JAMES LLOYD CLAIR (8/20/1930 – 1/11/2019)

James Lloyd Clair, 88, of Memphis died January 11, 2019 at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital in Columbia, MO.

He was born August 20, 1930, the son Pearl & Elsie (Poston) Clair in Knox County, Missouri.

He attended Knox County High School.  He joined the Navy in 1950.  He spent the next twenty years in the Navy as an Aviation Emergency Mechanical Technician. He travelled various parts of world working on the F-4 fighter planes.  He was mostly stationed on aircraft carriers.  He was on the inaugural deployment of the USS Kitty Hawk.  His last deployment was also on the USS Kitty Hawk. He served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He retired from the Navy in 1970. He remained in active reserves for the next ten years.

James enjoyed learning new things.  He attended Grossmont College after retirement.  James graduated from Truman State University with a degree in History and Sociology After moving to Missouri to be closer to his siblings.  He spent the next several years teaching homebound disabled children.  He then worked for the State of Missouri as a social worker for the Division of Aging. He retired in 1995.

James found solace out in the timber.  He would sit quietly listening to the birds and the wind through the trees.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, picking berries, and picking up hickory nuts.  He was a great learner and was constantly reading.  He was well versed in the Bible.

In his last few years, he enjoyed teaching his grandson, Cody, how to hunt.  He was always there for his nephew and nieces by marriage: Kelly, Erica, Audrey, Lindsey, and Andrew. 

He married Iola James on February 25, 1955.  Unto this union there was one son, James Douglas, of San Diego, CA, and one daughter, Brenda Diane, of Radford, VA.  Iola passed away in 1973.

In 1976, James married Claudia Taylor.  Unto this union, there were two sons, JC and Jason, of the area and one daughter, Penny, of Des Moines, IA.  He also had two step daughters, Cheri, of Denton, TX, and Laura of Hamilton, IL.  This marriage ended in dissolution.

He married Betty Campbell on February 14, 2002, in Memphis, MO.

He was preceded in death by: his parents; sisters: Neva, Martha, and Naomi; and brothers: Junior, Ernest, Cletus, and Orville.

He is survived by his wife, Betty, of the home; children: Doug, Brenda, JC, Jason, and Penny; grandchildren: Jennifer, Joelle, Cody, Sonia, Allison, Alyssa, Haeli, Quinton, Kian, Divinity, and Asher; and six great grandchildren.

Visitation was held January 16 at the Gerth Funeral Home with the family.   A memorial inurnment service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, January 21 at the Linville Cemetery with military honors.   David Barton will officiate.

Memorials are to the Salvation Army and may be left at or mailed to the Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main St., Memphis, MO 63555.

Condolences may be sent to the family of Mr. Clair by signing the online guest book at www.gerthfuneralservice.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Gerth Funeral Service.

Filing Open for Five Seats on Scotland County Extension Council

The names of at least five candidates will be on the February ballot for election of Scotland County University of Missouri Extension Council members.

Council Chairman Bruce Childress said five county residents will be elected by districts to fill this year’s vacancies. The new council begins its duties March 1, according to state law.

Citizens of voting age in Scotland County will have an opportunity to vote and elect members to the local University of Missouri Extension Council in February. The elected and appointed members of the extension council will guide and direct extension work within the county. Five people have been nominated for each of the elective positions in their respective districts, Deidra Musgrove, Jefferson district, Jessica Karsch, Combined, Paul Campbell, Combined, Ellen Aylward, Jefferson, and Sharon Bradley, Combined.

Additional nominations may be made by petition of 25 or more qualified voters residing within the district, filed with the council within 20 days after the publication of the notice of election, which was scheduled for January 17th. Forms for nominations are available in the county extension office in the courthouse.

Voting throughout the county will be by districts. Anyone 18 or older is eligible to vote.  The election will be held on February 20-22, 2019. Ballots may be cast at the polling place, to be located outside of the Extension Office in the courthouse from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. all three days.

