Station in Illinois. Ruth was stationed as a Corp Wave Nurse in Philadelphia, Penn. Naval Hospital in 1958, where she met her husband, Joe Stewart. Joe and Ruth were married Sept. 13, 1958. Shortly after that she left the Navy to become a full-time wife and mother.

Ruth is survived by her five children, Andrew James Stewart (Sarah), Granbury, Texas, Paul Edwin Stewart (Margaret), Carthage, Barbara A. Roy (Thomas), Alba, Audra Jean Barrares (Michael), Spring, Texas, and Heather Lyn Lundy (Michael), Alba; 18 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren; five brothers, William A. Bronk, Charles M. Bronk, Walter F. Bronk (Rose), Raymond J. Bronk (Linda), Harold R. Bronk (Maryann); and many nieces and nephews. Her sister, Susan M. McCullough, and brother, James R. Bronk, preceded her in death.

Ruth accepted Jesus in 1962 as a young wife and mother after the birth of her first child. Her faith in Christ and her family was very important to her. She loved music and had favorite hymns she loved to sing. Her generosity showed in her love for people, and she never met a stranger. She often used her talents as a cook and baker to make delicious meals and desserts as her way of serving others. Later in life, Ruth went back to finish her nursing school and in 1987, she graduated as an LPN, which was her career until she retired in 2005.

Friends and family are invited to attend an informal visitation on from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home.

Graveside services are set for 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 14, at Weaver Cemetery, 12701 County Road 227, Purcell. Friends and family are welcome. Donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Missouri Chapter.