06.27.11

HELEN J. HINERMAN WILLHITE

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:10 pm by Sue Alexander

HELEN J. HINERMAN WILLHITE
Helen Willhite, age 81, of Cottonwood Falls, died Saturday, June 25, 2011, at Wesley Medical Center, in Wichita, Kansas. A celebration of life service will be held Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at 10:00 A.M., at the Elmdale United Methodist Church in Elmdale, Kansas. Pastor Warren Olson will conduct the service. Interment, following the service, will be at 1:30 P.M., in the Blankenship Cemetery near Rosalia, Kansas.
The daughter of Orville H. and Edna R. Prather Hinerman,. Helen J. was born January 23, 1930, in Salyards, Kansas. She received her Associate Degree in Business from Emporia State Teacher’s College. She worked as a secretary for Santa Fe Truck Line in Wichita before her marriage to Lowell E. Willhite on September 13, 1953, at the Reece Christian Church in Reece, Kansas.
He died May 15, 1979.
She worked for Charles Rayl and Associates as a legal secretary from 1978 until 2009, when she retired. She was a member of the Elmdale United Methodist Church.
She is survived by a son, Gordon E. Willhite of Sedan, Kansas; two daughters: Lisa K. McLean of Newcastle, Oklahoma, and Lori R. Danler of Wamego, Kansas; seven grandchildren: Lucas Willhite, Dayna Draper, Hayley Sparks, Megan McLean, Erin McLean, Jeremy Danler, and Jessica Danler; and four great grandchildren: Ty Willhite, Reece Willhite, Mallory Draper, and Taylor Draper. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and a brother, Orville H., Hinerman, Jr.
The family will meet friends Tuesday, from 6:00 until 7:30 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Friends may call Tuesday, 9:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M., at the funeral home. Memorial contributions to the Chase County 4-H Council or Elmdale United Methodist Church may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, Kansas 66845. Messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

06.21.11

MILDRED ANN CAMPBELL PHILLIPS

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MILDRED ANN CAMPBELL PHILLIPS
Mildred A. Phillips, age 97, of Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, died Sunday, June 19, 2011, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls. A celebration of life service will be held Thursday, June 23, 2011, at 2:00 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. The Celebrant will be Susan Alexander. Burial will follow in the Phillips Cemetery near Reading, Kansas.
The daughter of George Thomas and Lida Thomas Campbell, Mildred Ann was born December 5, 1913, in Council Grove. She attended and graduated from Americus High School. She worked at a hardware store in Americus and for a telephone service in Council Grove before she was married. She and Walter W. Phillips were married on March 17, 1934, in Americus. He died June 1, 1991. They moved to Chase County in 1952. She was a homemaker, mother, grandmother, and friend. She was a member of the First United Methodist of Cottonwood Falls, United Methodist Women, Kensington Club, and morning coffee group.
She is survived by her children: Gerald W. “Gary” Phillips of Elmdale, Sharon Phillips Dupuis of Cottonwood Falls, and Sonda Phillips Bruce of Branson, Missouri; ten grandchildren; and 19 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a son, Warren Phillips; three brothers; and six sisters.
The family will meet friends Wednesday, from 6:00 until 7:30 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls.
Friends may call Wednesday, from 9:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M. and Thursday, from 9:00 until service time, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions to the Chase County Tech Center may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, Kansas 66845. Messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

06.06.11

ALMA JEAN SHELTON ATKINS

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:42 pm by Sue Alexander

ALMA JEAN SHELTON ATKINS
Alma Jean Atkins, age 91, of Strong City, KS.,died Saturday, June 4, 2011, at Morris County Hospital in Council Grove, Kansas. A celebration of life service will be held Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at 2:00 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls. After the service, she will be cremated and inurned at a later date in Strong City Cemetery.
The daughter of Charles and Alma Knapenburger Cowden, Alma Jean was born May 25, 1920, at Lawton, OK. She graduated from high school and attended one year of college. She married B.P. Shelton in Madill, OK. and they, later, divorced. She and Kenneth Atkins were married November 2, 1946, at Dubuque, IA., and he died in 1986.
She was proud of her American Indian background and was a card-carrying member of the Choctaw Tribe. Her family moved to Chase County in 1974. She was a homemaker and washed dishes at the Flint Hills Truck Stop in Strong City when it was open 24 hours a day. She was a member of the Veterans’ of Foreign Wars Auxillary. She enjoyed playing Yahtzee, watching Jeopardy and spent many hours working crossword puzzles.
She is survived by a son, David Shelton of Strong City; two daughters: April Pike of Ventura, CA., and Gloria Skaggs of Prescott Valley, AZ.; and over 60 grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands; a son, John Atkins; two sisters: Maxine Maynor and Betty Jo Waley; a grandson, Robert Michael Shelton; a granddaughter, Lori Dannatt; and a great grandson, Jacob Shelton.
The family will meet friends Tuesday, from 6:30 until 8:00 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Friends may call at the funeral home, Tuesday, from noon until 8:00 P.M. and Wednesday, from 9:00 A.M. until service time. Memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Messages to the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

