David Simmons, age 67, of Elmdale, KS died suddenly Saturday, January 7, 2017 at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, KS. The son of Robert Lyel and Mary Bell (Johnson) Simmons, David Lyle was born April 6, 1949 in Independence, KS. He graduated from Eureka High School in 1967 and attended Allen County Community College. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
David and Debra S. Fritch were married December 21, 1968 in Carthage, MO.
He was employed as a jailer at the Chase County Detention Center. He enjoyed spending time with his family and reading western novels.
David is survived by his wife, Debra, of the home; two sons: David Simmons, II (Theresa) and Joshua Simmons and his fiancée, Misty, both of Elmdale; a daughter, Sarah Parker (Kevin) of Springfield, MO; a brother, Robert Simmons (Sandy) of Yates Center; two sisters: Loretta Hershberger (Lyman) of Toronto and Marcia McNitt (Gordon ) of Yates Center; seven grandchildren: Andrea Annette Jackson, Matthew Wade Simmons, Cody Joe Parker, Tyler James Parker, Tagan Michelle Ward, Talan Terry Ward, and Ally Rea Simmons; and one great-grandchild, Oliver Scott Jackson. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, LeVern Simmons.
The visitation will be Friday, from 6 until 7:30, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls. A graveside celebration of life service will be held Saturday, January 14, at 2:00 at the Elmdale Cemetery. A U.S. Army detail from Fort Riley will present military honors.
Memorial will be designated at a later date. Please make checks payable to Debra Simmons and sent in care of the funeral home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845.
John L. “Jack” Potter
John L. Potter, age 67, of Allen, KS died Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at his residence in Allen. The son of William H. and Katherine (Marlett) Potter, John Lynn was born January 23, 1949 in El Dorado, KS. He married Beverly A. Kissell December 11, 1982 in Rockvale, CO.
John was a life time self-employed roofing contractor and also a co-owner of a construction company. He was an avid Denver Broncos fan and enjoyed golfing, fishing and yard work.
John is survived by his wife Beverly of the home; sons Tony Potter of Kansas City, KS, Tyson Brammell (Karen) of Bradford, VT, Artie Potter of Florence, CO and John L. Potter (April) of Allen; daughter Kana Johnson (Calvin) of Chelsea, VT; brothers Dan Potter (Barbara) of Cunningham, Rick Potter of Allen; sisters Joyce Buckridge (John) of Americus and Donna Slade of Allen; 16 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, son Michael Todd Potter; brothers Bill and Les Potter and sister Marla Fulkerson.
A celebration of life service will be held Friday at 11:00 at the Flint Hills Community Church with burial following at Prairie Grove Cemetery, Cottonwood Falls. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 6:00 until 7:30 at the church in Cottonwood Falls. The family is respectfully asking for donations toward the funeral expenses which may be sent to Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Online messages may be left at brown-bennett-alexander.com.
Lois I. (Osborne) Hannigan
Lois I. Hannigan, age 85, of Cottonwood Falls, KS died Monday, December 12, 2016 at Chase County Care & Rehabilitation Center in Cottonwood Falls, KS. Lois was a long time Miller, KS resident. The daughter of William G. and Margaret Ann Nettie (Bolinder) Osborne, Lois was born March 7, 1931 at the family farm near Admire, KS. She graduated from Admire High School and married Patrick M. Hannigan March 16, 1957 in Emporia. He preceded her in death in 1985.
Lois worked at a bank in Wichita prior to her marriage. She was a homemaker until her husband’s death when she went to work at Burlingame Apparel. She moved to Cottonwood Falls in 2000 and worked at several local restaurants until her retirement. Lois attended the Miller United Methodist Church, and enjoyed gardening, cooking, canning, sewing and embroidery.
