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Saturday, February 20, 2021

Obituary - Mickey Lee Ames

Mickey Lee Ames, age 70, of Belton, Missouri, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 19, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri.

At this time there are no services being held according to the family’s wishes.

Mickey was born in Fort Scott, Kansas on September 30, 1950 to Luster (Lee) Ames and Gertrude (Antrim) Ames. After graduating high school, Mickey completed college courses at Fort Scott Community Junior College. In the summer of 1983 Mickey was joined in marriage with his wife, Cheryl (Adams) on July 9th in Fort Scott, Kansas. Mickey was a jack of all trades, working everything from security to sales. He loved working with his hands as he was much of a craftsman. Mickey was a Journeyman Bladesmith and Blacksmith, a member of the American Dowsers Association, a member of the Ozark Research Institute in Fayetteville, Arkansas, a Mason, and a Shrine member. Like his father, he was a Citizen of the Cherokee Nation.

Mickey was preceded in death by his parents, Luster and Gertrude Ames. He leaves behind his loving wife of over thirty-eight years, Cheryl Ames of Belton, Missouri; son, David Ames of Fort Scott, Kansas; two daughters, Andrea Berry (Bill) of Annandale, New Jersey and Amber O’Hara (Travis) of Lake Lotawana, Missouri; brother, Danny Ames (Joan) of Polk City, Florida; and seven grandchildren, Isla, Peyton, Cooper, Jack, Anna, Hudson, and Pete.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Kansas City Hospice House, 12000 Wornall Rd., Kansas City, Missouri 64145.


Obituary - Ret. Navy E-6 William B. "Bill" Snipes

William Bruce Snipes of Grandview, MO, was born on November 19, 1942, in Fairmont, NC. His parents were Albert and Olathe Snipes. He passed away February 19, 2021 at his home in Grandview, MO, at the age of 78 years, 3 months.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Wilbur Snipes, many beloved aunts, uncles, and other relatives. He leaves behind his loving wife of over 46 years, Virginia Thurman Snipes, his sister, Nelda Wallace of Okeechobee, FL, sister-in-law, Ella Mae Snipes of Ellerbe, NC, and niece, Kim (Gene) Chapman of Cheraw, SC, and great niece, Carley Chapman of Marietta, GA. He also survived by his wife’s family, Jim and Sue Thurman of Independence, MO, Frank and Mickie Thurman of Archie, MO, Mary and Rick Silber of Camden Point, MO, Betty and Terry Hartwig of Independence, MO, and Bill and Teresa Thurman of Harrisonville, MO, along with many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and other family and friends.

Bill retired after 22 years in the United States Navy in April of 1985, from NAS Jacksonville, FL. During his long and storied naval career, he was engaged in active duty in Vietnam from 1969 through 1971, later serving aboard the USS Saratoga and USS Forrestal before working as a jet engine mechanic at NAS Patuxent River, MD, NAS Cecil Field, FL, and finally training reserves at NAS Jacksonville, FL.

After retiring from the Navy, they moved to Kansas City where he worked numerous jobs driving a school bus and working in security to supplement his Navy retirement. Bill greatly loved football and basketball, especially any teams related to his beloved North Carolina, and of course, the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, February 23, 2021 from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Harrisonville, Missouri.

Obituary - Amos Mannon Hinkle

Amos Mannon Hinkle, 91, of Bronaugh, MO passed away Friday, February 19, 2021 at his home. Amos was born on January 13, 1930 to Ralph Hamilton Hinkle and Elva May (Harbison) Hinkle. Elva passed away when Amos was two years old. After her passing, Ralph married Charlotte Carpenter in 1933. He was united in marriage to Mary Ann Earl on March 4, 1956 in Bronaugh, MO and she survives of the home. They spent nearly 65 years of wedded bliss together.

Amos was raised in the Avola, MO area where he attended the one room schoolhouse through the 8th grade. He then attended Sheldon High School for two years until redistricting sent him to Bronaugh High School. He graduated from Bronaugh in 1949.

He began his construction career by traveling all over America building and learning the trade during the economic boom of the 1950’s. He later started his own concrete business, followed by his construction company building custom homes all over the Vernon County area until his retirement.

Amos was a friend to many and loved conversation. His love for his faith and family was closely followed by his love for the St. Louis Cardinals. He was a member of the Bronaugh Christian Church. He was an avid sports fan who enjoyed coaching and playing for many softball teams and league bowling. He loved supporting the Bronaugh school and sports programs throughout the years. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and spending time with his family. His favorite times were spent with his family, especially for Sunday dinners and holidays.

In addition to his wife Mary Ann, he is survived by three children, Cindy (J.D.) Lathrop, Christie Baker, and Kenny (Janyce) Hinkle; daughter-in-law Kristi (Don) Hinkle; eight grandchildren, Travis Lathrop, Kyle Lathrop, Whitney Hinkle, Morgan Gordon, Rachael Baker, Robynn Snow, Courtney Baker, and Trevor Hinkle; 14 great-grandchildren; brother, Milton (Mary Jane) Hinkle, sister, Joy (Steve) Snyder, and sisters-in-law Sue Hinkle & Joyce Hinkle. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Leonard Hinkle, Charles Hinkle, Laverne Hinkle, Roy Hinkle, and John Gilmartin; son-in-law, Terry Baker and son, Stanley Carl Hinkle. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, MO with Pastor Nick Hardison and Travis Lathrop officiating. Interment will follow in Shiloh Cemetery, Barton County, MO. The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 22, 2021 at the funeral home.

Those who wish may contribute in his memory to the Vernon County Youth Fair or Bronaugh R-7 Scholarship Fund.



Structure fire in rural Passaic

The Adrian Fire Department along with assistance from the Bates County Sheriff's Office and Butler Fire Department are on scene of a structure fire at a address located on NW CR 1001 just west of Passaic at this time.

The shed is fully engulfed in flames and this time and everyone is said to be away from the fire. 

Mid America Live News will continue to follow this and bring updates when we can. 

Lady Eagles make All State

Congratulations to the following volleyball players that have received Academic All-State: 

Charlee Chambers
Hannah Filtingberger
Morgan Harriman
Emily Roth
Piper Wiley

In order to receive this award, an athlete  must play in 75% of varsity games and have a 3.6 gpa or above throughout their entire career. 

The Whopper to arrive this Fall

Mid America Live spoke to a Burger King representative this morning and received confirmation that construction of a Burger King restaurant is expected to be complete by early Fall of this year.

The restaurant will be located immediately west of the Conoco station in Butler.