James Gentry “Hoot” Nichols

James Gentry “Hoot” Nichols, 69, of Orrick, Mo., died peacefully early Saturday morning, March 10, 2018 at his home, with his loving family surrounding him. James was best known around his many friends as Hoot. He was born in Carrolton, Mo., on April 12, 1948 to Murry Isom Nichols and Viola Virginia (Mansell) Nichols. He attended and graduated Orrick High School with the class of 1966. Following high school, he worked at Orrick Farm Service. In 1969, Hoot began his working career with the Santa Fe Railroad in track maintenance. The railroad merged with Burlington Northern Railroad and became the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) and Hoot worked his way up to become the Road Master. His crew named his office “Hooterville” due to his nickname. He worked for the railroad for 36 years and retired in 2005.

He married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Jeanne Corbin, on April 8, 1967. He and Barbara began their life together living at the Orrick Arms Apartments. They remained in Orrick for a few years, before traveling with the railroad. After traveling, they settled in Excelsior Springs in 1987. They later retired to Warsaw, Mo.

He was a member of Cedar Grove Baptist Church in Warsaw, where he taught Sunday school and Bible school. He was an avid sports fan and loved to go fishing and snagging. When his boys were young, he enjoyed teaching them to hunt and coaching their little league teams. He especially loved his family and spending time with them, his grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Murry and Viola Nichols, two brothers, Jerry Nichols and Jack Nichols, and a sister, Murietta “Murt” Nichols.

Survivors include his wife of almost 51 years, Barbara Nichols of the home, and sons, James Aaron Nichols of Orrick, Mo., Patrick Wayne Nichols and wife, Carrie of Wentzville, Mo., Gentry Corbin Nichols and wife, Erin of Oak Grove, Mo., and Blake Moberly of Kansas City, Mo.; daughter-in-law, Robin Nichols of Kansas City, Mo.; sister, Janice Griffith of Blue Springs, Mo.; grandchildren, Brittnee Waters and husband, Jake, Zachary Nichols, Skylar Nichols, Skyler Nichols, Tyler Nichols, Trey Nichols, Hailey Nichols, Colin Nichols, and Carson Nichols; great grandchildren, Noah and Sophie Waters; and his recliner companion, Ms. Elle.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 16, 2018 at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, Mo. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 17, 2018 at the Orrick Baptist Church with Rev. Jim Andrews officiating. Cremation will take place following services with inurnment at a later date in Craven Cemetery near Camden, Mo.

Memorials are suggested to Crossroads Hospice, 2900 N.E. 60th Street, Suite 150, Gladstone, MO 64119.

George Scott Clevenger

George Scott Clevenger, 61, of Lawson, Mo., formerly of Orrick, passed away Thursday
afternoon, March 1, 2018 at Liberty Hospital.

George Scott Clevenger had many nicknames through his life, but was most commonly known as Scott. He was born on June 7, 1956 in Clay County, Mo., to George Everett Clevenger and Dorothy R. (Michaels) Clevenger. He had lived most of his life in Ray County, Mo. He attended Orrick Schools and was a graduate of Orrick High School with the class of 1974. During his life he had worked for several construction companies and retired from Clarkson Construction Company in Kansas City after working there for several years. He also had been a farmer.

Those that knew Scott would know that he loved to prank his friends for a good laugh. He also loved to tell stories in great detail. He was also known for his big hearty laugh.
Scott loved anything to do with being outside and enjoying nature.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Dorothy Clevenger.

Scott is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Nicholas Clevenger and Katherine of Overland Park, Kans.; two brothers, Mike Clevenger and wife Judy of Portland, Ore., and David Clevenger of Rayville, Mo.; a sister, Kathy Nevins and husband Gary of Jamestown, Mo.; and his special companion and partner, Kay Carver of the home; and his extended family, Cody, Caleb, Austin and Adion.

