Sunday, January 1, 2017


Garland Eugene Macy:

(Source:  Personal records of Rocky G. Macy,  Joplin Globe, Neosho Daily News, McDonald County Newspapers.  The obituary also appeared in the on-line blog, "Pa Rock's Ramble," on Sunday, December 27, 2009.   The obituary was written by his children, Gail and Rocky Macy.)

Garland Macy was born in rural Newton County, Missouri, on October 19, 1924. He passed away on Christmas morning, 2009, at Freeman Hospital in Neosho.

Mr. Macy was preceded in death by his wife, Florine (Sreaves) Macy who died in 1986, his father and mother, Charles E. Macy and Hazel (Nutt) Macy, and two brothers, Wayne Macy and Tommy Macy. He is survived by his sister, Mrs. Betty Lankford of Seneca, a son, Rocky Macy of Litchfield Park, AZ, and a daughter, Gail Macy of Fayetteville, AR.

Other survivors include seven grandchildren: Nick Macy of West Plains, MO; Heidi and Jason Pfetcher of London, England; Molly and Scott Files of Salem, OR; Tiffany and Nathan Burke of Lowell, AR; Tim and Erin Macy of Kansas City, MO; Justin and Lisa Smith of Springdale, AR; and Reed Smith of Las Vegas, NV.

There are six great-grandchildren: Boone Macy, Lauren Pfetcher, Sebastian Files, Brieanna Burke, Ruby Pfetcher, and Judah Files.

Garland Macy was a staff sergeant with the Army Air Corps during World War II. He served in England and France and was awarded the Purple Heart.

Mr. Macy was a prominent businessman and real estate broker in the Noel area for many years. He was a past member of the Noel School Board, the Noel Chamber of Commerce, the Noel City Council, and the board of directors for the State Bank of Noel.

Garland Macy will be mourned and missed by his family and his community. He was a good friend and neighbor to the people of Noel, the town that he called home for over fifty years.

The family will hold a visitation at the Ozark Funeral Home in Noel this Tuesday evening from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. The funeral service will be Wednesday, December 30th, at 10 a.m. at the Ozark Funeral Home in Noel, followed by burial with full military honors at the Noel Cemetery.

Pall bearers will be grandsons and the husbands of granddaughters.

Contributions may be made to “Friends of the Department of Social Services of McDonald County,” through the Ozark Funeral Home. The organization helps to meet the needs of children in foster care.

Ruby Florine Sreaves:

(Source:  Neosho Daily News, 9 December 1986.)

Florine Macy
July 14, 1921 - Dec. 8, 1986

Ruby "Florine" Macy, 65, Noel, died at 10:30 a.m. Monday at her home after an illness.  Mrs. Macy was born July 14, 1921, at Seneca.  She had lived in Noel since 1958, moving from Neosho.  She was employed in two family businesses, Macy Appliance Store and Macyc Real Estate Co., both in Noel.  She was a member of the Riverside Art Guild and the Swar's Prairie Methodist Church.

She married Garland Eugene Macy on March 31, 1946, at Columbus, Kan.  He survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Rocky Macy, Noel;  a daughter, Gail Smith, Mountain Home, Ark.; brother Floyd Sreaves, Seneca;  three sisters, Ruth Marble, Hemet, Calif., Betty Lou Macy, Joplin, and Christine Dobbs, Grove, Okla; and seven grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Ozark Funeral Home, Noel.  Rev. Randy Gilmore will officiate.

Burial will be in the Noel Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be David Gudgell, Louis Fiorito, Louis Hansen, Billy Dobbs, Nicholas Macy, and Wayne Macy.

Friends may call after noon today at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. today. 

(Source:  McDonald County Newspapers, written by Rocky Macy)

Florine Macy
14 July 1921 - 8 Dec. 1986 

Ruby Florine Macy died peacefully at her home in Noel on Monday morning following an illness of nearly four years.

Mrs. Macy was the daughter of Dan and Nancy Jane Sreaves of Newton County.  She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Harold Dean Sreaves and Ned Roark Sreaves.

Florine married Garland Eugene Macy on March 31, 1946, in Columbus, Kansas.  He survives.  Mr. and Mrs. Macy owned and operated several businesses in McDonald County over the years.

Two children and seven grandchildren also survive:  Gail and Bob Smith and their children, Heidi, Tiffany, Justin, and Reed;  and Rocky and Rita Macy and their children,  Nicholas, Molly, and Timothy.

Other survivors include one brother, Floyd Sreaves of Seneca, and three sisters, Mrs. Betty Lou Macy of Joplin, Mrs. Christine Dobbs, Grove, Okla., and Mrs Ruth Marble of Hemet, California.