The Scotland County University of Missouri Extension Council is composed of 15 members. Eleven are elected and four represent appointments by eligible committees and farm organizations having at least 25 members in the county.

The county extension council works with University of Missouri Extension staff members in planning and making recommendations for educational programs.

University of Missouri Extension offers educational programs in such categories as agriculture, home economics, business and industry, community development, youth development (4-H), and various continuing education courses, seminars and workshops. University of Missouri Extension does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability or status as a Vietnam-era veteran in employment or programs

Sports Memorabilia Auction to Benefit SCR-I Track Project

While fans at the January 28th Scotland County versus Marion County varsity basketball games will obviously be Tigers and Mustang fans, the SCR-I school district is hoping there will be plenty of Kansas City Chiefs and St. Louis Cardinals fans on hand as well.

Superintendent Ryan Bergeson recently announced that the high school will host a silent auction for a series of sports memorabilia items donated to the school foundation by former SCR-I instructor and school board member Sam Berkowitz.

The items will include five separate framed collections of sports cards, featuring a pair of St. Louis Cardinals displays, each with 20 different baseball cards of past and current Cardinals greats, along with pair of displays of Kansas City Chiefs, past and present, in addition to a fifth display featuring young stars in the NFL quarterback ranks.

Berkowitz, an avid sports card collector, has donated the five pieces from his personal collection.

The items will be made available through a silent auction, with guests being able to place bids throughout the evening’s basketball contests.

Bergeson indicated that proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards the district’s match on the recent grant to construct a new all-weather track. Information will also be available at the game regarding the district’s paver sales fundraiser for personalized bricks to line walkway and entrance to the proposed facility.

Local Travelers Impressions of China

Currently, it seems easy for us to have negative thoughts about China – trade wars and all that. On a complete whim, I went to China November 21 – December 21, 2018, and want to share some of my impressions of the Chinese people and culture.

I have been a farmer most of my life near Rutledge, and so I went to visit rural areas in China. 90% of the time I stayed in Airbnbs in small villages (about 300 people). Eric, at Sandhill, and a partner started this business of putting bnbs in small villages to allow visitors to experience rural Chinese life; if not for this, I would not have gone. Eric since sold his part of the enterprise to his partner, Maarten, who still owns and manages it, and helped me to organize my trip. I stayed at all four of their bnbs plus another one in a national park.

I wrote a more extensive travelog about this trip and am happy to share it w/ folks who are interested. If you would like a copy, I will happily send it to you via email: contact me at: stansandhill@gmail.com. Be forewarned: it’s 20 pages.

This is a summary of my impressions:

The most startling is that the people are so kind/gentle w/ each other. My first night in China – a total stranger, Zhang, walks in to the hotel at 4 am and pays for my first night at the hotel (they would not accept either of my credit cards) and then takes me out for a drink and food at 4 am. And then the traffic: it is chaotic, but on my third day, I get off at the wrong train station in Guilin and a stranger, Chang, takes me to the correct station on his scooter – we are in the bicycles/scooters/motorcycles lane. At intersections, when the lights are not with you, you wait for an opening, dart in, and others drive around you. No one gets upset – the only time I hear horns is when folks are announcing that they are about to pass you. When folks get phone calls, they stop and the traffic flows around them, like water around a rock in a stream. Drivers in this lane are all ages, gender, etc. Many have children with them. No one is upset; the attitude appears to be: everyone is doing the best they can. I’ve always aspired to that mindset, but these folks seem to live it – such a civil society (what the heck, they’ve been at this for 4000 years… they seem to have it down).

Guardian angels: I had so many of them; eg, I can’t figger out how to buy a ticket on the Metro/subway system; someone comes along to help. I point at the station I want to go to on the electronic map. They punch a few buttons and then wave their phone over the monitor – I want to pay them back – they just wave me off.

Cleanliness: streets and homes are clean. City streets are cleaned by trucks but also by people with brooms – also at bus and train stations, airports, etc.

