As of Wednesday, March 1, 2023

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Rickey Black

Nov. 1, 1959 – Feb. 24, 2023

Rickey A Black, age 63, of Carterville, passed away on Feb. 24. He was born on Nov. 1, 1959, to Herbert “Bob” and Siglinde (Wagner) Black in Fort Ord, Calif.

Rick loved to travel the world and worked in the concrete business for most of his life. He was a bus driver for the past four years for the Carl Junction School District. He adored his family and was a loving husband and father. He dabbled in grilling and smoking meats in his free time, something the family enjoyed alongside him. As a ‘jack-of-all-trades,’ Rick was treasured by those who loved him. His laughter, smile and warm personality will be missed by so many.

Rick married the love of his life, Martha (Rehne) Black, on Nov. 9, 2013, and she survives him. He is also survived by his children, Barbie Cochran and husband Dave, Carl Junction, Melissa Cantrell and husband Mike, Carl Junction, Jillian Maifert and husband Jason, Frisco, Texas, and Emily Cantrell, Richardson, Texas; a brother, Mike Black and wife Melanie, Rice, Texas; grandchildren, Landon, Kalee, Hunter, Hannah, Lucas, Quentin, Izabella and Zoe; and a great-grandchild, Braylee. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Jo Black and Siglinde Wagner.

A celebration of life will take place on March 25. Services are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home.


Mary Campbell

Sept. 5, 1955 – Feb. 23, 2023

Mary Ann Campbell, age 67, of Oronogo, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 23, at her home. She was born in Webb City, to Homer and Lois (Honey) Scott on Sept. 5, 1955.  

Mary married Roy Dale Campbell in Purcell, on June 9, 1984, and they were married for 38 years.  She was a member of the New Providence Baptist Church in Oronogo and she loved to sing at church. She also loved to fish and spoil kids. She worked for Leggett and Platt for 26 years.

Mary is survived by her loving husband, Dale Campbell, of Oronogo; children, Angie Shuster and husband Mike, Webb City, Randy Craig and wife Joni, Dunedin, Fla., Tammy Fink and husband Joel, Branson, Chari Doty and husband Duane, Reeds Spring, and Aaron Campbell, Reeds Springs; siblings, Patty Woodmansee and husband Stan, Oronogo, and Lisa Crow and husband Ron, Taylorsville, Ky.; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren; along with several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service was held Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Simpson Funeral Home. Burial was in Friends Cemetery at Purcell. Memorial contributions may be made to the New Providence Baptist Church.


Jim Grider

Feb. 21, 2023 – April 19, 1928

Lovingly written by family. 

James Oliver Grider, of Oronogo, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 21, at his home. His son, John, was with him. 

James “Jim” was born in Columbus, Ind., on April 19,1928, to John and Anna Grider. He was preceded in death by his wife Shirley; two children, Deborah Grider and Michael Grider; stepson Charles Settles; and granddaughter April (West) Mckinnis.

He is survived by his son, John West and wife Debbie, of the home; two stepdaughters, Cindy Settles, Carterville, and Vickie Gummert, Marshalltown, Iowa; stepson Bruce Settles, Columbus, Ind., grandchildren Jessica (West)Neff and Timothy West; stepgrandchildren, Marie Lane and Marti Janssen; and great-grandchildren.

Jim was a Navy Veteran who served five and a half years. He retired from Webb Corp. as a machinist. He and wife Shirley owned and operated Broadway Antiques in Webb City before selling the business and moving to Granby. He lived with his son and daughter-in-law Debbie for the past three years.

Graveside services are planned for 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 2, at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.


Dana Roller

Nov. 20, 1966 – Feb. 27, 2023

Dana Jo Roller, age 56, of Oronogo, passed away at 2:20 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 27, at her home. She was born Nov. 20, 1966, in Neosho, the daughter of John and Nania (Norris) Conness.

Dana was a 1986 graduate of Cassville High School. She enjoyed volunteering for the local missions, riding motorcycles with her husband, Larry, and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a member of the Forest Park Baptist Church in Joplin.

On Aug. 30, 1991, Dana married Larry Eugene Roller, in Cassville.

Dana is survived by her husband of 31 years, Larry; two daughters, Kayla Hedrick and her husband, Josh, and Shelby Johnson and her partner Amber, all of Webb City; her mother and daddy, Nania and Doyle Vance, Granby; her father, John Conness, Seneca; three step-brothers, Leon Conness and his wife Deanna, Twin Bridges, Okla., Steve Conness, Neosho, and Donny Conness and his wife Shea, Carthage; her special son, Patrick Johnson, Webb City; five grandchildren, Harper, Tinlee, Hollace, Titus and Harlyn; and her parents-in-law, Russell and Mary Roller, Washburn.

Dana was preceded in death by her brother, Brian Cox; maternal grandmother, Honey Mahan, and sister-in-law Andrea Mitchell.

A celebration of Dana’s life will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 5, at Forest Park Baptist Church North on Campus Dr. in Joplin. Burial will be held in the Granby Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home at Aurora. Memorial contributions may be made to Surviving Together.


Charles Speer Jr.

April 19, 1945 – Feb. 26, 2023

Charles Henry Speer Jr. 77, of Carl Junction, passed peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 26, with his family by his side.

Charles was born to Faye Janice Cowan and Charles Henry Speer Sr. on April 19, 1945, in Springfield. He met his beautiful wife, Marian, while he was stationed in Virginia. They married five weeks later on May 24, 1963. Charles served in the U.S. Navy for nine years. Charles and Marian resided in Redfield, Kan., for many years before moving to Carl Junction to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

Survivors include his loving wife, Marian; two sons, Tim and Brenda Speer, Diamond, and Dennis and Janea Speer, Charleston, Vt.; two daughters, Sharon and Joe Osborn, Sarcoxie, and Mary and David Mooney, Pittsburg, Kan.; 15 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren. Charles is preceded in death by his first-born son Charles Blake Speer; grandson, Lewis Clark; his parents, Faye Janice Cowan, Raymond Cowan and Charles Speer Sr.; and his brothers, James Speer, Mark Demas and George Demas..

Charles’ memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 5 at 5703 W. Wildwood Ranch Parkway, Joplin.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home.