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ARMINTA HAWKINS -- The shadows of the night were stealing softly westward and a new day was just dawning amid these scenes of grandeur, a beautiful life was already ebbing away and the soul of Grandma Hawkins went winging into eternity. The death angel had passed silently by and she answered the summons. Grandmother Hawkins was born in Cole County, Illinois September 20, 1862. She answered the summons of death January 3, 1941, being at the time of her death seventy-eight years two months and fourteen days. She was united in marriage to George Hawkins September 10, 1881. To this union three children were born who remain to mourn her departure. They are Haseley Hawkins of Elmer, Mrs. Mollie Ratliff of Ethel and Connie Hawkins of Los Angeles, California. She also leaves several grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Early in life she became a member of the Presbyterian Church and these were her religious convictions through life. Grandma Hawkins was devoted to her family. It was her delight to do something that would make their burden lighter and their life happier. Not only to her family but to all who passed her way she delighted in being of helpful friendly service. She was always happy, contented and never complained of the place in life in which fate had placed her to serve. She liked to spend her time in the quiet of her home. She thought of others first and herself last. A place has been left vacant in our home but a sound has been added to the hosts of Heaven. Her place can never be filled but out of sorrow comes condolence when we know that God is just and righteous and He has promised to all who serve him faithfully a place in everlasting bliss and eternity. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at the home near Elmer, Rev. Rolecanes officiating. The Presbyterian Choir of Ethel rendered the appropriate music. Those who helped with the music were Mr. Finis Clardy, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Young, Mrs. Collins and Mrs. Ben Edwards. The grandsons were pallbearers, Harold, Hughie, Ora, Noll and Jean Hawkins and Junior Ratliff. The body was laid to rest in the Bunce Cemetery. La Plata Home Press, January 9, 1941
(Source: "Obituaries Taken From the La Plata Home Press, La Plata, Missouri", compiled by Sharon Graham Foutes, 1990)

George Hawkins died at his home north of Ethel, Mo. 21 September 1905 of typhoid fever.
(Source: Macon County Obituaries, by Phyllis Mears)

Harley Hawkins -- Harley Wesley Hawkins, 82, a retired farmer of Elmer, died in a Kirksville hospital, Wednesday, March 16, at 6:10 p.m. He was born in Goldsberry, Missouri June 19, 1883, the son of George and Arminta (Wolf) Hawkins. He was married to Maude Belle Ross January 31, 1906 in Goldsberry by Jim Wright. He was a member of the Ethel Christian Church. Mr. Hawkins had lived his entire life around Goldsberry, Ethel and Elmer. Surviving are his wife; six sons, Harley, Jr. of Browning, Missouri, Noel of Atlanta, Harold, Gene and Hughie of La Plata and Oral of Ethel; one daughter, Eula, of La Plata; one sister, Mrs. Millie Ratliff of Ethel; one brother, C. L. Hawkins of Redona Beach, California; twelve grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Elmer Christian CHurch conducted by Rev. Arthur Drake and Rev. Larry Bowerson. Burial was in the Bunce Cemetery under the direction of the McCollum Funeral Home of South Gifford. LaPlata Home Press, 24 March 1966
(Source: Obituaries Taken From the LaPlata Home Press, LaPlata, Missouri, compiled by Sharon Graham Foutes 1990)

MAUDE HAWKINS -- Maude Belle Hawkins of La Plata, died November 28 in the K. U. Hospital where she had been a patient since November 15. Born August 27, 1885 in Macon County, she was the daughter of John and Maggie (Wickham) Ross. On January 31, 1906, in Macon County, she was married to Harley Hawkins who preceded her in death in 1966. Also preceding her in death were two sisters, one brother and one great-granddaughter. Surviving are one daughter, Eula Hawkins of La Plata; six sons, Harold and Hugh of La Plata, Noel of Atlanta, Eugene of Elmer, Harley, Jr. of Browning and Oral of Ethel; twelve grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; and three brothers, Milton Ross of Ethel, Carl Ross of South Gifford and Bill Ross of Elmer. Mrs. Hawkins was a lifelong resident of Macon County and resided in the Ethel, Elmer and La Plata communities. Since the death of her husband, she had lived in La. Plata. She was a member of the Ethel Christian Church. Funeral services were held Sunday in the Elmer Christian Church. Burial was in the Bunce Cemetery, west of Elmer, conducted by the Christie Funeral Home in La Plata. December 4, 1969
(Source: Obituaries Taken From the LaPlata Home Press, LaPlata, Missouri, compiled by Sharon Graham Foutes 1990)

Mrs. Alice Heitman, wife of Henry T. Heitman, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lawrence Madkins, on 22 June 1911. She was born in Powder Mills, Hart County, Kentucky on 6 February 1869. Interment is at Fayette, Missouri.
(Source: Macon Republican, 1911)

Mrs. Alice Heitman, wife of Henry T. Heitman, died at the home of her daughter Mrs. Lawrence Madkin 22 June 1911. She was born in Powder Mills, Hart County, Kentucky 6 Feb 1869. Interment in Fayette, Missouri.
(Source: Macon Co., MO Obituaries 1904-1920, by Phyllis Mears)

James Edward Hubble, 48, youngest son of John A. and Harriet Hubble died 15 April 1928. He was born 9 April 1880 at the home place near Redman, Mo. On 1 February 1901 he was married to Mary Belle Overstreet who died in 1911. To this union were born two sons, one dying in infancy and James Rollie Hubble. On 27 February 1913 he was married to Pearl B. Pollard. To this union were born three children, Raymond Edward Hubble, Russell Laverne Hubble, dying in infancy, and Victor Herbert Hubble. He also leaves besides his wife and three sons, one step-mother, Carrie P. Hubble, two brothers, Frank Hubble and Theodore Hubble, both of Clarence Vicinity, one brother Charley Hubble died 14 years ago, and four sisters, Eva Fulmer, Ella Axt, Lettie Kiel and Bertha Huett. Interment at Ten Mile Baptist Cemetery.
(Source: Macon County Obituaries 1921-1933, by Phyllis Mears)