Visitation and viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, followed at 8 p.m. with a celebration of life service, also at the funeral home. Scott will be laid to rest next to his parents in a private burial on Thursday at Riffe Cemetery near Orrick, Mo.

Floral offerings will be welcome or you may donate to your favorite charity in his memory.


My thoughts and prayers to all the family.
Steven Nail

I am saying a special prayer for your family at this time. I am so sorry for your loss. Hold on to the special memories that you made together.
Karen Clevenger Clancy

Terri Lee (Joiner) Honn

Terri Lee (Joiner) Honn, 59, of Kansas City, Mo., passed away Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at the home. Terri was born on November 20, 1958 in Kansas City, Mo., to Elmer Lee Joiner, Jr. and Mary Jane (Patton) Joiner. She was a lifelong resident of Kansas City. Terri attended Ruskin High School and graduated with the class of 1976. She studied nursing at Evangel University in Springfield, Mo. She worked for several years as a banker for the Ameristar Casino in Kansas City before she retired due to a disability.

Terri found entertainment through reading books and novels and watching movies. She also loved to play Bingo. Terri loved to shop and browse at garage sales and thrift stores. She loved her children and the time she spent with them and her family. Terri never gave up hope that someday she would be able to see and be reunited with her four grandchildren. She always had kind words for her friends and most people she came in contact with.

Terri was preceded in death by her father, Elmer Lee Joiner, Jr. on April 7, 2008 and her mother, Mary Jane Joiner on July 2, 2009.

She is survived by her son, Joshua L. Honn of Kansas City, Mo.; her daughter, Rachel E. Honn and her signifiant other, Todd Mountjoy of Kansas City, Mo.; brothers, Paul Tipton and wife, Joyce of Richland, N.C., and Harry Tipton and wife, Tami of Raymore, Mo.; and sister, Vickie Wright and significant other, Larry Thompson of Orrick, Mo. She is also survived by several aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews and cousins, and her pet cat, Merlin.

One of her favorite quotes was, “Always be as kind to yourself as you are to others”.

Funeral services will be Friday, February 16, 2018 at the Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, Mo., with Pastor Ed Bell of Blue Springs officiating. Terri will be laid to rest next to her parents at South Point Cemetery, Orrick, Mo.

Virginia Mae “Ginny” Pace

Virginia Mae “Ginny” Pace, 76, of Orrick, MO, passed away Wednesday afternoon, January 10, 2018 at her home in Orrick, surrounded by her family.

Viriginia was born on June 9, 1941 in Maddock, North Dakota, to Virgil Simenson and Margaret Marie (College) Simenson, also known as “Peggy Posey”.

Virginia graduated from high school in Carrington, N.D., and served her country in the U.S. Air Force. She studied at St. Mary’s University in Minneappolis, MN, where she earned a degree in Chemical Dependency Counseling in 1987. She worked many years as a chemical dependency counselor in the health care field. She was united in marriage on June 27, 1972 to Roberts Hall Pace, Sr. He preceded her in death on January 28, 2001. Virginia had lived in Carrington, N.D. and Sioux Falls, S.D. before moving to Windom, MN in the summer of 1972. In 1984, she moved to Apple Valley, MN and lived there until she moved to Orrick, MO in 1992.

Virginia loved doing crafts and doing craft shows. She and Laura traveled many weekends to work craft shows, and loved this time spent together. She also loved spending time with her grandchildren and she enjoyed cooking and baking, especially cakes for her daughter to decorate. One of her favorite things was to go to the casinos and play the penny slot machines. She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and friend. Virginia helped alot of people that were in need of help. She had a huge heart and was a natural and true caregiver that was always ready to help others with cleaning, cooking, helping do their taxes, or just giving a helping hand any way she could, always putting others needs first before her own.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Roberts Hall Pace, Sr., her sisters, Kathy Griffin and Linda Lusby, one stepson, Roberts H. Pace, Jr., and a step grandson, Matthew Kalash.