In general, I find that people talk loud and passionately. On the trains and metros, I sometimes find myself annoyed at how loud folks are – but there are a LOT of people here – perhaps they need to be loud to be heard?

Appropriate technology: the trains and scooters in the cities are electric: quiet and non-polluting.

Cell phones: it seems to me that they are far ahead of us with this technology – they pay for most everything with their phones.

The language barrier: this was my primary challenge; I did not anticipate it. I have travelled in various countries but for the most part, the local languages used the same alphabet as ours. Not here. Street signs, addresses, metro stations are all in Chinese characters; I do appreciate the art in the characters and seeing them on street signs, billboards, etc. In some of the metros, they announce approaching stations in English – but not on the maps so it is hard for me to plan where I am going. In many countries, I could find people who speak English – in my experience, there were very few in China. People kept telling me that many folks here speak English, but I found very few. Usually, as soon as I ask a question, they pull out their phones and go to google translate – which is helpful, but not conducive to real conversation.

Stan Hildebrand

Rutledge, MO

GAVIN MCKAY HANNAH (10/27/1996 – 1/12/2019)

Funeral services for Gavin McKay Hannah, 22, of Memphis, MO were held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at the Cranston Family Funeral Home in Fairfield, IA with Pastor Danny Cary officiating.  As were Gavin’s wishes, his body was cremated following the service. 

Visitation was Saturday, January 12, 2019 at the Cranston Family Funeral Home in Fairfield.  In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial contributions in Gavin’s honor be directed to the Fairfield Fire Department or the Noah’s Ark Animal Shelter of Jefferson County. 

Friends may sign the online guestbook at www.cranstonfamilyfuneralhome.com.

Gavin McKay Hannah was born on October 27, 1996 in Ottumwa, IA.  His early years were spent growing up in Lake Dallas, TX where at a young age he excelled in hockey and became an avid Dallas Cowboys fan.  In 2005 the family moved back to Iowa.  Gavin began school in Fairfield where he also played football. After high school Gavin worked at several different jobs.  He was an excellent skater and met many friends while working at the Care Roller Rink in Kahoka, MO.  His most recent job was working at Casey’s General Store in Memphis, MO. 

Gavin was a very intelligent young man who always had a way with words.  He could win almost any argument and make you feel like he had been right all along. Gavin had a caring heart that allowed him to make friends everywhere he went.  He was a loving big brother who cared deeply for his little brother and sister and his cat Romeo.  He will be deeply missed by his loving family and the many friends he made along the way. 

Gavin was preceded in death by his grandfather, Phil Hannah.

Left to share his story are his loving parents, Mike Hassell of Wilton, IA and Tanya Hearn of Memphis, MO;  three brothers, Owen Hassell, Chris Hannah and Corey Hannah; one sister, Taryn Hassell; paternal grandparents, Bill (Theresa) Hassell of Lewisville, TX, Connie (Yogi) Munford of Birmingham, IA, and Mary Hannah of Eldon, IA; maternal grandparents, Bud Hearn of Memphis, MO and Tong Sun Hearn of Derby, KS, as well as many extended family members and friends.

Local Missionaries to Share Story of South Sudan

Local missionaries Deane and Ruth Valkenaar will present a program on their work in South Sudan at the Memphis First Baptist Church Sunday, January 20th at 6 p.m.

Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m. at the Memphis First Baptist Church Deane and Ruth Valkenaar who are currently serving as SIM missionaries in war-torn South Sudan will be sharing about the work they have been a part of there. SIM (www.simusa.org) is a century-old catalyst for global mission dedicated to prayer and care in bringing good news to hard places. SIM’s multicultural, multi-skilled teams serve among diverse people in nearly 70 countries on six continents. SIM proclaims the gospel of Christ as we serve in the areas of church planting/growth, theological education, healthcare, and community development.

Many service-minded people in our community are already familiar with Deane and Ruth Valkenaar through their involvement in local ministry and service work. Before answering God’s call to serve in South Sudan with SIM in 2014, Deane and Ruth were founders of Genesis House of Northeast Missouri in Edina, a residential maternity home serving single/unwed mothers. Ruth also served with Victim Support Services out of Kirksville while Deane was Chapter Director for the Red Cross in Kirksville.

