July 24, 2008

(1/1/1937 - 7/16/2008)

Myron R. Sonny Cantril, 71, of Gorin, MO, went home to be with the Lord. Myron passed away peacefully at home, on July 16, 2008. He was born to Myron S. and Ruth Cantril on January 1, 1937, at Sioux City, IA.

Myron was a loving and compassionate husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Myron served his country in Japan, The Korean Conflict, Vietnam and the Cuban Missile CNSS. He received both the bronze star and purple heart along with a combination of medals.

He was a member of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his loving wife Barbara of Gorin, MO, three children Debbie Anderson and her husband Dan of Reno, NV, Mike Cantril of Memphis, MO, and Cindy Jones and husband Jon of Lancaster, MO; 11 grandchildren, six step-grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; four sisters Ruth Ann Searles, of Omaha, NE, Bedonna Beaver and husband Earl of Omaha, NE, Susie Manann of Elkhorn, NE, and Merce Mount of Sioux City, IA.

Memorials are suggested to the Family, and may be left at or mailed to the Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 E. Madison, Memphis, MO 63555.

Funeral Services were held on Saturday, July 19, 2008, at the Payne Funeral Chapel, Memphis, with Brother Leland Oliver, officiating. Musicians were Marsha Davis, organist, and Angela Westhoff, soloist. Pallbearers were Zack Orton, Jon Jones, David Wiggins, Larry Wiggins, DVM, Mark Myers, Brandon Cantril, and Mike Ahland. Honorary Pallbearers were Preston Orton and Shawn Howard. Interment was in the Gorin Cemetery, Gorin, MO, with Military Honors.

EVA JANE JONES (2/16/1928) – 11/29/2016)

Eva Jane Jones, 88 of Memphis, MO, passed away November 29, 2016 at the Scotland County Care Center in Memphis.

The daughter of Leo and Silpha Jane (Shawly) Havens, she was born February 16, 1928 in Memphis, MO.

She graduated from Memphis High School, taught at rural schools, ran the Memphis Swimming Pool and worked at JC Penney in Memphis and Maryville.

She was the proud mother of two sons, Stephen and Stanley Bissell.  She married Fred Jones in December 1969.  Her favorite past-time was reading.

Left to honor her memory are her sons, Steve Bissell of Memphis, Stan and wife Betty Bissell of Baring; grandchildren Nicole Bissell, Jamie Bissell, Kristi Bissell and Mandy Bissell; step-grandchildren Sally May, Phoebe Douglas and Clint VanGorkom; 13 great-grandchildren; two life-long friends and cousins, Verabell Davis and Marie Olaughin.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, Fred, and one brother, Wayne Havens.

DOROTHY “DOTTIE” JEAN MOFFETT (9/27/1949 – 11/19/2016)

Dorothy “Dottie” Jean Moffett, 67 of Kirksville, Missouri, formerly of Memphis, Missouri, died on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at Twin Pines Adult Care Center in Kirksville, Missouri. The daughter of Juanita and Troy Moffett, she was born September 27, 1949 at Kirksville, Missouri.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Memphis, Missouri.

Dottie is survived by one sister, Sharon Kay Faucett and her husband Gary of Raleigh, North Carolina; two nephews, Chris Faucett and his wife Leah of Palm Harbor, Florida and Wes Faucett and wife Michelle of Raleigh, North Carolina; and their daughter Julianna Faucett; a uncle, Warren Hocker; and cousins, Jerry Hocker, Shirley (Carlon) Sayre, all of Memphis, Missouri and Trudy (Darrin) Drummond of Jefferson City, Missouri.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one aunt Vera Hocker.

Memorials are suggested to the family for their discretion in care of Payne Funeral Chapel, 202, E. Madison St., Memphis, Missouri 63555.

Graveside services were held on Tuesday November 29, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at the Memphis Cemetery, with Pastor Dan Hite, officiating.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by logging onto Payne’s website at www.paynefuneralchapel.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis.

