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Carol Sue Ames

April 9, 1945

Feb. 4, 2019

Carol Sue Ames, 73, of Noel, Mo., died Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, in her home, after a brief illness.

She was born on April 9, 1945, in Noel, the daughter of Harvey and Anna Lee (McGrew) McQuillan. She was a lifelong resident of Noel and was a 1964 graduate of Noel High School. She worked at Ralston Purina in Noel for over 25 years and was also an Avon Sales Associate for over 35 years. She enjoyed being outdoors where her favorite activities were mushroom hunting, tending to her flowerbeds and bird watching. She was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Tommy Beck; and four siblings, Ed, Virginia, Bertha Lee and Laura Jean.

Survivors include her husband of 35 years, Sammie Ames of the home; three children, Tommy Beck (Corky), Mike Beck (Kimberly) and Jeff Beck (Heather), all of Noel; 13 grandchildren; and a brother, Bob McQuillan.

Funeral services are 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in the Noel Chapel of the Ozark Funeral Home with Brother Hank Gorman officiating. Burial will follow in the Saratoga Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Ozark Funeral Home in Noel is in charge of arrangements.

George Russell Burton

Oct. 20, 1973

Jan. 21, 2019

George Russell Burton, 45, died Jan. 21, 2019, at his mother's home in Anderson, Mo., due to complications from Lou Gehrig's Disease.

He was born Oct. 20, 1973. He lived in the McDonald County area since high school. He loved playing video games and watching movies with his boys. He worked in the woods beside his father, George Burton, for most of his life and loved the outdoors and animals.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Charles Cleo Zedikah Backman and Beulah Elaine Mosttler Backman of Anderson and paternal grandparents, George Clifford Burton and Vada Marie Burton Cockran of Wheaton, Mo.

Survivors include his wife, Tonya Burton of Southwest City, Mo.; three sons, Dillon, Tyler and Damian of the home; three children with Angel Burton Colbart, Maria Elizabeth, George Clifford (Cleo) Burton and Jessie; mother, Reta Bachman Burton Smith of Anderson and father, George Michael Burton of Noel Mo.; several grandchildren; aunts and uncles; friends; and a host of loved ones that will miss him.

A private memorial service was held at his mother's home in Anderson Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019.

Harold Edward Hess

Sept. 13, 1938

Jan. 27, 2019

Harold Edward Hess was born Sept. 13, 1938, in Williamsport, Ind., the son of Gordon and Dora (Hurley) Hess. He entered into rest at the age of 80 on Jan. 27, 2019, in Warrensburg, Mo., following an extended illness.

Harold served his country in the U.S. Navy, serving 1956-1959. He moved to Powell in 1978 from Indiana and had worked in wholesale food and hardware sales. He enjoyed automobile shows, especially VW shows. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

Harold and Caroline (Gum) were married on April 21 1963, in Madison, Wis., and she survives. Additional survivors include three children, Bob and Diana Hess of Rocky Comfort, Mo., Donald Hess of Powell, and Vicki Gray of Joplin, Mo.; one sister, Barbara and Tom Walsh of Lafayette, Ind.; four grandsons; and two granddaughters.

He is preceded in death by a son, Noel Hess in 1992 and his parents.

Private family services will be held at a later date.


William Hoskins

Dec. 13, 1948

Feb. 3, 2019

William "Bill" Hoskins, 70, of Anderson, Mo., died Feb. 3, 2019, in the comfort of his home.

He was born on Dec. 13, 1948, in Glencoe, Ky., to William and Thelma (Courtney) Hoskins. He was raised in Kentucky and Indiana. He graduated from North Dearborn County High School in 1967 and entered the Navy in April of 1968. He proudly served his country in Vietnam and was honorably discharged in April of 1974. On June 14, 1975, He married Barbara Kelly. They shared 43 years together. They resided in Indiana before moving to Anderson in 1986. He was a skilled carpenter and created custom furniture.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law, Buford Osborne; and a son, Danny Hoskins.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara of the home; daughter, Angie Hoskins of Anderson; three granddaughters, Kaitlyn Hoskins of Rushville, Ill., Macy Smith and Myla Smith of Anderson; sisters, Nanette Austin of Dillsboro, Ind., and Joyce Beyers of Pigeon Forge, Tenn.; brothers, Jerry Hoskins of Indiana and Bud Hoskins of Kentucky; niece, Sandy Martini; uncle, Elmer Emmerich of Kentuck; many nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at the Ozark Funeral Home in Anderson with Pastor Phillip Scott officiating.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Ozark Funeral Home in Anderson is in charge of arrangements.

