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Missouri Conference Clergy
Albright, Oliver
Rev. Oliver W. Albright passed away January 21, 2009. Oliver was born June 10, 1917
in Skedee, Oklahoma. He attended seminary in Evanston, Illinois and served as a
United Methodist minister in Columbia, Springfield, Higginsville and the greater
Kansas City area. He loved to fly fish and refinish furniture but his true passion was
expressed through his work in the church and with the youth groups with whom he
ministered. He was preceded in death by his wife, Viola Seymour Albright, in 2002.
Attix, Kenneth “Ken”
Rev. Kenneth Wayne (Ken) Attix died peacefully at his home in
Saint Ann, Missouri on October 5, 2008. He was born February
26, 1935 in Smyrna, Delaware and graduated from high school
there in 1953. Ken served four years in the United States Army as
a Chaplain’s assistant and was an Associate Member of the
Missouri Conference, having served twenty years as a pastor of
churches in Maryland and Missouri. He served several churches in southeast
Missouri including Essex, Sadler’s Chapel, Bernie, Steele Wesley Memorial, Bourbon
First, Elsberry and Hematite. He enjoyed reading, films, music, and the company of
friends. He was well known for his strong singing voice and participated in many
choirs over the years. He attended Marvin Park United Methodist Church in his
retirement and at the time of his death was serving as the chairperson of the church
council. Ken was cremated and his ashes were scattered in Yosemite National Park,
one of his favorite places.
brooks, Leo
Rev. Leo Brooks went to his heavenly home April 4, 2009. He was born June 27,
1922 in Porum, Oklahoma. Rev. Brooks was a retired United Methodist minister
o who had served churches in Southern Illinois and Missouri. While in Missouri,
he served in Elmo, Martin City, Sarcoxie, Holden, Mount Vernon, Osceola/Lowry
City and Joplin St. James prior to his retirement in 1987. After retirement, he and
his wife, Fern, moved to Bolivar, Missouri where they were active members in the
Bolivar United Methodist Church. After Fern’s health began to fail, they moved to
the Ozarks Methodist Manor in Marionville, Missouri, until her death. His family
and friends were special gifts to him and he cherished each one. His life was not
finished. He continued to be involved with people from all walks of life, sharing
his faith and love. He had great joy recalling all the wonderful people whose lives
touched his and made it richer. Perchance each added something to the faith of the
other. Among those who survive is his son Rev. Ron Brooks, Missouri Conference
Chastain, Norma
Norma Viola Chastain of Clinton, Missouri, passed away February 3, 2009 at The
Golden Living Center in Clinton. Norma was born December 8, 1913 in Essex, Iowa
and graduated from high school in Superior, Wisconsin. She graduated from North-
western Bible and Missionary Training School in 1937. In 1941, she came to Mis-
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