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Harry Lee Harman 1913 - 1993
Ernest Eldon Harman 1936 - 1997
Beulah Harman Scott 1903 - 1997
Harvey Harman 1909 - 1992
Velta May Mallow Harman 1913 - 1991
Maggie May McCaskey Carpenter Dennis 1910 - 1985
Dave A. Carpenter 1908 - 1962
Amos Pitts Carpenter 1870 - 1948
Ila Maud Brakebill 1904 - 1994
James P. Brakebill - 1901 - 1985
Waddie A. McCombs 1929 - 1998
Cora Belle Harman
  1898 - 2004

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Harry Lee Harman

The Steelville [Mo.] Star Wed. June 9, 1993

Harry Lee Harman was born April 15, 1913 near Steelville, Missouri in the Liberty Community, a son of the late Samuel Joshua Harman and Jennie Lee [Smith] Harman and entered eternal life May 31, 1993 at the Phelps County Regional Medical Center, Rolla, Missouri at the age of 80 years, 1 month and 16 days.

Harry was a native of Crawford County, having spent all of his life in the Steelville area. He was united in marriage, November 24, 1941, to Dorothy Hendrix and to this union two sons were born, Phillip and Roger Harman.

Harry loved Steelville and took great pride in being a part of the business community. He was a hard working and respected businessman in Steelville for over thirty-three years. He seemed to have a special relationship with his customers. Some of them trusted him so much that they would order merchandise, sign a blank check and leave it for him to fill in the amount, knowing the price and terms of the sale would be fair.

Harry was a devoted Christian and family man. He loved his family and his church and gave freely of himself to both. He received more satisfaction from giving to his family than in buying for himself. He delighted in filling the gas tanks, free of charge, for evangelist and missionaries who came to town.

Harry loved the Ozark woods, hills and valleys. As a young man Harry earned a living from the woods. After retiring from his business he often entertained himself by puttering around in the woods near his home.

In addition to his parents, Harry was preceded in death by one son, Phillip Lee Harman [January 29, 1990], three sisters, Elsie Carter, Velma Weber and Grace Smith and three brothers, Samuel, Jewel and Thomas Harman.

Among those who remain to mourn his passing are his loving and devoted wife, Dorothy Harman of the home in Steelville, Mo.; one son and daughter-in-law, Roger and Mary Harman of Seattle, Washington; three grandchildren, Christine and husband Bruce Harlin of Kansas City, Mo., Shelly Harman and Matthew Harman, both of Seattle, Washington; one sister, Hazel Watts of Steelville, MO.; brothers-in-law and sisters-in law, Hazel Harman, Bill and Sally Hendrix, Juanita and Ben Pennock and Charlotte Hendrix, all of Steelville, Mo. Carmeleet and Zane Pennock of Eldon, MO. And Glenda Hendrix of Flat River, Mo.; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

Harry Lee Harman lay in state after 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 2, 1992, at the Britton Brothers Funeral Home, Steelville, Mo. Funeral services were held 1:00 p.m. Thursday, June 3, 1993 at the Assembly of God Church, Steelville, Mo. With Rev. Jerry Harris officiating, Rev. James Perkins and Rev. Joe Massey assisting. The musical selection, Great is Thy Faithfulness was beautifully done by Rev. James Perkins vocalist and Sharon Hardecke, pianist. Committal prayers and interment were in Steelville Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jack Billingsley, Robert Earney, Clarence Garrison, Earl Halbert, Bruce Harlin and Larry Pennock. Arrangements were under the direction of Britton Brothers Funmeral Home, Steelville, Mo.

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Ernest Eldon Harman


Dec. 10, 1997

Ernest Eldon Harman was born Tuesday, March 31, 1936, in the Liberty Community, Crawford County, Missouri, a son of Cora Belle Harman (nee Cook) and the late Lee Roy Harman. He entered eternal life Saturday, December 6, 1997, at his home in Steelville, Missouri, at the age of 61 years, 8 months and 5 days.

