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Beulah Farris Berry

Wrapped in the loving arms of Jesus, Mother went home to spend eternity with her Lord and Savior on July 28, 2017. Beulah was born January 20, 1916 to George W. Farris and Hannah Washburn Farris.

She was united in marriage to Delbert Berry on September 9, 1933 at Shannon County, MO and to this union six children were born: Ruby, Fern, Melvin, Geneva, Donna and Shirley.

Beulah was preceded in death by her parents George and Hannah Farris; her husband Delbert; three brothers Chester Parcel, Ed Farris, and Otis Farris; two sisters Velma Billings and Imogene Williams; one son Melvin Berry; one grandson Dennis Brawley; and one granddaughter Lisa Reese.

She is survived by five children Ruby Martin of Ellington, MO, Fern Goodwin and husband Gene of Winona, MO, Geneva Brawley of Winona, MO, Donna Norton and husband Donnie of Winona, MO, Shirley Meade and husband Sonny of Winona, MO; many grandchildren, great grandchildren and a host of nephews, nieces and many friends.

Always surrounded by her family and friends, Beulah led a very loved and fulfilling life, and she never met a stranger. She was employed at Paramount Apparel in Winona for many years and worked for the Forest Service for a few years.

Beulah was known most for her caring and giving personality and always lifting everyone up in prayer. She became a member of the Fremont Church of God of Prophecy in 1954 and transferred her membership to the Winona Church of God of Prophecy on June 17, 1958. She attended church faithfully until her health held her at home. She served her Lord and Savior with a very humble spirit, setting a wonderful example for her children and those around her.

For many years she served in the church as Pastor Booster Fundraiser making donuts and selling candy. Beulah touched many hearts and will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

Mother, your spirit has been set free from the body that held you here on earth. We'll miss you so much, but you have left behind such an example of how to live for God that we surely cannot miss our heavenly goal. Be looking for us to cross the river someday to be with you and our Lord for eternity.

Funeral Services were held Tuesday August 1, 2017 at 1PM at the Church of God of Prophecy in Winona, MO with Bro. Darrell Derryberry, Bro. Garry Reagan and Bro. Robbie Berry officiating. Interment was in Pinelawn Cemetery in Winona, MO under the direction of Duncan Funeral Home of Winona, MO

Thomas Bishop Smotherman

Thomas Bishop Smotherman was born September 27, 1936 at Birch Tree, MO the son of Alfred L. Smotherman and Jewell G. (Willbanks) Smotherman. He passed away July 31, 2017 at Springfield, MO at the age of 80 years.

He was united in marriage to Shirley Wallace on August 7, 1959 at Birch Tree, MO and two this union six children were born.

He was preceded in death by parents Alfred and Jewell Smotherman; his wife Shirley Smotherman; brothers James Smotherman, Chester Smotherman, Doyle Smotherman, Robert Smotherman , Coy Smotherman and Glen Smotherman; one sister Essie Earls; two son in laws David Fox and Jack Honeycutt; two grandchildren Amber and Alicia and one great grandchild Brandon Lee,Jr.

He is survived by three sons Thomas Smotherman and wife Barb of Winona, MO; Harold Smotherman of Birch Tree, MO, Jamie Smotherman and wife Deanna of Birch Tree, MO; three daughters Regina Fox of Birch Tree, MO; Sharlene Williams and husband Ron of Winona, MO; Lou Ann Honeycutt and husband Jorge of Winona, MO; three sisters Lucille Medley of Washington State, Elsie Brake and husband George of Birch Tree, MO; Eva Fry and husband Ron of Table Rock Lake, MO; 20 grandchildren; and a slew of great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Thomas farmed and worked in logging, working many years with Roy Chaney and Ray Hicks. Thomas enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time in his garden. He cherished the time spent with his family and friends and having fish fries. Thomas loved giving candy to babies, especially if it was their first lollipop.

He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.


Louise Johnson

Dorothy Louise Johnson was born October 4, 1936 at Eminence, MO the daughter of Ralph Alcorn and Georgia June (Hines) Alcorn. She passed away at her home at Eminence, MO on July 28, 2017 at the age of 80 years, 9 months and 24 days.

She was united in marriage to Ralph Johnson on June 11, 1955 at Rockford, IL and to this union four children were born.

She was preceded in death by her parents Ralph and Georgia Alcorn; her husband Ralph Johnson; one sister and one infant brother.

Louise is survived by her three sons David Ralph Johnson and wife Linda of Machesney Park, IL, Dennis Conrad Johnson and wife Melinda of Machesney Park, IL, and Douglas Ray Johnson and wife Heidi of Lodi, WI; one daughter Darla Chilton and husband Michael of Eminence, MO; one brother Gary Alcorn and wife Mary of Eminence, MO; two sisters Judy Loomis of Birch Tree, MO and Margie Taylor of Sturgis, SD; eight grandchildren Kimberly and David Long of Machesney Park, IL, Matthew Johnson and wife Nikki of Machesney Park, IL, Sarah Kopmeyer and husband Nick of Lodi WI, Adam Johnson and wife Amy of Lodi, WI, Anisha Chaney and husband James of Winona, MO, Kenneth Chilton of Eminence, MO, Brandyn Chilton of St. Louis, MO and Dawson Chilton of Eminence, MO, Whitney Antinucci of Rockton, IL and Stacie Heisler and husband Mike of Oshkosh, WI and; eight great grandchildren Cadence Johnson, Kensley Johnson, and Connor Johnson of Machesney Park, IL and Peyton Chilton of Eminence, MO, Nicholas Antinucci of Machesney Park, IL, Rylee Johnson of Baraboo, WI, Arielle Long of Machesney Park, IL and Novalee Kopmeyer of Lodi, WI, many nieces and nephews who loved her very much and a host of other family and friends.

