William D. (Buster) Johnson, 97, of Bowling Green passed away Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Hannibal Regional Hospital. His remains were donated to the A.T. Still – University of Kirksville Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville per his request.
Memorial services will be held Saturday March 16, 2013 at 1 p.m. at the Mudd-Veach Funeral Home in Bowling Green, with Dr. Delores Douglas officiating. Visitation will be held from 12 p.m. until the time of services at the funeral home.
He was born July 4, 1915 to William D. Johnson II and Amelia Johnson (nee Smith) in Bowling Green. He was the oldest of five children. Mr. Johnson married Imogene Lawson on June 18, 1939. To this union one child, Delores, was born.
Buster is survived by his daughter Delores of Bowling Green; two grandchildren, Tia Douglas and Jessie (Diana) Douglas of Bowling Green; three great grandchildren, Tasandra (T. J.) of Park Forest, Ill., Deloren of Richton Park, Ill., and Dontaye of Chicago Heights, Ill.; five great- great grandchildren, Demonte, Kajuan, Kidron, Tishari and Gavin; two sisters, Mary Katherine Bridges and Ruth Green of Evanston, Ill.; one nephew, Ben Bridges (Jenna) of Frankford, Ill, and one neice, Audrey LeGrand of Decatur, Ga., and one great nephew, Justin LeGrand.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; brother James; sister Alta Mae; one grandson Loring and one great granddaughter Litisha.
He was a graduate of Lincoln High School in Louisiana and attended Lincoln University in Jefferson City. Buster was a long time employee of the Bowling Green Times and worked ten years on the railroad. He worked 32 years for Harbison Walker Refractories in Vandalia. After he retired, he filled his time by collecting cans for the Ronald McDonald House in Columbia and faithfully delivered newspapers in the Hi-Rise.
Memorials may be made to the Ronald McDonald House in Columbia.
Funeral services for Mr. Kevin Dean Chrisman, 46, formerly of Vandalia, were held on March 10, at the Collier Funeral Home in Louisiana. Pastor Dan Jones officiated.
He passed away Thursday, March 7, 2013 at his home near Eolia, Missouri.
He was born Dec. 18, 1966 in Louisiana, the son of Ronald Dean Chrisman and Becky Lawson Chrisman.
He married Lynette Branstetter on May 19, 1990 in Vandalia, Missouri and she survives. He is also survived by two sons, Lyndle Chrisman and friend, Jordyn Hull of Vandalia, and Ryan Chrisman of Eolia; his mother, Becky Lawson Chrisman of Vandalia; Grandmother, Gwen Chrisman of Vandalia; Aunts, Snookie Henderson, Bea King, Linda Davis, Nellie Rousan all of Louisiana, Brenda Adams of Troy, Sylvia Lawson of St. Louis, and Connie Uhey of Vandalia; Uncles, Mike Lawson and Morris Lawson both of Louisiana; a nephew, Cole Chrisman and a niece, Katelyn Chrisman both of Farber.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ronald Dean Chrisman; a brother, Timothy Chrisman; his grandparents, Iona and Paul Lawson and Floyd Chrisman; Uncles, Lyndle Lawson, Charlie Lawson, Paul Lawson and Kenny Lawson; an aunt, Kathleen Lawson and several cousins.
He graduated from the Van-Far High School in Vandalia in 1985.
He and his brother owned and operated the Chrisman Construction Company in Vandalia for a number of years and had also been employed as a plumber for Ingram Plumbing Company in Bowling Green.
He was a Christian and believer and attended the Troy Weslyn Church in Troy.
He raised some of the best German Shepherds around and sold them around the US. He also enjoyed woodworking and loved fishing with his family and friends.
Memorials may be given to the Lyndle and Ryan Educational Fund in care of Collier Funeral Homes, Inc., 117 Barnard Dr., Louisiana, MO 63353.
Funeral services for Mrs. Pamela Sue Crofoot, 62, of Louisiana, were held on March 7 at the Collier Funeral Home in Louisiana. The Rev. Tom Talbert officiated.
Burial was in the Riverview Cemetery in Louisiana. Mrs. Crofoot passed away on March 4, 2013 at the University of Missouri Medical Center in Columbia.
She was born on Dec. 1, 1950 in Louisiana to Clark and June Martin Betts. She married Jack Dean Crofoot in 1983 in Louisiana, Missouri and he survives.
