Joy Lynn Sample

Joy Lynn Sample, 63, of Grandview, Mo., passed away on Friday, April 2, 2021 at her home surrounded by her loving family.  Joy was born on March 3, 1958 in Kansas City, Mo., to James R. Ramey and Velma M. (Bradshaw) Ramey. Joy had lived her entire life in the Kansas City area.

She was united in marriage to David Sample on June 17, 1977. Joy enjoyed life and among her many interest she especially loved cooking, watching and rooting for the Chiefs, she also loved working at the Chiefs Stadium. Joy liked to Barbeque and was a member of The Kansas City Barbeque Society.  She also had a great passion for felines and had cats close by to enjoy and love.

Joy was preceded in death by her parents, James and Velma Ramey; her brother, Darrell Walker; and a sister, Patricia Cloud.

Joy is survived by her husband of 43 years, David Sample of the home; one son, Brandon Sample of Orrick, Mo.; and a sister, Mary Lou Terril of Shawnee, Kans.

The family will greet friends from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 10, 2021 at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, Mo.  Funeral services for Joy will immediately follow at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home, with Mr. Bryan Thompson officiating. Joy will be cremated following the services.

Mask are required to be worn to attend the visitation and service.


Brad and Brandon, I will miss Joy’s dry sense of humor. I remember her as a little 6 year old girl, throwing rice at the wedding when Andrea and I got married in 1963. Her pain is now over. God’s hand on both of you at this time.
Don Richardson

Brad and Brandon, I am sorry for your loss and pray that your memories and stories of your mom give you comfort and a smile. I will remember the fun times we had on the lake in Branson fishing and cruising in Uncle Jim’s boat. Your mom’s laugh and warm smile. May your heart be full of loving memories. With Love, Stephanie Richardson-Cummins

James Dean Davis

James Dean Davis, 50, of Orrick, MO, passed away Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at his home in Orrick.  James was born on September 8, 1970 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Randall J. Davis and JoEllen Davis. James moved with his family to Orrick in 1978 and attended school at Orrick.

He was currently employed in the produce department at Harp’s Grocery Store in Richmond, MO.

James was an excellent drummer and guitarist. He loved music and playing in local bands and had played in the band called Evolution, as well as some other bands. He enjoyed attending concerts, reading and watching TV.  James had a German shepherd and husky mixed dog named Bubba that he dearly loved. The two had a special bond and spent lots of enjoyable times together until Bubba died a couple years ago.

James was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, James R. Davis and Joyce, and his maternal grandparents, Robert and Mickey Floerchinger and Bill and Shirley Ross. He was also preceded by an uncle, John Ross.

Survivors include his father, Randall J. Davis of Orrick, MO; his mother, JoEllen Davis of Excelsior Springs, MO; uncles, Mike Floerchinger and Rick Floerchinger, both of Cedar Rapids, IA;  aunts, Candace Allen (Chuck) of Mt. Vernon, IA, and Debra Evanoff of Iowa; cousins, Tracey Allen of Springville, IA, Travis Allen of Lisbon, IA, and Trenay Hart of Billings, MT. He is also survived by a special friend, Elizabeth Mellinger of Harrisonville, MO.

Visitation will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 29, 2021 at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick. Funeral services will immediately follow at 7:30 p.m., also at the funeral home. James will be cremated following services.

Mask are required to attend visitation and services.

Billy Joe Hall

Billy Joe Hall, 91, of Orrick, Mo., passed away Sunday, March 14, 2021 at his home in Orrick.

Billy was born  on November 24, 1929 in Orrick, Mo., to Don Hall and Helen (McMullen) Hall. He lived all of his life in Orrick and attended schools in Orrick.  In 1951, he went into the Army Air Force and was there until late 1953, having spent one and a half years in Korea. In February 1955, he was united in marriage to Maria Garreffa of Mosby, Mo., and to this union was born one son, Paul Timothy Hall.

Billy was a member of the Orrick Baptist Church. His life was built around his church. He served as teacher for young boys and had served as Sunday School Superintendent and was an ordained deacon. He also had served as the church treasure for many years.

