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In Memory Of

Jackie D. Garrett
Hubert Redburn
Everett Auffert
Jason Ledbetter
Ray Wilbanks
Johnny Miller
David Hoglen
Joey Height

The following Memorials are listed with the most recent listed first.

Reverend Joey Dale Hight

Reverend Joey Hight was born December 23, 1954, at Anna, Illinois, to James “Pete” Hight and  Pauline Rose Hayes Hight. He entered eternal rest on Sunday, April 17, 2016, at Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, Missouri.

Pastor Hight’s ministry began on July 18, 1975, and soon after was invited to travel with evangelist Terry Bowling of Franklin, Ohio, during the summer to minister in music and song at various Youth Camps. It is from this invitation, that Reverend Hight’s ministry would develop into a full time evangelistic ministry, that included many churches, in many states, traveling many miles.

On April 2, 1977 he would marry Tricia Isaac of Fort Worth, Texas; their first home was a 1968 Holiday Rambler travel trailer. They began their first revival together in Idabel, Oklahoma and from that time forward, they saw their ministry blossom into a nationwide influence in the Holiness Pentecostal Fellowship. Over the years he preached at over 100 youth and adult camps. Reverend Hight was known for his illustrated sermons that captured the attention of the congregation. He was also known for his great talent playing the tenor saxophone, ministering to so many people over the years.   To quote the Hight’s, “We are nothing now, nor were we something in the years past, except for the fact that God has HIS hand on our lives.”  Their ministry, in years past, also included being a Youth Pastor and Pastors. Their first pastorate was at Florence Holiness church in Keller, Texas, then nine months as Youth Pastor at the Pentecostal Highway of Holiness Church in Hamilton, Ohio. Their next pastorate was in Jonesboro, Illinois, that lasted two years. For the past 25 years, they pastored the Calvary Pentecostal Tabernacle in West Plains, Missouri. During their pastorate, the Church saw many advances including a finishing of a multi-purpose building, evangelist apartment, Children’s Church, remodeling of the sanctuary and foyer, as well as purchase of additional property.

Pastor Hight loved his Church babies and children. He loved baby dedications and often titled his sermon, “The Gospel According to ….”  and would insert the baby’s name. Pastor and Sister Hight were also very involved in the Ozark Holiness Youth Camp and Adult Camp. Pastor Hight was known for “walking guard” in those early morning hours at the Youth Camp.

Pastor Hight’s influence in the community involved having served as Chaplain with Ozarks Medical Center for ten years, as well as Chaplain to the West Plains Police and Fire Departments since 1995. He had a great love for the Emergency personnel of our City and County and was highly respected by the community.

Pastor Hight has left behind a great legacy of love for ministry, family values, and compassion for community.

David Wayne Hoglen

David Wayne Hoglen was born August 3,1947 at West Plains, Missouri the son of Mary Lucille King Hoglen and the late Ralph Hoglen. He entered eternal rest on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at his home.

On July 27, 1969, he was married at West Plains, Missouri to Patricia Wright.  Before his retirement, Mr. Hoglen was employed as the purchasing agent for the City of West Plains for over forty years.  Also, he was a volunteer fireman for the City of West Plains for twenty-three years and for the Howell County Rural Fire Department.  Mr. Hoglen was a Christian and was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Hoglen, of the family home; four children, Carrie Mulkey, husband, Dan, Eric Hoglen, wife, Emilie, Thomas Hoglen and Christopher Hoglen, all of West Plains, Missouri; two grandchildren, Kristianne Mulkey and Stephen Mulkey; his mother, Lucille Hoglen, West Plains, Missouri; and one sister, Judith Goodwin, husband, Robert, West Plains, Missouri.

Johnny Miller

John Miller II, son of Gary and Gloria Kroll Miller, was born June 3, 1984 at Conroe, Texas. He entered into eternal rest Monday, June 13, 2011.

Mr. Miller graduated from the Koshkonong High School with the Class of 2002 and was employed at CarI’s Repair. Mr. Miller attended the Faith Assembly of God Church.