Virginia is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Laura “Pace” McGregor and husband, Duncan McGregor of Orrick, MO; a son, David Pace and fiance’, Brigitte Smisek of Bloomington, MN; step daughters, Susan “Pace” Benson of Rochester, MN, Kathleen “Pace” Hodges and husband, Dr. LeRoy Hodges of Welcome, MN, and Jennifer “Pace” Samples and husband, Jerry Samples of Marietta, GA; a sister, Karen Hill and husband, Eddie Hill of Parkville, MO; and a brother, Michael Simenson of Mexico; grandchilddren, Duncan “Trey” McGregor III, Nathan McGregor and Amanda McGregor all of Orrick, MO; many step grandchildren and step great grandchildren as well as many nieces, nephews and great nieces and great nephews. She was expecting her first great grandchild in the late summer.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Virginia’s honor are suggested to be given to Henkel For Hope Team for the Relay for Life Cancer Walk in care of Trey McGregor or Laura McGregor.

It was Virginia’s request that she be cremated with a celebration of life to be announced at a later date.

Westlynn Paige Shearer

Westlynn Paige Shearer, infant daughter of Caitlin N. Stevinson and Ronnie C. Shearer of Orrick, was born on October 26, 2017 at Saint Luke’s Hospital on the Plaza in Kansas City, Mo. Westlynn lived for eight hours before she was taken by the angels to her heavenly home. Her twin brother was born almost a week later and it is looking like he will survive, but has a long road ahead of him.

Westlynn is survived by her parents; two sisters, Taylor Shearer and Emery Shearer; three brothers, Cash Shearer, Gannon Stevinson, and her twin brother, Lucas Shearer; her paternal grandparents, Mike and Joyce Henkins of Indpendence, Mo., and Terry and Melody Shearer of Kansas City, Mo.; her maternal grandparents, Brandy and Delbert Stevinson of Orrick, Mo.; her maternal great grandparents, Kathy and Larry Cook of Orrick, Mo.; and maternal great grandfather, Carl Stevinson of Lawson, Mo.

Memorial contributions are suggested to either The March of Dimes or The Ronald McDonald House.

Graveside services and burial will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, November 9, 2017 at South Point Cemetery near Orrick, with Pastor Art Endsley officiating.

Everett “Butch” Inks

Everett “Butch” Inks, 66 of Orrick, Mo., passed away Monday, October 30, 2017 at Shirkey Nursing and Rehabilitation Center In Richmond, Mo., surrounded by his family.

Butch, as he was best know, was born on July 21, 1951 in Bethany, Mo., to Donnie LeRoy Inks and Bertha Elaine (Nickerson) Inks. Butch was raised in Bethany, Mo., and attended schools there until he moved to Orrick 51 years ago. He worked for many years at Missouri Portland Cement Company at Sugar Creek, Mo. He then worked as a laborer for the Luman Offuitt farms in Orrick for a number of years. His last job was as a carpenter building houses for Gary Werle Construction Co. of Orrick.

Butch liked working on cars. He and his wife love to go to stock car races. He liked camping and especially liked family gatherings.

Butch was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife, Ruth Ann Inks on November 30, 2011.

Survivors include two sons and daughter-in-laws, Kelly Inks and wife, Kelly of Orrick, Mo., and Billy Inks and wife, Rachael of Richmond, Mo.; three sisters, Helen Smith and husband, Jerry of Fleming, Mo., Evelyn Johnston and husband, Ronnie of Hatfield, Mo., and Julie Schrodt of Bedford, Iowa; four grandchildren, Collin Inks and Mara Inks, both of Orrick, Mo., Brendyn Inks of Richmond, Mo., and Carly Hudson of Independence, Mo.

The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, November 2, 2017 at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick with Pastor Beth Waters Warren officiating. Burial will follow at Richmond Memory Gardens in Richmond, Mo.

Memorials are suggested to Shirkey Hospice and Pallative Care, 804 Wollard Blvd., Richmond, MO 64085.

