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Joe Wayne O’Neal

Joe Wayne O’Neal, 79, of Cabool, Missouri, passed away on Friday, August 27, 2010, at Autumn Oaks Caring Center in Mtn. Grove, Missouri.

He was born on May 15, 1931 in Springfield, Missouri, the third son of Clarence and Adith (Sallee) O’Neal.

The family moved to a farm near Battlefield, Missouri, when Joe was five years old. He graduated from Republic High School in 1949 and then worked on the family farm. He served in the U.S. Army for two years during the Korean Conflict.

Joe was united in marriage to Billie Louise Saylors on Easter Sunday, April 10, 1955, at First Baptist Church in Lead Hill, Arkansas. In 1957, Joe and his father bought the Topaz Farm in Douglas County and moved there where he spent the rest of his life until his health failed and he went to the nursing home. Except for five years, when he was employed by Mid-Am in Cabool, he was a farmer and handle maker. All of his spare time was spent on restoring the old Topaz Water Mill located on the farm. He delighted in giving tours of the mill to visitors and school children.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Bob; and two sisters-in-law, Elsia and Carolyn O’Neal.

He is survived by his wife, Billie, and daughter Patricia “Patty” of the home; his brother, Bill of Republic; eight nieces and nephews; eight great-nieces and –nephews; and a host of friends. He will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved him.

Graveside services were at 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 30, 2010, at Mt. Ararat Cemetery with his niece’s husband, Paul Lanning, officiating. Pallbearers were Steve Hafner, Max Reese, Charles Luallen, Norris Sloan, Edwin Rogers and Gary McDaniel. Honorary pallbearers were Verlin Rogers, Sam Dooms and Howard Luallen. Interment was in Mt. Ararat Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorials to Mt. Ararat Cemetery.

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