Lillian G. Gibbons Kail

imag0009-1-1Lillian G. Gibbons Kail, 76 of Drexel, Missouri passed away September 24, 2016 at her home in Drexel.  Funeral services will be held 2:00 pm Friday, September 30, 2016 at Cypress United Methodist Church in Bells, Tennessee.  Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 pm Thursday, September 29, 2016 at Friendship Funeral Home in Friendship, TN.  A visitation will also be held Friday at the church from 12:00 to 2:00 pm prior to services. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at  Services under the direction of Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler, MO (660-679-0009) and Friendship Funeral Home, Friendship, TN (731-677-2673)

Lillian was born April 7, 1940 in Alamo, TN to James and Edith Kirchoff Gibbons.  She grew up in the Alamo area and graduated from Alamo High School.  Lillian was united in marriage to Harry Kail on July 12, 1958.  She worked for Brown Shoe Company and retired from Wilson Sporting Goods.  She and her husband then purchased the Madina Market in Madina, TN.  They owned and operated the market until Harry’s health began to decline.  Lillian enjoyed crocheting, needle work, traveling and especially spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Harry Kail in 2015 and by a son Harry Kail, Jr. “Bubba” in 2009, sister Clara Buford, and brother James Gibbons.

Lillian is survived by her son Anthony W. Kail, Sr. (Susan) of Bells, TN, daughter Jennifer Smith (Bobby) of Drexel, MO. , grandchildren, Tiffany Lee “T.K.”, Stephen Kail, Timothy Kail, Amber Kail, Anthony W. Kail, Jr., Marquita Kail, Seana Autry, Bobby Smith, Jr., Dillon Smith, Freddie Casey, Francine Gillard, Joshua King, Jawstin Smith, 18 great-grandchildren, sister Louise Forsythe, brothers Walt Gibbons, and Wayne Gibbons, along with a host of nieces nephews and extended family.





Robert “Bob” Wheatley

wheatley-photoRobert L. “Bob” Wheatley, 89 of Butler, Missouri passed away September 22, 2016 at his home in the Double Branch community. Funeral services will be 3:00 PM Monday, September 26, 2016 at Mullinax Funeral Home (660-679-0009) in Butler with Bro. Bill Perkey officiating. There is no visitation. Interment with U.S. Marine Corps Honors will follow in Double Branch Cemetery. Please in lieu of flowers, contributions to Heartland Hospice, Double Branch Church or Cemetery, or charity of choice. Messages for the family may be left at

Robert Lee Wheatley was born March 22, 1927 in Bates County, Missouri, son of Bert A. and Byrdie (Nehring) Wheatley. He was united in marriage to Dorothy Kauffman on November 9, 1952.

Bob is best remembered as a husband, father, grandfather, and friend. His world revolved around his wife and his daughter – that is, until the football game came on. You could spend time with him then, but it had to be watching the game!

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved wife, Dorothy on September 28 of 2015. He is survived by his daughter, Becky Wheatley; and his grandchildren, Alexandra and Scott Aldridge.

Susan E. Brunner

screen-shot-2016-09-22-at-9-22-58-amSusan E. Brunner, 59 of Amsterdam, Missouri passed away September 19, 2016 at her home in the Merwin area.  A Celebration of life will be held 1:00 PM Sunday, September 25, 2016 at the Amsterdam Community Building, in Amsterdam, Missouri.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Mullinax Funeral Home (660-679-0009).  Contributions in lieu of flowers are suggested to the Susan Brunner Memorial Fund c/o Citizens Bank.  Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Susan Elaine Brunner was born July 30, 1957 in Paola, Kansas to Raymond and Juanita Champlin Dyer.  She attended both Drexel and Miami Schools.  Susan was a proud member of the Local Laborer’s Union 1290.  Susan was her own person, she simply lived life the way that she wanted, enjoying her flowers, cats, sewing, crafts, and gardening.   She also liked canning and preserving.  One of Susan’s greatest loves in her life was her family, each of them brighten her life in there own way.  She loved her kids, her grandkids especially and all her dear friends.  Susan was preceded in death by her father, Raymond Dyer, grandparents, Dean and Thelma Champlin, and Lillian Huenefeldt.  She is survived by her daughters, Melissa Lowe and husband Raymond, and Amy MacLeod, son Tom Hackler and wife Kyla, mother Juanita Dyer, brothers, Clifford, Roger, and Raymond Dyer, sister Janet Lane, and grandchildren, Baxter, Jessie, Isabel, Brooke, Tommy, Korbin, Kadee, Shane, Shelby, John, Abby, and Alex.









DeWayne L. Gifford

gifford-photoDeWayne L. Gifford, 82 of Butler, Missouri passed away September 18, 2016 at his home in Butler. Graveside funeral services will be 1:00 PM Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Westville Cemetery in Westville, Oklahoma where Mr. Gifford was born. There is no visitation. Friends may sign the register book at Mullinax Funeral Home in Butler from now until time of service. Contributions are suggested to the charity of the donor’s choice. Messages of condolence for the family may be left at

DeWayne Leon Gifford was born June 29, 1934 in Westville, Oklahoma, son of Hershel and Thelma (Stevens) Gifford Swinney.

