The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


December 8, 2013

Billy Ray Box

NEOSHO, Mo. — Billy Ray "Bill" Box, age 55, of Neosho, Mo., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Freeman Hospital West in Joplin.

Bill was born Sept. 19, 1958, in Arlington, Texas and had lived in the Joplin area most of his life. He was a 1976, graduate of Diamond High School. Bill was a self-employed Landscaper.

Bill is survived by one son, Matt Box and wife, Peggy, Joplin; one daughter, Erin Cornman, Carl Junction, Mo.; his mother, Patsy Box, Duenweg, Mo.; family friends, Don Pendergraft, Neosho and Rabecca Wallace, Duenweg, Mo.; two aunts, Ruth Atkins Jeffers and husband, Dave, Joplin, and Terri Box Williams and husband, Doug, Oklahoma City, Okla.; two grandchildren, Austun Box and Dakota Box; and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Melvin "Lefty" Box; his paternal grandparents, Fay and Marie Box; his maternal grandparents, Frank and Isabell Cruse; and a brother, Ralph Cruse.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Mason-Woodard Chapel. Burial will follow at the Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Chapel. The family will be at 602 Mower St. in Duenweg, Mo.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Mason-Woodard Mortuary of Joplin, Mo.

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