He is survived by three children, Anaika Rose Miller, Nicole Marie Miller and Mikayla Leslie Miller. all of the family home; his parents, Gary and Gloria Miller, West Plains; two brothers, Roy Lee Sheffield and Jason Paul Sheffield, wife, Christi, both of Conroe, Texas; four sisters, Shannon Wright, husband, Chris Barks, West Plains, Lisa Marie Robinson, husband, Ron, Marion, Illinois, Teresa Kay Miller, Marion, Illinois and Dianna Lee Kent, husband, Benjie, Goreville, Illinois; special friends, Tray Caraway and Melissa Hale, both of West Plains; and a host of friends including those at the West Plains Fire Department. His grandparents preceded him in death.

(The Following was written by Johnny’s Mother, Gloria Miller)

A West Plains Firefighter #434, our son, a brother, a grandson, an uncle, a father, a friend. The kind of person who, never met a stranger.

I remember seeing the smile our son had on his face when he held his little girls, eyes filled with love as he watched them grow. We got to see our son live his dream of becoming a WP firefighter. He worked hard to earn every certification he could. He went from volunteer to part time on the department. He, very proudly wore that badge #434. This, my son who taught me you can accomplish your dreams.

We are proud of our son and we know that Johnny will never be forgotten, by the many friends who are always there, to the three beautiful girls with the most precious blue eyes that every time we look into them, I’m seeing him, too.

I thank God for everyday we had our son, and I know one day we will all be together again.

No words of farewell were spoken
No time to say goodbye
You were gone before we knew it
And only God knows why!

Love you~Mom, Dad, Shannon, Chris, Allie, Caysen, Anaika, Nikki, Mikayla

Ray Eldon Wilbanks

Ray Eldon Wilbanks, the son of the late Paul (Pete) Wilbanks, Jr. and Maude Ruth Layson Wilbanks, was born April 13, 1948 at West Plains, Missouri. He entered into the eternal rest April 4, 2010 at the age of sixty-one years.

On April 21, 1995, he was married at West Plains, Missouri to Angie Havron. Mr Wilbanks had been employed with the West Plains Police Department. He enjoyed bingo, hunting, fishing and going to the casino.

He is survived by his wife, Angie Wilbanks, of the family home; four children, Kurt Wilbanks and wife, Tara, West Plains, Missouri, Eric Wilbanks and wife, Katie, Sullivan, Missouri, Kyle Wilbanks and wife Sabreena, West Plains, Missouri and Kayla Wilbanks of the family home; six grandchildren, Jessie Banburg, Jacob Wilbanks, Colten Wilbanks, Gabrielle Wilbanks, Reese Wilbanks and Natily Wilbanks; one great-grandchild, Stacey; two brothers, Carl Wilbanks and wife, Mary, Pomona, Missouri and Glen Wilbanks and wife, Donna, West Plains, Missouri; two sisters Linda Edgeller and husband, Bruce, Pomona, Missouri and Cora Jane Gunter and husband, Leman, West Plains, Missouri; several nieces and nephews; and special friends John and Sue Morlan.

His parents, one sister, Sybil Pittinger and one brother Joseph Paul Wilbanks, precede him in death.

Jason Ledbetter

Jason Dean Ledbetter, the son of F. Dean and Joyce Callahan Ledbetter, was born November 16, 1977 in West Plains, Missouri. He entered into eternal rest October 23, 2006 at the age of twenty-eight years.

He graduated from the West Plains High School with the Class of 1996 and on January 23, 1999 was married at Harrison, Arkansas to Sarah Edgeller. He was employed at Armstrong Flooring, volunteered at Unity Broadcasting and was a volunteer for the West Plains Fire Department. Mr Ledbetter was a member of the Elks Club, West Plains Bass Club, and West Plains Car Club. He loved the out-of-doors, enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, bull riding and playing cards. Also, he was Grandpa’s helper. Mr. Ledbetter was a member of the Assembly of God.

