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    Betty Barbara Jewell, 93 of Excelsior Springs, passed away on October 23rd.  Betty leaves a son, Steven and son Richard and wife Elizabeth and daughter, Jennifer Hutton and her husband Chane plus several grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald, sisters Dorothy Magers and Jean Nunn and parents, Lois and Claire Anderson.  Service will be held at Second Baptist Church in Liberty on Wednesday, November 1st.  Visitation at 1 p.m. and Memorial Service at 2 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Betty's memory to Heifer International, 1 World Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72202.



    Marilyn gained her wings on October 12, 2017.  She was a very hard-working amazing woman she has always had a love for children and a great love for Bingo. She lived in Wisconsin for her whole life and has a son named James Arthur Pokorney. She moved to Missouri to be close to her family. She loved getting visits from her great grand sons she would beam with such pride and introduce them to all the residents and staff at Maywood Terrace. Service info pending.


    Le’Andrew Matthew Vaughn “Dash”

    Le’Andrew Matthew Vaughn “Dash” was born November 23, 1999 in Kansas City, KS. His journey of life ended August 6, 2017.  Le’Andrew attended Kansas City, Kansas public schools, and was looking forward to graduation from F.L. Schlagle High School.  Dash has a love and passion for the game of baseball. Beginning his career with KCKRBI, he aspires to play Major League Baseball as an Angel. He also has a love of life, laughter, and encouraging others.  Le’Andrew accepted Christ at an early age and lived every day as a spiritual being. He will live for all eternity, just as God promised.  Drew “Dash” leaves to cherish memories; father and mother Leo M. Vaughn III and Crystal D. Hays of the home; brother Cory D. Hays of Saarbrücken, Germany; sister Cierra (Jeremy) Conklin of Clarksville, Tennessee; Three nieces, Jaidyn, Carsyn, and Tristyn Conklin of Clarksville, Tennessee; Two nephews, Cory and Lamar Hays of Germany. And a host of grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, surrogate moms and dads, brothers, sisters and friends.

    The Legend and Legacy lives on….


    Today we celebrate the life of Ceddrick Douglas Newsome, born November 5, 1982 in Kansas City, Missouri to the union of John D. Newsome and Paula D. Newsome.  Ceddrick accepted Christ at an early age at St. Stephens Baptist Church. He attended school in the Kansas City, Missouri School District and Job Corps in St Louis, Missouri.  Ceddrick married his friend and love, Brenna Hicks, on January 7, 2017 at Blue Hills of the Nazarene Church in Kansas City, Missouri.  Ceddrick had a passion for music. His music was the spiritual expression of who he was - his faith, knowledge and being.  He performed a stealthy form of worship music (and other genres) that lifted everyone who listened. Ceddrick was a contestant on Song Stage Season 2 and won first place!  A sought-after performer, Ceddrick had future performances scheduled in various cities thoughout the United States.  Ceddrick is affectionately known by his artist name, Cedd The Light.  On the afternoon of September 23, 2017 Ceddrick Douglas Newsome departed this life at Research Medical Center. He was preceded in death by his mother Paula Newsome. He leaves to cherish his loving memories his wife Brenna (Hicks) Newsome & son, Silas Thane Newsome, due to be born on December 29, 2017; his father & step-mother, John & Brenda Newsome of Kansas City Missouri; father- and mother-in-law, Darren & Lori Hicks of Cowgill, Missouri; three brothers, Sidney Wilson Newsome of Baltimore, Maryland, John Newsome (Lizzie) of Arlington Texas & Louis Williams III of Kansas City, Missouri; one sister, Yolanda Williams of Kansas City, Missouri; two nephews, John Newsome III & Louis Williams IV; five nieces, Selena & Kyla Wilson, Brittanie Dumas-Newsome, Jonna Newsome & RemyDi Greathouse; one great nephew, Je’Saiah Waiters; and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.  His celebration will be at 1:30 Saturday, September 30, 2017 at United Believers Community Church KCMO. Private disposition.