Lois is survived by her sons Kevin Hannigan (Lynnette) of Strong City and Myron Hannigan (Amelia) of Lawrence; sister Arlene Hopper of Emporia; grandchildren Kyle Hannigan(Emily) and Kelly Hannigan, and a great granddaughter Ellis Hannigan. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, and four sisters Gerry Jones, Wilma Conway, Helen Redeker and Dorothy Goodell.
A celebration of life service will be held Friday, December 16 at 11:00 at the Miller United Methodist Church, Miller, KS and burial following at Ivy Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, December 15,
6-7:30pm at Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls. Memorial contributions to Chase County EMS can be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845.
Helen L. (Brecht) Green Johnson
Helen Green Johnson, age 97, died Friday, December 2, 2016 at Chase County Care & Rehabilitation at Cottonwood Falls, KS. The daughter of Henry C. and Martha (Wehrenberg) Brecht, Helen was born November 18, 1919 at the family home on Rock Creek Road in the Bazaar area of Chase County. She graduated from Chase County Community High School in 1937. She and Howard C. Green were married on June 9, 1941 in Emporia. He preceded her in death on July 22, 1976.
She and Howard Johnson were married November 2, 1991 and he preceded her in death on April 15, 2006.
Helen worked as a cook for the Strong City Grade School and at Newman Hospital prior to her retirement. Helen was a lifetime member of Grace Lutheran Church and a member of the Lutheran Ladies Aid. She loved having her family together, enjoyed walking, and spent much time making embroidery and ceramic gifts for her family. Helen sang and enjoyed dancing, especially square dancing. She traveled to Hawaii and Canada and even rode motorcycles.
Helen is survived by her son, Barry Green (Carol) of Shawnee; two daughters: Judith Gordon and Angie Thompson (Tom) of Strong City; a daughter-in-law, Ruth Green of Elmdale; a brother, Wayne Brecht (Nellie) of Crane, MO; two sisters: Ella Mae Schroer of Strong City and Selma Nelson of Bolivar, MO; 15 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; a son, Gerald Green; three brothers: Henry, Martin, and Milton Brecht; two sisters: Anna Bastin and Lena Rucker; and three grandchildren: Cindy and Darryl Gordon and Jake Thompson.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11:00 at Grace Lutheran Church in Strong City. No visitation is planned. The family will have a private family committal service in Strong Township Cemetery.
Memorial contributions to Grace Lutheran Church, the Strong City Park Project, or the Chase County Senior Center may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Online messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
GLADYS F. (BALDWIN) BIGGS
Gladys Faye Biggs died in her pink robe, Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at home in the presence of her two daughters, a granddaughter, and the Holy Spirit. She was one of seven daughters born to Clara and Charles Baldwin on January 1, 1921 in Potwin, KS. She lived her early years in the Potwin and Oxford areas of Kansas. She was raised by an older sister and husband, Mae and Jim Robbins, after the death of her father when she was 11. She graduated from Oxford Rural High School in 1938 and El Dorado Junior College. She is the last of an era of strong generation women who had a strong work ethic.
She married Howard Biggs on October 11, 1940 and had three children: Sharon, Sue, and Larry. After Howard’s death on March 23, 1997 Gladys moved to Cottonwood Falls from their home outside Strong City. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Strong City, the Methodist Women’s group, and the Hillside Country Club. When her children were younger, she was one of the sponsors of MYF. She sold Avon for many years and won many awards in this regard. She always had a huge garden and was half of the Biggs & Biggs farming team. She was a good cook and made the best orange rolls.
She is survived by her two daughters: Sharon French of Georgetown, TX, and Sue Mountain of Cottonwood Falls; seven grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her son, Larry Biggs.