George Robert Miller

George Robert Miller, 95, of Orrick, Mo., passed away Thursday, July 27, 2017 at his home in Orrick.

George was born on September 22, 1921 in Cleveland, Ohio. He lived in Ohio until he moved to Orrick 54 years ago. George was united in marriage to Betty Jean Loyd of Orrick on September 30, 1944. She preceded him in death on April 22, 2002. George served his country in the United States Navy during W.W.II. He was employed as a superintendent with J.E. Dunn Construction Company in Kansas City and supervised over concrete construction. He retired from J.E. Dunn in 1982 after 30 years. He was a union member for 60 years.

George loved all sports and he especially liked the Kansas City Royals. He also enjoyed going to dog races and visiting the casinos.

George was preceded in death by his wife, and his daughter, Carol Ann Van Slyke on November 2, 2006.

Survivors include his son, James Michael Miller of Orrick, Mo.; grandsons, Paul Miller (Caty) of Excelsior Springs, Mo., and Michael Van Slyke (Christie) of Trussville, Ala.; granddaughter, Stephanie Metcalf (Michael) Simpsonville, N.C.; great grandchildren, Morgan and Ashley of Simpsonville, S.C., Sophie and Alyson of Trussville, Ala., Libby, Cory and Trenton Mathews- Miller of Excelsior Springs, Mo.; and nephew, Jimmy Coons (Sharon) of Louisville, Ky.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, July 31, 2017 at South Point Cemetery near Orrick with Brother Ray Mathews officiating. George requested no visitation.

Phyllis Ann (Pugh) Lee

Phyllis Ann (Pugh) Lee, 77, of Camden, Mo., passed away July 21, 2017 at Maple Woods Care Center in Kansas City, Mo. Phylllis was born in Kansas City, Mo., on March 13, 1940, the first born of 15 children to Russell Wayne Pugh and Genevieve Alice (Waldman) Pugh.

Phyllis married John Marion Lee of rural Orrick, Mo., on July 25, 1958. Together they had five children. One son, Bucky (Bennie) Lee and wife, Debi, of Richmond, Mo.; four daughters, Mona Lee and Joe McCartney of Camden, Tammy Lee of the home, Barbie Pierson and husband, Mike, of Excelsior Springs, Mo., and Jona Sephens and husband, DeWayne, of Fleming, Mo. She had 10 grandchildren, Aaron Lee (Amy), Samantha Dorton (Kyle), Jeffrey McCartney, Anthony McCartney (Lindsey), Kristen Dickey (Landon), Justin Pierson, Devin Pierson, Kimberly McCartney, Nicholas Pierson (McKenzie) and SavAnna Stephens. and 11 great grandchildren.

Phyllis is also survived by her siblings, Robert Pugh (Rita) of Weatherby Lake, Eddie Pugh (Carla) of Excelsior Springs, Donald Lee Pugh of Excelsior Springs, Carolyn Wholf (Bob) of Henrietta, Chuck (Charles) Pugh (Leha) of Orrick, Janet Karl (Jimmy) Richmond, Barbara Martin (Steve) of Excelsior Springs, Debbie Knutter (Bill) of Orrick, Teresa Wilson (Rick) of Orrick, Billy Pugh of Fulton, Dale Pugh (Rose) of Excelsior Springs; sisters in law, Jessie Robinson of Hardin and Teresa Twyman (Tom) of Hardin; and many many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, Russell and Genevieve Pugh; her father and mother in law, Benjamin and Veda (Butler) Lee; brothers, Richard (Dickey) Pugh and Michael Pugh; one sister, Beverly (Peggy) Adams; one niece, Jill Pugh; one brother in law, Allen Lee Sr., and his wife Rose; one sister in law and brother in law, Barbara Green and husband, Jim; brother in law, Earl (Steve) Lee and sister in law, Bernice Lee.

