Obituaries Published in August 17 California Democrat


John E. Barnhill, 67, of Clarksburg, passed away Thursday, August 11, 2011 at the Capital Region Health Center in Jefferson City, Mo.

He was born January 28, 1944 in Cowgill, Mo., to William David and Anna Jane Kinzie Barnhill.

Mr. Barnhill was a farmer and also drove a truck for several different companies. He was a member of the Eagles Club #4027 in California, Mo. He enjoyed coon hunting, riding horses, and taking care of his cows and mules. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Survivors include his partner-in-life – Connie Prettyman with her children – James and Jeffrey Prettyman; one daughter—Jonna Mooneyham of Wheatland, Mo.; two brothers—T.J. Barnhill of Independence, and Tom Barnhill of Clarksburg; one sister—Aleen Gadd of Latham, Mo.; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and three brothers.

Services for Mr. Barnhill were held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at the Cowboy Church near Tipton. Burial will be in Hickman Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the family.

Arrangements were under the direction of Meisenheimer Funeral Home, Tipton.



Bradley Craig Hall

Mr. Bradley Craig Hall, age 46 years, of Jefferson City, Mo. passed away Thursday, August 11, 2011.

Brad was born on June 21, 1965 in North Kansas City, Mo. the son of Morris R. and Judith A. Wilde Hall. He was married on August 17, 1995 in the Bahamas to Jennifer Raber who survives at the home.

A lifelong resident of the central Missouri area, Brad graduated from California R-1 High School in 1983. He received a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Missouri in 1987 and a Masters in Public Administration in 1991.

Brad was employed with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services as the Administrator of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention. His previous employment was with the Department of Revenue and the Missouri Office of Administration with Design and Construction from 1995 until 1997.

Brad was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, the Mizzou Alumni Association, and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors. He was teaching graduate courses at Webster University at Fort Leonard Wood.

He was an avid Kansas City Chiefs fan and always enjoyed watching his kids play sports, especially his daughters play Lady Jays Volleyball, Basketball, and Soccer and his son play Upwards basketball and YMCA soccer. Most importantly, he loved spending time with family, friends, and his favorite dog, K.C.

Survivors include: his wife of 16 years, Jennifer Hall; two daughters, Bailey Kaitlyn Hall and Madisson Paige Hall of the home; one son, Carson Bradley Hall of the home; his parents, Morris and Judith Hall of California, Mo.; one sister, Shelley Hall-Lloyd and her husband Greg of Kansas City, Mo.; his mother-in-law, Sharon Coleman and her husband Bill; his father-in-law, William Raber and his wife Janet; one sister-in-law, Laurie Coleman; two brothers-in-law, Craig Raber and his wife Devon and Jonathan Raber; a maternal grandmother, Marcella Wilde; one grandmother-in-law Frances Sanders; three aunts, Marcia Newland and her husband Roger, Grace Wood and her husband Curly; and Twila Thomas; four uncles, Kendall Wilde, Greg Wilde and his wife Wanda, Larry Hall, and Gail Hall; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Aubrey and Irene Hall and his maternal grandfather, Kenneth Wilde.

A celebration of Brad’s life was held at 6:00 p.m. Monday, August 15, 2011 in the Freeman Chapel with the Reverend Van Mitchell officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Hall Children’s Educational Fund, c/o Lynette Busch at Central Bank, P.O. Box 657, Jefferson City, Mo. 65l02.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.



Donna Lou Holder

Donna Lou Holder, 55, of Fulton, Mo., passed away Wednesday August 10, 2011 at her home after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born July 31, 1956, in Jefferson City, Mo., the daughter of Goldie Holder and the late Emil Dennis Holder.

She is survived by her fiance of 15 years Joe Phelps. She is also survived by her mother Goldie, twin sister Delores Sue Crowson (David); two nephews James (Beth) Rodgers of Ashland, Mo., Jeff Rodgers of Fulton, Mo. Several great-nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

Donna was a homemaker who enjoyed the beach, music and spending time with family and friends. She was preceded in death by her father Emil and one brother Cecil Curtis Campbell.

Services were held at 4 p.m. on Saturday August 13, 2011 at Sugar Grove Baptist Church in Columbia, Mo., with Pastor Harry Williams officiating.



Myrl Kathryn Kraxberger

Myrl Kathryn Kraxberger, age 96, of Stover, died Tuesday, August 9, 2011, at Tipton Oak Manor in Tipton.

She was born September 5, 1914, in Versailles, a daughter Stanley and Sophia Kate Cline Eyman. On November 4, 1935, in Versailles, Myrl was united in marriage to Alfred C. "Fritz" Kraxberger, who preceded her in death March 15, 1988.

She was a graduate of Versailles High School.

Myrl was employed at Smithson’s Incorporated in Stover for many years.