Rutledge Renegades

Our sympathy of family and friends of Okie Boyer.

Arlene Sauder (Minerva Zimmerman’s sister) moved from PA to Arbela.  Arlene and Minerva and Minerva’s daughters, Elaine Zimmerman and Wilda Martin were in Zimmerman’s Food Court for breakfast.

Charlene Montgomery and Neta Phillips went to Kirksville.

Reva Hustead and Martin Guinn went to Kirksville.

Katrina and Neta went to Kirksville.

Charlene Montgomery and Naomi Kidd-Schwandt went to LaBelle and Kirksville.

Steve and Charlene Montgomery went to Kirksville.

Lena Mae and Luke Horning had 25 family members for Thanksgiving.

Martin Guinn and Reva Hustead went to Baptist Church in Macon on December 3rd to a Christmas Pageant.  They then went to the Apple Basket with Gloria Guinn.

Carol McCabe attended the livestock symposium in Kirksville Saturday.  She enjoyed a delicious lunch, observed flower arranging, and attended two horse seminars put on by Richard Winters from Reno, Nevada.  That evening she attended the NEMO Exchange Bank Christmas party at Kahoka.  A delicious meal was catered by Steve; entertainment followed.  Sunday, Carol and Eilene shopped in Quincy.

Some of those in this week were Dale Tague, Marjorie Peterson, Bob and Dorothy Hunolt, Reva Hustead, Martin Guinn, Ruth Ludwick, Neta Phillips, Milt Clary, Don Tague, Thomas Kortkamp, Jacob Wallenburg, Ronnie and Bonnie Young, Ronnie’s sister, Marilyn Hoops, Mark Mazziotti, Stephen Shapiro, and Ronnie Boyer.

Living Life Over


After pursuing a number of options for the future expansion of the Memphis Cemetery, the city council on December 1st, approved a contract to purchase 20 acres of ground adjacent to the site.

The board of aldermen voted 4-0 to enter a contract with Davis and Melinda Burrus to purchase 20 acres that connect to the southwest corner of the current cemetery grounds.  The contract price of $100,000 will be paid with existing cemetery maintenance funds.

A gracious gift to the community from the Baker family has left a perpetual maintenance fund for the cemetery.  Interest from this fund is earmarked for maintenance at the facility as well as for upkeep and expansion of the grounds.

With a projected maximum 800-900 burial sites available per acre, the purchase should secure the cemetery’s needs for many decades.


While the region got its first real snowstorm of the season the evening of November 30th and morning of December 1st, Scotland County was spared the brunt of the weather system that hit the Midwest leaving snow and ice across a wide swatch in Missouri and Illinois.

Columbia was the center of the snow, with as much as 15 inches falling in the state’s midsection.  The weather bogged down Interstate 70 and actually forced the Missouri Department of Transportation to close down the major highway system in three central Missouri counties on Friday as accidents, stranded vehicles, and the mounds of snow were removed.

Scotland County was on the north edge of the storms, with the region reporting a wide variety of precipitation.  The City of Memphis reported anywhere from two to four inches of snow while the Downing area as well as north of Memphis had less snow.  Residents in Gorin and Rutledge reported approximately double the amount of snow in Memphis, forcing the Scotland County R-1 School District to cancel classes on Friday, December 1st.


Danette and Denis Clatt are learning that the Christmas season can be a busy time at a flower shop.  The couple recently opened Countryside Flowers on Highway 136 in Memphis and have been busily filling holiday orders.

Countryside Flowers officially opened December 2 offering a wide variety of flowers and silk arrangements as well as plants, stuffed animals and balloons.  Christmas arrangements and Poinsettias are also available.

The Clatt’s purchased the former Springhouse building in November and spent the month before the grand opening refurbishing some of the facilities including installation of a new heating system, a new flower cooler, and new carpeting.

In addition to the flower shop and future deli, the Countryside Flowers building also houses Barb’s Family Hair Care.