Florine enjoyed sewing and painting.  She especially enjoyed doing things for her grandchildren.  She was a loving person who will be missed by all.

Services will be Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Ozark Funeral Home in Noel.  Rev. Randy Gilmore will officiate with burial at Noel Cemetery.

Betty Joan Macy:

(Source:  Webpage of Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home of Seneca, Missouri)

My Life Story

Betty J. (Macy) Lankford, 80, Seneca, MO passed into eternal rest at 8:20 PM, Saturday, December 21, 2013 after a long battle with cancer.

Betty Joan Macy was born February 22, 1933 in Neosho, MO the daughter of Charles and Hazel (Nutt) Macy.  She had lived in the area all her life working for the former Sale Memorial Hospital, the former Seneca News Dispatch and the Seneca R7 School District.  Betty loved cooking, animals and people.  She loved to spending time talking with people and especially loved her family .  Betty was a Christian.

Betty J. Macy married Cecil T. Lankford September 30, 1950 in Neosho, MO and he preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death was her father and mother Charles and Hazel Macy; one son, Steven Lankford; one grand-daughter, Stephanie Lankford and three brothers, Wayne E. Macy, Garland Macy and Tommy Macy.

Survivors include; one daughter, Angela Culbertson and husband Jeffery, Duenweg, MO; One son, Dennis Lankford and wife Lynn Ann, Neosho, MO and a host of family and friends.

Special thanks to her nephew Wayne Macy.

Funeral services under the personal direction of Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, Seneca, MO, will be held at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at the Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jim Wilson officiating.  The family will receive friends following the funeral services.

Private burial will be in the New Salem Cemetery. The family has requested that memorial contributions to be made to help with funeral expenses.  

Charles Eugene Macy:

(Source:  Neosho Daily News, 28 December 1972)

Services for Charles E. Macy, Route 2, who died Wednesday morning, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Clark Chapel of Memories.

James Hall, minister, will officiate and burial will be in the New Salem Cemetery, west of Neosho.

Friends may call at the funeral home until 2 p.m. Friday at which time the casket will be closed and remain closed.

The family will be at the home of a duaghter, Mrs. Betty Lankford, Seneca.

Pallbearers will be Ben Williams, Jack Donaldson, Bob Smith, Floyd Smith, Ray Lankford, and Max Lankford.

Hazel Josephine Nutt:

(Source:  Neosho Daily News, 30 October 1975)

Hazel J. Macy, 73, Neosho, died at 10:30 pm.m. Wednesday at Oak Hill Hospital, Joplin, after an illness of two and one half years.

Mrs. Macy was born July 28, 1902, in Neosho and had lived here all her life.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Betty Lankford, Seneca, and two sons, Tommy, Rt.3 and Garland, Noel.  Two brothers, Claude Nutt, Wichita, KS, and Robert Nutt, Baldwin Park, CA.  Two sisters, Mrs. Ina Johnston, Winter Garden, Florida and Mrs. Mabel Sour, Joplin.  Eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Clark Chapel of Memories and burial will be in the New Salem Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home until service time at which time the casket will be closed and remain closed.

Louella Pritchard:

(Source:  Neosho Daily News, 7 June 1954)

Mrs. Louella Macy

Mrs. Louella Macy, 82, died in Sale Memorial Hospital at %:10 o'clock Sunday morning.

She is survived by six children, Arnold, Orville, Charlie, and Jack,Sr., all of Neosho, Rt. 4, Mrs. Harry Buzzard of Neosho, and Mrs. Jack Lowe of Joplin;  40 grandchildren and 87 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at the Belfast Church of Christ at 2:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon with Rev. James Hall of Monett officiating.

Burial will be in the Belfast Cemetery under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home.

Thomas Franklin Nutt:

(Source:  Neosho Daily News, 15 May 1958)

Thomas F. Nutt, Rt. 2, Neosho, died at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday at Sale Memorial Hospital after a four week illness.  He was born in Neosho and had lived here his entire life. 
Mr. Nutt was a concrete finisher.  His survivors included five daughters and three sons.  Mrs.  C.E. (Hazel) Macy, Rt. 3, Mrs. Jack (Ethel) Macy, Sr., Rt. 2, Mrs. Daisy Lindblad, Temple City, CA, Mrs. Ina Johnston, Winter Garden, Florida, Mrs. Mable Sour, Joplin, Robert, El Monte, CA, Earl, Riverside, CA, and Claude, Wichita, KS. 
Funeral services will be conducted from the Clark Funeral Home Chapel at 3:30 p.m. Saturday with burial in the Belfast Cemetery.