James T. Huntsman, 77, died 30 August 1927 at nephews Enoch and Lee Huntsman home. He was the son of Iasiah and Viry Huntsman and was born 30 January 1850 in Randolph County, Mo. He was married to Isabinda Routh 27 February 1873. He leaves three brothers, H.M. Huntsman, Bud Huntsman and Will Huntsman of Oregon and a half sister, Jane Huntsman. The remains were taken to Modesto, Calif. for burial beside his wife who died a few years ago.
(Source: Macon County Obituaries 1921-1933, by Phyllis Mears)

Walker David Johnson was born in Missouri 12 October 1846 and departed this life 12 March 1932, age 85 years and five months, at his home in West Bevier. On 4 July 1871 he was united in marriage to Dorothy C. Buchanan, who preceded him in death six years ago. To this union 13 children were born, six having gone on before, namely Rosie, James, Minnie, David and one in infancy not named. At the age of 68 deceased united with the Baptist Church in this city. He has lived most of his past life in this community, where he was well known as a faithful husband and kind father and grandfather. He leaves to mourn his loss three sons Emmett, Dave and Orval of the home. Mrs. A. T. Adams of this city, Mrs. Thompson of Knoxville, Iowa. Mrs. Jafferies of Kentucky and Mrs. Vestal of Petersburg, Ill. One brother Thomas of Cincinnati, Iowa, twenty-one grandchildren, twenty-two great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild and numerous other relatives and many friends. The funeral occurred from the First Baptist Church here Tuesday afternoon and was largely attended. Rev. E. H. Dunsing officiating. Interment was made in West Oakwood.
(Source: Newspaper Unknown)

Brookfield -- Doris June Jones, 54, Brookfield, died May 22, 1992, at a hospital here. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Hill Chapel, Brookfield; burial in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, near Bucklin, Mo. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the chapel. The family suggests contributions to the Alzheimer's Association. Mrs. Jones was born in Bucklin and lived in Mendon, Mo., before moving to Brookfield three years ago. She formerly worked for the Jo-Mac Glove Factory in Brunswick, Mo. She was a member of the Mendon Methodist Church. Survivors include a daughter, Shelia Goosey, Brookfield; two sons, James Jones, Mendon, and Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael Jones, Reinstein, Germany; her father, Thomas Overstreet, Bucklin; a brother, Jim Overstreet, Independence; two sisters, Wilma Barton, Independence, and Carrie Wilson, Pleasant Hill in Cass County; and four grandchildren.
(Source: Kansas City Star, 26 May 1992)

William S. Jones of Mason City, Ia. Died 29 April 1928 at the Miller hospital. Interment in Mason City.
(Source: Macon County Obituaries 1921-1933, by Phyllis Mears)

Myrtle Keyte -- Myrtle Stella Keyte, 86, of the La Plata Nursing Home formerly of the Elmer community, died at 5:35 a.m. Friday at the K.U. Hospital where she had been a patient for one day. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the Johnson-Wilson Funeral Home in La Plata with the Rev. Arthur Drake of Elmer officiating. Burial was in Bunce Cemetery west of Elmer. Miss Keyte was born September 25, 1886 west of Elmer, the daughter of Mark and Katie Moore Keyte. She had spent the most of her life in the Elmer area and had been employed for several years at the International Shoe Factory at K.U. before retiring in 1942. She attended the Methodist Church. Surviving are one sister, Mrs. Anna Thurston of Hatch, N.M., several nieces and nephews, including Melvin Magers of rural Elmer, with whom she had made her home before her illness, Orvas Magers of Bevier and Mrs. Opal Vincent of K.U. Miss Keyte was preceded in death by her two brothers and four sisters. December 21, 1972
(Source: Obituaries Taken From the La Plata Home Press, La Plata, Missouri, compiled by Sharon Graham Foutes, 1990)

Jerry M. Kinkade died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. C.B. Sever (Mary Careline Kinkade), north of College Mound, Missouri in March 1920. He was born 8 June 1844. Most of his life was spent in Macon County. He married Miss Annie Lewis in 1865. To this union 10 children were born, four of whom died while young. The living are: Mrs. C.B. Sever, Mrs. Fay Gibson, and Mrs. Tom Cross, all of College Mound and Mrs. Jas. Kinkade of Moulton, Iowa and Mrs. Edgar Huntsman of Moberly. He was a member of the Baptist Church at College Mound and interment in College Mound Cemetery.
(Source: Macon Chronicle Herald)

Mrs. Jerry Kinkade, 66, died in Moberly, Mo., 19 April 1913. She leaves a husband, a son and five daughters. Joseph Kinkade, Mrs. Art Cross, and Miss Fannie Kinkade who reside in Moberly. Mrs. J.W. Gipson, Mrs. A.J. Jones and Mrs. C.B. Sever of College Mound. Interment in College Mound Cemetery.
(Source: Macon Republican)

Lloyd Leathers, 21, died at a hospital in LaJunta, Colorado in May 1926 from pneumonia. He lived in Macon until a few years ago when he and his parents, Floy and Leota Powell Leathers moved to Colorado. He is the grandson of J.H. Powell of near Macon. He leaves one brother, Charles Leathers. The body will be returned and funeral at Union Church and interment nearby.
(Source: Macon County Obituaries, 1921-1933, by Phyllis Mears)

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