Archive for February 2012

Mildred Jenkins

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Mildred Jenkins, 95, of Poplar Bluff died Monday February 20. 2012, at 9:58 a.m., with family by her bedside, at the Cedargate Nursing Home.  Mrs. Jenkins was born Mildred Virginia Fowler on March 10, 1916 in Grandin, Mo.  On March 27, 1935 she married Loren McGowen of Naylor, who preceded her in death.  On October 11, 1983 she married Floyd Jenkins of Poplar Bluff, who also preceded her in death.  Mrs. Jenkins made her home with her niece, Wilma Blackledge Kenser for 11 years in Poplar Bluff, before becoming a resident of Cedargate Nursing Home.  Mrs. Jenkins served and loved Jesus Christ and enjoyed playing the piano, accordion and singing in a gospel trio.  She was the pianist at many gospel singing conventions around Butler and Ripley Counties.  If a church was missing a pianist they could count on Mildred to fill the need.  She also worked as a homemaker around Butler County. 

Preceding Mildred in death are her parents, James and Sarah Fowler; four brothers, Homer, Hobert, Ben and Charley Fowler and four sisters, Myrtle Fowler Graham, Zephra Fowler Blackledge, Florence Fowler Young and Lorene Fowler Green and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. 

Survivors include a host of nieces and nephews who fondly remember Mildred’s warm and playful personality.  Although no children of her own, Mildred loved her nieces and nephews and enjoyed sharing in their lives.

Visitation for Mrs. Jenkins will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, February 24, 2012 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home, 844 Cedar Street, Poplar Bluff, Mo., followed by the funeral service at 1 p.m. in the chapel, with Martin Kenser officiating.  Burial in Memorial Garden Cemetery, Poplar Bluff, Mo.  In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to Off Street Ministries in Poplar Bluff.

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Irene Duke

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Irene Duke, 79, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Sunday, February 19, 2012 at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.  Mrs. Duke was born July 24, 1932, in Wickliffe, Ky.  She lived most of her life in Butler County, Mo., and was of the Pentecostal faith. 

She was a musician and had played music for many well known entertainers.  She enjoyed her dogs, going to yard sales and being with people. 

On August 16, 1949, she married Ray Duke in Illinois.  He preceded her in death in October of 1988. 

Survivors include two children, Deana Hessling of Russellville, Ark. and Johnny Duke of Justin, Texas; one brother, Fred Sullivan of ElDorado, Ill; 10 grandchildren, Tammy Matheson, John Chaffin Jr., Tonya Chaffin, Tina Hessling, Lisa Barriner, Crystal Duke, Vonnie Raye Duke, Loretta Duke, Cody Duke and Billie Rae Duke; 13 great-grandchildren, Shealyn Plank, Stacia Plank, Ashlyn Bandy, Allyson Bandy, Johnny Chaffin III, Christopher Vaughn, Jesse Lindsey, Alex Adame, Whitney Adame, Dylan Adame, Cheyanne Adame, Christian Mancha and Austin Duke; and four great-great-grandchildren, Seaaira Lindsey, Angelynn Lindsey, Elizabeth Miller and Emmalynne Miller. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jerry and Ruby (Rich) Sullivan, and two brothers, Jerry “Bud” Sullivan Jr. and Noble Sullivan.

 Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. followed by  the funeral service at 1 p.m., Saturday, February 25, 2012, at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff, with granddaughter, Tammy Matheson officiating.  Burial in Mole Hill Cemetery.

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Friday, February 17th, 2012

Eual Dodd, 81 of Poplar Bluff passed away Friday February 17th, 2012 at John J. Pershing VA Medical Center.  Visitation will begin 10AM Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home 844 Cedar St.  Funeral service will begin at 11AM Tues in the chapel with grandson, Rev. Christopher Dodd officiating.  Burial, with full military honors, will be at Mo. State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield, Mo. 

Mr Dodd was born April 15, 1930 in Doniphan, Mo., to the late Lee H. Dodd and Bertha Dale-Dodd.  He was a member of Twin Springs Baptist Church in Poplar Bluff.  He was retired from the U.S. Army and the Poplar Bluff Post Office.  He served two terms in the U.S. Army and one in the U. S. Coast Guard.  He enjoyed western books, models and travel. 

On June 21, 1953 he married Nora Emerson-Dodd, in Poplar Bluff, she survives. They enjoyed 58 1/2 years of marriage.   Also surviving are sons, Michael Lee Dodd and Robert Alan Dodd, a daughter, Judy Lynn Tufts and husband, Richard; grandchildren, Christopher A. Dodd and wife , Janet, Andrew M. Dodd and wife, Marci, Matthew R. Dodd and wife, Stephanie, Steven P. Dodd, Ryan Buchanan, Randal Buchanan and wife, Sarah and Aaron Buchanan, great-grandchildren, Chloe E. Dodd, Madalyn Dodd, Robert W. Dodd, Kooper Buchanan. 

He was preceded in death by sisters, Erma Abbott, Jessie Green, and Ruth Garner; brothers, Dick Dodd, Claud Dodd, Carl Dodd, and William Dodd and one great-granddaughter; Joanna G. Dodd.

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Edna Hastings

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Edna  Mae Hastings, of Poplar Bluff, passed away February 14, 2012 at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.  She was 78.

