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Obituaries

Adela Walter was an active member at her church

Adela Walter worked at Walmart as a greeter for the past five years.

Lillie 'Bea' Smith loved gardening, getting things done

Lillie Beatrice "Bea" Smith noted for her attention to detail, gardening, cooking, agricultural interests and being an avid Missouri Tigers football fan.

Janette Hinshaw Emerson was active at church, taught Sunday school

Janette Hinshaw Emerson taught Sunday school for many years at Columbia First Assembly of God and served as a ladies dorm supervisor for Rocky Mountain Bible College in Denver, Colo.

Shirley Austin was devoted to church and coffee business

Shirley Austin volunteered extensively at the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, and helped manage a coffee delivery business.

A father of six, Ronald Palmer was a family-man

Ronald Palmer of Columbia died on Monday, March 4, 2013. He was 72. Palmer, who had six children, was a family-man. He also once delivered a baby in a cab.

William D. Wikoff always gave advice with a smile

William D. Wikoff died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. He was a people person who always had a smile on his face.

James Rich loved to bring a smile to everyone's day

"(Life) was always shiny to him," Kay Rich, his wife of almost 20 years, said. "He always thought if you had a smile on your face maybe it would touch somebody."

James L. Wilhite was family man and avid outdoorsman

Mr. Wilhite loved fishing, boating, and camping. He also made family a priority. 

Lawyer and golfer Larry Woods was 'old-school man'

Mr. Woods was a lifelong lawyer, earning his Juris Doctorate from the MU School of Law in 1953. He remained involved at Eng & Woods law firm even past his retirement in the 1990s.

Larry E. Condron loved being outdoors, passing down hobbies

Larry E. Condron, 66, of Harrisburg, was kind and personable. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, spending time in the woods, and working on various projects.

Virginia McGrath loved to spend time in her garden

Virginia McGrath of Columbia died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. She was 80.

Catherine L. Hunt loved travel, friends

Catherine L. Hunt was formerly the secretary for the University of Missouri System Board of Curators.

Chuck Knife was passionate about firefighting, friends

Chuck Knife, 67, was a career firefighter who worked for the Columbia Fire Department for two decades. Mr. passed away Monday, Feb. 18.

Raymond Barnes was a father, grandfather

Mr. Barnes of Columbia died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. He was 76.

George Hayes loved baseball, horse racing, family

George Hayes was a family man who passed on his love of baseball and gambling. As a minor league player, he played against Mickey Mantle and Satchel Paige.

Gary Naugle Sr. built Columbia homes, foundation for family

Gary Naugle Sr., founder of the Naugle Company, died at the age of 72 on Sunday. The  company has built more than 500 houses and completed more than 4,000 remodeling projects in the Columbia area. 

Former Columbia College softball coach Chuck Bobbitt dies at 81

Charles "Chuck" Bobbitt started the Columbia College softball program in 1984 and quickly led it to national prominence.

Arthur C. Ausherman loved gardening, volunteering

Arthur Clyde Ausherman died Thursday, Feb. 14. He was 99.

Frances Mayer Rikli, May 29, 1919 — Feb. 13, 2013

Frances Mayer Rikli died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. She was 93.

Kermit Nations Jr. was an artist, veteran, devoted partner

Kermit "Mat" Gentry Nations Jr., 67, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. He was an artist, gardener, veteran and caring partner.

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