05.27.11

BEAU ROBERT WALLACE

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BEAU ROBERT WALLACE
Beau R. Wallace, age 30, died, as the result of a motorcycle-vehicle accident, Thursday, May 26, 2011, on Highway 50 in Lyon County, Kansas. A rosary will be held Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at 6:00 P.M., at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Strong City, KS. The family will meet friends, following the rosary,at St. Anthony’s Hall. A celebration of life service will be held Wednesday, June 1, 2011, at 11:00 A.M., at the Chase County Jr.-Sr. High School in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas. Father Kelley Lackey of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church will conduct the service. Inurnment will be at a later date. The casket will remain closed.
The son of Robert “Bob” E. and Connie Ybarra Wallace, Beau was born May 28, 1980, in Emporia, Kansas. He graduated from Chase County High School in 1998 and attended Emporia State University for four years. He and Elizabeth Green were married and later divorced.
He attended and graduated from the Kansas Highway Patrol Training Academy in 2003. He was a Master Trooper working the Turnpike. He was a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Emporia, Kansas.
He is survived by his father and step-mother, Bob and Danielle Wallace, of Emporia, KS; his mother and step-father, Connie and Cecil Butter, of Cottonwood Falls, KS; his brother, Daniel Wallace of Columbia, MO.; four step-brothers: Patrick Carathers of Cottonwood Falls, KS., Tommy Butter of Strong City, Ian Sadler of Fayetteville, AK., and Private Lance Sadler in Germany; three step-sisters: Tammy Jellison of Topeka, KS., Zila Welsh of Tonganoxie, KS., and Autumn Irwin of Emporia, KS.; his grandmother, Helen Wallace of Waverly, KS.; and his companion, Tegan Fanders of Emporia, KS.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Nasario and Juana Ybarra and grandfather, Bill Wallace.
The family will meet friends, following the rosary, at St. Anthony’s Hall until 8:00 P.M. Memorial contributions to the Kansas Trooper’s Foundation may be sent in care of the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Condolences to the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

05.16.11

DENNIS A. “PETE” VARELMAN

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:17 pm by Sue Alexander

DENNIS A.”PETE” VARELMAN

Dennis A. Varelman, age 51, died Saturday, May 14, 2011, at his home in Strong City. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life service will be held Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at 11:00 A.M., at the Chase County Lake Shelter House, west of Cottonwood Falls. (Casual dress.) Inurnment will be held in Prairie Grove Cemetery at a later date.
The son of Charles A. and Carrie Nellora “Nell” Clark Varelman (Baker), Dennis was born April 22, 1960, in Emporia, KS. He graduated from Chase County High School in 1978. He worked for local ranchers and farmers while growing up in Chase County. He worked for the Chase County Road and Bridge Department, for 14 years, as a road grader, until he was forced to retire, due to his health, in 1998.
He and Margaret L. Mize Hughes were married March 5, 2010 in Emporia, KS.
He loved to hunt and fish. He really enjoyed teaching anyone’s children to hunt and fish. He was a very good and patient teacher. He enjoyed reading and spent hours reading books on various subjects.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret, of the home; one daughter, Penny Kemph and granddaughter, Kadria Belle Kemph, of Fort Supply, OK.; a brother, Tom Varelman, of Brush, CO.; four sisters: Sue Parker and Karen Baker of Emporia, KS., Nancy Ramirez of Pawhuska, OK., and Lenora Varelman of Council Grove, KS.; his step-father, Russell Baker, of Emporia, KS.; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister, Vicki Sue Varelman.
There will be no formal family visitation. Memorial contributions to the Chase County Recreation Commission, to be used for the 2012 Kids’ Fishing Derby, may be sent in care of the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Messages to the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