Mr Ledbetter is survived by his wife, Sarah Ledbetter, of the family home; two children, Wyatt Ledbetter and Cheyanne Ledbetter, of the family home; his parents, F. Dean and Joyce Ledbetter, West Plains, Missouri; his brother, Jeffrey Dale Ledbetter and special friend, Brittany, West Plains, Missouri and nephew, Toby Dale Ledbetter; his grandparents, Lewis and Pansy Callahan, Floyd and Hazel Ledbetter and Vince Edgeller, in-law and mother-in-law, Fred and Shirley Edgeller, West Plains, Missouri; brothers-in-law, Lee Matthews, West Plains, Missouri and McKenzie Horton, Cabot, Arkansas; aunts and uncles, Laverne William and husband, Howard, J.C. Ledbetter and wife, Shelley, Donald Ledbetter and wife, Sue, Joe Ledbetter and wife, Ronda, Alice Pery and husband Jackie, Steve Ledbetter and wife, Stacey, Lloyd Pringle, Cecilia Ryan and husband, Gary and Tim Edgeller and wife, Nancy; and many cousins.

Two aunts, Sherry Pringle and Millie Murdy, grandmother-in-law, Martha Edgeller, and his good friend Travis Dunnihoo, precede him in death.

Jason loved his family and his children.

Everett Auffert

Joseph Everett Auffert, the son fot he late Francis G. and Violet Mae Wagoner Auffert, was born April 9, 1921 at West Plains, Missouri. He entered into eternal rest May 23, 2004 at the age of eighty-three years.

On June 5, 1946, he was married at Stilwell, Oklahoma to Oleta Mae Hatfield. Mr. Auffert was employed at Charles C. Meek Lumber Company for several years and also at Reed-Harlan Company for several years. He was self-employed with a trash service for forty-two years. He was loved by everyone who knew him, and his family was his life.

Mr. Auffert served his country in the United States Army during World War II in the European theatre as a truck driver in the Third Division, Signal Corp from 1942 until 1945. He was a member of the West Plains Fire Department for twenty-two years and a member of the Howell County Rural Fire District #1 for twenty-two years. He was a member of the V.F.W. Post #1828, the Howell County Rural Fire District #1 Auxiliary, and a local volunteer for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

He is survived by his wife, Oleta of the family home; one son, Joe Auffert, and wife, Gayla, West Plains, Missouri; one daughter, Louise Ledbetter, and husband, Gene, West Plains, Missouri; four grandchildren, Rick Ledbetter, and wife, Sheila, Christel Auffert, Stacie Auffert, and Twyla Brashear, and husband, Shane, all of the West Plains, Missouri; five great grandchildren, Chasytie Ledbetter, Spencer Langston, Heather Langston, McKenzie Cox and Emalee Brashear; all of West Plains, Missouri; three sisters, Freda Mustion and Irene Marler, West Plains, Missouri and Margie Calton, and husband, Lloyd, Grundy Center, Iowa; several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Mr. Auffert is preceded in death by his parents, one infant granddaughter, Stephanie Dawn Auffert, and two brothers-in-law.

He was a member of the Curry Street Church of Christ for forty-years.

Chief Hubert M. Redburn

Hubert M Redburn, the son of the late Louis and Mattie Vonallmen Redburn, was born June 10, 1036 at Rover, Missouri. He entered into eternal rest March 3, 2004 at the age of sixty-seven years.

He attended the Thomasville School and on July 17, 1959 was married at Alton, Missouri to Donna Wiggs.

Mr Redburn was a veteran having served with the United States Army.

In September of 1959, he began a life long career with the West Plains Fire Department. Mr Redburn became the Fire Chief in 1962 and served in this position until his retirement in September of 2001.

Mr. Redburn served on the board of the Howell-Oregon Local Emergency Preparedness and served as the Regional 6 Area Mutual Coordinator. He was a member of the Fire Fighter Association of Missouri, member of P.F.F.I.A, was a member of the Missouri Fire Chief Association and was instrumental in organizing the Howell County Rural Fire District #1.

He had been a member of the West Plains Car Club and enjoyed hunting, fishing and his farms. Mr Redburn’s greatest joy in life was his family. He spent forty-four wonderful years with his devoted wife and they loved collecting antiques and playing cards with friends. Mr. Redburn loved having his daughter and family spend Sunday afternoons with him. He spent many enjoyable hours cattle farming with his son-in-law and he particularly enjoyed watching his granddaughter show horses.