Farm Counseling Services, Inc. of Memphis received confirmation December 5 from Paul Schlaubach, Council Director of the United Methodist Eastern Conference, St. Louis, they will be receiving potatoes as a result of “The Potato Project” Thursday, December 18, at 10 a.m.

“The Potato Project” is organized by the society of St. Andrew, an inter faith organization located in Virginia.  The group organized “The Potato Project” to distribute excess potatoes donated by Wisconsin growers.

There are no income guidelines, the potatoes will be distributed on a first come first serve basis.  There will be 40,000 lbs., a semi-tractor trailer load of various size bags.  They will be distributed from the Puria Feed building formerly “Richardson Feeds” located on the north edge of Memphis, just off highway 15.  Distribution of the potatoes need to be made as quickly as possible due to unpredictable weather changes.

Donations are accepted, however, no one is turned away.  Any possible changes due to weather conditions or unforeseen complications will be announced.


The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports investigation of an accident occurring on Route A in Scotland County at 12:55 p.m. Monday, December 6th.

A milk truck, driven south by John Barnes, 24, of Memphis, was reportedly crowded of the road and as the driver attempted to return, he lost control and the vehicle overturned.

The driver received a bruised hand and was to seek treatment later.

There was extensive damage to the truck and the milk and dairy supplies were ruined.


In case you haven’t noticed, the Christmas lights on the square have been turned on.  The square is tastefully decorated with lights running around the edges and also to the corners of the courthouse.

Being held this year is an outline of lights on the tops of the stores around the square.  The work has been completed installing these lights and they will be turned on as soon as the city connections have been made.

It is worth your while to make a trip to town to see these beautiful decorations which look better each year.


Most folks say that necessity is the mother of invention.

Henry Adams, local postmaster, must surely be an ardent believer in the old saying.

In order to alleviate the usual Christmas card bottleneck, Postmaster Adams constructed a frame large enough to accommodate two mail sacks.

In one mail sack patrons were requested to place local letters and in the other letters to be mailed out of town.  By placing a few barn door hooks at strategic points on the top of the frame the sacks were held invitingly open to receive mail.

By using this method the congestion at the windows was relieved to a great extent and the speed with which the mail was dispatched was increased.

We asked Postmaster Adams if the idea was original, and his only comment was that he had never seen one like it before.

It is a good idea anyhow and patrons are using it.  The only drawback according to Adams is that there is insufficient room for a sign large enough to explain fully to everyone the intent of the two lobby mail sacks. Every once in a while, someone asks what the sacks are for.


R.G. Harris purchased the Stine building on South Market Street from Mrs. C. C. Ingram of Columbia, MO, Saturday morning.

The building at the present time is occupied by the James Montgomery garage, W.E. Hariott, tire recapping service, and James Kitts, produce.

After extensive repairs and changes are made in the building, the Chevrolet sales and services will be moved to the Stine building and the Buick sales and Case implement business will be continued in the present location of the Harris Motor Company on South Main Street.

This is the first change of location of Chevrolet sales since the agency for the Chevrolet was taken by Morris Brothers over 30 years ago.  Chevrolets have been sold in this building continuously since that time.

G. Harris recently purchased a lot on Grand Avenue and expected to build a new building at that location. However, building materials have not been available and the erection of the building could not be completed for some time to come. Mr. Harris states that he expects to continue with his building plans later on.

Townsend Plan

In 1933 Dr. Francis E. Townsend was a country-bred physician who had gone to California several years earlier to recover his health and seek a livelihood. When the Depression struck, most of his savings were lost and he had to accept an appointment with the Long Beach City Health Office. He was almost sixty-seven when he lost his job with the Health Office, and his feelings about the plight of the elderly began to intensify. He devised the “Townsend Plan,” which would  have guaranteed all United States citizens over the age of 60 a pension of $200 a month, with no work requirement. His plan would have been funded by a small “transaction tax” levied by the government. The plan called for the entire $200 to be spent each month by each recipient, thereby stimulating the economy. When Townsend described his plan to the aged, almost immediate support sprang up across the nation and Townsend Clubs were organized in every part of the country. All of Townsend’s attempts to push the Townsend Plan into law failed. The Social Security Act that was passed by Congress in 1935 as part of the New Deal became the government program that was intended to free people from the insecurity of old age. Dr. Townsend never stopped pushing his pension plan, but its appeal was lessened by the prosperity of the post-World War II years and improvements in private, state and federal pension benefits. Dr. Townsend died in Los Angeles, California in 1960.