05.09.11

GAYLAND “GAY” WAYNE PARK

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:59 pm by Sue Alexander

GAYLAND WAYNE PARK
Gayland “Gay” Wayne Park, age 76, of Cottonwood Falls, died Saturday, May 7, 2011, as the result of a vehicle/train accident, near Elmdale, KS. A celebration of life service will be held Thursday, May 12, 2011, at 11:00 A.M., at the First Presbyterian Church (USA) in Cottonwood Falls. The service will be conducted by The Rev. Pat Ireland. There will be a private family interment in Clements Cemetery, Clements, KS.
The son of Wayne Way and Hazel Broiles Park, he was born September 24, 1934, in his family’s log cabin home in Elmdale, KS. He attended Elmdale Grade School and graduated from Clements High School in 1952. He married Minnie Beth Dawson on June 17, 1956, in the Clements Presbyterian Church.
He worked as a construction inspector for the Kansas Department of Transportation for 40 years and retired in 1994. He then worked for Cook, Flatt, & Strobel Engineers in Topeka for 16 years. He was reared on the family farm and continued to farm throughout his life.
He was a member of the Zeredatha #60 A.F. & A.M. Masonic Lodge in Chase County. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and being outdoors.
He is survived by his wife, Minnie Beth, of the home; a daughter, Tonya Kennedy and a granddaughter, Amanda Kennedy, of Overland Park, KS.; three sisters: Ginger Slabaugh of Altamont, Edna Ingalls of Strong City, and Esta Meade of Topeka. He was preceded in death by his parents and his son-in-law, David Kennedy.
There will be no formal visitation and the casket will remain closed. Friends may call, to sign the register book, Tuesday and Wednesday from noon until 6:00 P.M. at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Memorial contributions to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Emporia Rescue Mission/Abundant Harvest, or the First Presbyterian Church (USA) in Cottonwood Falls 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

05.01.11

MARY ELIZABETH GLASS ARCHER

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:43 pm by Sue Alexander

MARY ELIZABETH GLASS ARCHER
Mary Archer, age 76, died Friday, April 29, 2011, at her home in Cottonwood Falls, KS. A celebration of life service will be held Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at 2:00 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Pastor David Hatch of the First Baptist Church of Cottonwood Falls, will conduct the service. Burial will follow in the Bazaar Cemetery, Bazaar, Kansas.
The daughter of Roy and Hazel Rae Dyer Glass, Mary Elizabeth, was born August 24, 1934, in Burden, Kansas. She graduated from Burden High School. During her four years of high school, she was a star forward for the Burden High School basketball team. Before she was married, she worked as a dietary aide at Wm. Newton Memorial Hospital in Winfield. She and William Bill” Archer were married August 29, 1954, at the First Baptist Church in Burden. He preceded her in death March 01, 2002.
She was a homemaker and worked as a card inspector for Hallmark Cards and as a hostess at Hardee’s on the turnpike. She enjoyed people and was a good friend, neighbor, and mother.
She was the last surviving charter member (since 1957) of the First Baptist Church in Cottonwood Falls and served as the church treasurer for some time. She loved the outdoors, had a large garden and flower beds, canned much of the produce, and baked (from scratch) delicious food for her family and friends. Her children said that one of their favorite memories of her was “cooking the ingredients to make homemade ice cream” and then each of them getting to crank the ice cream freezer. She went deer hunting with her husband and the family enjoyed fishing and camping at the lake and along the river bank. The family traveled across the United States and she and Bill went to Germany when their son, Tim, was serving in the military there. Bill worked on the railroad, and during the summer, the whole family would go and live wherever he was working (in boxcars provided by the railroad). They saw most of the “points of interest” in Kansas. She liked to crochet and made lap blankets for people who needed them. Her family was very important to her.
She is survived by two sons: Thomas Archer of Cottonwood Falls, KS. and Timothy Archer of Louisville, KY.; two daughters: Debra Cain of Fayetteville, N.C. and Pamela Archer of Diamond, MO.; a brother, John Glass of Burden, KS.; a sister, Lois Sayers of Florence, KS.; and eight grandchildren: Thaddeus Cain, Franklin Cain, Daniel Archer, Amanda Archer, David Craney, Allen Craney, Andrew Archer, and Ashton Archer. She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant sister, Edith Glass.
There will be no formal family visitation. Friends may call Tuesday from noon until 8:00 P.M. and Wednesday, 9:00 A.M. until service time at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions to either the American Cancer Society or Cottonwood Falls First Baptist Church may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Condolences may be left at www.brown-bennettt-alexander.com.

