Virginia Beavers, 90, of Center, died at 2:59 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 at Kings Daughters Residential Care Facility in Mexico. Funeral Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 at Adiel Baptist Church in rural Frankford. Bob Hoehn will officiate. Burial will be at Salem Cemetery in rural Center. Visitation was from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the James O’Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal.
Mrs. Beavers was born Jan. 20, 1923, in Ralls County, to Roman Sylvester and Sarah Elizabeth Sayre Turner.
She was married to A. V. Beavers on Sept. 5, 1943 at Salem Baptist Church in rural Center. He preceded her in death on Nov. 18, 1989.
Survivors include one son: James Earl Beavers (Beverly) of Knoxville, Tenn., two daughters: Ginny Lee Raney (E.G.) of Mexico, Patricia Mae Brown (Charlie) of Bowling Green, six grandchildren: Elizabeth Neighbors (David) of St. Louis, Brandon Beavers (Susan) of Louisville, Tenn., Tabitha Morrow (Clint) of Parker, Colo., Amy Raney of St. Charles, Justin Beavers of Knoxville, Tenn. and Chad Brown (Jessica) of Troy, five great-grandchildren: Kaitlyn Beavers, Joshua and Eliana Neighbors, Carson and Cooper Brown, two nieces: Vickie Straube (Chris) of Center, and Betty Jo Takahashi (Ake) of O’Fallon, one cousin: Maxine Simon of Lake Ozark, and a host of friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, one brother: Earl Turner and one sister: Zella Ruth Turner, three nieces: Brenda Witt, Beverly Berendzen and Carla Cunningham and one great niece: Sara Straube Anders.
Mrs. Beavers graduated from Frankford High School and Gem City Business College. She was a secretary for Moorman Manufacturing Company in Quincy, Ill., before returning to the family farm which she continued to manage. At the time of her death, she was the oldest member of Adiel Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School for many years. She was an accomplished seamstress and quilter, sharing her beautiful pieces with those she loved. She enjoyed reading, traveling, cooking and visiting with family and friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to Adiel Baptist Church, Kings Daughters Residential Care Facility or Missouri Baptist Children’s Home in care of the James O’Donnell Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Elizabeth Neighbors, Brandon Beavers, Tabitha Morrow, Amy Raney, Justin Beavers, and Chad Brown.
Honorary pallbearers were Chris Straube, Dale Cragen, John Scherder, Ronnie Carman, Trent Straube, and Aaron Straube.
Online condolences can be made at www.jamesodonnellfuneralhome.com.
Robert L. Martin
Funeral services for Robert L. “Buddy” Martin, 79, of Louisiana will be held at 11 a.m., today, Wednesday, Feb. 13 at the Collier Funeral Home in Louisiana. The Rev. Charles Moore will officiate.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Riverview Cemetery in Louisiana. Buddy passed away Monday, Feb. 11 at the Maple Grove Lodge Nursing Home in Louisiana.
He was born Nov. 27, 1933 in Louisiana, the son of Clifford Robert Martin and Bessie Ahearn Martin.
He married Phyllis Darlene Woods, May 28, 1960 in Louisiana and she preceded him in death June 15, 2006.
He is survived by one son, Robert W. Martin and wife, Mary; a daughter, Sherry Ewers and husband, Bill, all of Louisiana; five grandchildren, Amber Steelman and husband Norman, Jr. of Mexico, Sarah Tipton of Louisiana, Kelly Martin, Tony Martin and Nicole Martin all of Louisiana; three great-grandchildren, Darien Griffin and Randy Elder both of Louisiana, and Trey Steelman of Mexico; three sisters, Dorthy White, Holly Peterson and Clarita McGreevy all of Louisiana; and nieces, nephews; great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; a brother, Bliss Martin; and three sister, Louise Callaway, June Betts, and Patricia Martin who died in infancy.
Buddy had been employed as a crane operator for Valley Steel in Louisiana for 30 years. He was later employed at Collier Funeral Home and then for the Louisiana school system where he was employed for over 27 years.
In his pastime he loved to dance and work in his garden. But most of all he loved being with his family.
Honorary pallbearers are Bernie Charlton, John Shade, John Dillender, Rudy Bell, Tom Wallace and John Wood. Active pallbearers are Jim Ingram, George Norvell, Matt Smith, Galen Johnson, Donnie Stewart and Mike Lawson.
Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society in care of Collier Funeral Homes, Inc., 117 Barnard Dr., Louisiana, Mo. 63353.
Michael A. Sommer
Michael Anthony “Mike” Sommer, 57, of Middletown, passed away unexpectedly at 8:30 a.m., Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 at his home.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a Prayer Service at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15 at the Myers Funeral Home in Middletown.
A Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 16 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Warrenton. Rev. Bill Thess will officiate. Visitation will also be held from 9 a.m. until the time of Mass on Saturday, at the church.
Burial will be in Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery in Warrenton. Serving as pallbearers will be David Baugh, Tim Bruns, Steve Davis, Cameron Flowers, JR Hartwig, David Kleinsorge and Mike McCurdy.
Mr. Sommer was born June 25, 1955, in St. Charles, a son of Andrew Wilbert and Barbara Marie Vogelgesang Sommer.
Mike grew up in the Holy Rosary Catholic Church and had attended first-eighth grade at Holy Rosary Catholic School.
He was a graduate of Warren County R-3 High School. Mike had also attended the University of Missouri in Columbia.
Mike had lived at his present address for 15 years but in the Middletown and Wellsville area for over 30 years. He was a member of the Middletown Lions Club.
He had been a truck driver as well as farm hand for several farmers and businesses in the area. There was very little Mike was unable or wasn’t willing to do. He was a hard worker and always got the job done.
Mike loved barbequing and being with his friends. He was an all-around good guy and would do anything for anyone.
Mike is survived by his father, Andrew Wilbert Sommer, of New Florence, eight brothers and sisters and their spouses, Leo Eugene and Cyrilla Sommer, of Warrenton, Ronald Joseph and Sonja Sommer, of Auxvasse, Allen David and Diana Sommer, of Wellsville, Mary Jane and Bob Noellsch, of Bowling Green, Brenda Geralyn and Jim Boss, of Oak Grove, John Gerard and Jackie Sommer, of Independence, Philip Mark and Kathleen Sommer, of Mason, Ohio and Rita Ann and Dan Gangloff, of Wellsville; thirty nieces and nephews and fifteen great nieces and great nephews; in addition to several cousins and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara Marie Sommer and several aunts and uncles.
Memorials are suggested to the Middletown Lions Club c/o Myers Funeral Home, 203 East Bates Street, Wellsville, MO 63384.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at www.myersfuneralhome.biz