Friday, June 23, 2017

Joanne Terwilliger

(From Bath-Naylor Funeral Home)

Joananne Terwilliger, 74 of Columbus, died June 19, 2017 at Pittsburg Care and Rehab Center.
She was born July 6, 1942 in Baltimore, Maryland the daughter of Herbit and Betty Giesler and had been an area resident for most of her life.

On September 14, 1976 Joananne married George Terwilliger in Miami, Florida. He survives at the home.

She was an active member of the First Christian Church in Columbus, KS.

Joananne enjoyed fostering children, taking care of her cats and gardening.

Survivors include her husband, George Terwilliger; Daughter, Carol Clark; 2 grandchildren, Vance Endicott and Laura Endicott; 7 great-grandchildren, Tagan, Tucker, Gavin, Ava, Charlee, Bella, and Ellis Endicott. 

She was proceeded in death by her parents, Herbit Gieseler and Betty Crawford.

Graveside Services will be 11 am Monday, June 26, 2017 at Messer Cemetery in Cherokee County, KS. 

A memorial has been established to the First Christian Church in Columbus. Arrangements and services are under the direction of Bath-Naylor Funeral Home of Columbus, KS. Condolences may be left at our web site

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Alfred Burgert

(From Brenner Mortuary)

Alfred Lee Burgert, 66, of Asbury, Mo., passed away at 6:15 p.m. on Sunday, June 18, 2017, at his residence.

He was born on May 11, 1951, at Pittsburg, Kan., to Alfred Leland and Betty Jane (Koontz) Burgert. He graduated from Pittsburg High School in 1969 and later from Pittsburg State University where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. Al worked in banking in Pittsburg, Wichita, and York, Neb.. He was also a longtime real-estate agent in Pittsburg. 

Survivors include his mother, Betty Burgert of Pittsburg, Kan.; a brother, Philip L. Burgert of Asbury and Branson, Mo.; a sister, Maretta K. Jeuland and her husband Abel of Chicago, Ill.; a niece, Christine Ware of Gladwyne, Pa.; two nephews, Marc Jeuland (Shuwen) of Chapel Hill., N.C., and Eric Jeuland (Jane) of New Haven, Conn.; four great nephews and one great niece. Al was preceded in death by his father. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. The family suggests memorials be given to the National Kidney Foundation. These may be left at or mailed to the Brenner Mortuary, 114 E. 4th St., Pittsburg, Kan. 66762. Friends may also leave condolences online at 

Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg, Kan.

Dolly Hoffman

(From Bath-Naylor Funeral Home)

Josephine “Dolly” Ruth Hoffmann 83, of Riverton, KS died 3:00 pm Saturday June 17, 2017 at her home surrounded by family and loved ones.

Dolly was born May 5, 1934 in Detroit, Michigan the daughter of Anthony and Josephine (Jessa) Brazas. Dolly has lived in the Riverton, KS area for the last 10 years having moved from Phoenix, Arizona. 

On February 23, 1957 Dolly married John Adam Hoffmann in Chicago, Illinois; he preceded her in death on August 24, 1975. Dolly was of the Catholic Faith. She was a very talented and creative woman. She enjoyed photography, various crafts and building things at her home including a gazebo she designed herself. Dolly will most be remembered as being a loving mother, aunt, sister and daughter and she will be dearly missed. 

Survivors include her daughter Julie Hoffmann Janisch and husband Roy of Columbus, KS; nieces and nephews who were like her children, Edward Brazas, Jr of Phoenix, Robert Abbott of Colorado, Edward Brazas III of Kansas, James Brazas of Missouri, Vickie Brazas McDonald and husband Christopher of Kansas, Anthony Brazas of Missouri, Travis Brazas of Missouri and Desiree Brazas Thiele and husband Mitchell of Texas; brothers Duane Johnson of Riverton, KS and Edward Brazas Sr. of California. 

Dolly was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother Anthony Brazas and niece Roberta Brazas. 

Per Dolly’s wishes private services will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family asks expressions of sympathy to be in the form of memorials to the SE Kansas Humane Society. Friends may drop off or mail memorials to the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home 611 S. East Ave. Columbus, KS 66725. Condolences may be left at Arrangements are by Bath-Naylor Funeral Home of Columbus, KS.

Eva Mayhood

(From Bath-Naylor Funeral Home)

Eva Pauline Mayhood, 89, of Columbus, KS died Monday, June 19, 2017 at Medical Lodge in Columbus, KS. 

Eva was born July 1, 1927 in Columbus, KS to Roy and Margaret (Chase) Laizure. 
On December 24, 1945 Eva married Lloyd Mayhood, he preceded her in death on February 26, 2010.
Eva was a laborer at the Garment Factory for several years. She enjoyed spending time at home and taking care of her family. 

Eva was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Mayhood; parents, Roy and Margaret Laizure; sister, Dorothy A. Jarrett and brother, Harold “Sonny” Laizure. 

Additional survivors include her sons, Carrol Mayhood and wife Dorinda of Aurora, Colo., Terry, Randy Mayhood and wife Brenda of Roanoke, Texas and Joel Kim Mayhood of Columbus; brother, Earl Mayhood of Indianapolis, Ind., one granddaughter, Dana Grange and her husband David of Lone Tree, Colo., two great-grandsons, Brendan Grange of Thorton, Colo. and Kelton Grange of Lone Tree, Colo.; step grand-daughter, Justina Cambell. 