    Mrs. Ramona Stumon-Kemp was born on January 16, 1964, in Plain Dealing, LA. She was born to Joe Anne Taylor and Alvin T. Taylor. They both preceded her in death.  Ramona was raised as a Christian, and later became a member of Zion Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Kansas City, MO. Ramona spent most of her life in Kansas City, MO. She later moved to Shreveport, LA, and married Mr. Leo Kemp, whom also precedes her in death. Ramona leaves to cherish her memories; one daughter - Johcole Jones, one son – Johmon Jones; two sisters – Doris Taylor of Antioch, CA and Angela Phillips of Dallax, TX; two brothers – Quintin Stumon and Frederick Taylor (Nadine). She had one sister that preceded her in death, Janet Taylor; four grand-children – Brandon Boles II, Jayden Jones, Mason Starr, and Milo Starr; four aunts, four uncles, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family, and friends.  Ramona was called home on September 22, 2017. We will celebrate her life on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at The U Church. Visitation 10-11 Service 11. Burial XII Gates Memorial Gardens


    Joseph "Joey" Earl Generaux, 28 passed away on August 20th 2017 in Sedalia Missouri. He was born on October 3rd 1988 in Kansas City Missouri to Earl Generaux of Corpus Christi, Texas and Ellen Robb of Stover, Missouri. Joey is preceded in death by his grandparents Earl and Anita Generaux and Vernon and Peggy McCormick.  Joey is survived by his parents Earl and Ellen, his beloved son Tegan, his sisters Krissy, Kelsey, Melissa, Laura, Michelle as well as many other relatives.  A celebration of Life was held on August 26th at 11am at LifeQuest Church 1400 N Scott Belton, Missouri 64012.  Private disposition.


    Diane Marie Hogan was born in Kansas City, MO on April 30, 1964 to the union of Melvin Hogan and Ethel Morris. She was the baby girl of her siblings; Claudia Mack, Burdin Robinson, Marita Morris, Shelia Garrett, Nathaniel Hogan and Donnell Littlejohn Morris. Known as a pretty dark-skinned, very fashionable girl who loved to sing, dance and go skating.  She leaves behind her greatest blessings; son Alphonso (Al'Unique & Amija) and daughter LaDonna  (Arthur & Phoenyx).  Diane enjoyed spending time with family & friends and she is truly missed...we reminisce, hearing her favrite song "Loving You".  We imagine her dancing in Heaven with her parents; her grandparents Velma Morris, Eudell & Juanita Hogan; uncle Delmar Morris, Sr.; aunt Mary Malone-Davis; nephews Warren Bey & Monteario Hogan; and cousins Delmar "JuneBug" Morris & Dyamund Shields.  We trust in the Lord and know that she is safe in His arms and free from all cares of the world.  Service will begin at 3:00 pm on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 9604 E USA 40 Hwy Independence, MO. Private disposition.


    Jeffrey Craig Lauderdale was born September 2, 1959 in Benton Harbor, Michigan to John Lauderdale and Barbara McWilliams before moving to Houston, Texas in 1980; he was the 5th born of seven children. He was preceded in death by his daughter Latisha Simone Lauderdale; Father; John Lauderdale; Grandparents Florence Rice, Leola Jettie, Siblings; Otis Hartz and Cherie Lauderdale.  Jeffrey accepted Christ at an early age; completed his ABC’s (Accept, Believe and Confess) he was reared in his Baptist belief at New Bethel Baptist Church in Benton Harbor, Michigan. In his last years of life he was affiliated with Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist Church where he enjoyed praise and worship. Jeffrey served faithfully as a Deacon on the Deacon Board and other ministries up until his last few years when sickness set in. He relished in his personal relationship with his Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.  He was raised in Benton Harbor, Michigan on Townline Road. Jeffrey was educated in Benton Harbor, Michigan. 1977 was the year he left his civilian life to proudly serve his country in the Armed Forces (Army) where he was recognized as a skilled sharp shooter. After the service Jeffrey navigated from the Great Lakes State of Michigan to the state of Texas in 1983 where he furthered his learning as an over the road truck driver. He enjoyed this profession for multiple years before transferring his career to Kansas City, Missouri in 1989 where he established and obtained a more stable permanent place of employment through the warehousing industry. Jeffrey was a family-oriented man of God and enjoyed all of his family to the upmost! If you’d ask him, he’d ensure you that family meant everything to him and he wouldn’t trade “his crazy family for the world.”  Jeffrey was united in marriage to Vanessa Lauderdale (Jackson) in 1980 and to this union 2 daughters and 2 sons were born: Monica, Latisha, Jeffrey, and Titus.  Jeffrey and Vanessa shared 37 years of marriage with a total of 43 years of togetherness.  Jeffrey loved all sorts of hobbies; fishing, (keeping up his personal fish tank/aquarium), lover of all music types, playing musical instruments (Saxophone), scrapping, reading/studying his bible/word, card games, dominoes, shooting the breeze with family and friends, vacations, personal time with his wife, children, and grandchildren.  Jeffrey departed his earthly life on Thursday July 27, 2017 in the comfort of his home located in Kansas City, Missouri. He earned his heavenly wings at the tender age of 57.  He leaves so many memories to be cherished, his wife Vanessa Lauderdale; his children Monica Jackson, Jeffrey Lauderdale, Titus Lauderdale; Grandchildren; Jonice Burks, Ja’ron Burks, Jaheim Burks, Jeffrey Lauderdale III, Mai’sen Lauderdale, Mai’seon Lauderdale, Isaiah Lauderdale; Parents; Barbara McWilliams, Siblings; Linda Hartz (Charles), Thelka Lauderdale, Lawanda Taylor (Myron), Leola Kiser (Ollie), Shirley Cooper, Sheila Mobley, Lisa Jackson, Cindy Jackson, Amos Evans; Daughter in Love; Alberta Wilson and Step Son; Joe Burks; and a host of other relatives and friends.  Celebration was held Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Mt. Vernon MBC. Visitation 10-11. Service was at 11.