She is also survived by two sons, James R. Dillender of Louisiana, and Martin Smith and wife Lorraina of New Bloomfield; two daughters, Rachelle Smith of LaBelle and Shawna Scoggin of Holt Summit; three step-children, Sherri Walton of Fort Madison, Iowa, John Crofoot of Donnellson, Iowa, and Cathy Miller of Shelby Township, Mich.; eight grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Sharon Wombles of Pleasant Hill, Ill.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and a grandson, Jacob Scoggin.
Mrs. Crofoot had started and hosted a website called “Tributes to the Stars.” She especially enjoyed the music of Elvis Presley.
Pallbearers were Jeremy Wombles, Tracy Kessler, Allie Joe Womble, Danny Wombles, Kelly Peterson, Bill Scoggin, and David Perkins.
Memorial donations may be given to the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center in Columbia, in care of Collier Funeral Homes, Inc., 117 Barnard Drive, Louisiana, MO 63353.
On-line condolences can be sent at www.collierfuneral.com.
Ola Francis Hook, 84, of Windham, Maine, formerly of Bowling Green, passed away Saturday, March 9, 2013. Funeral services are pending at the Mudd-Veach Funeral Home in Bowling Green.
Funeral services for Mrs. Gayle Berniece Smith, 70, of Louisiana, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the Collier Funeral Home in Louisiana. Dr. Earl Wood will officiate.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 12 at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Riverview Cemetery in Louisiana. Gayle passed away Friday, March 8, 2013 at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis.
She was born Jan. 14, 1943 in Kansas City, the daughter of George M. Collier and Berniece Brown Collier.
She married Allen R. Smith Aug. 24, 1962 at the home of her parents in Louisiana and he survives.
Gayle is also survived by her daughter, Paige Suanne Alexander and husband Jeff of Chesterfield; four grandsons, Chase Collier, Christian Michael, Cameron Allen and Carter Jack Alexander all of Chesterfield; and one sister, Suanne Gage of Charlotte, N.C.; two nephews, Justin Gage and wife, Mellissa of Los Angeles, Calif. and Tyler Gage and wife, Amy of Charlotte, N.C.; sister-in-law, Pansy Smith of Pleasant Hill, Ill.; an aunt, Berniece Brown of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; nieces and nephews; great nieces and great nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by a daughter Gayle Rae Smith who passed away in infancy, grandson Caleb Jeffrey Alexander passed away at birth, her mother, Berniece Collier who passed away Oct. 9, 1993, and her father, George M. Collier who passed away Oct. 25, 2012.
Gayle graduated from the Louisiana High School with the class of 1961.
She was a medical assistant at the Pike County Medical Clinic in Louisiana for a few years, followed by employment at Stark Bro’s Garden Center.
Because of her love for designing landscape she was affectionately nicknamed “the garden center lady” by her family, and was always pleased to be the consultant on many of their landscaping endeavors.
She then decided to pursue her life-long desire to become a nurse, graduating Magna Cum Laude from Hannibal LaGrange College at Hannibal.
After graduation she was employed at the Pike County Memorial Hospital in Louisiana as a registered nurse, where she quickly found her niche serving as the house supervisor on the evening shift until her retirement.
Gayle was blessed with an abundance of lifelong friendships started during her working years in Louisiana. Even after her retirement, Gayle still cherished these bonds.
The next chapter in her life began with the birth of Chase Collier Alexander, and she joyfully began the position of GG (Grandma Gayle) to her four grandsons.
This was to be her proudest accomplishment. Gayle took the greatest enjoyment in being ever present in their lives and had even taken up temporary residence, along with PaPa Al just a few miles away from them in St. Louis.
Friday nights were special for the boys because they would spend the night at GG and PaPa’s house. The evening would begin with a trip to the grocery store to stock up on all their favorite treats.
Gayle spent her last years attending all things related to them and was their friend, confidant, and cheerleader. GG was an exceptional grandmother.
Gayle always had a kind word and a smile for those in need, and was always generous at heart. She was well known for her caring concern for others and was always willing to listen, lend a shoulder to cry on, or provide advice if it was sought.
Gayle was a member of the First Baptist Church in Louisiana, a member of PEO Chapter GH, and a member of the Louisiana Town Club.
Gayle was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Words cannot express the profound sorrow felt at her passing, and she will be greatly missed by her family.
Pallbearers are Karl Dewey, Philip Smith, Galen Johnson, Mick Garrett, Reginald L. Penberthy and Walter Logan.