From Jauflione Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Death’s Testimony

Isn’t Fall a most beautiful time of the year?  It’s my favorite.  The color scheme from God’s creative pallet is so awesome that even the finest photographers may catch only a momentary glimpse.  Eventually, naked trees stand as if death to the beauty made the final call.

Yet, we know that such isn’t true.

The bare trees remain poised in Winter pregnancy ready to give birth in the Spring. Of course, we celebrate!

Flower bulbs are similar.  In order to become their utmost fulfillment, they must first be buried in their little flower cemeteries.  These must pass away (give way) to the temporary processes of death in order to experience the stature of a newly resurrected life.

When death has been used as a step-ladder into a higher calling, these little guy bulbs and gal bulbs will burst through the ground in some sort of divine resurrection power to take our breath away with renewed and vibrant beauty.  Death isn’t a final statement; but rather, is involved in the life-giving process.  What Satan intended as hurtful, God redesigns as blessings.

Death of plants and bulbs and dying leaves are perpetual testimonies of death.  Their message: DEATH ENDS.  Death comes to an end because life eradicates death’s grip.

By faith, we believe this to be true for humanity because Jesus paved the way.  Killed and put away, he created a scandal of sorts that his own death was, in reality, quite weak when it had been assumed by all that it had the final say.

Not.  So.  Jesus returned.  Death was shunned.  Life is possessed.  We carry such a dependable hope!

Death’s testimony is that it carries a powerful bark; but it has no eternal bite.  Thank you God!


Warning Sound

Sometimes sitting in a tree stand can be boring. It’s not like you see deer every minute you’re hunting or even every day you go. Most mornings in the stand last for several hours and even though you may see deer, the window for those sightings is small. I might come home after a hunt and brag that I saw 10 deer, but I may have seen them all in one 45 minute period. What one sees during the other four hours is mixture of birds, bugs, and bushes. And then there are the squirrels. They are our hunting partners. They are the sentinels that are ever aware of any new traveler that comes under their tree. Their bark is a guaranteed warning that a sure or possible predator is visiting the neighborhood. And they love to cry out at the sight of an oncoming deer. For the hunter who is on the verge of a complete coma, they snap us back to hunter mode. During a recent trip away, I depended on them every day to be my eyes and ears when my mind was preoccupied with something else. I can’t tell you how many times they let me know a buck was approaching. They were as dependable as if I had seen the deer myself.

During those days in the stand with my hunting-partner squirrels, I was reminded how dependent each of us is on one another. We all have our abilities and may even be extremely gifted in certain areas. All of us also live in a certain type of world. We are used to the same sights and sounds. As a result we can become insensitive to our surroundings. After all, we are in them every day. Sometimes we need others to hear what we cannot hear and see what we cannot see. We need someone different to show us what familiarity has blinded us to. We need a warning sound that comes from another place. We need fresh ears and eyes.

Is there a situation in your life that needs attention? It may be in your home or business? While you may know exactly what you’re trying to accomplish, the way to accomplish it may not come from those in your circle. It may come from another source. It may come from an unfamiliar sound – from someone who has a perspective that you do not have. Don’t ignore it. Many times these are the ones who can move you to the place you need to go to accomplish the things you want to accomplish.

Gary Miller

Outdoor Truths Ministries


SCR-I Dominates Newtown-Harris 77-4 in Tourney Opener

Ashleigh Creek scored 10 points in the win over Newtown-Harris.

Ashleigh Creek scored 10 points in the win over Newtown-Harris.