He served his country in the United States Army, 1958 to 1960. On December 15, 1961, at Sullivan, Missouri, Ernest was united in marriage to Rhonda Kay Pennock. Two daughters were born to this union. In addition to his father, Ernest was preceded in death by an infant brother, Gilbert Harman, and two sisters, Ada Hall and Ruby Hinkley.

Among those who remain to mourn his passing are his loving mother, Cora Belle Harman of Steelville, Missouri; his two daughters, Dana and Chuck Johnson of Rolla, Missouri, Lisa and husband Kent Nigh of Princeton, Missouri; two brothers, Roy Harman and wife Helen of Camdenton, Missouri, and John Harman and wife Janette of Bourbon, Missouri; two sisters, Julia Blanton and husband Roy, and Edna Pratt and husband Kenneth, all of Steelville, Missouri; four grand-children, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and family.

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Beulah Harman Scott

OBITUARY from the Steelville Star Dec. 17, 1997:

Beulah M. Scott of Sullivan passed away Sunday, December 7, 1997 at the age of 94 years.

Beulah was born on Nov. 1, 1903 in Steelville, Missouri to the late William C. and Julia (Carpenter) Harman. On March 13, 1921 she was married to Walter Houston Scott, and to this marriage one son was born. Beulah lived most of her life in the Sullivan area. Beulah was a hard worker and was employed in several vocations during her lifetime. In her teen years, Beulah stemmed tobacco for Liggitt-Myers, she then worked for Ludlow-Sailer Wire Mill, where she spun wire for screen. Later Beulah went to work for Western Vaneer, making plywood, and then to the Seitzer Candy Company. She also was a seamstress and was employed for a time tailoring men's clothing. She later worked at an Italian restaurant in St. Louis where she met her husband Walter.

She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Roberta Scott Holmes of Sullivan, two grandsons, Don and Robert Scott both of Sullivan, one granddaughter, Carol Scott Kelley of Colonial Heights, Virginia, four great-grandchildren, one sister, Barbara Clendenin of Steelville, nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
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Harvey Harman

The Steelville [MO] Star, Wednesday, March 11, 1992

Harvey Harman was born January 23, 1909 in the Liberty area near Steelville, to William C. and Julia [Carpenter] Harman, and passed away suddenly, February 20, 1992 at the age of 83 years.

Harvey grew up in the Liberty and Steelville area and hunted and fished on the Meramec River and the creeks. Hunting, fishing, bowling and playing the fiddle were his greatest pleasures in life. He also loved baseball and tried never to miss a Cardinal game. In the 1950's he helped Sullivan's traveling baseball team, as well as devoting time to the Sullivan Explorer Scouts.

He was united in marriage on March 18, 1935 to Velta May Mallow at Potosi, MO. She preceded him in death September 25, 1991.

Harvey and Velta moved to Mack's Creek, MO in 1937, where he worked with his brother in the timber and sawmill business. They moved to St. Louis in 1941 where he was employed at a brickyard and later at "B" and "C" Machine. In 1947 they moved back to Sullivan, where they resided until 1962. They then moved to the New Rock area near Bourbon where they bought a home. Harvey was employed as a machinist at Community Auto Parts from 1950 until his retirement in 1974. After retiring he and Velta spent many happy hours fishing on the Bourbeuse.

Harvey was a dedicated husband and father, and devoted his life to his family, home, and work. He and Velta were actively involved in V.F.W. Post 3987 for many years. They were also actively involved in working toward and finally succeeding in getting the Sullivan Community Hospital, by donating time for fund raising and money too Harvey will be remembered by many for his love of gardening, and all outdoor activities, and especially for his calm manner and sense of humor.

He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Betty Harman of Bourbon, one daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Earl Blankenship, of Sullivan, one brother, Ernest Harman of Festus, MO, two sisters, Beulah Scott of Sullivan and Barbara Clendenin of Steelville, 5 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. In addition to his wife and parents, he was also preceded in death by one infant son, and one son, Richard Michael Harman, four brothers, Lee, Bill, Jesse, and Patsy Harman, and two sisters, Adelia Parker and Madge Center.

