Archive for July 2012

Ruth A. Taylor

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

Ruth A. Taylor, 93, of Poplar Bluff passed away Thursday July 26, 2012 at the Mark Twain Caring Center. 

Ms. Taylor was born October 6, 1918 at Cotton Plant, Ark. to the late Milton and Clemmie (Clark) Duncan.  She had lived in Poplar Bluff since 1980, but was previously a resident of Chicago, Ill.  She was a retired housekeeper.  She loved to cook, read, visit with friends and going to church.  She was a member of New Home Missionary Baptist Church.  She was married to Johnie Taylor in 1964.  He preceded her in death.  

Survivors include her children, Milton Taylor and wife Pauline of Poplar Bluff, Sheldon Taylor and wife Mary Ann of South Bend, Ind. and Melissa Fultz of Maywood, Ill.; 20 grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation for Ms. Taylor will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 4, 2012 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home, 844 Cedar Street, Poplar Bluff, Mo., followed by funeral services at 12 p.m., with Rev. Ivory Dean officiating.   Burial in the Morocco Cemetery.

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Myrtle Marie Mabry

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Myrtle Marie Mabry, 94, of Poplar Bluff passed away July 24, 2012 in the Cedar Gate Nursing Center. She was born March 19, 1918 in Clay County, Arkansas to the late Henry Blaylock and Ida Lane Blaylock.

On October 5, 1935 at Corning, Arkansas she was married to the late Charles Mabry.

Mrs. Mabry is survived by her children, Bonnie Johnson of Harviell, Missouri, Patricia Foust and husband Ralph Jr. of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, Dewayne Mabry and wife Ruth Ann of Millersville, Missouri and Don Mabry and wife Beverly of Van Buren, Missouri. One Sister Marteen Weaver of Ft. Myers, Florida also survives, as well as 11 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren survives.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents as well as one son-in-law Rev. Leroy “Jack” Johnson and six brothers, Lee, Raymond, John, Don, Kenneth and Harry Blaylock.

Mrs. Mabry was a member of the Elm Grove General Baptist Church of Naylor where she served in the church in several offices. She was also a member of the Eastern Star at Naylor. She enjoyed quilting, gardening and reading. She had work as a cafeteria manager in the public school and had been a cook in the Naylor School system.

Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. Saturday July 28, 2012 in the Fowler-Sullivan Memorial Chapel at  Neelyville, Missouri with the funeral following at 1:00 p.m.. Burial will be in the Naylor Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Dennis Bell officiating.

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Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Shairon J.  Ward, 75, of Poplar Bluff passed away Thursday, July 26, 2012 at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. 

Ms. Ward was born December 15, 1936 in Deering, Mo. to the late Archie Alfred Gadberry and Aretha Isabelle (McNinch) Gadberry. She was a member of the Oak Grove New Beginning Church in Poplar Bluff.  She had been a team driver with her husband in the trucking industry.  She enjoyed playing the piano, singing karaoke at the Eagles and American Legion and eating fish. 

On January 20, 1966 she married Marvin A. Ward.  He preceded her in death January 12, 2009. 

She is survived by 3 sisters; Thelma Smith, Barbara Grubb, and Sue Marchbank and 2 brothers; Bill Gadberry and Mike Gadberry and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Visitation will be from 9-11 Monday, July 30, 2012 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff.  Funeral service will begin at 11AMwith Pastor Faughn, from Twin Oaks Southern Baptist Church officiating.   A 1PM burial at MO State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield, MO

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Billy Blagg

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Billy Justin Blagg, 81, of Harviell, Mo. passed away July 23, 2012 at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center at Houston, Texas.

Mr. Blagg was born December 9, 1931 at Grubbs Arkansas to the late William Harrison Blagg and Edith (Odglen) Blagg.  He had lived in Butler County since 1957.  He served in the U.S. Air Force and worked in education for 30 years.  He was a coach and the last 16 years was a Superintendent of Schools.  Mr. Blagg also served on the TRC Trustees Board.  He enjoyed playing golf and loved all sports, especially the Arkansas Razorbacks.

On August 26, 1953 he was married to Willine (Runsick) Blagg at Grubbs, Arkansas.  She survives.

Also surviving are his children, Belinda Greenwood, of Nashville, Tn., LouCinda Hecht and husband, Hanno of Katy, Tx., Rebecca Thomas and husband, Leslie of Neelyville; one sister, Alta Williamson of Searcy, Ar.; grandchildren, Lance Corporal Nicolas Hecht, Mitchell Thomas, Katie Thomas and Jordan Thomas.