    Janie Lee Henry was born July 27th, 1946 in Howard County, MO to Mable Jane Boone and Roy Broadus. At an early age, Janie was baptized at St. Paul Methodist Church in Fayette, MO. She attended Lincoln High School in Fayette MO. Janie worked at the University. On September 9th, 1977, in Miami, Ok, she married the love of her life Wesley B. Henry and later moved to Kansas City, MO. They had two children.  Janie worked as a Domestic Engineer for private families and worked for the Kansas City School District Bus Company for 30 years. Many family and friends knew her as Ballie. Her favorite things to do were playing cards, dancing, listening to music, and entertaining family and friends. Throughout her illness she never complained, always saying “I’m alright”. She was a member of Willis Chapel AME Church in Kansas City, Mo.  Janie was called home to glory at the age of 70 on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017. She was preceded in death by her father Roy Broadus, her mother Mable Jane Boone; husband Wesley B. Henry in 1989; son Wesley Lee Henry, in 2000; brothers Tommy McQuitty, Issaiah T. Dickerson; sisters Virginia L. Crutchfield, Mary F. King, Delphenia Williams, Wanda McQuitty, Cliffie Nevel; brothers in laws Melvin Burnes and Archie King.  She leaves to cherish her memories: her daughter Michelle Robinson (Jeff) of Moberly Mo; 4 grandchildren, Tan-Taisha S. Cunningham (Damian), Robert J. Boone, J’Angelo M. Robinson, Dahrell Johnson. Her three sisters, Ethel Ewing (Ira), of Moberly MO, Stella Burnes of Fayette MO, Barbara Jones of Kansas City, MO. Six brothers, George (June) Dickerson, of Fayette, MO, Garry Boone (Trina) of Columbia MO, Leroy Broadus (Mary), Fayette, MO., Russell D. Powell, Columbia, MO, Harold McQuitty (Sheila), of California, Carl McQuitty (Octavia), Fayette, MO. Brothers in laws William Tooley, and Allen Crutchfield, of Kansas City, MO, Jessie Williams, of Springfield, IL; 9 great-grandkids. A host of nieces, nephews, family, friends. Special friends and family Ella Jackson, Roy L. Broadus, and George Jones.

    Celebration Services will be held on Thursday, June 1st, 2017. Visitation: 2 – 3 pm. Homegoing Celebration: 3 pm held at The U Church, 9910 E. Bannister Rd, Kansas City, Missouri.


    Monica Ann Crout was born July 24, 1967 to Samuel H. Crout and Margaret A. Crout. She was the first born of two children within this union.  She was known to be outgoing, enthusiastic, full of energy, and very loving. If music was played, Monica would dance her heart out; and she was good at it too. But singing was her biggest passion from the age of 5. Monica never met a stranger, she has always been a people person, willing to help anyone.  At the age of 6 the family moved to California and joined Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in San Fransisco under the guidance of Pastor R. J. Rubin. Later Monica moved back to Kansas City, MO where she attended Van Horn High School graduating with the Class of 1985. Monica departed this life May 15, 2017. She leaves to cherish her memories: son; Delshaun Crout, parents; Samuel and Margaret Crout, two sisters; Latriece R. Crout and Maliaka (Billy) Gailbreath, four nieces; Tiffany Sampson, Brittany Sampson, Alexis Crout, and Emmanual Crawford, two nephews; Elijah Crout and Michael A. Jacques, Jr., four uncles; William Brinkley, Roy Broadus, William Crout, and Michael Crout, two aunts; Arletha Cook of San Francisco, CA and Dorothy Henderson of Hayward, CA, and a host of cousins and friends.

    Services were held for Monica on May 27, 2017 at The U Church KCMO.

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