Scotland County went about its work on Monday night in the opener of the Novinger Tourney. The Lady Tigers who are looking for their ninth straight Novinger Tourney title, entered bracket play as the top seed, taking on #8 seed Newtown-Harris.

The Lady Tigers jumped out to a 33-0 lead in the first period and then spent much of the second half trying to avoid scoring too many points en route to a 77-4 victory.

Maddie Brassfield sank a three-pointer to open the contest for SCR-I. Despite never deploying its full-court press, SCR-I’s half court man-to-man defense still generated plenty of turnovers and the Lady Tigers poured in 10 straight points in transition capped by Chelsea Wood. The center picked off an errant pass and went coast-to-coast through traffic for the score.

Scotland County dominated the boards as well, cleaning up missed shots with offensive rebounds. Ashleigh Creek had six first quarter points coming from her work on the offensive glass.

With a home junior varsity game on Monday night as well, SCR-I dressed just seven players for the varsity tourney.  That still offered plenty of depth. Sadie Davis came off the bench to sink a pair of three-pointers in the second period.

SCR-I dialed back the fast break with the big lead. The half court offense proved plenty potent even without the transition game. Newtown-Harris had trouble defending the high-low pass in the post. Wood was the main benefactor, as she received several open looks on nice passes from fellow post player Creek, leading to some easy buckets.

Davis’s second three-pointer of the period just beat the buzzer and gave SCR-I a 53-2 lead at the half.

Scotland County further slowed down the offense in the third period, with Coach Cory Shultz demanding a minimum number of passes before SCR-I took a shot.

The results were much of the same. Bair drained a three pointer on the first possession. Creek and Wood continued their strong games in the paint, cleaning up missed shots with points on the offensive rebounds. But the third period was mostly about the Mad(d)ies. Maddie Brassfield scored in the paint on a nice pass from Bair before converting a three-point play on an offensive rebound. Madie Bondurant added a pair of field goals off the bench as SCR-I extended the lead to 70-2.

SCR-I went into a full-blown stall the final five minutes of the contest, refusing to take wide open shots while running through the offense as the clock ticked away on the 77-4 victory.

Wood finished with 20 points to lead Scotland County to the win. Bair had 19 points and Brassfield had 16 points while Creek finished with 10.

Chelsea Wood goes up for two of her game-high 20 points.

Chelsea Wood goes up for two of her game-high 20 points.

Keller, Coy Wedding



Matt and Lisa Coy of Kaysville, Utah and Dr. Ronald and Blanche Keller of Memphis, Missouri are pleased to announce the marriage of their children, Joshua McIntosh Keller and Kelsey Rae Coy. They were married September 3, 2016, at the Bountiful Utah Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That evening they were honored at a reception at the Rock Chapel Courtyard in Kaysville, Utah. After graduating from Davis High School, the bride served 18 months on a Spanish speaking LDS mission in Mesa, Arizona. She is a senior at Brigham Young University where she is studying English and Business Management. Josh attended Scotland County High School before serving two years on an LDS mission in Villahermosa, Mexico. He is currently attending Brigham Young University, preparing for medical school. They reside in Provo, Utah.

2016 Omicron Theta Holiday Homes Tour Sunday


The Boyer Retreat, owned by Shelly Boyer and Natalie Cook, located at 229 N. Clay in Memphis, will be one of the homes featured on the 2016 Omicron Theta Holiday Homes Tour.  This Victorian style home underwent restoration and beautiful changes by the previous owners, Keith and Michelle Klein.  The couple also remodeled the home’s kitchen.  With four bedrooms and two bathrooms, Shelly and Natalie are opening the house for lodging.  Their motto is “Let us be your home away from home.”  Home Tour guests are reminded that parking for the Boyer Retreat is limited.  The Omicron Theta Holiday Homes Tour will be held from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Sunday, December 4th.  Tickets will be available the day of the Tour only at Tumbleweeds on the square in Memphis starting at 12:45 p.m.  Ticket price is $10.00 and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Scotland County 4-H Extension Council.

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