Currently, through SIM in Doro, South Sudan they are working with both the host community and with refugees from Sudan and South Sudan. Deane is currently serving as Country Director for SIM and Ruth as Project Manager for the Health Clinic. SIM’s mission in Doro, South Sudan is multifaceted, focused on health services, primary and secondary education, clean water, equipping and working with local pastor in discipleship and evangelism, and promoting the reestablishing of agriculture in a war-torn nation.

Please come out this Sunday evening to encourage and be encouraged by what God is doing through the hearts and hands of His people in South Sudan. There will be a reception following Deane and Ruth’s presentation. For those who might be inclined to offer support, there will be an offering taken in support of furthering their efforts.

Living Life Over


Scotland County Hospital in Memphis is pleased to announce the recent implementation of a policy for Quiet Time on the inpatient floor between 1-2 p.m. in the afternoons and 10 p.m.-5 a.m. during the night.  The purpose of the new policy is to allow patients to rest and recover better, resulting in shorter hospital stays, faster healing, and better sleep and rest after discharge.  Studies show that a Quiet Time policy in a hospital promotes healing and provides a time for more uninterrupted sleep and rest for the patients.


Members of the Memphis Masonic Lodge #16 and the Greensburg Masonic Lodge #414 recently joined forces in the “Creating a Partnership” program to provide a donation to the Scotland County R-1 Elementary School.  The gift will help the district provide everyday necessity items for the children to help make their school days better.

The Masonic Lodge provided the monetary gift to help purchase items ranging from backpacks, hats, and coats, to pencils, notebooks, and erasers.

Participating schools partner with their local lodges, creating a list of needed items, Funding is provided by the local lodge, with additional funding from the Masonic Home of Missouri.


The much anticipated United States Postal Service price hike took effect January 10 with the costs for several services being increased.

The First-Class stamp goes up one penny, from 32 to 33 cents, a 3.1 percent increase.  The USPS notes this is the lowest percentage increase in 27 years, and the second consecutive adjustment at or below inflation.  The second-ounce price decreases from 23 to 22 cents.  The single-piece rate for post cards remains 20 cents, and the rate for a two-ounce flat is 55 cents.


The Memphis Community Building, located across the street from Johnson Park in Memphis, was a busy place last week.

On Thursday evening, January 5th, a pool tournament was held.  Twenty-eight people competed in the event.  They were divided into two groups, A and B, based on their experience in playing the game.

Group A winners were: First Place, Jeff Grogan and Kevin Small; Second Place, Don Burrus and Stan Eggleston; Third Place, Troy Moffett and Phil Cone.  Group B winners were: First Place, Bob Koch and Alan Bunch; Second Place, Leo Brown and Waldo McWilliam; Third Place, Bob Rowe and Ernie Moffett.

On Sunday afternoon, January 8th, Open House was held at the building.  Approximately 60 people signed the guest register, were served refreshments, and enjoyed the afternoon.

The Community Building has become a place for many residents to relax, play pool, watch TV, or just gather to visit.


Our local “Meals on Wheels” of Scotland County has a new Director, Mrs. Mildred Wilson, who resides at No. 8 Cornelius Ave. (the HUD housing center).  Mrs. Wilson may be reached at 465-2500 to order or cancel meals.  If no answer, the hospital kitchen will take the message.

The former director, Clyde Hathaway, asked to be replaced after serving as director for over five years.  Mr. Hathaway wishes to say that it has been a pleasure to have served the elderly and the shut-ins of our community and that the job was made very easy by the splendid cooperation of our local churches who provided the volunteer drivers that delivered the meals.


Buddie C. Wilson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Buford Wilson, arrived home Monday morning from Hue, Vietnam, where he finished his one year tour of shore duty with the Naval Support Activity Detachment.  He was stationed at Da Nang for the first three months, then transferred to Hue, where he spent the past nine months.

