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Mary Joyce Sechrest

Mary Joyce Sechrest passed away on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, in Mountain View, Missouri at the age of 58. She was born on May 29, 1961, in Shell Knob, Missouri, to Jesse and Alice (Dillion) Ray.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Harvey Ray and Charles Collins; brother-in-law, Dewayne Akridge; nephews, David Ray and Tony Cox; and mother-in-law, Mary Sechrest.

She is survived by her husband, Eric; two sons, Fred (Jess) and Russell (Rebecca); four grandchildren, Jade, Scott, Aubrey and Jonathon; five sisters, Marie Collins, Lela Lottman (Everett), Marilyn Cox (Jerry), Lou Stark and Jerlene Ray; one brother, Jessie Ray (Jean).

Joyce as everyone knew her, loved to hunt, fish and look for mushrooms. She was a people person and loved her job at the trail rides. She would help anyone anytime she could, and spent time volunteering at the food pantry. Joyce loved her husband, children and her grandchildren very much. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Funeral Services were held 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 5, 2019, at Yarber Mortuary Chapel, Birch Tree, Missouri with Pastor Greg Richardson officiating. Interment was in Oak Grove Cemetery, Birch Tree, Missouri. Condolences may be expressed at www.yarbermortuary.com.



Shirley Lois Dickinson Powell

Shirley Lois Dickinson Powell was born on May 15, 1952 to Lois Bridges Dickinson and John Dickinson and departed this life at the Poplar Bluff, Missouri, Regional Medical Center on August 2, 2019.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband George Earl, her mother & father, her sister-inlaw, Edith Rose Powell McGuire who was so good to help Shirley and George.

Shirley met George while working at the Sheltered Workshop. George called Shirley one day and ask her if she would like to change her name and she said yes. They were married in a sweet ceremony on April 26, 1980 and enjoyed a happy & united marriage. Where one was the other was there also. They were a team in anything they did, delivering meals on wheels, mowing yards for extra money or being a friend and helping anyone that needed help.

Shirley is survived by her brother, David Dickinson whom she loved so dearly, cousins whether they were hers or George's, her Christian family at the West Eminence Christian Church where she was a member, and her family at Birch Tree Place who gave her excellent care and love. She had many friends who helped her in anyway she needed.

Shirley was a sweet spirit, friendly, loved everyone and wanted to do for others before herself. She always sent cards, gave her cookbooks, crocheted afghans, pot holders, called church members to remind them when & what they were scheduled to do at church on the next Sunday, such as who was to do the song service, communion service and greeters. She appreciated all of her family, George's family and their many friends. Everyone knew Shirley and George in this small community.

Shirley will be missed by her family & friends who all loved her.

Celebration of life was held at the West Eminence Churistian Church on Wednesday August 14, 2019 at 11 A.M. Interment in the New Eminence Cemetery

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Church for her funeral expenses.




John Lawrence Counts was born July 21, 1950 in Poplar Bluff, MO to Johnnie Isaac Counts and Wilma Lucille Fry Counts of Eminence, MO. He graduated from Eminence High School and attended Maryville College and Gradwohl College in St. Louis and Drury University in Springfield. On December 29, 1974, John married Deborah Lynn Albert of Winona, MO, and two children were born: John Albert Counts and Sarah Weaver Counts. John worked at Cox South in Springfield, MO and later as Laboratory Director at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains. Besides his family, John's passion was playing and listening to the music he grew up with in the 60s. He was a drummer in several bands and his knowledge of discography was extensive. From his childhood to his last breath, John listened to the music that inspired him and loved knowing he instilled this appreciation in his children. John is preceded in death by his parents, his Aunt Norma Nicholson, and his half-brother Jerry Moore of St. Louis. He is survived by Debby, John, and Sarah and three brothers and their familes: Steve, Rhonda, and Angie Counts of Bowling Green, KY, Richard, Paula, Jason, Brad, and Keith Counts of Festus, MO, Donnie, Glenda, Michael, Elizabeth, and Jacob of Willow Springs, MO as well as many cousins. John was quick to share his smile and hearty laugh, and he will be missed by those who knew and loved him.



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