Louise worked for many years at the Modern Metal Products in Loves Park, IL. She later worked at Angelica Uniform factories in Summersville and Eminence, MO. Louise enjoyed going to bluegrass festivals in the area. She and Ralph loved to travel and they enjoyed going to the various music shows in Branson, MO. She enjoyed bowling, was active in bowling teams, and she was the bowling coach for the Junior Bowling teams in Rockford, IL. She enjoyed camping with her family when they lived in Rockford, IL. Louise was a social butterfly and she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

The family wants to extend their heartfelt thank you to Mary L. and Gary Alcorn and Lennet Crabtree for their assistance to the family.

Visitation was held Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at Duncan Funeral Chapel in Eminence, MO. Funeral Services were held Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 10:00AM with Pastor Paul Wellington officiating. Interment was in Summers Cemetery at Ink, MO under the direction of Duncan Funeral Home of Eminence, MO.

In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made to one of the following:

Eminence Fire Service

PO Box 518

Eminence, MO 65466

The North Park Fire Protection District

600 Wood Avenue

Machesney Park, IL 61115

The Autism Program of Easter Seals

1601 Parkview

Rockford, IL 61107



Leland Edward Norton

Leland Edward Norton was born January 4, 1950 at Poplar Bluff, MO the son of Gene Edward Norton and Helen Nora (Shomaker) Norton. He passed away July 28, 2017 at his home in Winona, MO at the age of 67 years.

He was united in marriage to Rita Gale Brawley on July 5, 1969 at Winona, MO and to this union two children were born.

He was preceded in death by his parents Gene and Helen Norton; his wife Rita "Brawley" Norton; one brother Joe Norton; and one sister Janet Bay.

He is survived by one son Leland Aaron Norton and wife Deana of Winona, MO; one daughter Carla Norton of Farmington, MO; three sisters Gail Cook and husband John of Bradleyville, MO, Ginger Smith and husband Dennis of Winona, MO, and Linda Wallace and husband David of Birch Tree, MO; four grandchildren Justin Norton and fianc Jessica of Farmington, MO, Andrea Brake and husband Matt of Winona, MO, Andrew Norton of Minneapolis, MN; and Brenna Norton of Farmington, MO; and one great granddaughter Vivienne Brake of Winona, MO; one aunt Patricia Jochum and husband Robert of Union, MO; and a host of other family and friends.

Leland graduated from Winona High School in 1968. He was self-employed for most of his working life in various occupations. He enjoyed going to flea markets and fishing. He enjoyed time spent with family and friends fishing, and in earlier years enjoyed deer hunting.

Funeral Services were held Monday, July 31, 2017 at 1PM at the Duncan Funeral Chapel in Winona, MO with Pastor Dan Harvey officiating. Interment was in Mt. Zion Cemetery at Winona, MO under the direction of Duncan Funeral Home of Winona, MO. Online condolences can be sent to www.duncanfuneralhomes.com

Verga Verna Banks

Funeral services for Verga Verna Banks were held on Saturday July 29, 2017 at the Duncan Funeral Chapel in Eminence, MO with Randy Ferguson officiating. Pallbearers were Randy Baggott, Donald Harrison and Kevin Warren. Interment was in Grassy Hollow Cemetery in Eminence, MO under the direction of the Duncan Funeral Home, LLC of Eminence, MO.

Verga Verna Banks was born on March 5, 1922 near Eminence, MO to William "Pa" Warren and Florence Luella "Ma" Warren. She passed away on Tuesday July 25, 2017 in West Plains, MO.

She was united in marriage to Manuel Dean Banks and their marriage lasted for thirty-six years until his passing.

Verga was preceded in death by her parents William and Florence Warren; husband Manuel Warren; and five siblings Beulah, Thurn, Raymond, Almond and Goldie; her nephew Gordon Warren; and her great niece Debra West.

She is survived by her niece Evonne Dietrich Warren, who she raised as her daughter; great nephew Donald Harrison of Antioch, TN; and two great nieces Linda Downing and husband Bryan of Murfreesboro, TN and Allison Baggott and her husband Randy of Antioch, TN who she considered as her grandchildren; and their children Chris, Bryan, Sydney and Olivia. She is also survived by several other nieces and nephews.

Verga graduated from Southwest Missouri State University and began her lifelong career teaching in a one-room country schoolhouse in Grassy Hollow, here in Shannon County, and later taught fifth grade at Eminence Elementary for thirty- eight years.

She will be missed by all of her family, friends, and students.


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