Roy James McCool

April 18, 1931

Dec. 31, 2018

Roy James "R.J." McCool, 87, formerly of Noel, Mo., died Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, at Mercy Hospital in Rogers, Ark.

He was born April 18, 1931, in Mountain, Mo., to Ben T. and Cynthia (Blevins) McCool. On April 5, 1950, in Bentonville, Ark., he married Maggie Nims. He enjoyed fishing and traveling. He worked as the manager at the Empire Gas Company for 28 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Maggie; his parents; five sisters, Ramona, Roxie, Dixie, Mildred and Ethel; two brothers, Rufus and Forest.

Survivors include his children, Roy James McCool Jr. of Pierce City, Mo., Benjamin Alan McCool (Marsha) of Jerome, Idaho, Larry Dean McCool (Lisa) of Tulsa, Okla., Shelley Gilgen (Jody) of Southwest City, Mo., Pamela Gail Morrison of Bella Vista, Ark.; and 13 grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at the Ozark Funeral Home in Noel with Pastor Dick Rogers officiating.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Ozark Funeral Home in Noel was in charge of arrangements.

Frances Earlene Simmons

Sept. 28, 1946

Feb. 4, 2019

Frances Earlene Simmons, 72, of Neosho, Mo., died Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, at her residence with her loving family by her side.

She was born on Sept. 28, 1946, to Bill and Frances (Dixon) McCabe in Kansas City, Mo. She worked at Walmart, McDonald County Nursing Home and owned and operated Ebeys Restaurant in Anderson, Mo. She loved her plants and enjoyed crocheting. She loved and cherished time spent with her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Zachary Eric Geeding; two sisters, Pat Decker and Nancy Dee.

Survivors include three sons, Billy Mullin Jr. of Anderson; Russell Mullin (Kim) of Pineville, Mo., and Frank Mullin; a daughter, Sarah Boyd (Steven) of Neosho; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at the Ozark Funeral Home in Anderson. The family will receive friends at this time.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at website

Ozark Funeral Home in Anderson is in charge of arrangements.

Elizabeth Ellen Wilson

March 2, 1963

Jan. 30, 2019

Elizabeth Ellen (Power) Wilson, 55, of Noel, Mo., formerly of Picher, Okla., died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, at her home in Noel.

She was born March 2, 1963, in Miami, Okla., to Eulene Gaston and Larry Power. She attended Baxter Springs Schools. She married Randy Wilson on May 12, 1979. She lived in the Picher area most of her life. She was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She loved The Walking Dead, George Strait, and the Dallas Cowboys.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Eulene Gaston and Larry Power; maternal grandparents; a sister, Tracy Power; and stepfather, Lynn VanHoose.

Survivors include, partner Ray Hopper of Noel; a son, Randal (Packer) Wilson (Danielle) of Afton, Okla.; two daughters, Leslie Wilson (Eric Draper) of Miami, and Jessica Lacy (Chris) of Miami; three brothers, William (Bill) Hayes of Miami, David Hayes of Quapaw, Okla., Aaron VanHoose of Mississippi; three sisters, Cynthia Schoenhals of Quapaw, Claudia Goff, Brenda VanHoose, and Terri Lynn VanHoose; five grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, at the Highway Tabernacle Church in Quapaw with the Rev. Ray Clonts officiating.

Condolences to send flowers or remembrance gifts to the family, please send to the Highway Tabernacle Church at 220 S. Main in Quapaw.

Ozark Funeral Home in Anderson, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.

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