Archive for Thursday, March 1, 2001


March 1, 2001

Ava L. Inman


Services for Ava L. Inman, 83, DeSoto, were Monday, Feb. 26, at DeSoto United Methodist Church. Burial was in Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens, Olathe.

Mrs. Inman died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001, at Olathe Medical Center.

She was born April 13, 1917, in Christian County, Mo. She moved to DeSoto 15 years ago.

She married Louis C. Inman on July 6, 1935, in Springfield, Mo. He survives of the home.

Other survivors include a daughter, Wanda Sanders, DeSoto; three sons, J.D. Inman, Topeka, and Larry and Rick Inman, both of DeSoto; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

The family suggests memorials to DeSoto Methodist Church or a charity of the donor's choice, sent in care of Cedar Crest Memorial Chapel, 32665 Lexington Ave., DeSoto 66018.

Austin L. Gulley

Graveside services for Austin L. Gulley, 2-days-old, Eudora, were Saturday, Feb. 24, at DeSoto Cemetery.

Austin died Friday, Feb. 23, 2001, at Olathe Medical Center.

He was born Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001, in Olathe, the son of Bobby and Sandra Gulley.

Survivors include his parents, Eudora; a sister, Amber, of the home; and a brother, Lonnie, of the home.

The family suggests memorials in care of Cedar Crest Memorial Chapel, 32665 Lexington Ave., DeSoto 66018.

Beverly Smith


Services for Beverly (Polfer) Smith, 62, Hot Springs, Ark., will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Monticello United Methodist Church. Burial will be at Mt. Muncie Cemetery, Leavenworth.

Mrs. Smith died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2001, at her home.

She was born Oct. 21, 1938, in Kansas City, Kan., the daughter of Roy E. Polfer and Julia L. (Kelly) Polfer. She graduated from DeSoto High School in 1956.

She married James Hughes Smith in Irving, Texas, in 1963, and resided there for 10 years before moving to Houston, Texas. They moved to Las Vegas in 1977 where she served as vice president of operations with the Las Vegas Water District until her retirement.

In 1997, they purchased a home on Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Ark.

Mrs. Smith was a lifelong member of the Methodist church.

Survivors include her mother, Julia L. Polfer, Lenexa; one sister, Janice Kelly, Overland Park; and two brothers, W. Neil Polfer, Tulsa, Okla., and R. Kent Polfer, Mission.

The family will greet friends from 10 a.m. until service time at the church.

The family suggests memorials to the charity of the donor's choice or the Monticello United Methodist Church, 23860 W. 75th St., Shawnee 66227.

Amos Family Chapel of Shawnee was in charge of arrangements.

Joe Powell


Memorial services for Joe E. Powell, 86, were Monday, Feb. 26, at the DeSoto Baptist Church.

Mr. Powell died Friday, Feb. 23, 2001, at his home.

He was born Sept. 1, 1914, in Milford, Texas, the son of Ess and Addie Mae (DeVore) Powell.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving as a scout in the infantry. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and the Battle of Hertgen Forest.

He spent winters in Texas and was a member of the Penitas Baptist Church, Penitas, Texas.

He was also a foster father to more than 20 children.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty (Sears) Powell, in 1998.

Survivors include two daughters, Stephanie Powell, DeSoto, and Joy Grace, Indianapolis, Ind.; a sister, Mae Van Miranov, Enid, Okla.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

W.L. Frye and Son Funeral Home of Olathe was in charge of arrangements.

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