Etta Orvilla Griffith:

(Source:  Neosho Daily Democrat, 13 June 1950)

Mrs. Etta O. Nutt Dies This Morning

Mrs. Etta O. Nutt, 76 years old, died at 4:15 o'clock this morning at her home on Neosho, Rt. 4, following a week's illness. 

Mrs. Nutt, the wife of Thomas S. (sic) Nutt, was born in Sarcoxie and has lived in the Neosho area since she was three years old.

Surviving besides her husband are three sons:  Claude F. Nutt of Wichita, KS, Robert E. Nutt of San Diego, CA, and Earl Nutt of Riverside, CA.  Five daughters:  Mrs. Jack Macy and Mrs. C.E. Macy, both of Neosho, Rt. 4, Mrs. Charles Sour, Joplin, Mrs. Lewis Johnston of Winter Garden, Florida, and Mrs. E.T. Lindblad of El Monte, CA.

Mrs. Nutt was a member of the Baptist Church and the Royal Neighbors Lodge.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Clark-Bigham Mortuary.

Celana Rutledge:

(Source:  Neosho Times, 19 April 1894)

Mrs. Celana Nutt, wife of Henry Nutt, died Thursday morning, April 12, and was buried Friday afternoon.  She was a daughter of Thomas Rutledge who died at his home near this city a few years ago and who was one of the earliest settlers of the county, and at the time of her death was aged 60 years, 1 month, and 12 days.  She leaves a husband and several children, all now of mature years, to mourn the loss of a kind wife and mother.

Daniel Alexander Sreaves:

(Source:  Neosho Daily News,  30 September 1970)

Daniel A. Sreaves, 82, Route 1, Seneca, dieed at 2:35 p.m. Tuesday at St. John's Medical Center in Joplin where he had been a patient one day.

Mr. Sreaves was born October 28, 1888, in Huntsville, Ark.  He lived in this area 70 years.  He was a retired farmer and a member of the Swars Prairie Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Martha Sreaves;  a son, Floyd, Route 1, Seneca;  four daughters, Mrs. Christine Dobbs, Goodman, Mrs Ruth Marble, Huntington Beach, Calif, Mrs. Florine Macy, Noel, and Mrs. Betty Macy, Neosho;  three sisters, Mrs. Ethel Anderson, Hollywood, Fla, Mrs Fannie Ulmer, Asbury, and Mrs. Lula Kelly, Wyandotte;  22 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Services will be announced by the Biddlecome Funeral Home of Seneca.

(Source:  Seneca News-Dispatch,  8 October 1970)

Buried Friday
Daniel A. Sreaves

Services were held at 2 p.m.  Friday at Swars Prairie Baptist Chrch for Daniel A. Sreaves, 83,  Seneca rout 1, who died Tuesday, Sept. 29, in St. John's Medical Center at Joplin where he had been a patient one day.  The Rev. J.H. DeVries officiated.  Burial was in the Swars Prairie  aptist Church Cemetery under the direction of Biddlecome Funeral Home.

Grandsons served as pallbearers.

Mr. Sreaves was born Oct. 28, 1888, in Huntsville, Ark.  He lived in this area for 70 years.  He was a member of the Swars Prairie Methodist Church.  He was a retired farmer. 

Survivors inlcude his widow, Mrs Martha Sreaves, a son, Floyd Sreaves of Seneca route 1;  four daughters, Mrs. Christine Dobbs of Goodman, Mo., Mrs. Ruth Marble of Huntington Beach, Calif., Mrs. Florine Macy of Noel, Mo., and Mrs. Betty Macy of Neosho, Mo.;  three sisters, Mrs. Ethel Anderson of Hollywood, Fla., Mrs. Fannie Ulmer of Asbury, Mo., and Mrs. Lulu Kelley of Wyandotte, Okla.;  22 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Nancy Jane Roark:

(Source:  The Neosho Daily News, 6 Feb. 1953.  Note:  The newspaper misspelled her last name.  The newspaper spelled it "Shreaves" and "Shreves," while it should have been "Sreaves."  Also, "Dabbs" should have been "Dobbs.")

Mrs. Nancy Jane Shreaves Succumbs in Joplin

SENECA  (Special)  -  Mrs. Nancy Jane Shreaves. 63, lifelong Seneca resident, died yesterday afternoon at St. John's Hospital, Joplin.   Mrs. Shreves, who had been in ill health for about three years, was admitted to the hospital Wednesday.

Besides the husband, Dan Shreaves, who was admitted to St. John's Wednesday night as a surgical patient, she is survived by three sons, Ned, Floyd, and Harold, Seneca;  four daughters, Mrs. Fred Marble, Hickman Mills, Mrs. Garland Macy and Mrs. J.J. Dabbs, Goodman, and Mrs Dalton Macy, Wichits;  and two sisters, Mrs. Ernest Tucker and Mrs. Pete Nunn, Seneca.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Biddlecome Funeral Home.

