Archive for Wednesday, May 15, 2002


May 15, 2002


Funeral services for James B. "Jim" Smith, 79, Eudora, were Thursday at First Southern Baptist Church, Eudora. Mr. Smith died Monday, May 6, 2002, at Brandon Woods Retirement Community.

He was born Nov. 1, 1922, in Richmond, Mo., the son of William M. and Cora Van Meter Smith.

He was the former Director of Transportation, Buildings and Grounds for Eudora School District No. 491. Prior to that he was a truck driver.

He was a former school board member and city councilman for the City of Eudora. He was a founder of the Eudora Babe Ruth Baseball League. He was a Babe Ruth District Commissioner, and founded the Jayhawk Umpire Association. He was a Charter Lions Club member of Eudora, an usher at KU football and basketball games and a member of Black Jack Historical Society.

He married Eunice A Johnson Nov. 15, 1943, in Excelsior Springs, Mo. She preceded him in death on April 29, 1992.

Survivors include two daughters, Deborah Hamlin and Phyllis Hart, both of Eudora; five sons, Duane Smith, Eudora, Darrel Smith, Baldwin City, Doug Smith, DeSoto, Dennis Smith, Eudora, David Smith, Gardner; 18 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Burial was in Eudora Cemetery, Eudora. The family suggests memorials to the Eudora Amateur Baseball Program in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th St., Lawrence, KS 66044. Online condolences may be sent to subject: Smith.


A memorial visitation for Dr. Tomm Hobbs, 52, Wellsville, was Saturday at Lamb-Roberts-Heise Funeral Home, Baldwin City. Dr. Hobbs died Wed., May 8, 2002, at KU Medical Center, Kansas City. He was cremated.

He was born Dec. 15, 1949, in Fond du Lac, Wis., the son of Richard and Joan (Eaton) Hobbs. He attended school in Davenport, Iowa, and graduated from Davenport High School in 1967. He attended Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City, Mo., graduating with a Doctorate of Chiropractic Medicine in 1984.

He married Carol Sue Strong in Fond du Lac, Wis., in 1974. They moved to Kansas City in 1976 and to the Baldwin City-Wellsville area in 1988.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Lawrence, and a member of the American Board of Disability Analysts, Acupuncture Society of America, the Kansas Chiropractic Association and the Missouri Chiropractic Association. He practiced Chiropractic, Applied Kinesiology, Acupuncture and Dietary Nutrition.

Survivors include his wife, Carol Sue; two daughters, Heidi Gilges and her husband, Jason, Edgerton, Heather Landie and her husband, Seth, Kansas City, Mo.; one son, Chad R. Hobbs, Lawrence; one granddaughter, Ashley Gilges; his mother, Joan Hobbs, Stockton, Mo. and one sister, Gayle Hobbs, Eureka Springs, Ark.

He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Hobbs.

Memorials may be made to the Dr. Tomm Hobbs Memorial Fund to be designated later and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts-Heise Funeral Home, PO Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006.


Funeral services for Melba "Ruth" Rice, 77, Eudora, will be today at the First United Methodist Church, Baldwin City, at 2 p.m. Mrs. Rice died Sun., May 12, 2002, at the Eudora Nursing Center.

She was born Aug. 9, 1924, in Dill City, Okla., the daughter of Alonzo and Hester (Walker) Chancellor. She graduated from Dill City High School and attended Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, Okla.

She married Harvey Houchin Jan. 31, 1943. He died Sept. 26, 1976. She married William C. Rice Feb. 28, 1981.

Harvey and Ruth moved to the Wellsville area in 1968. He was pastor to several local churches.

Survivors include her husband, William Rice; two sons, Tony Houchins and his wife, Yvonne, Waverly, and Daniel Houchins and his wife, Kathy, Lawrence; two daughters, Phyllis Houchins, Wesley Chapel, Fla., and Patricia McCann and her husband, Larry, Graff, Mo.; one step-daughter, Janet Reed, Chillicothe, Mo.; one step-son, Richard Rice, Pittsburg; five brothers, James, Wyman, Paul, Hershell and Roger Chancellor, and four sisters, Margaret McLerren, Deanne Roberson, Jeanne Gaffney and Clara Anderson; 12 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, three brothers, Lonnie, Gilbert and Charles Chancellor, one sister, Eva Lane, and one grandson, Brian.

Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Baldwin City. The family will meet friends from 10 a.m. until service hour at the First United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts-Heise Funeral Home, PO Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006.


Funeral services for Marie J. Broyles, 90, Baldwin City, will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, at the Worden United Methodist Church, 298 E. 900 Rd, Baldwin. Mrs. Broyles died Sun., May 12, 2002, at her home.

She was born June 13, 1911, near Mt. Clare, Neb., the daughter of Joseph Campbell and Tempie Ann (Howard) Madron.

She married Howard Andrew Broyles Jan. 30, 1926, in Thedford, Neb. He died Nov. 26, 1984.

She helped with the family farming. She was a member of Worden United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Howard; brothers, Herman, James, Isaac, Ralph, William, Ivan and Rodney Madron; sisters, Elsie Hardy, Elgiva Erickson, Hazel Wetherbie and Ada Madron and a grandson, Scott Andrew Broyles.

Survivors include a sister, Ida Goehring, Broken Bow, Neb.; children, Howard W. (Tom) Broyles and his wife, Shirley, Woodland, Calif.; H.L. (Bob) Broyles and his wife, Marilyn, Baldwin City; Dorothy Marie Layton and her husband, Don, Hesston; Donald Ray Broyles and his wife, Marcia, Fort Collins, Colo.; grandchildren; step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana, Lawrence. The family will receive friends at Rumsey-Yost from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will be in Worden Cemetery. The family suggests memorials to Hospice Care of Douglas County, or to Worden United Methodist Church Building Fund in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, PO Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044. On line condolences may be sent to

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