My mother and her father kept newspaper clippings. I am posting them in hopes of helping others.
Ranzy Elmer Richerson, 4th son of Green B. and Rebecca Davison Richerson was born September 2, 1889 near Louisburg, Mo., and later moving with his parents to a farm near Charity, Mo. Then to a farm north of Elkland, Mo. His life was spent in Dallas and Webster Counties except for a year or two about 1899 when he went with his parents to Oklahoma.
He married Lessie Jones on September 20, 1914, a neighbor and schoolmate.
He passed away at his home south of Elkland, where he had lived nearly 48 years on August 10, 1964 being at the time of death 74 years,11 months and 8 days of age. He is survived by wife, Lessie of the home, two daughters, Mrs. Lowell (Phyllis) Winsor, Waynesville, Mo.; Mrs. Paul R. (Dorothy) Lewis, Monticello, Florida; five sons, Vaughn B., Fair Grove, Mo., Route 2, Quentin W., Lodi, California; Eugene E., Route 3, Straffod, Mo.; David J., Elkland, Mo.; Kenneth J., De Kalb, Illinois. Eighteen grandchildren, two great grandaughters (twins), three brothers, George W., Pilot Grove, Mo.; Jasper, Elkland; Wesely H., Exeter, California; one sister, Mrs. Ruie (Miller) Grebel, Anaheim, California; a great number of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother in November 1928, the youngest brother, Quay, in November of 1937, father in January of 1940, oldest brother, James (Jim) November 1954.
He was converted and united with the church in a revival in the fall of 1936 at Mission Chapel Baptist Church. He was a deacon and had served as treasurer of church and board member of Webster County Baptist Association. Was faithful in attendance at church when able to go, having attended morning services at the church on Sunday before being struck with his last illness on Wednesday.
Funeral services were August 12, 1964 at the Mission Chapel Baptist Church, north of Elkland on highway 38. Services were conducted by the Rev. Oscar Pigg of Tulsa, Oklahoma and his pastor, Rev. Bernie Wingo. Songs were by the church choir with Mrs. Hurchel Pettitt at the piano.
Oral Edwards, funeral director of Marshfield was in charge of the arrangements.
His wde circle of friends was manifested by the many beautiful floral tributes, the large crowd of friends who attended and many acts of kindness in helping and caring for him, the food brought and so many other helps in his last illness.
He was laid to rest in the church cemetery. Escorts were; James Pettitt, Hurschel Pettitt, Paul Pettitt, Lee Morgans, Floyd Austin and Dwight Austin.
Ranzy worked very hard all of his life having operated a baler when horses were used, operated a molasses mill for a number of years, first with his father then with his brother, George cleared his farm from brush and timber to a tillable farm, kept on farming and milking some Jersey cows until her suffered a stroke on July 29. He had not been well for a number of years, especially since a heart attack in January of 1964. He was always willing as long as his health permitted to help his neighbors or any one who needed help in sickness and death. Having helped dig many graves in own and neighboring communities.
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