Funeral services were conducted 2:00 p.m. Sunday, February 23, 1992 from the Eaton Funeral Home, Sullivan, MO, with Rev. William E. Norris officiating. Interment was in I.O.O.F. Memorial Cemetery, Sullivan.
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Velta May Harman

Velta May Harman nee Mallow was born July 28, 1913 at Butts, Missouri to Benjamin and Minnie [Moutray] Mallow, and died September 25, 1991 at the age of 78 years.

Velta lived around the Butts and Steelville area until she was married to Harvey Harman on March 18, 1935 at Potosi, MO. They moved to Mack's Creek in 1937, then to St. Louis in 1941 to be closer to Harvey's work. In 1947 they moved back to Sullivan, where they resided until 1962, when they bought a house in the New Rock area near Bourbon, MO.

Velta worked as a cook and waitress at Snell's Restaurant, "Mom" Lahmann's, and at "66 Terminal". She later was employed by Ramsey Corporation in 1955, where she was an inspector for 19 years. She retired in 1974.

Velta and Harvey were actively involved in V.F.W. Post 3987 for many years. They were also involved, as were many people, in working toward and finally succeeding in getting the Sullivan Community Hospital established. Velta crocheted dollies and pillow tops, which she and Harvey would raffle to raise money for the hospital fund. They also contributed in many ways to help raise funds for the hospital.

Velta was a dedicated wife and mother, who devoted her life to her family, home and work. If her children needed anything, they could always count on Mom. The grandchildren counted on Grandma also.

She is survived by her husband, Harvey of 56 years, one son Ronald Harman and wife Betty of Bourbon, one daughter Linda K. Blankenship and Husband Earl of Sullivan, one brother Al Mallow and wife Grace of Steelville, MO, one sister Geraldine Bandy and husband Gene of Ellisville, MO, her grandchildren, Debbie Tanner, Pam Laney, Becky Tice, Danielle Blankenship and Ron Harman, her great-grandchildren Diana, Tammy, Karen, Dustin and Nicky, and one great-great-grandson Timmy, one uncle and aunt, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, cousins and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a twin brother who died at birth, two sisters, Bessie Edwards and Florence Vance, an infant son and a son Richard Michael at age 16.

A V.F.W. memorial service was held 7:00 P.M. Friday, September 27, 1991 by Russell Schmidt Post #3987.

Funeral services were conducted 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 28, 1991 from the Eaton Funeral Home, Sullivan, MO, with Rev. William E. Norris officiating. Interment was in I.O.O.F. Memorial Cemetery, Sullivan.

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Maggie McCaskey Carpenter Dennis

Obituary notice

Claremore Daily Progress, October 22, 1985:

Services were Monday for Maggie May Dennis, 75 who died Friday at Claremore Nursing Home. Services were at First Assembly of God Church. Burial was in Woodlawn cemetery, under the direction of Claremore Funeral Home.

Mrs. Dennis was born May 23, 1910 in Clio, Texas, to William and Martha (Cobb) McCaskey. The family moved to the Rogers County area when she was a child. She was a member of Community Christian Center.

Survivors are her sons, Jimmy Carl Carpenter of Verdigris and David A. Carpenter Jr. of Claremore; daughter, Marjorie Montgomery of Claremore; brother, Bowden McCaskey of Yucipa, California; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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Funeral Rites Sunday For A. P. Carpenter
From Claremore Progress Oct. 29, 1948

Funeral services for A. P. Carpenter, 78, will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the chapel of the Rice Funeral home.  Burial will be at the Woodlawn Cemetery.

Survivors are his wife, Florence; two sons, Fred Carpenter of Hitchita, Okla. and Dave Carpenter of Claremore; two daughters, Mrs. Ila Brakebill of Tulsa and Mrs. Katherine Plank of St. Louis.

Editors note: Amos P. Carpenter was born July 11, 1870 in Franklin County, Missouri and died Oct. 28, in Claremore, Oklahoma 1948.

