March 22 Obits

March 22, 2013 

Avis Maxine Davis

March 31, 1928 - March 10, 2013

Avis Maxine Davis, 84, of Harrisonville, died Sunday, March 10, 2013, at Benchmark Healthcare of Harrisonville.

Maxine was born March 31, 1928, in Ft. Madison, Iowa, to Robert and Nellie (Deye) Simpkins. She worked as a seamstress for King Louie International. She loved quilting, garage sales and traveling. She was a member of Happy Homemakers Ladies Club and Red Hat Club, Bodacious Girlfriends Happy Hatters, in Harrisonville.

Maxine was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Davis, her parents and one daughter, Carol Sue Shepherd. She is survived by a son, John Davis and his wife, Gwen, of Garden City; one granddaughter, April Dawn Lackey, of Osceola; four great-grandchildren, Austin, Michael, Allison and Katelin, all of Osceola; other great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. She will be truly missed.

Funeral services were March 14 at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville with burial in Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville.

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Arrangements: Atkinson Funeral Home, 600 W. Wall, Harrisonville, MO 64701; 816-380-3268.

C. Wayne Reid

Nov. 5, 1922 - March 11, 2013

Charles Wayne Reid, 90, of Peculiar, died Monday, March 11, 2013, at Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville.

Wayne was born Nov. 5, 1922, on the family farm two miles east of Peculiar, the son of Oscar Elton and Mary Estella (Pheasant) Reid. He attended Thorngrove School and graduated from Peculiar High School in 1940. A lifetime resident of Peculiar, he spent his entire life as a farmer on the farm where he was born, raising sheep and cattle and various crops.

A lifelong Democrat, Wayne served for many years on the Cass County Central Democratic Committee and was the last Presiding Judge of the Cass County Court (1979-1986). He served on the boards of Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), United Missouri Bank, Baptist Medical Center, Casco Area Workshop, Cass County Board of Services, Wills Cemetery, Peculiar School District, Cass County Zoning Board and the West Peculiar Township Road District. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Peculiar, one of the founders of Peculiar Lions Club and its longest living member, and a founding member of both Cass County Water District #10 and Cass County Shrine Club. He was one of the original members of Twin Pines Country Club in Harrisonville and Cass County Historical Society. He was a Mason and a member of Mounted Guard of the Ararat Shrine.

Wayne married Marjorie Jean Chaffin on May 21, 1944, at her parents’ farm near Raymore and enjoyed almost 60 years of marriage until her death in 2003. He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, an infant brother, Oscar Elton Reid, and one grandson, Michael John Reid. He is survived by two sons, Charles (Chuck) Reid, II, and John (Jack) C. Reid and wife, Cathleen A. Shine, all of Peculiar; his granddaughter, Emily Anne Reid, of Washington, D.C.; his sister, Mary Elizabeth Jones, of Lee’s Summit, and one brother, Dr. Robert C. Reid of Lexington, Mass.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Peculiar or Food 4 Thought Backpack Program in care of the funeral home.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Friday, March 15, at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville with burial in Wills Cemetery, Peculiar. Friends called 6-8 p.m. March 14 at the funeral home.

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Arrangements: Atkinson Funeral Home, 600 W. Wall, Harrisonville, MO 64701; 816-380-3268.

Thelma G. Adolph

Dec. 5, 1921 - March 12, 2013

Thelma Gertrude Stewart-Hall Adolph, 91, of Branson, died Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at Cox Medical Center, Branson.

Thelma was born Dec. 5, 1921, in Springfield, to Edward W. and Thelma (Wristen) Stewart.

Funeral services were March 16 at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville with burial in Oakland Cemetery.

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Arrangements: Atkinson Funeral Home, 600 W. Wall, Harrisonville, MO 64701; 816-380-3268.

Ernest Roland Arnold

Feb. 3, 1944 - March 14, 2013

Ernest Roland “Ronnie” Arnold, 69, died Thursday, March 14, 2013, at Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville.

