Frank Ervine Coones, 98, of rural Warsaw,
died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2003,
at his home.
He was born March 28, 1905,
near Warsaw, a son of Benjamin
Franklin and Pearl Johnston Coones. In 1927, he married Mary Mantonya. In 1940,
he married Gracie Mantonya, who died in February 1972. In April 1975, he
married Mellie D. Morris, who survives of the home.
Mr. Coones lived in BentonCounty
most of his life, as did his father. His grandfather, Joseph Berry Coones, gave
the land for NationalCemetery
and Meeting House where he preached the Gospel for 19 years. He was educated at
He worked in Kansas City during
World War II, but spent most of his life as a farmer. He also worked for
Bishops Gunstock Co. in Warsaw for
20 years. He was a member of FineyBaptistChurch, attending regularly and
taking part in activities as long as his health allowed.
Survivors also include two daughters, Lois Howard and Barbara Veach, both of
Warsaw; a son, Kenneth Mantonya, of Warsaw; three brothers, Harold L. Coones,
of Warsaw, Norman Coones, of Clinton, and Olin Coones, of Kansas City, Kan.;
two stepsons, Lonnie Morris and Dick Morris, both of Neosho; 14 grandchildren,
four stepgrandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, three stepgreat-grandchildren,
and seven great-great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by two brothers, three sisters, two sons and two
Funeral services will be at
Wednesday at the Reser Funeral Home in Warsaw,
with the Rev. James Rice officiating. Burial will be in FineyCemetery, near Deepwater.
Friends may call after
Tuesday, with family visitation from
to Tuesday at the funeral
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Finey