He had served the City of Orrick as the City Collector for 25 years. He worked most of his life in his family’s grocery store, Hall’s Grocery in Orrick, and retired from his duties there in 1993.

Billy was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Donna Sue Stagner.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Maria Hall; his son, Paul Timothy Hall of Texas; a brother, John Hall (Karma) of Gravois Mills, Mo.; and a sister, Mary Lou Payne of Orrick, Mo.; grandchildren, Monica Hall of Kansas City, Mo., and Kendal Hall (Jacki) of Spokane, Wash;  four great grandchildren, Shadow, Aurora, Mercedez, and Bentlee. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive him.

In lieu of floral arrangements, memorials are suggested to be given to the Orrick Baptist Church in his honor.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Orrick Baptist Church with Rev. Jacob Overstreet officiating. Billy will be laid to rest with his family in Riffe Cemetery northwest of Orrick with full military honors provided by U.S. Army and Ray County Veterans honors team.

Please wear a mask and social distance if attending.

Darrell Allen Lee

Darrell Allen Lee, 68 of Excelsior Springs, Mo., passed away at his home February 5, 2021. Darrell was born on November 22, 1952 in Kansas City, Mo., to John Allen Lee and Mary Jo (Long) Lee. He was united in marriage to Cindy Renfrow on March 31, 1980.

Darrell was a 1970 graduate of Orrick High School. He was a member of the Heavy Construction Laborer’s Union #663, retiring from Musselman & Hall Contractors.  Darrell’s favorite past times were composing songs, playing the guitar, and singing with his dad.

He was preceded in death by his father and a nephew, John Allen Lee.

Darrell is survived by his wife, Cindy, of the home. He is also survived by his mother, Mary Jo Lee; one brother, David Joe (Sheila) Lee; several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and even three great-great nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions to Darrell’s memory can be made to South Point Cemetery, 35054 Highway Z, Orrick, Missouri 64077.   Graveside services and inurnment will be held at a later date.

Edith Annabelle Stagner

Edith Annabelle (Prudden) Stagner was born on June 21, 1923 in Kidder, Mo., to Stephen and Nancy Mae (White) Prudden. Edith was the oldest of seven children and was often their caretaker. The family moved many times between Kansas and Missouri in their youth. Her parents finally settled in Osborn, Mo.  Edith left home and moved to Kansas City to live with her aunt and that is when she met John Stagner.  They were married on March 11, 1944 and resided in Kansas City, Mo., later moving to Orrick, Mo., in 1955.  John and Edith had two children and raised John’s three children from a previous marriage after he lost his first wife in a house fire.  Edith resided in Orrick, Mo., for 60 years of her life and lived the final few years at the Lawson Manor in Lawson, Mo.

Edith loved her sisters, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren more than anything in the world.  Her second love was her garden and her pets.  Edith was held in high regards for the best fried chicken.  She was an avid quilter as well. Edith was a wonderful, gentle, forgiving, and nurturing woman who loved without condition.  God called her home on Saturday, February 6, 2021 after 97-1/2 years of a wonderful life.

Edith is survived by her son, Alva Taylor Stagner and his wife, Diane of Orrick, Mo., as well as her sisters, Kathy Daniels of Cameron, Mo., Helen “Peggy” White of Kansas City, Mo., and Lila Johnson of Smithville, Mo.  She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren, and 68 great-great grandchildren and 22 great-great-great grandchildren.

Edith was preceded in death by her parents, Stephen and Nancy Prudden; her husband, John David Stagner; her children, Lila Ann Stagner Thompson, Joseph David Stagner, Mary Louise Stagner Sidwell, and William Elijah Stagner;  her siblings, Stephen Prudden, Wauneta Harter, and Sharon Mahan. She was also preceded in death by eight grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Monday, February 15, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, Mo.

Funeral services will be held February 15, 2021 at 12:30 p.m., also at the funeral home, with her grandson Bryan Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in the North New Garden Cemetery near Excelsior Springs, Mo.


