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Obituaries

Leslie Bates was a world traveler, devoted to his family

The Rev. Dr. Leslie Bates of Asheville, N.C., died May 28, 2014. He was 95.

James Arnold of Kula, Hawaii, was one of the best in the upholstery business

James E. Arnold of Kula, Hawaii died Friday, May 23, 2014, at the Maui Memorial Medical Center. He was 68.

Tony Spangler touched hearts for his 10 years on Earth

The young boy touched the lives of those around him with his bright smiles and uncontrollable giggles. When Tony Spangler was 4 months old, his family was told he wouldn't live to see a year, but he died at age 10.

Pat Wilkinson loved art, animals and her family

Pat Wilkinson created art in many media and was nationally recognized.

Kenton B. Shaw was devoted to teaching, travel and faith

Kenton B. Shaw traveled to Europe at the age of 17, taught mathematics at a middle school for three years and then worked at State Farm Insurance Company for 37 years years.

Olin Fugit enjoyed being outdoors, searching for arrowheads

Olin Fugit of Rocheport died Thursday, May 22. He was 71.

 

Ronald Tate enjoyed time with grandchildren, hunting and fishing

Ronald E. Tate of Fayette worked for the Postal Service for 32 years and was an avid sports fan. Mr. Tate died Monday, May 19. He was 66.

Frances Violet Wood, 90, enjoyed Hallmark romance with her husband

Frances Violet Wood loved the Cardinals and reading her Bible, but the true love of her life was her husband, Doren. The Columbia resident died Monday.

William Raymond Starnes, Marine veteran, played football for Hickman

Marine Corps veteran William Raymond Starnes enjoyed cars, helping his wife, and feeding wild geese and ducks.

Joyce Evenson of Columbia loved family, church and education

Joyce Evenson taught early elementary school in Minnesota and Canada and was a devoted member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Jefferson City. Mrs. Evenson, of Columbia, died Monday, May 19. She was 86.

Edmon Jones was retired from Diggs Packing Co.

Edmon Jones is survived by one son, one daughter, one brother, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Nancy Sebastian Finlay documented historically important grave-site information

Nancy Finlay of Columbia enjoyed reading and working in her many flower gardens.

Virginia Marsh enjoyed traveling, caring for family

Virginia Marsh, 87, of Columbia died Friday, May 16, 2014, after a long illness.

James Hofmann, 74, was a homebuilder and farmer

A member of the Masonic Lodge and a Rotarian, James Hofmann worked as a homebuilder.

Howard Henry Sjogren, 89, was a gardener, athletics coach

Howard Henry Sjogren died Friday, May 9, 2014. He was 89.

Edmon Jones, Dec. 19, 1919 — May 7, 2014, of Columbia

Mr. Jones worked in maintenance at Diggs Packing Co., where he worked until retirement.

Veteran Marvin Purcell was 'extremely honest,' loved to hunt

Marvin Purcell died Saturday, May 10, 2014. He was 91.

From roller coasters to water slides, Margaret Daugherty lived fearlessly

Although she could never swim, Margaret Daugherty loved water slides and lived life fearlessly. Mrs. Daugherty of Columbia died Friday, May 9. She was 91.

Carl Sartain loved to fish, hunt

Carl Eugene Sartain died Wednesday, May 7, 2014. He was 79.

Otis Wheeler was principal of Ridgeway Elementary for 28 years

He helped found the Individually Guided Education program at the school and served in the Navy as a pilot.

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