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Mrs. Barbara Sue Farris, 71, of Jacksonville, Fla. formerly of Louisiana passed away Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 in Macclenny, Fla.
Graveside services were held on Oct. 15 at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Louisiana.
Barbara was born Oct. 21, 1941 in Vandalia, the daughter of Palmer and Julia Brewster Stroker. She married Richard Lee Farris Jan. 1, 1969 in Curryville and he preceded her in death Aug. 26, 2003.
Barbara is survived by a daughter, Denise Fox, a son, Darcy Farris, both of Jacksonville, Fla, eight grandchildren, Charish Farris, Miracle Farris, Promise Farris, Malachi Farris, Vincent Farris, Tristan Farris, Conner Fox and Asher Fox; one brother, Gene Stroker of Vandalia; three sisters, Julia Taylor, and Alice Terry, both of Curryville, and Carol Allison of the state of South Carolina.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Bob Stroker and Francis Stroker and her parents.
She had been employed by General Motors in the state of Michigan as a seamstress for a few years before moving back to Missouri. She was later employed by Bobbi Brooks Garment Factory as a seamstress until her retirement. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Louisiana.
Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice, online condolences may be sent to collierfuneral.com
Louisiana native Robert H. Bray, 67, died Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at the Fayette Caring Center following a lengthy illness.
Widely recognized for his work as a Central Missouri band director, he also was known for providing leadership in numerous fraternal and civic organizations.
A resident of Fayette since 1964, he was a former director of the Fayette Housing Authority and earlier was executive secretary of the Central Methodist University Alumni Association. He later held sales positions with several music companies and most recently worked as a driver for a wholesale floral delivery company.
He had been a resident of the nursing home since July 2012. Born in St. Louis on Sept. 10, 1946, Mr. Bray was the son of John Lewis Bray and R. Willola May Bray of Louisiana. John L. Bray was a pharmacist and for many years owned a drug store in Louisiana.
Reared in Louisiana, Bob graduated from the local public schools and in 1970 earned a bachelor of arts degree in economics and political science from Central Methodist University, Fayette, in addition to completing most of the course work toward a bachelor of arts in music education.
His love of music had been nurtured by a piano teacher in Louisiana and while a student at Central he became active in band (percussion) and ultimately was drum major for the Central Methodist Marching Eagles Band in addition to being student manager of the band program.
Over the years, Bob held countless positions locally and statewide within Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a national professional music fraternity for men, in addition to holding office within a more than a dozen Masonic organizations. In Fayette, he conducted the volunteer Fayette Star Cornet Band for more than 40 years which often played concerts from the Howard County Memorial Bandstand on the courthouse lawn and elsewhere.
He had been instrumental in raising funds to erect the bandstand in 1971. Among his civic contributions, Bob served 25 years (1973-1997) as secretary-treasurer of the Fayette Rotary Club.
Robert Harris Bray was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, John Lewis Bray Jr. of the state of California. He is survived by three nephews who reside in the Los Angles area and a cousin, John Wetzel of Columbia.
Services took place Saturday, Oct. 12 at Linn Memorial United Methodist Church in Fayette, with visitation and a Masonic service at the funeral home Friday evening. Interment took place at the family plot in Riverview Cemetery in Louisiana.
Unless specified otherwise, memorial contributions will go toward funeral expenses (care of Carr-Yager Funeral Home, 204 N. Linn Ave., Fayette, Mo. 65248).
Jewell LaVerne Brunson, 85, of Louisiana passed away Oct. 13, 2013 at the Maple Grove Lodge in Louisiana. Graveside services will be held 11:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 18, at the Siloam Cemetery in New Hartford with Rev. Randell Cone officiating.
Mrs. Brunson was born Jan. 30, 1928 in Purcell, Okla., the daughter of Guy Eldridge and Nell Cynthia Purcell Lewis. She was married to Raymond Brunson. He preceded her in death on July 27, 1993.
Survivors include one son Daryl L. Wright of Louisiana; two step-daughters Mickey Dedman and husband Henry of Sargent, Texas, Betty White and husband Tim of Backliff, Texas; four grandchildren Jennifer T. Wright and husband Joe Walls of Columbia, Brannon James and wife Nehad of Columbia, Willow James of Columbia and Star Leger and husband Scott of Athens, Ga.; nine great grandchildren; one sister Willanna Jean Flinn and husband Robert of Troy; and many nieces, nephews and wonderful friends.
LaVerne moved with her family to Missouri when she was three and a half years old. She owned and operated Vern’s Fabric Shop in Troy from 1964 to 1971. After selling her fabric shop she moved to Houston, Texas in 1972. She attended Houston Community College taking several courses in banking while being employed at a bank. She also worked at a hospital for several years. In 1981 she and Raymond moved back to Pike County. She attended The Church of the Great God. Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.
Mildred L. Dunston, age 86, of Bowling Green, passed away Monday Oct. 7, 2013 at the Moore-Pike Nursing Home in Bowling Green. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 at the St. Clement Catholic Church in St. Clement, with Fr. Bill Peckman officiating. Burial was in the Volusia Memorial Park Cemetery in Ormond Beach, Fla. Visitation was held from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Friday at the church.
Mildred was born Aug. 27, 1927 in St. Clement, the daughter of Andrew and Agnes Luebrecht Grawe. She married O.M. Jamieson in 1948. After his passing in 1949 she married Arthur L. Dunston in 1953 in St. Clement. He preceded her in death April 29, 2009.
Survivors include daughter Marjorie Jamieson and special friend Floyd Jennings of Bowling Green; brother Arthur Grawe of Jefferson City; sister Clara Ann Niemeyer of Bowling Green; grandchildren Elaine Majerus of St. Louis and Michael Flansburg of Houston, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents; spouses; brother Marvin Grawe; sister Julia Twellman and grandson Timothy Flansburg.
Mildred was raised in St. Clement and later moved to Bowling Green and worked at various restaurants. She worked for A&P Grocery Store, Bobbie Brooks Garment Factory where she was a secretary, and later at Bowling Green Gas Company. She was a member of the St. Clement Catholic Church.
Serving as pallbearers were Ken Niemeyer, Dan Niemeyer, Jim Niemeyer, Tony Twellman, Earl Wayne Smith, and Floyd Jennings.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Richard J. Olsen, 52, of St. Charles passed away Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 at Country View Nursing Facility in Bowling Green. Cremation rights were conducted according to his wishes by the Mudd-Veach Funeral Home in Bowling Green.