Mr. Redburn is survived by his wife, Donna Redburn, of the family home; one daughter, Jennifer Lynn Strange and husband, Dan, West Plains, Missouri; one granddaughter, Ashley Elizabeth Strange; and several aunts and uncles including Eblin and Pauline Redburn, Thayer, Missouri.

He is preceded in death by his parents, one half-sister, Arlene Redburn and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, James and Juanita Wiggs.

Mr Redburn was adored by his family and left them with wonderful memories and aching hearts. He touched many lives and he will be missed by all who knew him.

(The following was written by his daughter, Jennifer (Redburn) Strange)

When I was asked to do a write up about my father, I thought how do you write about a man who you think hung the moon? Well, after contemplating for a few days, I have decided to just start writing and see where it leads. My father served the city of West Plains and its citizens for 42 years. Most people know Fire Chief Hubert Redburn as a dedicated leader, hard worker, and an honest man. I know that he went to work even when he was sick and with his job as chief, was always on call. Many family activities and meals were interrupted when he received a fire call, but he did his job and never complained. What most people don’t know is what a wonderful father, husband, grandfather, and friend he was. He spent many hours with his friends hunting, fishing, or just drinking a cup of coffee. He loved working at the farm and being outdoors. He adored his only granddaughter. He was a wonderful husband to my awesome mom and I know each day is difficult for her without him here. As for being a father, I was fortunate because he was everything you want your dad to be and more. I have so many happy and fun memories of growing up with my dad. Whether he was teaching me to throw a softball, helping me with homework, teaching me to drive, or instilling in me the value of driving only a Ford, he was always patient and understanding. As a teacher, I talk and talk to my students and try to teach to the best of my ability, but in my 28 year career, I have not taught them what my father taught me by example in a day. His example touched every part of my life. He was a man of high moral standards. I felt secure growing up with my dad in charge. I never worried because I knew Dad would always know what to do no matter what the situation was or what problem I went to him with. I never worried I would not have the things I needed or wanted bacause he was a good provider who loved me and my mom very much. I was born on my dad’s birthday and he always liked to say that I was the best birthday present he ever received, which still makes me smile to this day. I feel so fortunate to have had the father I had, one who gave me unconditional love and taught me to respect and help others. He is simply the best man I have ever known.

Jackie D. Garrett

Jackie D. Garrett, the son of the late F.G. and Vesta Viola Willard Garrett, was born January 14, 1941 at Rover, Missouri. He entered into eternal rest January 6, 2002 at the age of sixty years.

He attended the West Plains Schools and graduated from Thomasville High School with the Class of 1959. On May 3, 1963, Mr Garrett was married at West Plains, Missouri to Irene Driskell.

Mr. Garrett belonged to the MASTERS (Missouri Association of State Troopers Emergency Relief Society) and served as Troop G Chairman. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club and served as a volunteer firefighter for the West Plains Fire Department for thirty-one years. Mr. Garrett was a Ducks Unlimited sponsor and committee member, a member of the Elk’s Lodge, the Knights of Columbus and an Associate member of the Am Vets.

Jackie D had operated Garrett Station since 1962 and was best known as the “The Small Business Man.” He added towing to his business in 1970 and was a AAA Associate for over thirty years. At a time when service stations were changing from full service to self service and convenience stores, he remained a full service station for the benefits of his customers.

In 1997, he received the Citizen of the Year award from the West Plains Chamber of Commerce and on August 9, 2001, received an Honorary Trooper Award from the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Mr. Garrett is survived by his wife, Irene Garrett, of the family home; one daughter, Denise Koon, husband, Maurice and children, Garrett Belcher and Makayla Koon, West Plains, Missouri; one brother, Waymon Garrett and wife, Karma, West Plains, Missouri; one sister, Patsy Turner and husband, Lonnie, West Plains, Missouri; many nieces and nephews including Karrie Stokes, Brent Turner, Belinda Collins, James Turner and Justin Turner; and his brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Arlene Szynskie, a very special person who helped care for him, Dale Driskell and wife, Nancy David Driskell and wife, Linda, Larry Driskell and wife, Dixie, Marie Driskell, Joyce Ahrens, Lucy Bjorgaard and husband, Dale and Linda Bloomquist.

He is preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Garrett was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, West Plains, Missouri.