Obituaries: 7-28-22

Posted 7/28/22

Opal Howard Rosa Opal Howard, 101, of Windsor, Missouri, died Tuesday morning, July 19, 2022, at Windsor Healthcare & Rehabilitation.She was born March 13, 1921, in Brownington, Mo., the daughter …

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Obituaries: 7-28-22


Opal Howard
Rosa Opal Howard, 101, of Windsor, Missouri, died Tuesday morning, July 19, 2022, at Windsor Healthcare & Rehabilitation.
She was born March 13, 1921, in Brownington, Mo., the daughter of Johnny Lee and Minnie Emma (Dody) Boyd. On September 1, 1940, she married Forrest Walton Howard in Warsaw, Mo. He preceded her in death on January 20, 2002.
As a young girl, Opal grew up on the family farm in the Good Hope area of Bethlehem Township. She attended the one-room Freedom School with her six brothers and sisters and was on the softball team, playing first base. She then worked at Mattinglys in Clinton. After she and Forrest married, they moved to a farm near Windsor where she raised chickens, kept a garden, and took care of their three sons, Woody, Charley Bob, and Joe. The family moved to Independence, Mo., in 1953 and she worked at Woolworths. After moving back to Windsor in 1956, Opal worked at the International Shoe Factory in Windsor for 30 years, retiring in 1986.
She was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church, Windsor, where she helped in VBS, taught Sunday School, and participated in several ladies’ groups. She was a TOPS Club member and treasured these friendships. Forrest and Opal enjoyed monthly “supper club” gatherings with friends. She was a good cook and fixed many large family dinners and enjoyed helping plan and attend family reunions. She enjoyed her grandchildren and family, making time to play games, fix her special molasses cookies, or sit and visit.
Survivors include 2 sons, Forrest L. “Woody” Howard, Calhoun, Mo., and Charles Robert Howard, New Haven, Mo.; a daughter-in-law, Mary Kay Howard, Windsor, Mo.; 6 grandchildren, David Howard (Ronna), Gene Howard (Brandi), Heather Howard Homburger, Sheila Hadley, Shannon Howard (Lora), and Sarah Thompson (Wes); 14 great-grandchildren, Paige and Parker Howard, Hailey and Cody Howard, Charlie Payne, Charlie Homburger, Lauren Hadley, Erin Ahring (Ethan), Robb Hadley, Ashtyn, Hayden and Aubrey Howard, and Henry and Gray Thompson; a brother, Gene Boyd (Donna), Strasburg, Colorado; and many treasured nephews, nieces, great-nephews, great-nieces, and cousins.
In addition to her husband Forrest, she was preceded in death by a son, Joseph W. “Joe” Howard; 4 brothers, John Lee Boyd Jr., Charles F. Boyd and his wife Mary, Roy D. Boyd and his wife Lucille, and Owen E. Boyd and his wife Beverly; a sister, Della Maye Fowler and her husband Edgar; a grandson-in-law, Bruce Hadley; a brother-in-law Robert “Bob” Howard and his wife Juanita; a sister-in-law, Frances Bisby and her husband Hank; 2 nephews, Steven Eugene Boyd and Roy Bradley Boyd; a nephew-in-law, Donald Burford; a niece-in-law, Betty Fowler; and a great-nephew Kelly Burford.
Funeral services were held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 23, 2022, at the Hadley Funeral Home, Windsor, with Pastor Pete Hill officiating. Burial was in the Laurel Oak Cemetery, Windsor. The family received friends before the service on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. The family suggests contributions to the Laurel Oak Cemetery, Windsor. Condolences may be left online at
Charles "Chuck" Joseph Abbe
Charles "Chuck" Joseph Abbe lost his battle with liver cancer on Thursday, July 7, 2022, at the age of 78 at his home in Clinton. He was born on October 3, 1943, in San Diego, California, a son of Francis and Margaret (Sims) Abbe.
From 1960 to 1973, Chuck served his country honorably in the United States Navy. He loved the ocean and the salty air. He was also a licensed H.A.M. radio operator for over forty years. He was an amazing husband to Deborah "Debbie", as well as a wonderful father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend.
Chuck loved with his whole heart and will be truly missed.
He is survived by his wife, Deborah Tabor; his children, Curtis Abbe, Leah Clark, Randall Abbe, Shirley Delgado and Cynthia Forthun; his grandchildren, Anastasia Martin, Kendra Martin, Emilee Eisenhauer, Gary Clark, Xavien James Clark, Tabitha Clark, Joseph Forthun, Khiya Delgado, Abigail Forthun, Cameron Abbe, Jessica Abbe, and Taylor Abbe; his great-grandchildren, Aria Little, Rosaleigh Martin, Aspen Eisenhauer, August Eisenhauer, and soon to be Casey James; and his brother and sister-in-law, John and Wa Abbe.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frances and Margaret Abbe.
A celebration of life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, 2022, at Corinth Baptist Church, 502 NW Highway M, Chilhowee with Pastor Dale Snyder officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the Fox Funeral Home, Cole Camp. Online condolences may be left at
Barbara Chapman, of Calhoun, Missouri, passed away peacefully Tuesday night, July 19, 2022 at her home with her loving family by her side. Barbara Mae (Anderson) Chapman, the daughter of Willie Austin Anderson and Ollie Jesse (Welch) Anderson was born April 14, 1937 near Huntingdale, Missouri. Barbara is survived by husband Michael Chapman; daughter Kathy (Chapman) Shoemaker; granddaughter Sarah Lynn Wilson (Husband Bill Wilson); and great grandson Scott John Wilson. Barbara attended Huntingdale and Shawnee Mound grade school. She was a graduate of Clinton High School in 1955. Barbara was united in marriage to the love of her life, Michael Kent Chapman, October 15, 1955. On April 15, 1959 they were blessed with a daughter Kathy Lynn. As a young girl Barbara was baptized and joined the Huntingdale Methodist Church, later moving her member to the Drake’s Chapel Methodist Church. At Drake’s Chapel she served as secretary and helped Mickey with Communion Services. Barbara worked at the Chapman Hatchery and as a secretary for the USDA. Her most challenging and rewarding job as she called it, was a full time "Domestic Engineer". A position that she set the bar very high for others. Barbara and Mickey shared a life and love that is very rare. Born on the same day and same year, Barb always said they were twins! They met at a pie social at the young age of 14, and from that moment a bond began, which lasted 66 years. Barbara enjoyed gardening, birds, cooking, camping, fishing and of course gambling, which she was very good at. Barbara’s family was the heart and soul of her life. She treasured her moments with Sarah and great-grandson Scott. We will truly miss her. A loving wife, mother, Mimi and friend. Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m. Monday, July 25, 2022 at the Bradley & Hadley Funeral Home, Clinton. Interment at a later date will be in the Drake's Chapel Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Drake's Chapel United Methodist Church or the Clinton Animal Rescue Endeavor (C.A.R.E.). These donations may be left in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be left online at