Archive for March 2012


Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Shelia Y. Martindale, 62, of Poplar Bluff died Thursday, March 22, 2012, at her residence.  A graveside service will be held at 3PM Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Poplar Bluff City Cemetery, with Earl Dunbar officiating. Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home of Poplar Bluff, Mo. in charge of arrangements.

Sheila was born October 9,1949 in Pascola, MO  and had lived in Poplar Bluff 17 years.  She had formerly lived in Heavener, Oklahoma and was of the Baptist faith. 

She worked in public service for nearly 40 years.  Most recently she worked as a server at China Garden in Poplar Bluff, since 1999. 

She enjoyed her family and grandchildren, cooking, taking care of and feeding birds outside, flower gardening and shopping. 

Surviving are her children, Ronald D. Downs Jr. and wife, Cindy and William Joseph Downs and wife, Niki all of Wichita, Kansas; three sisters, Flora Mae Foster of Pascola, Helen D. Dunbar of Poplar Bluff and Maritta Joyce Jackson of Poteau, Oklahoma; six grandchildren and one great grandchild. 

Family requests memorials be made to United Cancer Association Network (UCAN) 1419 Maud St.  Poplar Bluff, MO  63901

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Jesse Gilliland

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Jesse Robert Gilliland, 88, passed away March 15, 2012, at the Missouri Veteran’s Home in Cape Girardeau, Mo.  Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Monday, followed by the funeral service at 10 a.m. at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff, with Ron Fowler officiating.  Burial with Military Honors will be in Mo. State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield, Mo.

The son of the late William J. and Allie Gilliland, he was born February 18, 1924, in Bertrand, Mo.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and had worked as a self-employed carpenter.    

He is survived by three sons, Jim Gilliland of Doniphan, Mo., Dave Gilliland of Placerville, Calif., and Gene Gilliland of Sacramento, Calif.; one daughter, Cheryl Gillialand of Citrus Heights, Calif.; seven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; five brothers, Louis Philip Gilliland of Poplar Bluff, William Gilliland of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Lloyd Gilliland of Drain, Ore., Henry Gilliland of Mountain Home, Idaho, and John Gilliland of Lazear, Colo.; four sisters, Margaret Richmond of Poplar Bluff; Bea Fritts of Sutherlin, Ore., Allie Dannecker of Poplar Bluff and Hazel Watson of Poplar Bluff. 

He was also preceded in death by one son, Bobby Joe Gilliland.

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Friday, March 9th, 2012

Amelda Ruth (Helvey) Pennington, 91, of Harviell, passed away March 8,2012 at her residence.  Visitation will be 6-9 p.m., Saturday, March 10, 2012, at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff.  Funeral services will be 2 p.m, Sunday, March 11, 2012 in  the funeral home chapel, with Rev. Larry Ward officiating.  Burial will be in Kinsey Cemetery, Harviell, Mo.

Mrs. Pennington was born March 29, 1920, in Poplar Bluff, Mo.  She was a member of Fagus General Baptist Church.  A homemaker, she enjoyed gardening, raising flowers, and quilting. 

She was preceded  in death by four husbands, Henry Virgil Armes, John Loury, Harvey Robinson, and Virgil Pennington.

She is survived by daughter, Norma Trout and husband, David of Piggott, Arkansas, Shirley Jackson and husband, Harold of Poplar Bluff, son Jerry Armes and wife, Vicki of Harviell and Gene Loury of Florida; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and 9 great-great-grandchildren

Also preceding her in death  are  children, Jesse Armes, Mary Camren; and stepson, Eddie Loury;  her parents, Willie  and Effie Helvey; sisters,  Mary Underwood, Ann Ellsworth, Gerldine Corbett, and brother William Helvey and 2 grandchildren.

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Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Ralph Paul Ward, 73, of Poplar Bluff gently passed away with his family by his side on March 1, 2012 at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.  He joined his beloved mother just 15 days after she went home to be with the Lord.  Visitation will begin at 5 p.m., Sunday March 4, 2012, at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home  in Poplar Bluff.  Funeral service will be 1p.m. Monday, March 5, 2012, with the Dr. Steve Proctor and Rex Darnell officiating. Burial in the Poplar Bluff City Cemetery.

Mr. Ward was born February 22, 1939 in Poplar Bluff, Mo., to the late Roy Ward and Valrie (Robertson) Ward.   He was a lifetime Butler County resident and of the Baptist Faith. 

He loved being with his family and was deeply devoted to his wife of 50 years and his three children.  He was a carpenter in home construction and enjoyed hunting and fishing with his son Steven. 

On February 10, 1962 he married Vada “Richards” Ward in Poplar Bluff.  She survives.  Also surviving are daughter, Tammy Long and husband, Gary of Qulin; son, Steven Ward and wife, Teresa of Broseley; and daughter, Roxanne Chang and husband, Chris of Poplar Bluff; a brother, Arthur Leroy Ward of Poplar Bluff; four grandchildren; Christina Haynes, Crystal Haynes, Ciera Chang and  Brendan Chang;  four great-grandchildren, Katelynn, Makenzie, Chase, and Avery. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Roy Ward on June 27, 1991; his mother, Valrie Ward on February 16, 2012; and his sister, Joyce Marie Ward.

The family joins Ralph in expressing thanks and gratitude to all that supported him through his illness.  Special thanks to Rex Darnell, Tammy and Gary Long, Richard Kimble( his nurse), Dr. Steve Proctor, David Myers and many family and friends who kept him in prayer.

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