She was a longtime member of the Christ Lutheran Church in Stover, where she was active in the WELCA, a member of the Alter Guild, was Chairman of the Christ Lutheran Centennial Committee in 1970 and was in charge of the Women’s Work Day group for Missions for several years.

In her spare time she enjoyed sewing, quilting and gardening. Myrl loved to play cards and was a part of a ladies’ card group that gathered on a regular basis to play "Pitch."

Survivors include: three nieces, Cleola Steifferman of California, Betty Wilkinson of the state of South Carolina, and Kay Frances Wilkinson of the state of Arkansas; one nephew, Don Ferguson of Warsaw; her care giver and special great-niece Brenda Cram of California; also several other great nieces and nephews, great-great-nieces and nephews and great-great-great nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Myrl was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Ruth Ferguson and Ruby Green; and one brother, Daniel Eyman.

Graveside services were held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 12, in the Kipp Addition of the Stover Cemetery with Rev. James Gerdeen officiating. The recorded selection of "How Great Thou Art" was played. Interment followed with David Warnke, Jim Goetze, Jim Wilbanks and Mark Cram serving as casket bearers.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Christ Lutheran Church, PO Box 549, Stover, MO 65078 or the Preferred Hospice of Missouri-Central Region, 1900 N. Providence, Suite 311, Columbia, MO 65202.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Scrivner-Morrow Funeral Home in Stover.


Rose Marie Potter, 78, of California, Mo., departed this life on Saturday, August 13, 2011 at Moniteau Care Center.

Rose was born on August 23, 1932 near Russellville, Mo., the only child of Victor F. and Florence M. (Geiger) Reichel, both of whom preceded her in death.

She was raised on the family farm southwest of McGirk and graduated from California High School in 1950. After completing her first year at Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar, Mo., she met her husband to be, Billy Roy Potter of Sedalia, Mo. The couple eloped to Kansas City and was married on July 26, 1951 at Benton Boulevard Baptist Church. Billy preceded her in death in March 2009.

As her new husband was in the U.S. Army the couple started in Chicago, moved to Kansas City and then to Sedalia. In 1958 Billy responded to the call of the gospel ministry and Rose turned her focus from simply being a housewife and mother to that of also being a pastor’s wife, serving and supporting her husband’s ministry in Missouri Baptist churches for over 36 years. She was most recently a member of First Baptist Church in California, Mo. Throughout Rose’s married life she was dedicated to the service of her church and family. She faithfully gave of her time and talent to the church with music, education, church activities and mission work. Always the matron of a Christian home, everyone was greeted with a smile at the door and welcomed at her table. Mrs. Potter had been a member of chapter 521 Order of the Eastern Star, California, Mo., where she had served as Worthy Matron and as a District Deputy Grand Matron.

Rose is survived by three children, Sharon Potter Hoskins of California, Mo., David Potter of California, Mo., and Steven Potter of Kansas City, Mo. There are five grandchildren, Joshua Hoskins of California, Mo., Kelly Potter Dansby of Ft. Worth, Texas, SSGT James Hoskins USAF serving in Afghanistan, Joseph Potter of Los Angeles, Calif.; and Elizabeth Hoskins Batye of Hartsburg, Mo. She is also survived by five great-grandsons and one stepgreat-grandson.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services in California. Officiating was Rev. Greg Morrow. Burial was in California Masonic Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the direction of Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, California, Mo.


Guinn “Doc” Stanley, 84, of California, passed away on Thursday, August 11, 2011, at Moniteau Care Nursing Home in California.

He was born on June 3, 1927 in Houston, Texas, the son of Cordis Abige and Melvina (Hale) Stanley, both of whom preceded him in death. He was married on April 6, 1991 at the Methodist Church in Russellville to Pat Goff Higgins, who survives of the home.

He attended school through the sixth grade, and later in life earned his G.E.D. He worked as a master mechanic, owning stations in Dallas and Las Vegas; he was also a carpenter and electrician.

He is survived by five daughters, Gretchen Stanley of Tampa, Fla., Lisa of Joplin, Mo., Phyllis Williams of Dallas, Texas, Becky Fritch of Wisconsin, and LaDonna Hays of Dallas, Texas; one step-daughter Janet Heyer of Columbia, Mo.; two stepsons Larry and John Higgins of California, Mo.; two sisters, Betty Shoemaker of Alexander, Ark., and Alene Fite of Detroit, Mich.; three brothers, Jerry Stanley of San Antonio, Texas, Mack Stanley of Little Rock, Ark., and Stan Blake of Houston, Texas; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Steven Lee Hays; one sister, Shelma Bohannon; four brothers, Melvin Dean, Danny, Clifford Dale, and Clinton; and one stepdaughter, Dianne Higgins.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials are suggested to either the American Lung Association or Samaritan Center in care of the funeral home.

Arrangements are under the direction of Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, California, Mo.


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