The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Tornado: Obituaries

June 30, 2011

Charles K. Gaudsmith

CARTHAGE, MO — Charles Kenneth Gaudsmith, 21, Carthage, Mo., passed away Sunday, May 22, 2011, from injuries sustained in the Joplin tornado. Charles Kenneth Gaudsmith was born Nov. 7, 1989, in Glendale, Calif., the son of Russell Gaudsmith and Melissa Renee (Johnson) Gaudsmith. Charles and his family moved to Carthage in 1998, from California. He was a graduate of Carthage Senior High School, Class of 2009, and was a cook for the south Carthage McDonald’s. He was active in Carthage Tiger sports serving as a team member of the Carthage Tiger Football squad and the Tiger Wrestling team. Survivors include a sister, Lashawnda (Travis) Cavener, Joplin, Mo.; his father, Russell (Donna) Gaudsmith, Hemet, Calif.; fiancé, Candice Harper, Carthage; three nieces, Cheyeanne, Kaylee and Alyssa; his grandparents, Jim (Jane) Johnson, Carthage, and Mike Libby, Sunland, Calif. Charles was preceded in death by his mother, Melissa, who was with him in the Joplin tornado; a brother, Jody Gaudsmith; and a grandmother, Gaye Libby. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 4, at the Fairview Christian Church, Carthage. Minister Elmer White will officiate. Inurnment will be in Fasken Cemetery, northeast of Carthage. Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of Knell Mortuary, Carthage. Online condolences may be expressed through

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Tornado: Obituaries
  • Dorothy M. Johnston

    Dorothy M. Johnston, age 91 of Joplin, passed away at 1:50 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, at St. Luke’s Nursing Center in Carthage, from injuries sustained in the Joplin tornado.

    September 13, 2011

  • Sweet, Gregan.jpg Gregan Douglas Sweet

    Gregan Douglas Sweet, age 59, of Joplin, passed away from injuries sustained in the tornado on May 22, 2011.

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  • J.T. Strickland

    J.T. Strickland, 85, a motel manager, passed away Friday, July 8, 2011.

    July 9, 2011

  • Gaudsmith,Charles.jpg Charles K. Gaudsmith Charles Kenneth Gaudsmith, 21, Carthage, Mo., passed away Sunday, May 22, 2011, from injuries sustained in the Joplin tornado.

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  • Gideon,Billie.jpg Billie Jo Gideon Billie Jo Gideon, age 77, of Joplin, Mo., went to be with the Lord early Monday, May 23, 2011, at Freeman Hospital from injuries suffered during the devastating tornado that hit Joplin on May 22, 2011.

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  • Lansaw,don.jpg Donald Wayne Lansaw Mr. Donald Wayne Lansaw Jr., 31, of Joplin, Mo., departed this life suddenly on Sunday evening, May 22, 2011, at his home from injuries sustained in the devastating Joplin tornado.

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  • Martha Jane Webb

    Martha Jane Webb, 76, Nevada, Mo., formerly of Carthage, Mo., passed away Thursday, June 23, 2011, in the Nevada Regional Medical Center, Nevada, Mo., from injuries sustained in the May 22, Joplin tornado.

    June 25, 2011

  • Bresee,Burnice.jpg Burnice Bresee

    Burnice M. Bresee, age 91, of Joplin, Mo., passed away Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at McCune Brooks Hospital from complications with her health following the Joplin tornado.

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  • Grace Marie Sanders

    Grace Marie Sanders passed from this life at 3:08 p.m. Monday, June 20, 2011, at St. John’s Intensive Care Unit in Springfield, Mo., from complications following surgery.

    June 22, 2011

  • Alice L. Cope

    Alice L. Hudson Cope, 79, passed away Sunday, June 19, 2011.

    June 21, 2011