Jerry Leigh Friesner

Jerry Leigh Friesner, 84, passed away at his home in Cullowhee, NC, this past June 2018. He was born to Monza Leigh and Caroline Cowan Robbins Friesner on January 13, 1934, at their home south of Meadville, MO.

Jerry graduated from the University of Missouri with a B.S. degree in Industrial Arts. He taught briefly at Eldon High School in Eldon, MO, before accepting a position with the Industrial Arts Department at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC. It was there that Jerry met the love of his life, Christine Bergner. Jerry and Chris were married on August 4, 1963, and both continued teaching at WCU until they retired, Jerry in 1993 and Chris in 1994. They shared a passion for photography, the beach at Oak Island, NC, and flying their Cessna, spending many summers at the fly-in at Oshkosh, WI.

Chris preceded Jerry in death in August 2017. He was also preceded in death by his parents, his brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Inez Friesner, and a nephew, H. Kay Friesner. He is survived by a nephew, R. Dee (Jeannie) Friesner, niece-in-law Etsuko Friesner, two great nephews, and three great nieces.

There was a graveside service and inurnment of Jerry’s and Chris’s ashes at Cullowhee United Methodist Church cemetery. An online registry is available at

Larry Duane Bradley

Larry Duane Bradley, age 86 of Marceline, Missouri passed away peacefully on July 4, 2018 at Pioneer Skilled Nursing Center. Larry was born in Kirksville, Missouri on December 9, 1931 to Joshua Clifford Bradley and Harriett Lucille (Thomas) Bradley. He married Alice Joyce Waugh in St. Joseph, Missouri on October 8, 1954 and she preceded him in death in 2006.

He is survived by his daughter, JoCile and husband Russell Bayh of Carrollton, Texas, sons Jay Clifford Bradley of Flowery Branch, Georgia, and Jon H. and wife Tammy Bradley of Peyton, Colorado, three granddaughters, two grandsons, one great grandson, two aunts, a brother-in-law, and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

Funeral services will be at 11 AM Saturday, July 7, 2018 at Delaney Funeral Home in Marceline with visitation starting at 10 AM. Burial will be in the New Cambria Cemetery.

Theresa Foster

Theresa Foster, age 90, of Sumner, died Thursday, July 5, 2018, at Life Care Center in Brookfield.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, July 7, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. at Wright Funeral Home in Brookfield with Pastor Charles Littrell and Gail Brown officiating. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Sumner. The family will receive friends Saturday, from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

Memorials to the Food Pantry of Chariton County, American Cancer Society or Diabetes Research Institute may be left at or mailed to Wright Funeral Home, P.O. Box 496, Brookfield, MO 64628. Alternately, donations may be sent directly to the American Cancer Society or Diabetes Research Institute.

Theresa Marie, daughter of James and Thelma (Linscott) Ponting, was born March 26, 1928, in Cunningham. On March 15, 1947, she married Wayne Allyn Foster.

Theresa was a 1945 graduate of Sumner High School and a lifelong resident of Sumner. She also attended Chillicothe Business College where she finished the Complete Course.

She was a homemaker, business woman, and volunteer. She also spent many years working with Wayne on the family farm.

She was a member of the Sumner United Methodist Church where she served as Sunday School Superintendent and active in the United Methodist Women for several years, and the Swan Lake Extension Club in Sumner. Theresa was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary where she donated her time as the Extension Council Member for several terms. She was also a member of the Chariton County Porkettes and represented the county on the State Porkette board for several terms and the Missouri Pork Producers Association.

Survivors include her husband, Wayne of the home; two daughters, Jennifer Ann Summers and husband, John of Triplett and Gloria Janette Foster of Mendon; one daughter-in-law, Candice Lee Foster of Niceville, Florida; seven grandchildren, Jeremey Bailey of Smithville, Aimeé Dorman and husband, Chris of Erie, Colorado, Natalie Watson and husband, Alex of Glasgow, Chris Foster and wife, Natalie of Jacksonville, Florida, Jodi Bonderer and husband, Doug of Chillicothe, Sabrina Brown and husband, Aaron of Triplett, and Ginger Klingel and husband, Gary of Keytesville; sixteen great-grandchildren; one sister, Mildred Sluter of Kansas City; and one brother, Richard “Dick” Ponting of Hale.

Her parents; one son, Roger Allyn Foster; and three brothers, James Merlin Ponting, John Lewis Ponting, and Linn Scott Ponting preceded her in death.

Lawrence L. Fields

Lawrence L. Fields, age 82 of Marceline, died Thursday, July 5, 2018 at Pioneer Skilled Nursing Center. Lawrence was born in Marceline, Missouri on May 10, 1936 to Orvil and Daisy (Strain) Fields. He married Wanda C. Billups on January 7, 1956 at Marceline.

Lawrence was a Veteran of the United States Air Force and worked as a mechanic for the Department of Natural Resources. He was a member of the Bethany Baptist Church and attended Church of Christ in Marceline.

He is survived by his wife Wanda of the home in Marceline, three daughters, LaWanda and Jerry Hull, Rhonda and  George Teeter, all of Marceline and YeVonda Dyas and Henry of Moberly, six grandchildren, Carmen O’Dell and Jeff, Landon Teeter and Felica, Taylor Teeter and Whitney, Chandler Teeter and Sara, Gerren Dyas and Lacey and Geanya Dyas, and nine great grandchildren, Quincy and Lance, Madison and Gage, his little boy Louis, Julien, his little girl Emmersyn, Parker, Oxphinn and special friend Johnathan. He was preceded in death by his parents, son L.E. Fields, sister Sarah Tomlinson and brother Russell Dorrell.

Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Monday, July 9, 2018 at Delaney Funeral Home in Marceline with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Marceline. Visitation will be 6-8 PM, Sunday, July 8 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Mt. Olivet Cemetery or Linn Co Humane Society and mailed to 1720 N. Missouri Ave, Marceline, MO 64658.