04.29.11

MURRAY S. SANDERS

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MURRAY S. SANDERS
Murray Sanders, age 90, of Carbondale, Colorado, died February 4, 2011, at his home in Carbondale. A celebration of life graveside service will be held Saturday, April 30, 2011, at 11:00 A.M., at Prairie Grove Cemetery west of Cottonwood Falls, KS. Pastor Mark Eichler will officiate at the service. A McConnell Air Force Funeral Honor Guard will conducted military honors.
The son of Clyde H. and Mary A. Stough Sanders, he was born March 16, 1921, in Wichita, KS. He served in the Army Air Force during WWII. He and Helen Jones were married October 15, 1948, in Wichita, KS. He worked for 62 years as a printing pressman. He was a member of Zion Methodist Church in Wichita.
He is survived by his wife, Helen, of the home; three sons: James M. Sanders and Jack W. Sanders, both of Wichita, and Larry S. Sanders of Belvedere, KS.; a daughter, Jane A. Lindt of Carbondale, CO.; a brother, John Sanders of Wellington, KS.; three sisters: Marge Plantier of Houston, TX., Josephine Barton of Colorado Springs, CO., Fern Ward of Wichita, KS., Rosier Brandon of Wellington, KS.; eight grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.
Memorial contributions to Alpine Hospice may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Condolences may be left for the family at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

04.23.11

ALFRED “CHUB” LEE PINKSTON

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:03 pm by Sue Alexander

ALFRED “CHUB” LEE PINKSTON
Alfred “Chub” Pinkston, age 98, died Friday, April 22, 2011, at his home in Cedar Point, Kansas. A celebration of life service will be held Monday, April 25, 2011, at 10:00 A.M., at the Cedar Point Community Church. Rev. George Lespagnard will conduct the service. Burial will follow in the Cedar Point Cemetery near Cedar Point, Kansas.
The son of Levi and Ethel Houghton Pinkston, he was born January 29, 1913, on the family farm near Cedar Point, Kansas. He graduated from Cedar Point High School and attended one year at Emporia State University. He and Lucille Imogene Carrier were married in Wichita, Kansas, on March 26, 1940. She preceded him in death on February 21, 2005. He worked on the farm and drove trucks for the Crofoots. He was a Continental Bus driver for 15 years and logged in 777,000 miles. During that time he hauled many troops to and from their destinations. In later years, he was a cattleman and did custom farming. He loved horses and continued to ride the pastures and check the cattle.
He is survived by two sons: Gary L. Pinkston of Cedar Point, Kansas and Thomas L. Pinkston of Springfield, Missouri; four grandchildren: Shari Williams, T.L. Pinkston, Jr., Tiffany Pinkston Tegeler, and Crystal Pinkson; and two great grandchildren: Elizabeth Williams and Abigail Tegeler. He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers: “Bud,” “Cobby,” “Tack,” John, Ralph, and “Red” Pinkston; three sisters: Katherine Sharri, Mayme Smith, and Josie Foushee, and a great granddaughter, Sierra Pinkston.
The family will meet friends Sunday, 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. at Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Friends may call Sunday, from 3:00 until 8:00 P.M., at the funeral home. Memorial contributions to the Cedar Point Community Church may be sent in care of the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, Kansas 66845. Condolences may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

04.20.11

ROBERT “BOB” “BULL DURHAM” TRUSSELL

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:41 am by Sue Alexander

ROBERT “BOB” “BULL DURHAM” L. TRUSSELL
Robert “Bob” Lee Trussell, age 81, of Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, died Monday, April 18, 2011, at his home in Cottonwood Falls. A celebration of his life will be held Friday, April 22, 2011, at 11:00 A.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Pastor Rick Smith will officiate at the service. Military honors will be presented by a McConnell Air Force Base honor guard unit. He will be cremated following the service. Inurnment will be at a later date.
The son of Gilbert and Mabel Payne Trussell, Robert Lee was born in Strong City, Kansas, on November 6, 1929. He attended and graduated from Strong City High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force from August 13, 1954, until March 9, 1959, and re-enlisted March 10, 1959. He retired October 1, 1967, (20 years, 0 months, 27 days) with the rank of Staff Sergeant.
He and Donna Hensley were married April 24, 1959, in Cottonwood Falls. She preceded him in death January 18, 1998. Following retirement from the Air Force, he drove a milk truck for Fairmont Dairy in Council Grove, Kansas. He was a radio operator and was known as “Bull Durham.” He enjoyed fishing, playing poker, playing with the grandkids, trips to Arizona, and having coffee with retired drivers.
He is survived by one son: Steven Trussell of Emporia, KS.; four daughters: Donna Stiles of Fort Mohave, AZ., Sandra Turner of Yates KS., Robin Coffman of Atkins, AR., and Kim Trussell of Kirby, KS.; two brothers: Harold Trussell of Cottonwood Falls, KS. and Gilbert Trussell of Newton, KS.; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and six step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two sisters: Thelma Petersen and Hope Bullock.
The family will meet friends Thursday, from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Friends may call Thursday, 9:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M. and Friday, 9:00 until service time. Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, to Hand in Hand Hospice may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Messages to the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

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