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Truman Brown

Nov. 16, 1931 – Oct. 11, 2023

Truman Wayne Brown, 91, of Joplin, a lifelong area resident, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at Freeman Hospital West in Joplin, following a recent decline in health.

Born on Nov. 16, 1931, in Diamond to the late Raymond and Kathryn Brown, Truman was known for his gentle spirit, selfless nature, and thoughtful demeanor.

Truman was a graduate of Carterville High School’s class of 1949. Following his education, he bravely served his country in the U.S. Army. After his service, Truman embarked on a long and successful career at Carthage Marble, where he diligently served for over 30 years before retiring in 1997.

Truman was a man of simple pleasures. He found joy in tending to his garden, playing poker with friends and family, and caring for his beloved dog, Baxter.

Truman was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 57 years, Mary Ellen Brown, on Sept. 11, 2018; and two brothers, Carl Brown and JD Brown.

Truman leaves behind his two children, Linda Simon and her husband Bill, of Nixa, and Gary Alford and his wife, Debbie, of Carthage; three grandchildren, Angie Marn, Jeff Cloven, and Shane Alford; eight great-grandchildren, and 16 great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, 2023, at Stone Cemetery near Diamond, with Pastor Alan McCamey officiating. Pallbearers will be Jeff Cloven, Shane Alford, Brandon Falls, Cade Alford, Javyn Marn and Laken Falls. The family will receive friends prior to the service, beginning at 12:30 p.m., at Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home.


Grant Lybarger

Sept. 13, 1963 – Oct. 5, 2023

Lovingly written by Grant’s Family…

Matthew “Grant” Lybarger, age 60, of Joplin, passed away Thursday, Oct. 05, unexpectedly on route to the hospital. Grant was born on Sept. 13, 1963, in Ft. Dodge, Iowa, to the late Dan Lybarger and Vickie (Young) Lybarger.

Grant was a loving Son, husband, father and grandfather, honorable serviceman and hard worker. Grant joined the Navy in 1982 after graduating high school, and served four years active duty and then two years of reserve service, making him the third generation of the Lybarger lineage in military service. Ode to which Grant met April (Lingenfelter) in 1986. Their union produced three wonderful children. Adam, a successful project manager in utility work, Kady Mae, an up and coming teacher, and Carter a forge workman and homesteader. Grant was also a grandfather to three beautiful grandchildren, Lilly, Little Grant, and Rook.

After the reserves, Grant went to work at Leggett & Platt & Dyno Nobel in Carthage having spent 20 years combined between the two. Grant has spent the last 22 years at Marmic Fire & Safety, starting in 2001 when it was Joplin Fire Protection. Grant was the hydo-test technician for Joplin and was very knowledgeable and efficient in his craft.

In short, Grant was proud of the family that he had built and loved them with everything that he had. Grant was a devoted man of faith, husband, father, grandfather and to say that he was good at all of these things would be an inadequate understatement to say the least. Grant was a staple in everyone’s world being a simple yet very intelligent and knowledgeable person. He came to his children’s rescue many times over, while simultaneously making some of their fondest memories of him. Grant was a man of honor, integrity, and loyalty but most of all, a family man. He will be deeply missed by all his family and his Marmic family.

Survivors include his wife April; his children; his grandchildren; his mother, Vickie; and his sister, Lisa Bock and husband Dirk. He was preceded in death by his sister, Julie Lybarger, and also by his father Daniel Lybarger.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct 10, 2023. at Mason-Woodard Mortuary.


Bob Miner

Oct. 16, 1947 – Oct. 6, 2023

Robert Spencer Miner, age 75, known affectionately by all as Bob, passed away peacefully on Friday, Oct. 6, at his residence in Carl Junction, following months of failing health. He was born on Oct. 16, 1947, in Columbia, to the union of the late Lawrence “Buck” and Lorine (Spencer) Miner. Bob lived a full life marked by intelligence, wisdom, and an unwavering love for the outdoors.

Bob was a proud alumnus of Webb City High School, graduating with the class of 1965. He furthered his education at Missouri Southern State University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1969. Bob was a self-employed entrepreneur for most of his life. He owned a bait shop and marina in Grove, Okla., where he combined his love for the outdoors with his keen business acumen. After moving back home to Missouri, he owned and operated a car lot in Carterville.

Bob had a deep love for nature and the outdoors. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and mowing lawns. He was a passionate supporter of Webb City Cardinal football. Bob was also a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Vietnam War.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, David Minor. He is survived by his daughter, Carey Moore Tignor, and her husband, Darin Watson, of Kansas City; two granddaughters, Alexia Walker and her husband Dave, and Isabel Tignor; his sister, Patricia Martinez, Denton, Texas; his best friend, Bill Kerr, Webb City; and other family members and friends.

No formal services will be held. Arrangements are under the direction of Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home.


Sondra Wilson

Aug. 30, 1947 – Oct. 8, 2023

Sondra Ann Wilson, 76, of Oronogo, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 8, at Mercy Hospital Joplin, following months of failing health. She was born on Aug. 30, 1947, in Webb City, to the late Richard and Illa (Warren) Mahurin.

Sondra was a graduate of Webb City High School, class of 1965. She continued her education at Missouri Southern State University, furthering her knowledge and skills. Besides being a devoted homemaker, she worked for several years at Labarge in Joplin, where she retired as stockroom supervisor in August 1992. A devoted member of the Alba Christian Church, Sondra’s faith was integral to her life. She was also a regular visitor to the Carthage Y, where she enjoyed connecting with friends and staying active. Her creative side shone through in her love for drawing and arts and crafts, and she was always eager to share her latest project with her loved ones. Sondra was a selfless and generous woman, always putting others before herself. Her home was a welcoming place, where friends and family were always greeted with warmth and love. She was a mother to all, known for her nurturing spirit and kindness. Her greatest joy came from spending time with her family, and she cherished every moment spent with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Sondra is preceded in death by her parents and a grandson, Colton Wheatlot. She is survived by her devoted husband of 56 years, Jerry Wilson; her children, Mark Wilson and his wife Debbie, Nichole Worthy and her husband Rod, and Keith Wilson and his wife Charlene, all of Oronogo; her foster daughter, Payge Smith, Gatlinburg, Tenn.; six grandchildren, Joshua, Shaun, Kanessha, Kricket, Alex, and Morgan; five great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Rick Mahurin and Dennis Mahurin, both of Webb City.Sondra’s life was a testament to the power of love, generosity, and faith.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at Alba Christian Church. Private interment will take place at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Webb City. Arrangements are under the direction of Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home.