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Ila M. Brakebill
From Claremore Progress Feb. 6, 1994

Ila Brakebill died Friday, February 4, 1994, at Claremore Regional Hospital.  She was 89.  Services will be 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church where she was a longtime active member.  Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery.  Arrangements are under direction of Rice Funeral Service.

Visitation will be 12 until 6 p.m. Sunday and 8 a. m. until noon Monday at Rice Funeral Chapel.  Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church youth fund.

The daughter of Amos Pitts and Florence Jemimah Harman Carpenter was born May 11, 1904 at Steelville, MO.  As a child she moved with her family to Oklahoma, traveling by covered wagon.  They settled in the Hoffman-Hitchita area where she attended school.

She and Solon Criswell married May 16, 1919 at Hitchita.  The couple had two daughters, Vera and Dixie.  He died April 10, 1926.  On May 18, 1927, she and James P. Brakebill married at El Reno, Oklahoma.  The family came to the Verdigris area in the 1930s.  Then in 1952 they moved to Claremore.

Ila Brakebill was involved in her community, working with Ocie Mayberry on cancer drives.  Although she didn't drive, she completed her routes by walking.  She was also a volunteer at the Rogers County Election Board and worked as Republican headquarters until her health failed.  She served as a caregiver to others in the community.  Her second husband died March 17, 1985.

Survivors are her children; Vera Stacey, Dixie and husband, Wade McCombs all of Claremore and Helyn and husband, Thom Tiner of Merced, California: grandchildren, L. E. Bacon, Don Bacon, Bill Bacon, Wayne McCombs and Cathy Knight of Claremore and Clint More of Merced;  17 great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, four nephews and six nieces.

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Dave Carpenter Succumbs at 53
From Claremore Daily Progress, April 3, 1962 [Front Page]

Dave Carpenter, 53, a farmer of this area for the past 35 years died in a local hospital Monday morning following a heart attack.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the memorial Heights Baptist church and burial will be in Woodlawn cemetery under the direction of the Musgrove funeral home.

Survivors include his wife, Maggie of the home, two sons, Jim of Tulsa and David of the home; one daughter Marjorie Montgomery of Claremore; two sisters, Mrs Ila Brakebill of Claremore and Mrs. Catherine Plank of St. Louis, MO; and four grandchildren.

Editor's Note: David Algie Carpenter, Sr. was born Jan. 13, 1908 near Okmulgee, OK and died April 2, 1962 at Claremore, OK.

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James Peeler Brakebill

Services will be Wednesday for early-day Oklahoma oil industry worker, James Peeler Brakebill. Brakebill, 83, 843 West 23rd Street North, died Sunday, March 17, 1985, at Claremore Regional Medical Center.

Final Rites will be 2 p.m., Wednesday in First Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery under direction of Rice-Winton Funeral Home.

Born March 20, 1901 in Allen, Kansas, he was the son of Clarence and Minnie Bradley Brakebill. He grew up and was educated in Hitchita, Oklahoma. He and Ila Carpenter were married May 28, 1927 in El Reno, Oklahoma.

They lived in the Oklahoma City area, moving to Claremore in 1948. Brakebill was part of the crew which set up the rigs on the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol. He was in the oil business many years and retired from Douglas Aircraft in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Survivors are his wife, Ila, of the home; three daughters, Helen Tiner of Merced , Calif, and Dixie McCombs and Vera Stacy of Claremore; a brother Jack Smith of Porterville, Calif; a sister, Ruth Edwards of Porterville; six grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

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Waddie McCombs

Longtime Claremore rancher and McDonnell Douglas Aircraft employee, Waddie Alvin McCombs, 78 went to be with his Lord, Jesus on Sunday, August 16, 1998.

Services are set for 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 19 at First Baptist Church at Claremore. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery under the direction of Rice Funeral Service.

McCombs was born July 24, 1929 in Sallisaw, OK., to Sam and Lillie {Gooch} McCombs. His family moved to the Claremore-Keetonville area in 1924. He attended schools in Catoosa, Limestone and the former Chambers School that was located three miles south of Claremore.

