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Greathen Carner August 9, 1924 - August 26, 2020

The Lord’s good and faithful servant, Greathen Carner, age 96 of Ozark, passed away peacefully at Ozark Riverview Manor on Wednesday, August 26, 2020.  Born August 9, 1924 in Warm Springs, Arkansas, Greathen shared happiness and love with everyone she met. She also shared her life with her treasured sister, LaVern.  Chances are, if you ran into LaVern, you ran into Greathen.  The Carner sisters were well known and loved for their generosity and “covered dishes” in Doniphan, Cape Girardeau, Poplar Bluff and Ozark.  Greathen especially enjoyed sharing time and worshipping with her family at Ozark Assembly of God.  And who, in most of southern Missouri, does not have a small embroidered dog, cat, deer or flower from Greathen?  Finding joy in the simple things in life and the Lord’s many blessings, Greathen loved doting over her nephew’s photos of their children and grandchildren.

Although she will be dearly missed here on earth, Greathen will be welcomed with open arms as she enters the pearly gates of heaven.  Greathen is survived by her loving sister LaVern of Ozark and three nephews: Rick and wife Janet of Atlanta, Georgia, Randy and wife Ruth of Magnolia, Texas and Jeff of Ozark. Greathen was preceded in death by her brother Bob; father Troy Carner and mother Minnie (Edwards.)

Family only viewing for Greathen will be 10:30 A.M. Monday August, 31 in Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark.  A graveside service will follow at 11:30 A.M. at Weaver Cemetery with Pastor Daren Roten officiating.  Online condolences may be shared at www.barnesfamilyfunerals.com.

Under the latest Coronavirus Pandemic, Barnes Family Funeral Home is under the guidelines of NFDA and the state governed mandate policy regarding COVID-19. Therefore, our limitations are implemented as no gatherings larger than 20 people and maintaining social distancing of 6 feet. Our obituaries will be updated according to the progress of our mandates and information regarding our families wishes. With these safety measures we are obedient to others and consider safety and laws first. Our staff is working with others to expedite this situation and continue serving our community with care and compassion for their loved ones. During this most difficult time, our blessings and dedication will always come from our hearts and placing our families needs first. Our online condolences and website is always available and suggested as a method of correspondence with the family, www.barnesfamilyfunerals.com



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    Rick Carner says

    My aunt Greathen was an incredibly sweet, loving, generous woman. She and her sister, LaVern, had lived together most of their lives. Greathen had been residing in a nursing home for the past year and I believe that is the longest period of time that she and LaVern had not been together. Greathen was known for her “accidental” humor. Case in point: After my dad passed away in March of 2019, my brothers and I took Greathen and LaVern to the Barnes Family Funeral Home to pre-plan their funerals. After picking out a casket, choosing some songs and bible verses for her service, and filling out all of the other paperwork, Randy, the funeral director, asked if Greathen had any questions. With a straight face, Greathen replied, “Yes, what date should we choose?” The room erupted in laughter and I added, “Greathen, most people like to keep the date as a surprise.” That date was filled in Wednesday … August 26, 2020. God Speed, Greathen. We love you. We will always cherish the time we were able to spend with you. Wonderful memories.

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    Gary Thompson says

    Greathen was such an inspiration to our Small Group at church. She always had a smile and a twinkle in her eye as she poked fun at some of us. We treasured her little pillows, coasters, and sometimes snacks. Our meeting was never complete without her leading us in song. Knowing her, I’m sure she leading the angels in an old-time hymn. Love that little lady.

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    Claire Draffen says

    We loved your sweet Aunt Greathen. From the Cotton Picker and his wife (Tom and Claire Draffen).

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    Dan & Donna Newlon says

    Greathen was such a sweet lady…so full of joy and happiness…she would always make you laugh and smile…we were blessed to have known her and share good times…heaven truly has another Angel now.

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    Babette and Ed Hosier says

    Greathen, what a precious soul. You will be missed by all who knew you.
    the Hosiers.

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    Harvey & Sherri Westfall says

    One of the most loving, giving ladies we have been blessed to have known. Precious sister in Christ ,,,,but we have the HOPE of seeing her again