Nancy Jane Roark

(Source:  Paper of unknown origin, but appears to have been written for presentation at her funeral.)

Nancy Jane Roark, familiarly known as "Sis," was the daughter of Samuel and Nanniee Roark.  She was born in McDonald County, Missouri May 18, 1888 (1889).  All her life was spent in Southwest Missouri, most of it in the Seneca area.

On March 12, 1912 (1913) she was married to Dan Sreaves.  T them were born three sons, Harold, Ned, and Floyd;  four daughters, whose names are now:  Mrs. Fred Marble of Hickman Mills, Mo.,  Mrs. Garland Macy and Mrs. A.G. Dobbs of Goodman, Mo., and Mrs. Dalton Macy of Wichita, Kansas.

The deceased was converted at Hart Baptist Church in her early youth but upon her marriage to Mr. Sreaves, transferred her allegiance to the Methodist Church, to which he belonged.  At the time of her death she was a member of the Swars Prairie Methodist Church.

Mrs. Sreaves' final illness began about three years ago.  She died in St. John's Hospital in Joplin at 1:50 p.m. February 5, 1953 at the age of 63 years, 8 months, and 18 days.  Her husband has bee critically ill in the same hospital and is unable to be present here.  All their children survive and are his comfort in this sad hour.  Two of her sisters also survive:  Mrs. Pete Nunn and Mrs. Earnest Tucker, bth of Seneca, and there are 14 grandchildren.  

Many have commented on the sweet patience with which she endured her long illness, and the confidence which she had in the wisdom of God's plan. 

Ned Roark Sreaves:

(Source:  The Joplin Globe, 20 March 1970)

Ned Sreaves

Ned Sreaves, 49, Route 1, Seneca, was pronounced dead on arrival about 9:30 p.m. Thursday at Sale Memorial Hospital after he suffered an apparent heart attack while visiting a cousin near the Hart Community.

Mr. Sreaves was born April 23, 1920, in McDonald County, and was a lifelong area resident.  He was a member of the Swars Prairie Methodist Church and was a farmer.  He was a veteran of World War II.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Gwendolyn Sreaves:  three daughters, Mrs. Nedolyn LeMaster, Carthage, and Amy and Nancy Sreaves of the home;  three sons, Alex, with the U.S. Army at Fort Leonard Wood, and Wallace and Nathan, both of the home;  his father, Dan Sreaves, Route 1, Seneca;  four sisters, Mrs. Dalton Macy, rural Neosho, Mrs. Garland Macy, Noel, Mrs. Bob Dobbs, Goodman and Mrs. Fred Marble, Huntington Beach, Calif., and a brother, Floyd, Route 1, Seneca.

Services will he held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Swars Prairie Methodist Church.  The Rev. Don Sheppard will officiate and burial will be in the Swars Prairie Methodist Cemetery under the direction of the Biddlecome Funeral Home. 

William Steven Macy:

(Source:  Two clippings copied into "Macy Genealogy," a book by Betty Tuggle Bell published June 15, 1998.  Date and source of the clippings are currently unknown.)

Clipping 1:

W.S. Macy, one of the county's oldest and best known citizens, is reported seriously ill at his home on Route 4, seven miles west of Neosho.  This will be sad news to the many old friends over the county.  This fine old gentleman came to this county about 1860, and has spent more than half a century in the community.

Clipping 2:

Death of Will Macy

William Stephen Macy was born at Emporia, Kan. Jan. 16, 1862.  He moved with his parents in early life to Newton county where he spent the remainder of his life.  He was strong and vigorous until a few years ago when his health failed.  He fought hard in his declining years to regain his health but it was in vain, and for weeks he stood on the threshold of death.  On Sept. 30, 1938, as relatives and friends stood helplessly by, he closed his eyes to pass from the bank of death's river into an unknown land.

Mr. Macy was united in marriage to Louella Pritchard in 1887.  To this union were born five sons and two daughters:  Arnold, Orville, Jack, Charley, and Mrs. Pearl Love of Neosho, and Mrs. Amy Buzzard of Carterville.  Two sisters and one brother survive, all of whom very tenderly cared for him during his sickness.  Also surviving are a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  One so, Claude, died several years ago.  Mr. Macy confessed in Christ 40 years ago, taking membership with the Christian church.  

A host of relatives, friends and neighbors gathered at the Belfast Church of Christ Oct. 2 to pay tribute at the last rites, and the body was laid to rest in the Belfast cemetery, which is a part of the old home place of his parents.  Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Foster Ramsey of Neosho.

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