McCombs uniquely served in three branches of the armed services in two wars. In 1940, he entered the U.S. Army, serving until 1941. Shortly after the U.S. entered World War II, he volunteered for the U.S. Navy, serving as a member of the Seabees. He was in the second wave of troops to land at Iwo Jima and was also on Saipan. He was one of the earliest members of the Seabees to help restore the infrastructure in Japan. After World War II, he was a member of the Air Force Reserves. He was called to active duty during the Korean War.

In 1945, McCombs married Dixie Maxine Criswell of Tulsa. They made their first home in Tulsa, where he was a City of Tulsa fireman.

In 1952, he began to establish another unique work record, 37 years of service for McDonnell Douglas in Tulsa, missing only one scheduled work day in his entire career for the aircraft Company. He served, first, as a fireman, then as a security guard. He was awarded several citations for his outstanding service at Douglas.

McCombs and his family moved to a farm in rural Claremore in 1958, where he raised beef cattle for 40 years.

He is survived by his wife of over 52 years, Dixie, and his two children: Wayne McCombs and wife, Lee Ann; and Cathy Knight and husband, Dale, of Claremore; and six grandchildren, Calli and Casi Knight; and Amanda, Samuel, Susie and Micah McCombs. He is also survived by two brothers, Don McCombs and Jack McCombs both of Claremore; and one sister Freda Norfleet of Langley. He was proceeded in death by his father, Sam and mother, Lillie, and sister Sammie Smith of Bartlesville.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for contributions to the building fund at First Baptist Church of Claremore.

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Cora Belle Harman

Cora Belle Harman nee Cook was born January 1, 1898 at Berryman, Missouri a daughter to the late Alfred Cook and Effie May (Coleman) Cook.

Cora departed this life Friday, May 28, 2004, at the Gibbs Care Center in Steelville, Missouri, at the age of 106 years, 4 months and 27 days.

On Wednesday, July 5, 1916, Cora was united in marriage to Lee Roy Harman.  They enjoyed 53 years of marriage until Lee's passing on January 13, 1969.  Four daughters and four sons were born to this union.  Their first home together was in Center Point Community and later a farm in the Liberty area.  After retirement, they moved to Camdenton but Cora returned to Steelville after Lee's Passing.  Cora moved to Gibbs Manor in 1995 and the Gibbs Care Center in 2000.

Cora would often smile when remembering the great times the family had while camping and fishing.  She would also tell of her trip to the 1904 World's Fair, riding an elephant and the merry-go-round while there.  Cora loved to visit with her children, her grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren , and her great great great grandson.  When asked her secret to a long and happy live, Cora would simply laugh and say "A lot of hard work and good spring water."

In addition to her dear parents and beloved husband, Cora was preceded in death by her sons Eldon Harman and Gilbert Harman; daughters Ruby Hinkley and Ada Hall; sister Nellie Ferguson and brothers John Riley Cook, Clarence Cook, and Alfred Garrison; son-in-Law Roy Lewis Blanton, and grandson Leonard Roy Blanton.

Among those who remain to mourn her passing and celebrate her living are her two daughters; Julia Blanton, and Edna Pratt and husband Kenneth, all of Steelville, MO., her sons "Sonny" Roy Harman and wife Helen of Camdenton, MO., and John Harman and wife Janette of Bourbon, MO.;  14 grandchildren, 16 great grand children, 28 great great grandchildren and one great great great grandson, nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and many dear friends.  Cora will always be fondly remembered and deeply missed by all who knew her.  Cora Belle Harman lay in state 5-8 pm Tuesday, June 1, 2004, at the Britton Brothers Funeral Home, Steelville, Mo.

Funeral services were held at 2 pm Wednesday, June 2, 2004 in the Britton Chapel with Rev. Jeanette Bragg officiating.

Committal prayers and interment were in the Liberty Cemetery, rural Steelville, MO.  Honoring Cora by serving as pallbearers were Bob Harman, Jim Harman, Alan Harman, Alan Harman II, Mike Davis and Chad Barton.

Arrangements were entrusted to the care of Britton Brothers Funeral Home, Steelville, MO.

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