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Stephen Lynn Willhite, 67, of Hartville, died Monday, May 16, 2022, in his home.

he was born Nov. 6, 1954, in Lawrence, Kan. to William Dearl and Norma Faye (Bennett) Willhite.

On July 6, 2000, he married Dyann Cordry.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dearl Willhite; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Harold and Mary Cordry; two brothers-in-law, Edwin Kincheloe and Randy Childress.

Steve worked at the Marshfield Casket Company after high school for several years and then moved to Oklahoma and worked for Weatherford. He moved back to Missouri in 1999 and worked at Landau Boats and then for Country Pride Propane.

He was very active in the church and music ministry. One of his favorite times was several years working in the Porter Chapel Church of Competition along with his wife. Growing up in Coon Creek Church, Steve always attended Sunday School. As kids in church, they sang at several different churches which Steve continued later in life with different groups including The Singing Apostles, Conquerors, Countrymen, Coon Creek Singers, and The Willhites.

He is survived by his wife of almost 22 years, Dyann Willhite of the home; six children, Amy Moore of Mansfield; Regina Lawson and husband Terry of Woodward, Okla.; Andrew Willhite of White Bluff, Tenn.; Nekeya of Cabool; Kelly Willhite of Cleburne, Texas, and Dorlan Willhite and Angie of White Bluff, Tenn.; a foster daughter, Liz Strickland of Jefferson City; 20 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Sondra Kincheloe-Bennett and husband Dorisel, and Kaylene Cardwell; one brother, Bobby Willhite and wife Melissa; one brother-in-law, Danny Cordry and wife Nadine; many nieces and nephews, and a host off relatives and friends.

A memorial service for Stephen Lynn Willhite will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 28, 2022, at Hartville Free Will Baptist Church with Bro. Mike Bennett officiating.

Cremation was under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home of Mountain Grove.

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