Funeral Services will be 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Bath Naylor Funeral Home in Columbus, KS. Burial will follow at Park Cemetery. The Family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, June 26, 2017 at Bath Naylor Funeral Home in Columbus, KS. Arrangements and services are under the direction of Bath-Naylor Funeral Home Columbus, KS. Condolences may be left at our web site

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Big Ed Watkins

(From Derfelt Funeral Home)

Willard Edward Watkins, better known as “Big Ed”, age 65, was pronounced dead at 10:48 am, Friday, June 16, 2017 at his home following a sudden illness.

Big Ed was born August 13, 1951 in Graham, Texas. His parents were Thomas Leslie Watkins Jr and Lucille Emma (Schroeder) Watkins.

He graduated from Riverton High School with the Class of 1969. He has lived in the Riverton KS area most of his life. He entered the US Army National Guard in 1971, serving until 1976. He joined the Galena Elks Lodge over 40 years ago. He was also a member of the IBEW Local # 95, Joplin, MO. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He was an electrician. He worked over 30 years at Jackson Electric, Pittsburg, KS. He later worked at Vangel Electric, Joplin, MO.

Surviving are two daughters, Cari Watkins, and Teresa Watkins, both of Joplin, MO; two grandchildren, Kelsey Annis, and Evan Watkins; his niece, Margo Fletcher, and his nephew Paul Watkins, both of Las Vegas, NV.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and by one nephew, Eric Watkins.

Funeral services will be at 6:00 pm, Friday, June 23, 2017 at Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena, KS. Pastor Jeff D Martin will officiate. Private burial will be at a different time.

The family will receive friends Friday, June 23, 2017 at Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena, KS from 6:30 pm until 7:30 pm.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Willie Payne

(From Paul Thomas Funeral Home)

Willie Jewell Payne 93 of Miami passed away Sunday June 11, 2017. She was 93.

She was born June 25, 1923 in Durant, OK to Willie “Bert” and Lilly Pearl (Roy) Favors. She married Doris D. Payne on March 10, 1940 in Durant. She moved to Picher in 1956, where she raised her 11 children as a single mother. She was a loyal hardworking mother that devoted her life to raising her children. She loved Picher and loved her Picher people. She lived in Picher until she was forced to move after the tornado and the Picher buyout. She moved to Miami in 2007 residing with her son David the last 10 years.

She was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Baxter Springs, KS. She worked as a waitress and various jobs to support her children. She was an Ottawa County Senior Companion Volunteer since April 1990 until her health failed in 2013 and received an award for 20 years of service in 2010. She loved her many clients.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 4 sons, Virgil Payne, Charles Payne, Darrell Payne and Jerry Payne and 2 daughters Lilly Dardenne and Darlene DeSilva. 3 grandaughters Michelle (Kelly) DeSilva, Gayla Payne and Willie Ross and 4 grandsons Bobby Barr, Michael Barr, Randy Payne and John DeSilva and 3 brothers L.V. , Bud and Lee Favors and 4 sisters Betty Jo Mullins, Martha Olsen, Beulah Salle, Nathalena Hammett and Jackie Sloma.

Willie is survived by 1 son who she resided with David Payne and wife Alice of Miami, 4 daughters Wanda Barr of Baxter Springs, KS, Pat Rutherford of North Miami, OK Debra Crumrine and Mickey Jo Bogle and husband Jim all of Chetopa, KS and 1 sister Caril Stanfield of Talent, OR. 156 grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Paul Thomas Funeral Home Chapel in Miami, OK. Rev. Charles Clevenger will officiate. Interment will be in G.A.R. Cemetery in Miami, OK. Pallbearers will be Darrell Rutherford, Terry DeSilva, Jr., Gary Wayne Ross, Rocky Payne, Charlie Payne and Jake Payne. Honorary Pallbearers will be Curtis Payne, DeWayne Payne, Tommy DeSilva and Tim Rutherford. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home. Services have been placed in the care of the Paul Thomas Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Miami, OK. Online condolences may be made at

Friday, June 16, 2017

Charles Dudley

(From Derfelt Funeral Home)

Charles Leroy Dudley was born on December 19, 1934 to Charles Claude Dudley and Minnie Gandy Dudley. Charles was primarily raised by his grandparents, Richard and Bertha Gandy. He lived most of his life in the Galena, Kansas area where he attended the Galena school system. His gentle soul passed away on June 15, 2017 at the Quaker Hill Manor at the age of 82.

Charles was an expert jet engine inspector for over 36 years, retiring at the Neosho facility currently known as Premier Turbine. (Formerly known as Rocketdyne/Teledyne/Sabreliner/Premier Turbine.) He raised and bred racing quarter horses for many years, participating in races around the Midwest. He was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association and the Spring River Boat and Ski Club.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and uncles who were like brothers.

Survivors include devoted wife of 63 years LaJunta Jackson Dudley; loving children, Joni Jessee (Dean); Curtis Dudley (Jacquelyn); 3 Grandchildren: Matthew Todd Jessee (Judith); Julie Jessee Miller; Nathan Charles Dudley; 4 great-grandchildren: Taylor Black, Cameron Miller, Madeline Jessee, Matthew Graham Jessee. Charles will also be missed by an entire host of friends and family!

Services will be held at 2:30 PM on Monday, June 19, 2017 at Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena, KS. Visitation will be from 12:30 PM until the time of the service. Immediately following the service, the friends will be dismissed from the funeral home, and the family will prepare for Private Burial.

The family will be gathering at the home of Joni and Dean Jessee, 3220 Monroe, Galena, KS.

In lieu of flowers, charitable donations may be made to the First Christian Church of Galena, KS or a charity of the donor’s choice.