DeWayne attended Westville High School, and was united in marriage October 1, 1955 to Mary L. Fink. He served in the U.S. Army from 1958 – 1960. He was a lifetime member of Carpenters Local #315 and was a Master Mason from May 27, 1969 to present.

DeWayne was preceded in death by his father, Hershel Gifford; his step-mother Anna Gifford; his mother Thelma Swinney; sister Beulah Woodward; and brothers Ronald Gifford, Hollis Gifford and Robert Gifford. He is survived by his wife Mary L. Gifford of Butler; son Bryon Gifford; daughter Brenda Herman and son-in-law Jerry Herman; sister Lola Birticel; sister-in-law Susie; siblings Margaret, Don and wife Rovita, Helen and husband Larry, Kenny, Terry and wife Iris, Darrel and wife Janet, Bonita, Sheila and husband James; grandchildren Cody Gifford, Casey Gifford, Kendra Herman, and Joel Herman; and great-grandchildren Carson, Jonah, Jackson, and Cooper.

Betty L. Sherman

In Loving MemoryBetty L. Sherman, 88 of Holden, Missouri passed away surrounded by her family, in her home September 16, 2016 at her home in Holden.  Cremation, with memorial services to be held in Grant Cemetery, Creighton, MO at a later date.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Mullinax Funeral Home of Butler (660-679-0009)  Contributions are suggested to Kingsville Baptist Church Food Pantry, Crossroad Hospice of Warrensburg, or the Salvation Army Food Pantry of Warrensburg, Missouri.  Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Betty was born March 2, 1928 at the family home in Blairstown, MO, the daughter of E.J. “Shorty” and Carrie L. (Duck) Higgins.  Betty discovered a natural talent for sewing while in her 4-H club.  In high school, Betty enjoyed playing basketball and became the captain of her team.  She graduated from Blairstown High School in 1946.  Betty married Stanley R. Sherman February 18, 1947.  Fulfilling God’s noblest purpose for a woman, she became the loving mother of three children:  Kathryn L. (Sherman) DeBone, R. Shale Sherman, and B. Gayle Sherman.  She was an active member of Kingsville Baptist Church for over 20 years.  She devoted her later years to quilting for her family.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years Stanley R. Sherman, her daughter Kathy (Sherman) DeBone, her grandson Destry Sherman, and her brothers James “Jim” Higgins, Edgar Higgins, and Harold “Doc” Higgins.

She is survived by her son Shale Sherman (Tami), Warrensburg, MO, daughter Gayle Sherman, Milan, MI, son-in-law Dennis DeBone, Cement City, MI, brother Meryl Keith Higgins (Jan), Oak Grove, MO, sister Carolyn (Higgins) Robinson (David), Centerview, MO, grandchildren Michelle Sclafani, Carrie Ostermeyer (Jason), Rich Shaffer (Heather), Shelby McRoy (Ben), Ryan Shaffer (Jessica), Craig Sherman, 15 great-grandchildren, along with many beloved cousins, nieces, and nephews.






Steven D. Thompson


Steven D. Thompson, 17 of Smithton, Missouri, passed away Sunday, September 4, 2016 in Smithton. Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Friday, September 9, 2016 at the Mullinax Funeral Home – Drexel Chapel in Drexel, Missouri (660-679-0009). Visitation will be Thursday evening from 6-8 PM at the chapel. Interment will follow services in Sharon Cemetery, Drexel. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Steven was born September 27, 1998 in Kansas City, Missouri. All throughout his brief life, basketball was his thing; or really, playing with any kind of ball. He also enjoyed swinging and playing on his tricycle and although it worried his family, he loved jumping on the trampoline. He will always be remembered for his great smile.

Steven was preceded in death by his grandfather, Ronald Horn. He is survived by his mother, Tammie Walker of Amoret, Missouri; his father, Bruce Thompson of Olathe, Kansas; grandparents Cherie Horn of Drexel, Missouri and Theresa and Gary Mountjoy of Blue Springs; brother Edward Scott Walker of Collins, Missouri; sister Kimberly Walker of Clinton, Missouri; sister Heather Horn of Drexel; brother Christopher Walker of Knob Noster, Missouri; brother Brian Thompson of Gerster, Missouri; one nephew, two nieces, as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.


Linda L. Saddoris

In Loving MemoryLinda L. Saddoris, 68 of Warsaw, Missouri passed away September 1, 2016 at Warsaw Health & Rehabilitation.  Cremation, with memorial services to be held at a later date.  Messages of condolence may be left for the family at  Arrangements entrusted to the Mullinax Funeral Home of Butler (660-679-0009).

Full obituary information will be published as it becomes available.