Mr. Blagg is preceded in death by his parents and one son-in-law, Larry Greenwood.

Visitation will begin at 10 a.m., Friday, July 27, 2012 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home, 844 Cedar St., Poplar Bluff, Mo., followed by funeral services at 1 p.m. in the chapel.  Burial will be in Memorial Gardens at Poplar Bluff. 

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial be made to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. 4072, Pittsfield, Ma. 01202.

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Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Charles Robert Kelly Sr., 69, of Qulin passed away July 19, 2012 at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.  Mr. Kelly was born January 16, 1943 in Hollister, MO  He was a lifetime resident of Butler County and was a member of Calvary Community Church. 

Mr Kelly had served in the US Navy and was a truck driver.  He enjoyed auctions, singing in Quartets, preaching, attending church, and had pastored several Baptist Churches. 

On May 4, 1963 he married Dixie Norris Kelly in Mansfield, Ohio, she survives. 

Also surviving are children; Sarah Norman of Qulin, Rebecca Tanksley of Qulin, and Charles Kelly Jr. of Qulin; a sister, Kathryn Moore of Poplar Bluff and 9 grandchildren

There will be a memorial visitation Saturday, July 28, 2012 at Calvary Community Church 213 East Victor Street Poplar Bluff, followed by a service at 1PM with Pastor Shelvie Stephens officiating.

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Allene Evans Crawford

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Mrs. Allene Crawford a resident for 12 years at Marymount Manor in Eureka Mo. passed away at 2:30 A.M. July 20, 2012, she was 91.

Born on March 29, 1921 in Big Sandy, Tenn. the daughter of the late Richard and Zela Evans. Proceeded in death by her late husband Cecil Crawford of Neelville Mo., and 1 child , Tildon Dean. Survived by  Rev. Bob Crawford of Hemingway, SC,. Gary Crawford of Eureka Mo., Veda Schlichtemier of Foristell Mo., Reda Roehm of Tampa, FL., and Kendell Crawford of Lees Summit, Mo. 1 sister Ozel Nolen of Collinsville Ill. 16 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and 10 great great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral Services will be Monday July 23, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. with viewing between 9-11 at Fowler-Sullivan Memorial Chapel Inc.,  Neelyville Mo. with Rev. Bob Crawford officiating. Burial will follow in Roberts Cemetery near Neelyville Mo.

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Loretta Mae Kovach

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Loretta Mae Kovach, 87, of Neelyville, Missouri, passed away July 17, 2012 in the St. Francis Medical Center of Cape Girardeau, Mo. She was born August 22, 1924 at Poplar Bluff, Missouri to the late John Kleinsorge and Martha Mangrum Kleinsorge.

She was married to Frank Kovach in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. He preceded her in death in March 1996.

She is survived by, one daughter Janice Crook of Poplar Bluff, Mo. three sons, Phillip Kleinsorge of Ballwin, Missouri, Mickey and wife Doris Kovach of Naylor, Missouri, Allen Kovach of Cape Girardeau, Missouri.  Nine grandchildren,19 great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren also survive.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Peggy Hillis, one brother Norman Kleinsorge; one great granddaughter Alicia Wisdom: a son-in-law, Willard Crook and a daughter-in-law Evangeline Kleinsorge.

Loretta has been a life long resident of Butler county She was a homemaker and enjoyed going on picnics, playing tennis and driving a tractor on the farm. She was of the Baptist Faith.

Visitation for Mrs. Kovach will be Thursday July 19, 2012 starting at 11:00 am with the funeral following at 1:00 p.m. on July 19, 2012 in the Fowler-Sullivan Memorial Chapel Inc. of Neelyville, Missouri. Burial will be in the City Cemetery at Poplar Bluff, Missouri. Donnie Fowler officiating.

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Clyde S. Harwell

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Clyde Sterling Harwell, 90 of Poplar Bluff passed away Monday July 16, 2012 at his home.

Mr. Harwell was born February 17, 1922 at Hendrickson, Mo. to the late William Marion and Dora Bell (Bollinger) Harwell.   He had lived most of  his life at Poplar Bluff, but had previously lived in Arizona and Ava, Mo.  He was a member of Temple Baptist Church at Poplar Bluff and Masons Lodge 209.   Mr. Harwell served in the US Army during WWII and was a retired as a self-employed plumber. 

On November 8, 1974 he  married Judy (Jackson) Harwell  at Doniphan, Mo.  She survives.