A celebration of life service will be held Tuesday at 10:30 at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls. Burial will follow at 2:00 P.M. in the McGill Cemetery in Potwin. There will be no visitation. Memorial contributions to the Chase County Senior Center may be sent in care of the funeral home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Messages to the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
HARRY HOUSTON HEMBREE
Harry Hembree, age 87, of Cottonwood Falls, KS, died Sunday, November 13, 2016, at Newman Regional Health in Emporia, KS. The son of Harry G. and Letha Ann (Porter) Hembree, Harry Houston was born August 10, 1929, in Springfield, MO. He graduated from high School in Springfield in 1947 and completed some college hours. He and Jerry Lou Rice were married April 30, 1949, in Seguin, TX.
During the following years, he worked for Johns Manville, a commercial pipe insulation company, in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, OK, and in Houston and San Antonio, TX. as a bids, submission manager for commercial accounts. He was a member of the First Methodist Church in Cottonwood Falls and a previous member of the Rotary Club in Tulsa. He was an avid golfer and would play golf in any weather.
Harry is survived by his wife, Jerry Lou, of the home; four daughters: Patricia Leigh Sandidge of LaMarque, TX, Sharon Kay Clute (Richard) of Cottonwood Falls, Carol Sue Boshears (Bill) of Oak Harbor, WA, and Tammy Jean Ginn (Randy) of Longview, TX; a sister, Charlotte Patricia Brewer of Galveston, TX; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Wayne Hembree; and a sister, Martha Lou Dingman.
There will be a private, family gathering following cremation. Memorial contributions to the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, P.O. Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Online messages to the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
BERNICE B. (PRITCHETT) JOHNSON
Bernice Johnson, 90, of Cottonwood Falls, formerly from Strong City, died Sunday, November 6, 2016, at Chase County Care & Rehabilitation in Cottonwood Falls. The daughter of Harry and Sarah (Pyle) Pritchett, Bernice was born February 28, 1926, in Homestead Community, KS. She graduated from Strong City Rural High in 1944. She and Roy Johnson were married June 7, 1944, in Newton, KS. They celebrated 55 years of marriage prior to his death on June 13, 1999.
Bernice worked as a waitress in local restaurants and was a cook at the nursing home in Cottonwood Falls. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and volunteered at the Chase County Senior Center until her health started failing. She and Roy played cards with other couples and they enjoyed their children’s sporting events.
She is survived by her son, Doug Johnson (Lynette) of Emporia; her brother, Harry “Jr” Pritchett (Lucille) of Newton; her sister, Norma Bjorge (Darwin) of Lake Ozark, MO; 15 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three daughters: Linda Sue Garr, Myrla Dawn Nigh, and Lela Ann Smith; two sisters: Faye Holderman and Thelma Swift; and one grandson: Darrin Counseller.
A celebration of life service will be held Friday, November 11, at 11:00, at the First Baptist Church in Cottonwood Falls with burial in Strong City Cemetery. The visitation will be held Thursday, from 6:00 until 7:30 P.M., at the First Baptist Church.
Memorial contributions to the Chase County Senior Center or to the First Baptist Church may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, P.O. Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Online messages to the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
WILLIAM T. LAMEY
Bill Lamey, age 72, of Elmdale, KS, died Wednesday, October 19, 2016, in a two vehicle accident on US Highway 50 just east of Strong City, KS. The son of Karl, Jr. and Nettie (Harmon) Lamey, William Terrance was born December 7, 1943, in Titusville, PA. and graduated from Titusville High School.
He was a self-employed truck driver until his retirement. He and Kathleen Bedow were married and to that union were born three children: Billy, Karey, and Stacy before they divorced. He and Donna (Barby) Starks were married May 4, 2006, in Miami, OK. She preceded him in death on July 3, 2016.
Bill loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter. He spent time rebuilding antique cars.
Bill is survived by one son: Billy Lamey (Michelle) of Greensburg, PA; two daughters: Karey Burton of Atlanta, KS and Stacy Long (Rob) of Charlotte, NC; one brother: Rev. Karl Lamey (Sharyn) of Titusville, PA; four grandchildren: Wil Lamey, Jordan, Alexis, and Sydney Long, and Payton Burton; one step-son, Brad Starks (Pam) of Blue Jacket, OK; three step-daughters: Beth Vogel (Alan) of Wright, KS, Cathy Schlup (Steve) of Cottonwood Falls, and Jayne Mayes (Mike) of Matfield Green, KS; 10 step-grandchildren; and 16 step-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters: Debbie McCandless and Karol McClellan.
