Nov. 29 Obits

November 29, 2013 

Mark Anthony Bell

Oct. 7, 1961 - Nov. 15, 2013

Mark Anthony Bell, 52, was born in Kansas City and died Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at his home in Centerview.


There was a Memorial Service at 7 p.m. Nov. 25 at Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill with Pastor Mark Conway of Hickory Grove Baptist Church, of Pleasant Hill, officiating.

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

Samantha Ann Schaffner

Sept. 9, 1973 - Nov. 18, 2013

Samantha Ann Schaffner, 40, of Hastings, Neb., died Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, at her home. Memorial services were Nov. 23 at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville.

Samantha was born Sept. 9, 1973, in Harrisonville, the daughter of Terry Lee and Kathryn Arlene (Frye) Schaffner, Sr. She grew up in Kansas City and was a graduate of Ruskin High School in Kansas City. She had lived in Hastings, Neb.,, for the past eight months. Samantha liked to draw and enjoyed crafts of all kinds.

She is survived by her father, Terry Schaffner, Sr., Grain Valley; her mother, Kathy Kurtz, Vernal, Utah; one daughter, Mariah Joelee Powell of Missouri; one brother, Terry Schaffner, Jr., Greenwood, and one sister, Heather Hobart, Grain Valley.

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

Melvin Douglas Taylor

April 27, 1951 - Nov. 18, 2013

Melvin Douglas Taylor, 62, of Harrisonville, died Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, at Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Nov. 22 at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville with burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. Visitation was 6-8 p.m. Nov. 21 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society.

Melvin was born April 27, 1951, in Richmond, Calif., to Ishamel and Ruth (Melton) Taylor. He was one of four children. He graduated from Wewoka High School, Wewoka, Okla., in 1969. Melvin married Vicki Kay Brewster on Dec. 8, 1973, in Freeman with Rev. Joe Brewster officiating. They are the parents of two sons and one daughter. He worked at Sears and Roebuck in his early years, House of Lloyd, and, most recently, for Universal Forest Products for 11 years. He served his community by way of Harrisonville Emergency Management and the nation by way of FEMA. He was working with FEMA during Katrina.

Melvin was preceded in death by his parents, father-in-law, Albert Lee Brewster, niece, Donna Hart, nephew, Landon Stafford, and Aunt Ruby Payne and her husband, Edward.

He is survived by his wife, Vicki, of the home; two sons, Jamie Taylor and wife, Emily and Daniel Taylor and wife, Carrie, all of Harrisonville; one daughter, Kristi Taylor, of the home; two sisters, Joyce Askins, Independence, and Phyllis Smith, Hagerstown, Md.; and his beloved grandchildren, Alexis, Kristopher, Hayden, Cole and Rowan; mother-in-law, Norma Brewster, Pleasant Hill; brothers-in-law, Larry Brewster and wife, Rhonda, Bates City; Garry Brewster and wife, Sherry, Urich; sisters-in-law, Carolyn Russ and husband, Ron, Canby, Ore., and Roberta Stafford, Harrisonville; nephews, Robert Smith, Grant Russ, Tyler Russ and Jeremy Stafford and nieces, Karrie Grimes, Morgan Hill, Jill Russ, Sarah Eppert, Tami Bestafaka-Cruz.

Melvin was a wonderful husband, dad, grandpa, brother and uncle. To some, he was known as “Mel,” “Doug” and “Papa.” He touched many lives.

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

Neva Jessie Green

Dec. 17, 1930 - Nov. 24 2013

Neva Jessie Green, 83, of Adrian, died Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, at her home. Funeral services were Nov. 27 at Atkinson Funeral Home in Adrian with burial in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian.

Neva was born Dec. 17, 1930, in Butler, the daughter of Vance and Minnie (McCabe) Talley.

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Arrangements: Atkinson Funeral Home, 142 E. Main St., Adrian, MO 64720; 816-297-2211.

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