Mrs. Hastings was born February 1, 1934, in Butler County, to the late David and Daisy Fann.  She had formerly lived in Georgia and St. Louis, Mo.   She graduated from nursing school in 1969.  Her career, as an  LPN,  included working for the Poplar Bluff Hospital, Lucy Lee Hospital and Doctor’s Hospital.  She enjoyed sewing, painting, crafts, the outdoors, and taking care of people.  She was a member of Living Word Baptist Church. 

On August 28, 1954, in Hernando, Mississippi, she married Robert Hastings Sr.  They happily enjoyed 57 years of marriage.   Mr. Hastings survives.

Also surviving are her children, Rancy Hastings and wife, Sandy of St. Louis, Debbie Hooks and husband, Dennis of Ash, NC., Robert Hastings Jr. and wife, Roxie of Savannah, Ga., Julie Kirkley and husband, Rick of Poplar Bluff;  seven surviving sisters, Ruth Harris, Joyce Pinion, Judy Pinion,Margaret Pennington, Virginia Estell, Irene Shriver,and Violet Desha; five surviving brothers, Arthur Fann, Ray Fann, David Fann, Richard Fann,  and Frank Fann; five grandsons, Robert Hastings III and wife, Maggie of Marrietta, Ga., Shannon Hastings and Sean Hastings both of Savannah, Ga., Ryan Hastings, St. Louis, Mo., Matthew Kirkley, Poplar Bluff; one great-grandson, Tyler Hastings, Marrietta, Ga.

Preceding Mrs. Hastings in death are siblings Sharon Saylor, Jessie Fann, Oscar Fann, Carolyn Louise Fann and one great-grandson, Robert Hastings IV.  

Visitation from 6-8 p.m. Friday, February 17, 2012 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home, 844 Cedar Street, Poplar Bluff, Mo.  The funeral will begin at 11 a.m., Saturday, February, 18, 2012, in the funeral home chapel, with Rev. Donny Emmons officiating.  Burial in the Rombauer Cemetery.

The family request in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the American Cancer Society.

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Robert Stevens

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Robert  W. Stevens , 67, passed away February 12, 2012 at the  Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Mr. Stevens was born January 30, 1945 at Paragould, Arkansas.  He was pastor at Leora Baptist Church and a former member of Temple Baptist.  He was  also a member of Cardiac Cowboys.   He retired from the U.S. Navy and from John J. Pershing VA  Medical Center.  Mr. Stevens enjoyed  riding horses and mission work. 

On January 31, 1973 he married Marilyn (Membrere) Stevens at National City, California.  She survives. 

Other survivors include two daughters, Roberta  Mills and husband, Robert of Lumberton, Texas and Allison Muse and husband, Robert of Jonesboro, Arkansas; two sisters Eunice Rogers and Marie Goetz; one brother Arthur Stevens; grandchildren, Naelyn and Madison Mills, Camron, Christian and Ethan Muse. 

Preceding him in death are his parents George and Nillie ( Kissel) Stevens; one sister, Mavis Eaton and one brother, Luther Stevens.

Visitation for Mr. Stevens will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at Temple Baptist Church, 1813 Barron Road, Poplar Bluff, Mo.  Funeral services at 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at the church, with Rev. Steve Patterson officiating.  Burial in the Mo. State Veteran Cemetery, Bloomfield, Mo. with full Military Honors.

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Willie “Bill ” Shipman

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

Willie Arthur “Bill” Shipman, of Poplar Bluff passed away Friday, February 10, 2012 at the age of 86.

Mr. Shipman was born May 18, 1925, at Morehouse, Mo. to parents Willie Shipman and Mary (McDowell) Shipman.  Both preceded him in death.  He was a lifetime resident of Butler County and a member of Faith Tabernacle in Poplar Bluff.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served during WWII.

 He retired from Ross Electric and enjoyed fishing, camping, hunting and going to church. 

On Jan. 19, 1957, he was married to Betty Lou (Miller) Shipman in Pocahontas, Ark.  She survives.

 Also surviving are his children, Steve Shipman, Danny Shipman and wife, Margie,  Billy Shipman, Timothy Shipman, Teresa and husband, Thomas Victery, Barbara and husband Larry Beebe, all of Poplar Bluff, Rosalee Meadows of Chicago, Ill., Sharon Berg and husband, Greg, of Gresham, Ore.; 14 grandchildren, Tracy and husband, Anthony Swan, Stehpanie Shipman, Brandon McNeil, Danielle Shipman, Joshua Shipman and wife, Amanda, Craig Shipman, Nikki Shipman, Adam Shipman, Timothy Shipman, Kristal King, Cristy Victery, Thomas Victery, Teddy Duncan, Enoch Griffith and Tiffany; and 13 great-grandchildren.

 He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie and Mary Shipman; two children, Wanda Shipman and Bruce Shipman; two sisters, Iva Jameson and Lucille Rimel; and two brothers, Jack Carl McDowell and Alvin McDowell.

 Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Monday, February 13, 2012 at  Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff.  The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 14, 2012, in the funeral home chapel with Pastor David Tharp officiating.  Burial in the Mo. Veterans Cemetery, Bloomfield, Mo., with full Military Honors.

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