Herbert Steaven Vandivort, 93, son of William and Rosa Howell Vandivort, was born May 20, 1909, in the Oak Grove community near Cabool. He died Nov. 16, 2002, at the home of his son, Daniel, at Edgar Springs. Mr. Vandivort left his home in the Oak Grove community and worked in an automobile tire factory in Kansas City from 1927 to 1930. He was saved and baptized during a revival at a Baptist church in Kansas City at age 21. He married Bessie Jane Scott from near Mountain Grove Feb. 28, 1934. He became an ordained Free Will Baptist minister Sept. 27, 1935. For 21 years, from 1937 to 1958, he served as a bi-vocational minister, pastoring rural churches in Texas and Wright counties. The Vandivorts purchased a farm nine miles west of Houston, where they raised their family and pro-duced Grade A milk for 40 years. After retirement, Mr. Vandivort enjoyed woodworking and assisting his wife raising produce for the farmers’ market. He was a member of the Oak Grove Free Will Baptist Church near Cabool. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 68 years; two sisters and nine brothers, Jessie and Johnny, who died in infancy, Hiley, Vasa, Homer, Warren, Florence Jones, Ira, Robert, Alla Cox and Roy. Surviving are three sons, Mark Vandivort of Noble, Okla., Dan Vandivort of Edgar Springs and Ben Vandivort of Mountain Grove; 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grand-children. Services were Nov. 19 at the First Free Will Baptist Church with the Rev. Max Courtney, the Rev. Bill Vandivort and the Rev. R.E. Helsley officiating. Burial was in the Hillcrest Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt-Bradley Funeral Home of Mountain Grove. “

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