Also surviving are 7 children, Rose Marie “Shorty” Jones of Paris Tn., Janis K. Hale of Puryear, Tn., Sandy Hatchell (Gary) of Springfield, Mo., Ross Allen Shaw II of Poplar Bluff, Steven Shaw (Denise) of Catawissa, Mo., Stan Shaw (Lisa) of Imperial, Mo., and Dora B. Burns (Bryan) of Poplar Bluff; 9 grandchildren, Ryan, Brittany, and Dillon Shaw of Poplar Bluff, Nicole Shaw of Imperial, MO, Dominik Carnell of Poplar Bluff, Teri (Gene) Wilfred of TN, and 3 other granddaughters; 7 great-grandchildren, Payton Sainio of Poplar Bluff, Nikki Johnson (Ricky) of TN, Kayce Mianoway (Michael) of TN, and 4 other great-grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; Drake, Chance, Gage and Katlynn of TN; 2 great-great-great grandchildren. 

Mr. Harwell is preceded in death by his father, William Marion Harwell and mother Dora Bell Harwell; two sisters, Beatrice “Sissy” Harwell and Della Swan; eight brothers, Lee Harwell, Lum Harwell, Claude Harwell, Fred Harwell, Stafford Harwell, Chester Harwell, Edwin Harwell and Lonnie Harwell.

A memorial visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2012 at Temple Baptist Church, 1813 Barron Rd., Poplar Bluff,  followed by funeral services at 10 a.m. with Rev. Steve Patterson officiating.  A private family burial with full Mitary Honors will be held at a later date at Mo. State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield, Mo.

In lieu of flowers, family requests memorials be made to:  Temple Baptist Church 1813 Barron Road, Poplar Bluff, MO  63901 or UCAN (United Cancer Assistance Network) 1419 Maud St.  Poplar Bluff, MO  63901

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Edith May Davis

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Edith May Davis of Poplar Bluff passed away July 17, 2012 at the Mark Twain Caring Center at the age of 89.

Mrs. Davis was born February 24, 1923 at Parma, Mo. to the late Lewis E. Gillihan and Violet May (Young) Gillihan.  

She had lived in Poplar Bluff since 1960.  She was a member of  the Third Baptist Church in Poplar Bluff and worked at Mo. Savings and Loan Company for 37 years.   She enjoyed reading her Bible.    

On December 22, 1942 she married Raymond Larkin Davis at Poplar Bluff, Mo.  He preceded her in death on July 10, 2011.

Survivors include one daughter, Roberta “Bobbi” Leonard and husband, Jim of Jackson, Tn.; granddaughter, Jamie Lee Leonard-Mobley and husband Joshua of Jackson, Tn.; one great-grandchild, Weston Mobley of Jackson, Tn.; one sister, Barbara Tippen of Poplar Bluff; two brothers, Troy Gillihan and Roy Gillihan both of Poplar Bluff.

Mrs. Davis is preceded in death by her parents, Lewis E. and Violet May Gillihan; her husband, Raymond L. Davis, one sister, Viola Gipson; two brothers Clarence and Raymond Gillihan; and one great-granddaughter, Morgan Lee Mobley.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 12 noon Thursday July 19, followed by funeral services starting at 1:30 p.m. at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home, 844 Cedar St. Poplar Bluff, Mo.  Burial will be in the City Cemetery with Rev. Ralph Mayes officiating.

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Virginia King

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

Virginia Elouise King of Poplar Bluff passed away Saturday, July 14, 2012 at her home.  She was 89 years, 5 months, and 10 days old. 

Mrs. King was born Feb. 11, 1923, in Naylor, Mo. to parents Frank and Ella (Melton) Ramsey.   Both preceded her in death.  She lived in Poplar Bluff most of her life.  She attended First Baptist Church in Poplar Bluff. A homemaker, she enjoyed reading the Bible, word search puzzles and sewing. 

On Nov. 1, 1943, she married William Rex King at St. Louis, Mo.  He preceded her in death. 

Survivors include one daughter- in-law, Reba D. King of Poplar Bluff; two sisters, Elizabeth Walpole of Longview, Texas and Dorothy McCarty of St. Louis, Mo.; one brother-in-law, Larry King; and one grandson, William R. King II of Poplar Bluff.

She also was preceded in death by one son, Darry W. King; one daughter, Dr. Ronda E. King; one great-grandson, David W. King; four sisters, Aileen Warden, Betty Willoughby, Alice Bruner, and husband, Albert and Norma Barnhart and husband, Frank; and two brothers-in-law, Bob McCarty and Cecil Walpole.

Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at FOWLER-SULLIVAN MEMORIAL CHAPEL in NEELYVILLE, MO., followed by funeral services at 2 p.m., with Minister John Harwell officiating.  Burial will be in Memorial Gardens in Poplar Bluff.

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