Memorials may be given to C.A.P.A. Animal Shelter or to the First Baptist Church in care of Collier Funeral Homes, Inc., 117 Barnard Dr., Louisiana, MO 63353.
Funeral services for Mrs. Edna Earl Stone, 90, of Eolia will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 14 at the Eolia Baptist Church in Eolia. The Rev. Robert Knight will officiate.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 13 at the Collier Funeral Home in Louisiana. Burial will be in the Eolia Cemetery.
Mrs. Stone passed away Sunday, March 10, 2013 at the St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis.
She was born Jan. 17, 1923 in Eolia the daughter of Edward Clarence Smith and Ellen Brown Smith.
She married John H. Stone Jan. 15, 1945 in Madison, Wis. and he preceded her in death Nov. 3, 1996.
Edna is survived by her son, John Edward Stone of New London; daughter-in-law, Wanda Stone of New London; one grandson, J. Christopher Stone and wife, Kryssie of Aurora, Colo.; and a granddaughter, Nikki Stone Lloyd and husband Terry, of Dallas, Texas.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Bonnie McCarty; and her parents, Edward and Ellen Brown Smith.
She graduated from high school at Eolia. She was a member of the Eolia Baptist Church and the Eolia Eastern Star.
Honorary pallbearers are Bonnie Stone and Rosalie Steinhage. Active pallbearers are Paul Stone, Pete Colbert, Karl Steinhage, Jerry Woodward, Bill Franklin, and Jim McCarty.
Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association in care of Collier Funeral Homes, Inc., 117 Barnard Drive.
Funeral services for Jillian Anne Young of Elsberry were held on March 9 at the Elsberry High School gymnasium under the direction of Carter-Ricks Funeral Home in Elsberry.
The Rev. Lance Long, pastor of Crestwood Baptist Church, St. Louis, officiated with burial in the Elsberry City Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were Will Young, Craig Young, Richard Edmund “Bo” Young, Jimmy Lovelace, Bryan Collins, Ryan Collins, Eric Lovelace and Michael Lovelace.
Jillian, 17, died early Monday morning, March 4, 2013 the result of a car accident on Highway 79 near Winfield.
Born Sept. 6, 1995 in Cincinnati, Ohio, she was the daughter of William Shaw and Kimberley Ann Lovelace Young. Jillian was a member of the junior class at Elsberry High School.
Active in many extracurricular school activities and organizations, Jillian was a cheerleader, a member of the National Honor Society and involved with Operation Backpack and a member of FCCLA.
Jillian also participated on the basketball and softball teams and served as the varsity boy’s basketball manager during the year they went to the state tournament.
For the past three years, Jillian was an active member of the Elsberry FFA Chapter. During her freshman year, she was on the poultry judging contest team; during sophomore year, she participated on the nursery and landscape contest team; and during her junior year she was a member of the meat evaluation contest team.
She served as a chapter officer as the sentinel this year. Jillian was also a member of the female trapshooting team and was in the Top 15 on the FFA points chart.
She received the following awards during her FFA career: state agri-science plant research systems proficiency award, chapter nursery operations proficiency award, FFA scholarship medal, FFA leadership medal and the chapter FFA degree.
Jillian was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Richard Boreland and Elizabeth Criswell Young.
Survivors include her mother, Kimberley Lovelace-Young of Elsberry; father, William Young of Lake Saint Louis; Kim’s fiancé, Donnie Mantle of Elsberry; William’s special friend, Marianne Knibbs of Lake Saint Louis; three brothers, Richard Edmund “Bo” Young of Elsberry, Will Young and his wife, Rebecca, and their son Hutson, of Collinsville, Ill., and Craig Young and his wife, Rachel, of St. Louis; her maternal grandparents, Wayne and Judy Lovelace of Elsberry; and Uncle Rob Lovelace and his wife, Janet, of Elsberry, Uncle Dick Young and his wife, Mary, of Gibsonia, Penn., Uncle Bob Young of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Aunt Bo Crispino and her husband, Chas, of Gibsonia.
Jillian also leaves her boyfriend, Dillon Barber of Elsberry; her birth parents, Kristi Karaus O’Shea and Timothy Mobley; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives, classmates and many, many friends.
Memorials may be made to the Jillian Young Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of Carter-Ricks Funeral Home, 107 South Fifth Street, Elsberry, MO 63343.
Online condolences may be made at www.carterricksfuneralhome.com.