Herman Wesley Cox

Visitation services for Herman Wesley Cox, 89, of rural Lawrence, will be held on Sunday, April 30, 2017, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home from 4 pm to 6 pm. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Monday, May 1, 2017, at 2:00 pm with graveside committal services to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Herman was born August 23, 1927 at home in Pleasanton, Kansas to Wesley William Cox and Florence Westhoff Cox. He was the eldest of nine children: Willard (deceased), Fred (deceased), J.C., Verl, Loren, Loretta (deceased) Jeannette (Searl) and Bill. He married the love of his life, Bettie June Weems, on September 26, 1947. She preceded him in death on November 3, 2001. They had two sons, Terry (wife Helen) and Gayle; two grandsons, Logan and Dalton and one great grandson, Caleb.

He joined the Merchant Marines September 26, 1944 and served on a fuel tanker in the South Pacific. He returned home to Pleasanton on March 21, 1947 and was later married on September 26, 1947. In 1951 he went to work for Hercules Power Company and lived in Sunflower Village until 1953 when the family moved to rural Lawrence. Shortly after that, he was employed by Norris Brothers Mechanical Contractors as a union pipefitter and HVAC service technician. After Norris Brothers closed in 1984, he worked for his son’s company, Superior Refrigeration and Heating, until he retired. After his house burned down in July of 2012, he came to live with his son and daughter-in-law until his death, caused by asbestosis.

Memorial contributions can be made in his name to Audio Reader or Visiting Nurses Association, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044. Online condolences may be sent at rumsey-yost.com


Virginia Carter Weldon

Virginia Carter Weldon, 67, died early Saturday morning, April 15, 2017 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Virginia was a distinguished member of the first student body to attend Nova High School in Davie, FL, which was then known as the Nova Educational Experiment, a joint project between the Broward County Public Schools and the Ford Foundation. Students were required to pass an entrance exam for acceptance and the school year consisted of eleven months of instruction, with a one-month summer break.

Working briefly as a dental hygienist’s assistant, Virginia split her time in the early ‘70s between Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Walker’s Cay, Bahamas. There, Virginia met and fell in love with her second husband, Truston Adrian Jacobs. They spent their early years raising their boys in Monroe and Shreveport, LA. In the ‘90s the Jacobs family moved to Salina, KS. Eventually all three boys settled in Lawrence, KS and in 2006 Virginia joined them.

Virginia will be remembered for her intelligence, her love of cats, and for being a sweetheart.  She was defined by her generosity and her resiliency. She was unconditionally gentle, kind, and good. The motto of her alma mater, Nova High School, was “We do the right thing.” That sentiment describes Virginia perfectly. She always tried her best to do the right thing.

Virginia was a woman of strong faith. She enjoyed daily devotionals and took comfort in reading the bible.

Virginia was preceded in death by her younger sister, Peggy Weldon, who died in 1974, her mother Blanche Virginia Shaw Weldon in 1999, her first husband Ed Haxby in 1999, and her father John Carter Weldon in 2002.

She is survived by her three sons, Truston Adrian Jacobs (TAJ), John Kevin Jacobs, Matthew Raymond Jacobs of Lawrence, two grandchildren, Isaac F. Jacobs and Jack G. Jacobs, honorary grandchildren Tristen Chenoweth and Brie Ann Tate, honorary immediate family Kim Matchette, Mindy Tate, Maggie Bornholdt, Tammy Bonham and Addie Dahl, and also her second husband Truston Adrian Jacobs, and her Aunt Anna Jean Shaw of Henderson, KY as well as her cousins and other family who reside in or near Henderson, KY. Virginia is also survived by her closest non-human companion, her beloved cat Baby.

Services in Lawrence will be held on Saturday, April 29 at 11:00 AM at Christ Community Church 1100 Kasold Drive, Lawrence KS with Pastor Dr. Jeffry L. Barclay officiating. An additional service will be held later this year in Henderson, KY to lay Virginia to rest in her family plot at Fairmont Cemetery.

Friends and Family are welcome to attend the service and to call afterwards at the church for remembrances and fellowship.

Instructions for sending condolences, cards of sympathy and other information may be found on the website www.VirginiaWeldon.squarespace.com. The family requests memorial donations be made through the site in lieu of flowers.


George M. (Sonny) Faler

Graveside services for George M. (Sonny) Faler, 84, Lawrence, will be 11 am, Monday, at Oak Hill Cemetery. A visitation will be Sunday from 5-6 pm at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

He died Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at the Windsor of Lawrence.

Sonny was born April 9, 1933, in Lawrence, KS, the son of George Thomas and Frances Litz Faler and was raised by George and Connie Faler. He graduated from Lawrence High School.

He worked for the Sunflower Ammunition Plant, De Soto, KS. Later he became co-owner of Kaw Motors/Salvage for many years. He was a member of the Army National Guard and was honorably discharged in 1960 with the rank of Sergeant.

