As of Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021


Wesley Chidester

June 6, 1962 – Oct. 26, 2021

Wesley Leroy Chidester, age 59, of Grove, Okla., passed away Tuesday at Mercy Joplin.

He was born on June 6, 1962, in Webb City to Leon Chidester and Shirley (Eppright) Chidester. Wesley was a carpenter for many years, loved to hunt and fish, and especially loved spending time with his family and friends. He is survived by his life partner, Paula Calvin; children, Chelsie Sidenstricker and Deshun Johnson, Whitney Garner and Kalen Allerton, Weston Chidester, Josh Calvin and Danielle, Tyler Howard, and Jacob Bennett; 12 grandchildren; sister, Shiela Lile and husband Rick; mother, Shirley Chidester Depriest and Dale; his two companions, Max and Eddie; stepbrothers Randy Depriest and Debbie, and Rodney Depriest; one stepsister, Rachelle and husband Rodney McAffrey; along with several nieces, nephews and friends. 

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1, at Purcell Friends Cemetery.  Services are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home in Webb City.


Ken Kellogg

Jan. 29, 1960 – Oct. 23, 2021

Kenneth “Ken” Wayne Kellogg, 61, of Webb City, passed away Saturday at his home surrounded by loved ones.

Ken was born Jan. 29, 1960, in Tulsa, Okla., to Jack and Mary (Gentry) Kellogg.  When Ken was young his family moved to Joplin, where he attended Joplin Schools. Ken learned the carpentry trade and his work ethic at a young age from his father.  He worked for over 25 years as a carpet installer for Trade-X Sales before opening 4 States Floor Coverings.

Ken was very gifted in the ability to fix or build anything. He loved to golf and was an avid Kansas City Chiefs and Oklahoma Sooners fan. But above everything he had a huge heart and was willing to help when someone was in need. Family was everything to Ken and he cherished the time spent and memories created with his family and friends.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. 

Ken was preceded in death by his father, Jack Kellogg, and best friend of 40 years, Dayton Noel.

Ken is lovingly survived by his wife, Diana; children, David Madrid and wife Krystal, Desiree Elliott and husband Tylor, Mary Beth Schubert and husband Todd, Courtney Kellogg and significant other Royce Nichols; grandchildren, Dominic Weber, Daven Madrid, Karsen Madrid, Isabella Haines, Tallan Schubert, Lincoln Schubert, Graysen Kellogg, Rylen Nichols, and one on the way MaKenna Nichols; mother, Mary Bird; siblings, Teresa Gardner and husband Jim, Tara Collinsworth, Bill Kellogg and significant other Karen Williams; and a host of extended family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 28 at Parker Mortuary, with Pastor Doug Wilkerson officiating. The family will receive friends for visitation from 10 a.m. until service time. Interment will follow at Rocky Comfort Cemetery.


Charles Lewis Sr.

Dec. 17, 1947 – Oct. 23, 2021

Mr. Charles Dean Lewis Sr., 73, of Webb City, formerly of Goodman, departed this life on Saturday evening in the comfort of his home after a recent battle with cancer. 

Charles entered this life on Dec. 17, 1947, in Searcy, Ark., son of the late Henry Lewis Sr. and Lois (Hannings) Lewis. He was raised and attended school in Blythe, Calif. He was a union carpenter throughout his life. He enjoyed fishing, cooking and time spent with his family and friends.

On Sept. 28, 1968, in Blythe, he was united in marriage to Margaret Fisher, and together they have shared the last 53 years. They resided in Bellevue, Texas, for nearly 30 years before moving to Goodman in 2006.  

Charles was preceded in death by his parents; and five siblings, Henry, Helen, Vera, Lindy, Patsy and Mary. 

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Lewis, of the home; three sons, Charles Lewis, Jr. and wife Donna, Waco, Mo., Michael Lewis and wife Katrina, Anderson, and Mark Lewis, Joplin; a sister, Marci Cartwright, Goodman; six grandsons, Robert, Dustin, Sean, Hunter, Dakota and Bryan; five great-grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends. 

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, at Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home, with Leonard Miller officiating. The family will receive friends at 2 p.m.


David H. Perry

April 28, 1943 – Oct. 22, 2021

David H. Perry, beloved husband and father, fell asleep in Christ surrounded by his family on Friday. He was born on April 28, 1943, in Webb City, the second of the late WH and Marion Perry, and brother to William H. Perry III and Rebecca Perry. A 1961 graduate of Webb City High School, David attended the University of Kansas. Prior to his retirement, David was the president and CEO of Cardinal Scale Manufacturing Company in Webb City. 

He is survived by his wife Christi Perry, daughter Megan Sabo and son-in-law Jonathan Sabo, and daughter Micah Mudge and son-in-law Nick Mudge.

David was a Christadelphian and his steadfast hope lies in the resurrection at the return of Christ: “And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake.” (Daniel 12:2). An avid bible student, he believed in the words of 1 Corinthians 15: 52-54, “For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immorality, then the saying that is written will come true: ‘ Death has been swallowed up in victory.’ “

“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31.

As a student of bible prophecy, David now rests in the hope of Israel: “He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he take away from all the earth, for the LORD has spoken.” Isaiah 25:8.

Memorial contributions may made to The Bible Magazine, PO Box 514, Burford, ON NOE 1AO, Canada.

Arrangements are under the direction of Mason Woodard Mortuary.