Barbara J. Yoo

In Loving MemoryBarbara J. Yoo, 84 of Prescott, Kansas passed away October 17, 2016 at Prescott Country View Nursing Home in Prescott.  Services are pending at this time.  Arrangements entrusted to Mullinax Funeral Home, Drexel chapel (660-679-0009).  Messages of condolence may be left for the family at



Full obituary information will be published when it becomes available.







Larry D. Whittington

In Loving MemoryLarry D. Whittington, 79 of Belton, Missouri passed away October 14, 2016 at Golden Years Nursing Home in Harrisonville, Missouri.  Family memorial services to be held at a later date.  Arrangements entrusted to Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler (660-679-0009).  Messages of condolence may be left for the family at










Claude Gregory K. Housh

In Loving MemoryClaude “Gregory” K. Housh, 59 of Hume, Missouri passed away October 8, 2016 at Breezy Meadows Nursing Home in Butler, Missouri.  Cremation, with a Celebration of Life service to be held at a later date.  Arrangements under the direction of Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler (660-679-0009).  Contributions are suggested to the Rich Hill Youth Development Center.  Messages of condolence may be left for the family at


Gregory Housh was born November 22, 1956 in Kansas City, Missouri to Claude Milton and JoAnn Caswell Housh.  He worked for Heartland Health Services in Nevada, MO then worked for over 17 years at the Rich Hill Youth Development Center in Rich Hill, Missouri.

Gregory was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Charla Gayle Housh.  He is survived by his son Gregory Trent Housh (Trisha Hudson) of Nevada, MO, daughter Tiffany Gayle Housh of Lavergne, TN, sisters Cheryl Taylor (Keith) and Sheila Dean, grandchildren, Delta Johnson, Brandon Hancock, Audrianna Burris, and Bentley Miller.






Dorothy Lee Hodges

hodgesdorothyDorothy Lee Hodges, 79 of Drexel, Missouri passed away October 5, 2016 at her home in Drexel.  Cremation, with memorial services to be held 3:00 pm, Sunday, October 9, 2016 at Mullinax Funeral Home, Drexel Chapel (660-679-0009).  No visitation.  Burial will follow in Sharon Cemetery, Drexel, Missouri.  Memorial contributions are suggested in lieu of flowers to the Drexel First Baptist Church, The Red Cross, or the Disabled American Veterans.   Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Dorothy Lee was born March 29, 1937 in Drexel, Missouri to Russell and Mary Elizabeth (Jacobs) Bratcher.  She was a 1955 Drexel High School graduate as well as a basketball player.  She had a great hook shot.  Dorothy married Brad Hodges, the love of her life, on Valentine’s Day in 1976.  She was a dedicated mother and grandmother and was very proud of her family.  Dorothy also loved the Lord and was a long-standing member of the Drexel First Baptist Church.  Her generosity and kind heart touched the lives of all she knew and met.  Dorothy worked at the Osawatomie State Hospital in the Tuberculosis Unit and was one of the best waitresses around.  She lived her life putting the needs of others above her own.  Dorothy was passionate about her country and the Drexel Community.  She gave to many charities, especially to Wounded Warriors, which she held close to her heart.  Dorothy will always be remembered for her smile, kind words, and her generous spirit which guided her everyday.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Brad Hodges, father Russell Bratcher, mother Elizabeth Van Meter, half brother Billy Bob Van Meter, step-father Russell Van Meter, and by her grandmother Amanda Jacobs.  She is survived by her three children, Marcella Johnston of Drexel, MO, Bill Johnston and wife Carolyn of Clinton, MO, and Debbie Lancaster and husband Brad of Louisburg, KS, grandchildren, Skyler and Taylor Lancaster, Javyn and Braylen Johnston, Linzy Freeman, Livia and Tucker Dunham.






Lt. L. Wayne Richards


scan-1Lt. L. Wayne Richards, 70 of Butler, Missouri passed away October 4, 2016 at his home in Butler.  Cremation, with memorial services to be held 1:30 pm Thursday, October 20, 2016 at Mary Butler Meyers Funeral Home in Kansas City, Kansas.  Visitation will be held from 12:00 – 1:30 pm prior to services.   Messages of condolence may be left for the family at or  Services under the direction of Mary Butler Meyers Funeral Home, 913-334-6300.


Wayne was born January 16, 1946 in Boonville, Missouri to E. H. and Anne Richards.  He retired from the Kansas City, Kansas Police Dept. after serving 25 years.  After retiring, he and his wife of 31 years Mindy, moved to Arkansas.  There he logged timber to build a home overlooking Table Rock Lake.

Wayne enjoyed his farm animals, fishing, stained glass, zip lining, and building unique things.  He was preceded in death by his son Shannon Richards and mother Anne Thomas.  Wayne is survived by his wife Mindy, two daughters, Gidgett Vici and Stacy Cook, two sons, Keith (Colleen) Richards, and Kris Cromwell, seven grandchildren, a brother Travis (Joan) Thomas and a sister Denise (Gary) Harper.  Wayne wanted to give a special thanks to Ed Gaunce and to his family , Mindy, Travis, Joan, Keith, Kris, and Gidgett for always being available to help.  Also to friends and neighbors that came to visit and help out at the farm.

Thank you to all the great nurses on the 4th floor at KU and the Cancer Clinic.  To Leslie for sending a rainbow, and to Dr. Merino, Dr. Shune, and Dr. Miller for great bedside manners, making bad days good.






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.