Obituaries

Wanda "Jean" Adams
B: 1930-04-28
D: 2019-10-17
View Details
Adams, Wanda "Jean"
Deborah Diaz
B: 1953-07-22
D: 2019-10-09
View Details
Diaz, Deborah
Marguerite Degraffenreid
B: 1928-02-07
D: 2019-10-08
View Details
Degraffenreid, Marguerite
Naomi Brewer
B: 1945-10-28
D: 2019-10-08
View Details
Brewer, Naomi
Zelda Kallenberger
B: 1931-04-26
D: 2019-10-07
View Details
Kallenberger, Zelda
Cheryl Poindexter
B: 1947-06-17
D: 2019-09-28
View Details
Poindexter, Cheryl
Vivian George
B: 1927-08-20
D: 2019-09-24
View Details
George, Vivian
Jeet Kaur
B: 1938-05-05
D: 2019-09-23
View Details
Kaur, Jeet
Valerie Jinks
B: 1964-03-21
D: 2019-09-20
View Details
Jinks, Valerie
Anthony Calwhite
B: 1937-11-30
D: 2019-09-19
View Details
Calwhite, Anthony
George Anderson
B: 1929-09-28
D: 2019-09-17
View Details
Anderson, George
Barbara Musgrave
B: 1937-05-04
D: 2019-09-15
View Details
Musgrave, Barbara
Joel Lamson
B: 1970-03-31
D: 2019-09-14
View Details
Lamson, Joel
Windy Cox
B: 1969-08-04
D: 2019-09-11
View Details
Cox, Windy
Loretta Mayo
B: 1927-01-04
D: 2019-09-10
View Details
Mayo, Loretta
Helen Adams
B: 1930-09-27
D: 2019-09-07
View Details
Adams, Helen
Elaine Roland
B: 1948-06-08
D: 2019-09-02
View Details
Roland, Elaine
Frank Harris
B: 1933-11-15
D: 2019-09-02
View Details
Harris, Frank
Pauline Snodgrass
B: 1923-11-11
D: 2019-08-30
View Details
Snodgrass, Pauline
Max Dodson
B: 1935-07-04
D: 2019-08-28
View Details
Dodson, Max
Glenn Wilson
B: 1930-11-30
D: 2019-08-25
View Details
Wilson, Glenn

Search

Use the form above to find your loved one. You can search using the name of your loved one, or any family name for current or past services entrusted to our firm.

Click here to view all obituaries
Search Obituaries
3701 East 7th Street
Joplin, MO 64801
Phone: (417) 781-1711
Fax: (417)-781-3916

Death Certificates

Perhaps the single most important document you’ll need in the coming weeks, the death certificate is important for:

Legal Reasons: The death certificate is a permanent legal record of the fact of death. State agencies always stipulate that a death certificate is to be filed. It provides important information about:  the decedent, the cause of death, and final disposition.  

This information is used in the application for insurance benefits, settlement of pension claims, and transfer of title of real and personal property.  The certificate is prima facie evidence of the fact of death and, therefore, can be introduced in court as evidence when a question about the death arises.

Personal Reasons: The death certificate in many cases provides family members with closure, peace-of-mind, and documentation of the cause of death. It also provides peace-of-mind by facilitating efficient processing of needed benefits as those described above.

Vital Statistics Reasons: The death certificate is the source for state and national mortality statistics.  It is needed for a variety of medical and health-related research efforts. It is used to determine which medical conditions receive research and development funding, to set public health goals and policies, and to measure health status at local, state, national, and international levels. This data is valuable as a research tool and by influencing research funding.

Before the business and legal issues of the estate can be pursued, it will be necessary to obtain certified copies of the death certificate. You can order them from:

  1. Your Funeral Director
  2. The Registrar of Vital Statistics in your area

It is always better to order a few more than what you think you will need. Most agencies will only accept certified death certificates, not photocopies.

In some cases, there may be a need to obtain a certified copy of the death certificate without a cause of death. These certificates are needed to transfer the title on a house, mobile home, and automobile or in some cases for court procedures. You should make this request when ordering the certified copies.

If you have questions about obtaining copies of a Death Certificate, please call us. We’re here to assist you.