Sonny married Betty Ann Larson on July 22, 1951, in Lawrence, KS. She preceded him in death in 1998. He later married Florence Campbell in 2002, she survives of the home.

Other survivors include his sister, Audrey Hahn, half sister Sharon Snavely, half brother Steve Snavely, daughter Deborah Lundmark, step children Ralph & Sheila Campbell, Nancy and Tom Wilk, Keith and Audry Campbell, Gary and Sarah Campbell, Bryce and Laleigh Campbell, Randy and Debbie Campbell, Scott and Connie Campbell, six grandchildren, four great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, first wife Betty and son George (Mike) Faler.

Memorial contributions may be made to the LMH Oncology Department, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Kathy Elaine Perkins

Funeral services for Kathy Elaine Perkins, 77, Kansas City, MO, will be 2 pm, Thursday April 20, 2017, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St. Lawrence, KS 66044. Burial will be Saturday, April 22, 2017, at Steep Hill Cemetery, Ft. Smith Arkansas.

She died Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at St. Luke’s Hospice House.

Kathy was born February 14, 1940, in Pocola, OK, the daughter of Buddy and Millie Phillips Perkins.

She graduated from Pocola High School in 1958. Kathy was always an excellent student ranking at the top of her class. She later received her Associate’s degree from Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wiburton, OK in 1960. Kathy received her Bachelor’s degree in math and teacher’s education from Northeastern Oklahoma, Tahlequah, OK in 1962. Later she went on to get her Master’s degree from Southeastern State, Durant, OK. She was the first generation college student in her family.

Kathy taught high school math in Alma and Fort Smith, Arkansas, until moving to Kansas City, MO in 1968. She taught for almost 40 years at Western Missouri Mental Health, working with hundreds of troubled Kansas City High School students and was very instrumental in many returning successfully to the public school system. In the summer of 2014 Kathy’s accomplishments as a teacher was recognized by the KC Royals by sitting in the Buck O’Neil Seat at Kauffman Stadium.

She loved her parents, siblings, and nieces and nephews very much. She married Oliver Patters in 1982 and remained his loving and supportive companion for 29 years until his death in 2011.

Survivors include two sisters Odessa Baxter, Pocola, OK, Lorene Williams, Galdstone, MO; many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Oliver, brother Leonard Perkins, sister Linda Bly.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

Nebe Smart

Funeral services for Nebe B. Smart, 87, Lawrence, will be 3 pm, Friday, April 21, 2017, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Pleasant Hill cemetery.

He died Monday, April 17, 2017, at Tonganoxie Nursing and Rehab.

Nebe was born on August 19, 1929, in Mt. Grove, MO, the son of William Jasper and Marvellia Viola Curtner Smart.

He worked for many years at the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant, De Soto, KS. After the plant closed he became a Heavy Machine Operator at the Lawrence Paper Company until he retired. When he wasn’t working he was tinkering in his workshop on different projects or working in his flower gardens. He also enjoyed fishing, watching westerns and any wrestling programs he could find on TV.

Nebe married Betty Joleen Flory on May 6, 1947, in Kansas City, MO, she preceded him in death in 2006.

Survivors include four sons , Gary, Tom (Marcia), Joe (Robin), all of Lawrence, Randy(Des), California; three daughters Jeri Long (Jim), Lawrence, Neba Coble, Perry, and Sherlina Barnes (Roy), Indiana; 20 grandchildren and 25 great grand children and 1 great great grandchild.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Betty, daughter Donna, son Leroy, and a grandson David.

Friends may call from noon to 8 pm Thursday, at the funeral home, the family will greet them from 7-8 pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Douglas County VNA or the Alzheimer’s association, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Dorothy May Davis

Funeral services for Dorothy May Davis, 76, rural Lawrence, will be at 2 pm Wednesday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, with Pastor Scott Berry officiating. Graveside services will be held on Friday at 2 pm at Udall Cemetery in Udall, Mo. Mrs. Davis died Monday, Apr. 17, 2017, at her home.

She was born May 15, 1940, in Bakersfield, Mo., the daughter of Alf Thomas and Agnes Clara Kirkland Climer. She graduated from high school in Bakersfield in 1959. Dorothy was a homemaker, and worked as a property manager. She was a member of JCEEU, and attended First Baptist Church of McLouth.

She married Burl Dean Davis on Mar. 27, 1960, in Mt. Pleasant, Mo. He survives of the home. Other survivors include a son, Larry Todd Davis, Lawrence; a brother, Ed Climer, Lawrence; a sister Anna Climer Liberty, Santa Barbara, Calif.; and one granddaughter, Chantelle Amanda Davis. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Charlie Climer.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the First Baptist Church of McLouth, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044. Online condolences may be sent at rumsey-yost.com