A celebration of life memorial service will be held Wednesday, at 11:00, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. A service will be held in Titusville at a later date.
Bill has been cremated. In lieu of flowers, please give to the memorial. Memorial contributions to the Chase County All Veterans Memorial may be sent in care of the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Online condolences may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
JAMES “JIM” RUSSELL THURSTON
Jim Thurston, 79, of Burdick, KS, died Wednesday, October 12, 2016, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls. The son of Edward C. and Osha (Jack) Thurston, Jim was born February 5, 1937, in Chase County, KS. He graduated from Elmdale High School in 1955 and attended two years of college at Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia. He and JoAnn Buchman were married November 24, 1957, at the United Methodist Church in Elmdale, KS.
Jim was an entrepreneur, founding Round-up Enterprises in Hillsboro, KS, and Round-up Tank Co in Big Spring, TX, engaged in manufacturing oil field storage tanks and related products. He was a member of the Elmdale United Methodist Church, the Hillboro Development Corporation, and the American Welding Society. He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. Jim was a lover of nature and animals, especially his dogs. Over the years there were many: Max, Bloopie, Yogi, Trapper John, and most recently, Sam.
He is survived by his wife; two sons: Lou (Lori) Thurston of Hillsboro and Kirk (Angela) Thurston of Harper; two daughters: Debra (Terry) Scott of Allen, TX and Marty Thurston and Wayne Criger of Plano, TX; a sister, Charlotte Dawson of Marion; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers: Prentice Thurston and Charles Thurston.
Cremation is planned. There will be a service at a later date. Interment of his cremated remains will be in Prairie Grove Cemetery, near Cottonwood Falls, at a later date.
Memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association may be sent in care of the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Condolences may be left online at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
DONALD WESLEY STAFFORD
Don Stafford, 91, of Cottonwood Falls, KS, died Friday, October 7, 2016, at his home. The son of Cecil and Mildred (Reed) Stafford, Donald was born August 2, 1925, in Topeka, KS.
He graduated from Tipton High School in 1943 and served in the U.S. Navy during WWII.
He and Elizabeth Ann Ellis were married November 10, 1978, in Miami, OK.
Don was a farmer and later worked construction building bridges and doing carpentry jobs, including work on a Madison school building and Village School. His employment, before he retired in 1990, was as janitor/landscape/handyman at EVCO Foods.
Don was a member of the Flint Hills Community Church and a lifetime member of VFW Post 1980 in Emporia. He enjoyed tinkering with small vehicles such as golf carts and his 1943 Ferguson tractor. His pride and joy was his 1982 Chevrolet pickup. He spent many hours outdoors mowing and helping with the flowerbeds in the yard. Don loved his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Liz, of the home; four daughters: Linda Lyne of Boise, ID, Ces Mallon and Sheila Stafford of Salina, and Les Finley (Randy) of Libby, MT; two step-sons:
Lloyd Taylor (Nancy) of Lincoln, NE and Tom Taylor (Colleen) of Chanute; one step-daughter, Valerie Garrison of Ottawa; numerous grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Patricia Johnson; his parents; a brother, Galen Stafford; and three sisters: Marlene Johnson, Merne Willard, and Glenda Fowler.
A celebration of life service will be held Wednesday, at 11:00, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. A private, family burial in the Cottonwood Cemetery near Emporia will follow with military honors presented by a U.S. Navy Funeral Detail. There will be no visitation.
Memorial contributions to the Chase County Senior Center may be sent in care of the funeral home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Condolences may be left online at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
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