Ronnie was born Feb. 3, 1944, in Holden, son of Russell Lester Arnold and Virgie Waunita (Reno) Arnold. He moved south of Warrensburg with his family and attended Adams School. He graduated from Warrensburg High School in 1962. Ronnie served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was united in marriage to Deborah Jean Zink on March 4, 1967, in Warrensburg. The couple moved to Oak Grove in 1971. He was a tire man with Santa Fe Trucking out of Kansas City, Kan., for several years. More recently, he was a semi-truck trailer mechanic with Overnight, Inc., also in Kansas City, Kan., retiring in 2005 after 18 years of service. The couple moved to Harrisonville in 2000. Ronnie enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Survivors include his wife, Deborah; daughter Diane Johnson of Harrisonville; grandson William Johnson of Harrisonville; sister Waunita Wade and husband, Spencer, of Warrensburg; brother Robert Arnold and wife, Karen, of Warrensburg; brother-in-law Willie Zink of Warsaw; several nieces and nephews and his beloved Corgi, “Mini.” He was preceded in death by both parents; infant sister Donna Marie Arnold and two brothers Kenneth Arnold and Eugene Arnold.

Graveside Services were at 2:30 p.m. March 18 at Knob Noster Cemetery, with Reverend James Stanfield-Meyers officiating. Military Graveside Honors were provided by Warrensburg Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post #2513, and American Legion, Post #131. Pallbearers were Rob Arnold, Mike Wade, Wayne Mieser, Bryan Zink, Travis Zink and Bill Davis.

The family received friends 1-2 p.m. March 18 at Williams Funeral Chapel in Warrensburg.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Cass County Humane Society, in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be left at www.williamsfuneralchapel .net.

Arrangements: Williams Funeral Chapel, 609 E. 10th St., Holden, MO 64040; 816-732-4188.

Sandra F. Powell

Jan. 21, 1952 - March 14, 2013

Sandra Faye (Greathouse) Powell, 61, of Pleasant Hill, died Thursday. March 14, 2013, at her home in Pleasant Hill.

Cremation has been accorded. A memorial service for Powell has been scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at John Knox Village Chapel, 400 NW Murray Road, Lee’s Summit, MO 64081 with Chaplain Paul Budd officiating.

Arrangements: Wallace Funeral Home, 422 N. Lake St., Pleasant Hill, MO 64080; 816-987-2127.

Walter “Pete” Cummings

Aug. 9, 1930 - March 16, 2013

Walter “Pete” Price Cummings, 82, of Grandview, died Saturday, March 16, 2013, at his home.

Pete was born Aug. 9, 1930, in Harrisonville, the son of Anver Ferrell and Laverna Pearl (Bybee) Cummings. He was a 1949 graduate of Harrisonville High School. He joined the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War in Japan, working in the supply department.

Pete married Freda Marie Flanery on Sept. 12, 1953. He worked for Mickelson Barber Shop in Grandview and later opened Pete’s Barber Shop that he operated for 47 years, from 1961 to 2008. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Grandview.

He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Freda, of the home; two sons, Robert Cummings (Barb), Maryland Heights, and David Cummings (Lori), Lee’s Summit; one daughter, Kathy Cummings, Lee’s Summit; one brother, Ferrell Cummings (Alice), Grandview; one sister, Maxine Morris (Dick), Peculiar; his stepmother, Nadean Cummings, Harrisonville; seven grandchildren, Tony, Casey, Jake, Bethany, Michelle, Macy and Brady and one great-grandson, Kale.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. March 21 at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, with visitation from 1 to 2 p.m. Burial was in Freeman Cemetery, Freeman. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Kansas City Hospice (

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Arrangements: Atkinson Funeral Home, 600 W. Wall, Harrisonville, MO 64701; 816-380-3268.

Ed Wright

March 18, 2013

Ed Wright, 82, of Garden City, died Monday, March 18, 2013, at Research Medical Center, Kansas City.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at Medford Cemetery, Holden.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, March 22, at Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City.

A complete obituary will be published in next week’s Cass County Democrat Missourian.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements: Dickey Funeral Home, 711 Old 7 Hwy., Garden City, MO 64747; 816-862-6345.

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