LILLIE HESTER (ESTEP) BARNES
Hester Barnes, 90, passed away peacefully early Christmas morning, Dec. 25, 2014, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls, KS, where she had been a resident. Hester Estep was born Sept. 7, 1924, to Harvey Sims and Lizzie (Ford) Estep in Weston, TX. She graduated from Anna High School and was an Honor Graduate with a B. S. Degree in Elementary Education from Texas Women’s University. She married Sam P. Barnes on Nov. 13, 1943, and they were married for 61 years before his passing on Oct. 31, 2004. She was a past member of the Texas State Teachers Association and a member of Flint Hills Community Church in Cottonwood Falls.
Hester taught in the Dumas and Lazbuddie school systems for 23 years. The Barneses retired to Muleshoe in 1983, before moving to Whitesboro in 1989. She moved to Cottonwood Falls in 2004.
Hester is survived by three sons and one daughter: Ronny and Cindy Barnes of Lubbock, Monte and Delayne Barnes of Buffalo Gap, Mark and Karen Barnes of Farwell, and Frank and Marilyn Hinkson of Cottonwood Falls; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; three sisters: Oleta Self of Dumas, Una Van Hoozer of Weston, and Audrey Stembridge of Gilmer; and one brother: Aubrey “Bud” Estep of Van Hoover, Washington. She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Pearl; and five brothers: Charlie, Vance, Robert, Fred, and Evans “Sas.”
A celebration of life service will be held Tuesday, Dec. 30, at 11:00 A.M., in the Celina Chapel of the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Cottage Hill Cemetery in Celina.
A visitation will be Monday, from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M., at the funeral home. Memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the charity of the donor’s choice may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, P.O. Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. To convey condolences or to sign an online registry, please visit www.brown-bennett-alexander.com or www.turrentinejacksonmorrow.com.
RUFUS D. ALCORN
Rufus Alcorn, age 76, of Bazaar, KS, died Thursday, December 11, 2014, at Galichia Heart Hospital in Wichita. The son of Clell and Alberta (Hancock) Alcorn, he was born December 28, 1937, in Wichita, KS. He graduated from Valley Center High School in 1956. He and Caroline Steele were married May 23, 1975, in Miami, OK. He was a machinist for Boeing in Wichita for 38 years. He was Past Master of Masonic Lodge #364 in Valley Center and was a member of Sunflower Woodworkers Guild and the Chairman of the Toy Committee. He enjoyed making toys for less fortunate children. He was always there to help anyone who needed him.
He is survived by his wife, Caroline; two sons: Jeff (Shelly) Alcorn of Andover and Mike (Brandy) Alcorn of Wichita; a daughter, Trisha Alcorn of Valley Center; a sister, Judy (Kenny) Hill of Wichita; a step-son, Robert Newton of CO; three step-daughters: Suszanne Miller of Wichita, Gerre (Tom) Heathman of Bazaar, and Nicole (Richard) Cook of Abilene, TX; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Larry Alcorn.
A celebration of life gathering will be held Monday, December 15, at 11:00 A.M., at the Bazaar Schoolhouse in Bazaar. Burial will follow in Bazaar Cemetery. The family requests casual dress. Memorial contributions to the Salvation Army may be sent in care of the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
REX MARTIN BISHOP
Rex M. Bishop, 83, of Lebo, Kansas, died Wednesday, December 3, 2014, at Council Grove, Kansas. He was born January 28, 1931, at Lamar, Kansas, to Cecil Bishop and Pauline Standolf Bishop.
He joined the army during the Korean War serving two years. Upon his return from the Army, on June 10, 1954, he was married to Earline M. Gordine of Solomon, Kansas. To this union two children were born: Ronald R. Bishop and Kimberly S. Bishop. This marriage ended in divorce.
