Ora Freemon Masters, 88, of Gordonville, MO, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, February 5, 2016 after being diagnosed 8 months prior with Esophageal Cancer. Up until his diagnosis, Ora was fortunate to have lived an extremely healthy and active lifestyle. In fact, one of his favorite sayings was, “If I felt any better, I couldn’t stand it!”
He was born April 13th, 1927, at Marquand, MO, son of Henry Arthur (“H.A.”) and Ollie Ellen (Dudley) Masters. Ora was the 11th of 12 children. He attended school in Delta, MO.
Ora and Zerma Ann Ahrens were married November 6, 1948. They had three children and made their home in Gordonville, MO.
During his lifetime, Ora did a variety of jobs. Places of employment included Macke Feed & Seed, Ceramo, Jim Wilson Company and Arkansas Best Freight (ABF). Ora retired from ABF in 1988 and remained quite active attending auctions, restoring old cars, and working on his “ranch”. On any given sunny day, Ora enjoyed driving one of his antiques along various country roads. He was also interested in minimizing Gordonville’s squirrel population . . .
Antique cars and collectibles were definitely his passion for many years. Ora restored numerous automobiles including a 1956 Chevy which won the Chevy National Top Point Award by scoring 96 out of 100 for a home restoration. A longtime member of the Capaha Antique Car Club, he exhibited at many car shows and drove his antiques in countless parades over the years.
Ora was preceded in death by his parents, 5 brothers, 6 sisters and a son, Thomas Freemon Masters.
In addition to his wife of 67 years, Ora is survived by two children: Terry Wayne Masters of Jackson, and Kathryn Susan (Bill) Peters of Burfordville; one grandson, Evan Masters, of Benton; and three granddaughters, Morgan Peters of Gordonville, and Jessica and Reagan Peters of Burfordville.
Visitation will be at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson on Monday, February 8, 2016 from 11 AM until time of service.
The funeral service will be at 1 PM, Monday at the funeral home, with Revs. Joel Kidwell and Tom Sullenger officiating.
Interment to follow at Zion United Methodist Church in Gordonville, MO.
Memorials may take the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society.
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