Edie was like a mother to us. She was kind to our family never said one bad thing about anyone. Our family loved her and will miss her.
Terry and Nancy McManigal

I don’t think I’ve ever been around a more caring and pleasant person than Edie. My family and I will never forget the way she loved and took care of my dad. We will always remember her great smile.
Russ McManigal

Aron Michael Thomas

Aron Michael Thomas, 34, of Orrick, Mo., passed away Sunday, January 31, 2021. Aron was born on May 30, 1986 to Jim Thomas and Sherry Gilbert. He was a lifelong Orrick resident and graduated from Orrick High School.

Aron was a beloved and devoted father, brother, son, nephew and friend. His daughter was his pride and joy. Aron enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.

Aron had worked at BNSF Railroad since April 2012 and was an equipment operator. He was a member of the Teamsters Brotherhood of Maintenance Way.

Aron was preceded in death by his father, Jim Thomas, and his grandparents.

Survivors include his daughter, Audrey; mother, Sherry Gilbert (Ron); sisters, Shannon Thomas and Julie McGill; nephews, Alex, Zane and Terry; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Visitation will be Saturday, February 6, 2021 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, Mo. A memorial service will immediately follow at 11 a.m., also at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Aron’s honor can be given to the Aron Thomas Memorial Fund and payable to Shannon Thomas or Julie McGill. These funds will be put aside for his daughter’s future expenses and college education.


To Arons family and friends I offer my sincere condolences. May God hold each of you closely during this time of loss. I pray for all of you, especially Audrey as she moves forward through this time of grief and through the rest of her life.
Cy Houston

Deborah S. Cringan

Deborah “Debbie” Cringan, 64, passed away on December 11, 2020, at home with her loving family after complications of a massive stroke in July. She put up a strong fight for 5 months. She was born March 29, 1956 in Independence, Mo., to Nancy Bailey Ketron and Robert E. Bailey. She was raised by her stepfather, Glen Kentron. She was divorced from William “Bill” Cringan, who survives.

Debbie lived in the Henrietta and surrounding area most of her life. She graduated from Orrick High School in 1974. She worked at ATK Lake City for several years and then at Walmart until her passing.

She loved to make people laugh, cook, work in the yard, karaoke, reading, Elvis everything, crafts, crocheting, decorating the home and spending time with her kids, granddaughter, family and friends.

Debbie was proceeded in death by her parents, Glen and Nancy Ketron; and her brothers, Richard “Rick” Bailey and Ronald Bailey.

Surviving are her children, son, William C. “Billy” Cringan and daughter, Glenda Cringan in Henrietta; her precious granddaughter, Lillian Cringan, Richmond; her sister, Theresa “Terry” Ketron; and her biological father, Robert Bailey, Henrietta.

At this time there are no services planned. There will be a celebration of life at a later time. She has been cremated and will remain at home with her loved ones as she requested.

Memorial contributions and cards are welcome to be sent to the family: The Cringans, P.O. Box 75, 510 Main St., Henrietta, MO 64036.

Muriel Martha Curry

Muriel Martha Curry, 87, of Orrick, Mo., passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at North Kansas City Hospital. Muriel was born on October 13, 1933 in Moulton, Iowa, to Wilford Stansberry and Lucy Elizabeth (Wade) Stansberry. On November 6, 1953, she was united in marriage to Floyd Emmitt (F.E.) Curry. Following their marriage, they made their home in Orrick, Mo. Muriel was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and besides being a homemaker, she had worked as a cook for a number of years at the Orrick Schools.

She liked reading and cooking. She liked having family gatherings and going shopping and going to garage sales.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Floyd Emmitt “F.E.” Curry on August 27, 2014; her daughter, Debra Curry Hewitt in 1992; twin granddaughters, Lexi and Lillie Haddock in 2006; three brothers and one sister.

Muriel is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Tyree Curry and wife, Robin of Excelsior Springs, Mo.; a daughter, Tonya Lynn Graves of Orrick, Mo.; and a sister, Cheryl Holloway of Wisconsin. Also surviving are her six precious grandchildren and one great grandchild.

