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No. 9: Gone but not forgotten

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2010 was memorable in the number of notable deaths among Springfield-area professionals. Between the February loss of Springfield internal auditor April Lathrom and longtime Heer’s executive Bent Agee, who died Dec. 9, the community also said goodbye to:
  • Bill Beall, who built from scratch a commercial real estate company that this year managed 750,000 square feet;
  • William Fuldner, founder of Monett-based manufacturer EFCO Corp., now owned by Pella Corp.;
  • Dr. Tedd Hamaker, a 20-year veterinarian and owner of Galloway Village Veterinary Hospital;
  • developer Bill Jester, who left his mark with Quail Creek and French Quarter plazas and Eaglesgate subdivision;
  • Ben Parnell Jr., a longtime banker who was instrumental in providing financing for Silver Dollar City;
  • Stephanie Phillips, the Kickapoo High girls basketball coach who will be inducted posthumously to the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame on Jan. 30;
  • Lloyd Presley, a premiere member of Presleys’ Country Jubliee;
  • Trudi Scott, a nurse who gave nearly 40 years to caring for children;  
  • Jack Shewmaker, a nearly 30-year member of the Drury University Board of Trustees and former Walmart president and CEO;
  • Bill Tynes, the CEO of Springfield Grocer Co., the oldest continuously operating company in Springfield; and
  • Dennis Whaley, Evangel University’s director of university relations and a former pastor.

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