He started his service with General Service Administration in Abilene, Kansas, at the Eisenhower Library in 1956. In 1963, he was transferred to Emporia, Kansas, as Building Superintendent of the Post Office, where he retired in 1986. He was a member of the VFW and American Legion in Emporia, Kansas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Pauline Bishop; a step-mom, Muriel Bishop; a son, Ronald R Bishop; a brother, Edgar Bishop; a sister, Madeline Walker; and a nephew, Norman Walker.
He is survived by his companion of many years, Pauline (Joan) Burkhart of Cottonwood Falls, Kansas; a daughter, Kim Vering and her husband, Bob, of Salina, Kansas; and a granddaughter, Kiley Meyer and her husband, Chris, of Salina, Kansas.
His request was to be cremated. A private service is planned at a later date. Condolence messages may be left to www.brown-bennett-alexander.com
Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, is in charge of arrangements.
CALVIN LEROY NIGH
Calvin Nigh, age 90, of Cottonwood Falls, KS, died Saturday, November 29, 2014, at Morris County Hospital in Council Grove, KS. The son of Harry H. and Bertha (Lee) Nigh, he was born November 4, 1924, in Longford, KS. He married Betty Lou Marple on March 27, 1959, in Cottonwood Falls, KS. He was a heavy equipment operator and a truck driver for much of his life. He was a minister for 55 years, with affiliations with Pentecostal churches in Council Grove and Junction City, KS. In his later years, he salvaged scrap metal. He enjoyed auctions and never really retired.
He is survived by his wife of the home; a son, James H. Nigh, of Strong City, KS; two daughters: Mary Ann Paris and her husband, Martin, of Newton, KS and Linda S. Freeman and her husband, Bobby, of Benton, AR; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Vernon Marple, of Emporia; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers: Marcus Nigh, Harry Nigh, James Nigh, and Eddie Nigh; three sisters: Mary Ann Nigh, Jo Ann Nigh, and Erma Hoffner; and a great-granddaughter, Brooklynn Faith Burnett.
He has been cremated and the family will have private services at a later date. Inurnment will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Council Grove, KS. Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls is in charge of arrangements. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
JANICE S. (SNOW) LONG
Janice Long, age 72, of Cottonwood Falls, KS, died Sunday, November 2, 2014, at Morris County Hospital in Council Grove, KS. The daughter of Clarence and Zelma Mae (DeMullin) Snow, she was born May 12, 1942, in El Dorado, KS. She graduated from El Dorado High School. She and Jerry L. Long were married June 9, 1962, in El Dorado. She was a homemaker and worked, part-time, as a cook for USD #284 for almost seven years and for IBP for nine years.
She is survived by her husband of the home; one son: Darren L. Long and his wife, Toni, of Elmdale, KS; three daughters: Kendra S. Nguyen and her husband, Tong, of Sioux City, IA, Teresa K. Carpenter and her husband, Jimmie, of Neosho Rapids, KS, and Carrie L. Emery and her husband, Howard, of Morrisville, PA; one sister: Beverly Cervantes and her husband, Andrew, of El Dorado, KS; and seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father and grandparents.
She has been cremated. There will be a family service at a later date. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com. Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls is in charge of arrangements.
TERRY EUGENE SALENDER
Terry Salender, age 54, of Cottonwood Falls, KS, died Sunday, October 26, 2014, at Newman Regional Health in Emporia, KS. The son of Martin Eugene and Linda Jean (Krieling) Salender, he was born July 10, 1960, in Trenton, NJ. He obtained his GED and completed trucking school. He was a Certified Nurse’s Aide and worked for Beverly Enterprises facility in Cottonwood Falls until he was forced to retire for health reasons.
He is survived by his son, Michael Bonfonti (Crystal) of Cottonwood Falls, KS; two brothers: Eugene Salender (Brenda) of Cottonwood Falls, KS and Martin Salender (Brenda) of Trenton, NJ; two sisters: Kathrina Price (James) of Alabama and Linda Silverman (Thomas) of Trenton, NJ; and three grandchildren: Chasity, Serrena, and Kaydyne Bonfonti. He was preceded in death by his parents.