They made the flight back to the United States in 18 hours.

After a 30-day furlough at home he will be stationed aboard the USS Sampson DDG10.  The ship is home ported at Charleston, SC


The A. L. Luther farm located southwest of Memphis, on highway 15, is the scene of an oil drilling expedition by J. B. Apperson of Dallas, Texas.

The J. B. Bushnell Co., of Plymouth, IL is doing the drilling.  According to a spokesman for the company, the drilling started December 20, 1958.  At the present time, after drilling 24 hours a day, the crew has descended to the 400 foot mark.  The distance to be drilled was not disclosed

Dr. Beveredge of the State Dept. of Geologist from Rolla, Missouri, made the survey of the land and cited it to Apperson. 


Fifteen Scotland County 4-H girls received medals for their outstanding work in 4-H clothing this year.  These medals were given to the blue ribbon classes in dress revue at the local
Achievement Day held in August but were received in the county extension office this week.

Elizabeth Hardy received the girls medal in leadership.  She is a member of the Myers Top-Notchers Club at Greensburg.

The girls receiving dress revue pins are Shirley Walker, Mary Ann Walker, Alice Walker (of the Barker Busy Bee Club); Mildred Erickson (Cedar Grove Club); Mary Snyder, Ila McRobert, and Jewel Meeks (Myers Top-Notchers Club); Norma June Hyde, Fern Eggleston (Brock 4-H Club); Pauline Stevenson (Azen Jolly Timers); Patty Givens and Donna Glasgow (Rutledge Cracker Jacks); Merlyn Dean Newman and Doralyn Marshall (Gorin Go Getters Club); and Carol Oesterreich (Up and Ready Club).


From all over the county comes word, through our various correspondents, that the flu victims are improving, which is good news.  There is hardly a family in Scotland County but that has suffered during recent weeks from the epidemic and in some cases whole families were down at once.

The recent extreme cold weather has undoubtedly had a good effect in breaking up the epidemic.

Dreary Days

For many of us there is a lull in hunting right now. Deer season has closed except in the deep south and I’ve never been much of a predator hunter. I mostly rest this time of year, lick my wounds, and put most of my gear back in its place. A hog hunt may be in the near future, but otherwise I’m thinking about crappie and walleye, and even a big catfish. But none of these will require too much preparation or effort. I plan on coasting for the next little while, while I count down the days until Spring.

The late Fall and Winter here has been really wet and dreary. I’m hoping the next few weeks will be unseasonably warm and dry. I’m not putting much faith in that, however. I’ve always tried not to complain too much about the weather, but that has been put to the test this year. Ugg! A week of sunshine would soothe my soul right now. Until then, I’ll have to imagine, or remember, the sun.

In more important areas of life, there are lengthy periods of time that seem to be unusually discouraging and depressing. Sometimes it comes from a chain of unfortunate events, and other times, it’s one bad occurrence that seems to linger on. During that season it seems as if both the power and presence of God has left our side. What was once near and vibrant has been lost to a continual feeling of abandonment and divine apathy. We feel we are left to ourselves. What do we do?

It’s at those dreary days that we must remember the sun of the former days – not to go back and linger with regret or to go back and live in the past. But we are to go back and remember several better and positive truths. We’re to remember that while the clouds may hide the sun, they cannot destroy it. It hasn’t moved, and neither has God. We are to remember there have been former days where we were extremely blessed by periods of unseasonable sunlight and warmth. And if God gives extended blessings, we must trust him when there are extended periods of difficulty. We are to remember, there were other times of dreariness, but eventually the sun broke through and consumed every drop of despair. 

These periods in our lives are actually not periods. They are not the end. They do signify the end. The periods of lengthy gloom are part of the sentence that is your life and mine. And as long as God has the final word, the Son will eventually break through every cloud and reveal He has never moved.