No visitation is scheduled due to the Covid-19 Virus.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 12 noon at the Richmond Memory Gardens Cemetery in Richmond, Mo.

Memorials are suggested to The Curry Family Scholarship Fund for Orrick High School Graduates in her memory and may be sent to The Bank of Orrick, P.O. Box 199, Orrick, MO 64077 or sent to Gowing Funeral Home, P.O. Box 169, Orrick, MO 64077.

Larry Lee King

Larry Lee “Killer” King, 62 of Orrick, MO, passed away Friday, January 1, 2021 at his home in Orrick with all of his beloved family around him. He was born on November 6, 1958 in Richmond, MO, to Arch King and Margaret Ann (Claypole) King. Larry was diagnosed with ALS in December 2018.

Larry was raised and schooled in Orrick and graduated from Orrick High School.

He had worked for J.E. Dunn Construction Company as a concrete mason for 36 years before he was forced to retire.

He loved visiting with friends, hunting, fishing, gardening, watching the KC Chiefs and MU on TV and getting to see the grandkids when possible. Larry had a son and daughter from his first marriage. He married Inga Greer Stevinson on August 12, 2006. Together, they made their home in Orrick.

He was preceded in death by his father, Arch King and an older brother, Jimmy King.

Survivors include his wife of 14 years, Inga King of the home; son, Brandon King and fiance’ Ashley Parson of Richmond, MO; daughter, Roni Smith and fiance’ Mark Johnson of Orrick; two step-daughters, Jamie Henrich (Eric), and Jenny Stevinson (Jed Blyth), all of Orrick; his mother, Margaret Ann King; three brothers, Mike King (Sheryl), Terry King and Kent King, all of Orrick; his grandchildren, Kaylee, Kaydon, Kayson, Jemma, Trista, Dalton, Kayleece, Aria, Harley  Wesley, Brantley and Paisleigh; and great grandchildren, Maddy and Nichole.

Visitation will be from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick with Masonic services at 10:30 a.m. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at South Point Cemetery near Orrick.

The family request all who attend the visitation and services to follow the Covid-19 protocols by properly wearing masks and distancing from others.

Memorial contributions are suggested to either the ALS Association, the ALS Hospice or to Orrick Fire Department.

Nancy Kay Pearon

Nancy Kay Pearon, 62, of Richmond, Mo., passed away Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at the North Kansas City Hospital.

Nancy was born on May 9, 1958 in Topeka, Kans., to Thomas A. Hupp and Wanda L. (Witte) Hupp. Nancy had attended Orrick Schools and was a graduate of Orrick High School with the class of 1976. Nancy was united in marriage to Terry L. Pearon on June 29, 1990. She had worked for Whitaker Cable for several years and later worked as a supervisor for Price Candy Company in Richmond, Mo.  She was a member of the Faith Lutheran Church in Richmond, Mo.

Nancy was a very talented and artistic person. She loved sewing and crafting and enjoyed making an assortment of pretty things. One of her passions was motorcycles, of which she loved to ride.

She was preceded in death by her father, Thomas A. Hupp in 1978; a brother, Bill Hupp in 1999; and her grandparents, Bill and Alvina Witte and Dent and Pearl Coffman; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Lee and Gladys Pearon; a brother-in-law, Ron Pearon; and a granddaughter, Emily.

Nancy is survived by her husband of 30 years, Terry L. Pearon of the home; her mother, Wanda L. Hupp-Rone; sons, Travis R. Pearon and Terry Pearon;  a daughter, Andrea Pearon; sister, Janet Hupp; sister-in-law, Shirley Davis; six grandchildren, two nieces and two nephews.

Per Nancy’s wishes, she will be cremated. A memorial graveside service will be held on Friday, December 11, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at South Point Cemetery near Orrick. Following the graveside services, the family will greet friends for visiting and refreshments at the Faith Lutheran Church in Richmond, Mo.

Memorials in her memory are suggested to The American Kidney Foundation and may be dropped off or mailed to Gowing Funeral Home, 202 Adams Street, P.O. Box 169, Orrick, MO 64077.