He has been cremated. No services are planned. Donations to assist with expenses may be sent to Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, P.O. Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
DORIS MARLENE (GOERING) GRIFFIN
Doris Griffin, age 86, of Cottonwood Falls, KS, died Friday, October 24, 2014, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls, KS. The daughter of Richard B. and Rachel H. (Stuckey) Goering, she was born July 13, 1928, at the family home near Canton, KS. She graduated from Cassoday High School in 1946. She and Edgar O. Griffin were married November 26, 1945, at the minister’s home in Cassoday. He died January 22, 2010. She was a homemaker, rancher, accountant, and collector of antiques. She was a retail businesswoman who co-owned the Wear House, a woman’s clothing store in Cottonwood Falls for 16 years. She drove a school bus for USD #284 for 25 + years and was a licensed real estate agent. She was a member of the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church and a past member of PEO Chapter BZ.
She is survived by three sons: Steven Griffin (Sharon) of Cottonwood Falls, KS, Stuart Griffin (Cheryl) of Raymore, MO, and Richard Griffin (Nancy) of Cedar Point, KS; one daughter: Nancy Burton (Dale) of Wamego, KS; three brothers: Don Goering (Jean) of Sacramento, CA, Dave Goering (Janelle) of Towanda, KS, and Ken Goering (Maxine) of El Dorado, KS; one sister: Mary Ann James (Maurice) of Wichita, KS; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a twin sister, Darlene, in infancy; three brothers: Paul Goering, in infancy, Richard Goering, and Kermit Goering.
A celebration of life service will be held Tuesday, October 28, at 11:00 A.M., at the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church with Pastor Kimberly Shank officiating. A private family burial will follow the service in Bazaar Cemetery at Bazaar, KS.
The family will meet friends Monday, from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M., at the church and friends may come by Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home Monday, from 10:00 until 3:00 to sign the book. Memorial contributions to the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church or to the Chase County Community Fund may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
PENNY CHRISTINE (JONES) POTTER
Penny Potter, age 58, of Strong City, KS, died Saturday, September 27, 2014, at her home in Strong City. The daughter of Kermeth and Charlotte (Fairman) Jones, she was born June 26, 1956, in Dodge City, KS. She and Michael L. Potter were married August 16, 1975, in Cottonwood Falls. She graduated from the Practical Nursing program at Flint Hills Area Vocational-Technical School in September, 1985. She worked as an LPN while she completed the nursing program at Newman Hospital School of Nursing. She graduated in May, 1988, and began working as a Registered Nurse in ICU at St. Mary’s Hospital in Emporia from 1985 until 1991 when the hospital closed. She was the director of nursing at Chase County Health and Rehabilitation Center for ten plus years and worked for Life Plans doing nurse assessments via phone until she was forced to retire, for health reasons, in 2012.
While she was working, she was a member of the Kansas State Nurses Association. She was a hard worker and enjoyed gardening, canning vegetables from her large garden, and sewing. Her family was her life, especially her grandchildren and great-grandson.
She is survived by her husband of the home; a son, Michael Todd Potter of Strong City; a daughter, Tracy (Cortney) Bartley of Lebo; her step-father, Don Dunn and her step-mother, Dianne Dunn of Burton, TX; five grandchildren: Daniel, Nicholas, and Ethan Bartley and Sierra and Hailey Potter; and one great-grandson, Zayden Saavedra. She was preceded in death by her mother and a brother, Billy Jones.
A celebration of life memorial service will be held Thursday, October 2, 2014, at 2:00 P.M., at the First Baptist Church in Cottonwood Falls with Pastor Tim Evans officiating. Inurnment will follow in Prairie Grove Cemetery west of Cottonwood Falls. Penny has been cremated.