Gary Miller

 Gary Miller

Outdoor Truths Ministries


Eighth Grade Girls Battle Through Injuries to Finish 8-7

A thin bench got much shorter for Scotland County just two games into the 2018 eighth grade basketball season when starting guard Lauren Triplett was lost for the year with an injury, leaving coach Megan Creek just six players. Despite the setback, SCR-I was able to conclude the season with an 8-7 record overall and second place finishes at both the Putnam County and Schuyler County tournaments.

SCR-I opened 2018 with a 19-12 win over Clark County. Abby Doster led the way with nine points and Hanna Anders added six.

A sharp-shooting Canton squad dropped SCR-I to 1-1 with a 33-14 defeat the following night.

The Lady Tigers couldn’t get anything going on offense on November 5th as Schuyler County posted a 26-8 defeat.

SCR-I got back to .500 with a 20-10 win over Clark County. Doster had nine points and Paige Bishop finished with four.

The Lady Tigers followed that up with a 20-13 win over Knox County. Doster had eight points and Bryn Aylward had six in the win.

The mini win streak ended with a 17-11 fourth quarter run by Putnam County that gave the Midgets a 33-32 win. Elsie Kigar led SCR-I in scoring with nine points.

SCR-I got back into the win column with a 28-24 victory over Milan to open the Putnam County Tourney. Doster paced the scoring with 16 points and Tresa Huber and Bishop each added four.

Scotland County got some revenge on the host team, sneaking past the Midgets 22-21 in the semifinals with five different players scoring four points apiece.

But SCR-I ran into Schuyler County in the championship game and fell 27-4.

North Shelby made it two defeats in a row with a 36-10 win on November 19th.

After a week off over Thanksgiving, SCR-I came back to battle Schuyler County in a 14-11 defeat. Doster led the way with eight points and Bishop keyed a late rally with a big three-pointer.

On November 29th SCR-I recorded a 28-12 win over Milan as Doster poured in a season-high 17 points and Anders finished with eight.

Scotland County opened the Schuyler County Tourney with a 25-20 win over Clark County. Doster topped the scorebook with 10 points.

The Lady Tigers won the semifinals matchup over Milan 34-16. Doster led the way with 12 points. Huber had six and Kigar and Anders added five.

Schuyler County denied SCR-I the championship trophy in a hard-fought 27-25 defeat. Doster scored eight of her game-high 14 points in the fourth quarter rally that fell just short.

Lady Tigers Blank Westran in First Half En Route to 55-10 Win

Aayla Humphrey takes the hit as she is fouled on the fats break during the Lady Tigers victory over Westran on January 8th.

Points can be hard to come by against Scotland County’s aggressive full-court pressure, but on Tuesday evening in Westran, the Lady Tigers were particularly stingy, shutting out the Hornets the entire first half en route to a 55-10 victory.

SCR-I forced a whopping 44 turnovers by Westran and held the Lady Hornets to just three made field goals in the contest, limiting the opposition to 17% shooting.

The final margin likely would have been even more lopsided, but the Lady Tigers didn’t have one of their best shooting nights of the year either, converting just 30% of their shots, while not getting much better from the free throw line where SCR-I made just 11 of 28 free throws for 39%.

Scotland County jumped out to an 11-0 lead in the first quarter despite struggling to connect from behind the arc. SCR-I shot just 19% from three-point range in the contest.

The Lady Tigers extended the lead to 23-0 at the intermission.

Westran finally got on the board in the third period, but the Lady Tigers ramped up the offense, outscoring the home team 24-6 in the quarter.

Madie Bondurant, Hannah Feeney and Katie Feeney all made three-pointers and Emiley Dial converted a three-point play to make the score 43-6 with 1:54 left in the period.

A running clock over the final eight minutes resulted in a 55-10 final score.

Bondurant and Micah Cooley each finished with 11 points to lead SCR-I in scoring. Dial had eight points and five rebounds while Hannah Feeney also finished with eight points. Katie Feeney added seven points and a team-high seven steals as SCR-I improved to 7-4 on the year and 2-0 in the Lewis & Clark Conference.  

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