Phyllis was a great wife and was a great mother to her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren and her siblings. She enjoyed time spent with her grandkids and great grandkids and her big family. Phyllis was a 1958 grad of Orrick High School. She worked for Shirkey Nursing and Rehab Center in Richmond and Walmart in Richmond. She was a Girl Scout leader in Orrick for many years. She enjoyed camping, fishing and family float trips. She loved to watch the birds and look at her flowers from her chair in the living room. She touched the lives of many and will be sadly missed by all.

Visitation will be Sunday, July 23, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick. Funeral services will be Monday, July 24, 2017 at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Richmond, Mo. Burial will follow in South Point Cemetery, Orrick.

Memorials in memory of Phylllis are suggested to DaVita of North Kansas City, Mo.


Samantha & Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I know how much your grandma meant to the whole family, she was a rock. She was a lovely lady, cherish the memories.
With Love & Sympathy, Amanda Levandowski (Carriker) & Family

Donald Ray Holt

Donald Ray Holt, 66, of rural Richmond, Mo., passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at the North Kansas City Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.

Donald was better know as Ray, was born on April 23, 1951 in Orrick, Mo., to Raymond H. Holt and Loretta Marie (Knutter) Holt. Ray was united in marriage to Mary Ann Stapleton of Orrick on October 25, 1969. He had worked as a mechanic for the city of Kansas City, Mo. in water treatment and pollution control for over 32 years and retired in 2001.

Ray returned to Orrick and the family farm in 1986. He loved tending to his cows, haying the fields and gardening. He enjoyed riding side by side with his dog. He especially enjoyed the time spent with his wife, children and grandchildren.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents, both sets of grandparents and numerous aunts and uncles.

Survivors include his wife of over 30 years, Mary Ann Holt of the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Stacey Carter and husband, Larry, of Dearborn, Mo.; a son and daughter-in-law, Jason Holt and wife, Kelly of Kansas City, Mo.; uncles, Leroy Knutter and wife, Pat, of Warsaw, Mo.; and Tom Knutter and wife, Ruth, of Kansas City, Mo.; his grandchildren, Matthew Carter, Silas Carter, Preston Robinson and Grace Porter; and great granddaughter, Rayvn Carter. He is also survived by several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

The family will greet friends Sunday, June 25, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Gowing Funeral Home. Cremation with services to be announced at a later date.


Stacey, I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. Please know that our hearts and prayers are with you and your family.
Love You, Tiffany Makupson

Stacy Holt Carter and family,
You are in my thoughts during this difficult time and afterwards….sending you a big hug!
Kathy Hale

So sorry for your loss. I will miss Ray coming by with his dog to bitch about all that is wrong with the world. My thoughts and prayers to you, Mary Ann, and family. He wil be missed.
Steven Nail

Danny Gene Callaway

Danny Gene Callaway, 66 of Orrick, Mo., passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at North Kansas City Hospital.

Danny was born in Orrick, Mo., on August 28, 1950 to Roy Thomas Callaway and Vena Belle (Covey) Callaway. He was a lifelong resident of Orrick and was a graduate of Orrick High School with the class of 1968. Danny had worked as a laborer for the Orrick Farm Service for many years until his retirement in 2009. Dan enjoyed fixing up old cars and trucks and especially enjoyed shootin’ the breeze with his friends. He was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Ivan Thomas, and a brother-in-law, James R. McGlothlin.

Danny is survived by his siblings, Sharon McGlothlin, Roy Lee Callaway, and Vicky Dallas (Don), all of Orrick, Tim Callaway (Kendra) of Kearney, Mo., Terry Callaway (Susie) and Tammy Crowley, of Orrick. He is also survived by 17 nieces and nephews and 23 great nephews and nieces.

The family will greet friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday, June 25, 2017 at the Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, June 26, 2017 at Gowing Funeral Home with Rev. Duane Acree officiating. Burial will be in South Point Cemetery near Orrick.