The family will meet friends Wednesday, from 6:00 until 7:30 P.M., at the First Baptist Church. Friends may come to sign the book, Wednesday, from 10:00 until 4:30, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Memorial contributions to Chase County Wishes Project or Penny Potter Scholarship Fund may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
CLIFFORD CHANCE PATTON
Clifford Patton, age 82, of Strong City, KS, died Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls, KS. The son of Marron and Hettie (Ellis) Patton, he was born January 6, 1932, in Clarita, OK. He served in the U.S. Air Force. He was married to Hazel Miller and they had four children: Raymond, Shirley, Sherry, and Sheila before they were divorced. He married Sharon M. Garrison on March 21, 1983, in Council Grove, KS.
Prior to retirement, he was a transport supervisor for Boeing and a transport operator for Consolidated Freight. He attended Flint Hills Community Church and was an avid golfer.
He is survived by his wife, of the home; two sons: Raymond (Brenda) Patton of Blue Springs, MO and Joe (Danetta) Glanville of Gladstone, MO; six daughters: Shirley (Ron) Cobb of Yukon, OK, Sherry Nell Patton-McGuire (Rob McGuire) of Brighton, CO, Christy Copple (Larry Deering) of Independence, KS, Vickie Peterson (Mark Buell) of Cottonwood Falls, KS, Sheila (Michael) Maberry of Kansas City, MO, and Carla (Scott) Gallmeister of Cottonwood Falls, KS; 18 grandchildren: Ronda Coceria, Bobby Joe Siemens, Stacy Wesley, Billy Cobb, Nicole Patton, Sarah Patton, Amber Haliday, Alisha Daw, Tia Copple, Cody Peterson, Levi Peterson, Hetti Datha Patton Gallmeister, Cy Gallmeister, Bennie Gallmeister, Melanie Madonia, Anthony Madonia, Brianna Glanville, and Colton Glanville; 20 great-grandchildren: Abby Jean, Wyatt, & Shayla Coceria, Waylon, Trip, Koby Jace, & Landon Wesley, Questin & Casidi Siemens, Kayli, Cody, & Jon Cobb, Hailey, Chloe, Mark, Millie, & Charlie Haliday, Adrian Gallmeister, and Maykla & Charlize Madonia ; two special family members: David Kiser of OK and Christine Kabler of Solomon, KS. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Jerry Patton; and a sister, Dolly Patton.
A celebration of life gathering will be held Saturday, October 11, at 11:00 A.M., at the Cottonwood Falls Country Club with Pastor Bill Damberg officiating.
Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, to CCHS Golf Team Fund or Hand in Hand Hospice may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
WILLIAM E. “GENE” MEYERS
Gene Meyers, age 84, of Cottonwood Falls, KS, died Monday, September 22, 2014, at his home in Cottonwood Falls. The son of Samuel and Viola May (Brown) Meyers, William Eugene was born October 21, 1929, in Hannibal, MO. He moved to Chase County in 1943. He served, as an Airman 2nd Class, in the U.S. Navy. He and Anna Lee Blount were married May 16, 1953, in Cottonwood Falls.
He worked for the Santa Fe Railroad for years and, as a middle division signal maintainer the last five years, before retiring after 39 years. He was a member of the Russell Blackburn American Legion Post #2 and the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church. He was a “dumpster diver” who collected many items and spent time “tinkering and fixing,” enjoyed his train sets, and he and Anna Lee followed the children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events.
He is survived by his wife of the home; two sons: Larry “Tator” (Linda) Meyers of Cottonwood Falls and Jody (Kim) Meyers of Americus; a daughter, Brenda Meyers, of Cottonwood Falls; four grandchildren: Larry Meyers, Jr., Nicole Meyers Clay, Taryn Meyers, and Joey Meyers; and three great-grandchildren: Zakiah and Xaveon Clay and Chasity Clinton. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Marion Robert Meyers, and his step-father, Guy Lalodge.
A celebration of life service will be held Friday, at 11:00 A.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home with Pastor Rick Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Prairie Grove Cemetery west of Cottonwood Falls with U.S. Navy military honors.
The family will meet friends Thursday, from 6:00 until 7:30 P.M., at the funeral home and friends may come by Thursday, from noon until 7:30, and Friday from 9:00 until service time to sign the book. Memorial contributions to the James Jay Redick Playground may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
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