Archive for August 2013

Brandi Ellis Chapman

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Brandi Marie Ellis Chapman, 32, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., went to be with her Lord and Savior on  Thursday, August 29, 2013, surrounded by her loving family, at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Chapman was born June 30, 1981 in Poplar Bluff.  She worked at Nordyne in air conditioner production. She loved to go to the river, visiting on Facebook, working with residents in nursing homes and loved her church, Twin Springs Baptist Church. Brandi fought her illness with bravery and true honor.  

On October 27, 2008 she was united in marriage to Larry Chapman.  He survives.

Other survivors include her children, Shelbie, Kyra and Larridy Chapman; her parents, Bobby and Jamie (Anthony) Ellis; grandparents, Robert and Mary Ellis, and Jennifer Anthony; great-grandmother, Jessie Anthony; her brother, Jeremy Ellis; brother-in-law Billy Hastings and wife, Kim, her aunts Jeanie Drane and husband, Johny and Linda Wyatt; uncle, Terry Ellis, her father and mother in-law, Bill and Jackie Schiffbauer.   A host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents Iris Russell and Charles Anthony; and aunt, Debbie Robinson. 

Visitation will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, September 2, 2013 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff.  Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday, September 3, 2013 in the chapel with Bro. Alan Leutert and Bro. Shelvie Stephens officiating.  Burial in Ash Hill Cemetery.

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Merlin Dobbs

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Merlin Ervin Dobbs, 75, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. 

Mr. Dobbs was born November 14, 1937,  in Poplar Bluff to the late Harry and Clara (Federstone) Dobbs.  He was a member of the First Church of God in Poplar Bluff and was a bridge carpenter.  He enjoyed his church, his Sunday School class and was a bus driver for the church.  He coached little league, girls’ softball and was a member of the Carpenter Local 1049 and 1770.  He also delivered medicine to local nursing and care homes for Latasy Drugs.

On June 16, 1956, he married Virginia (Hale) Dobbs in Hernando, Ms.  She survives.

Other survivors include his children, Rickey Dobbs, Vickey Hodge, Pam Wallace, James Dobbs, Tricia Dobbs and Rachael Johnson; two sisters, Joyce Pierce and Shirley Brown; 14 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren and two on the way.

Also preceding him in death include his son, Ronnie Dobbs, a sister, Marianne Cole and brother, Clyde Dobbs Sr.

Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, August 29, 2013 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home, 844 Cedar Street, Poplar Bluff, Mo.  Funeral services are scheduled for11 a.m. Friday, August 30, 2013, in the funeral home chapel, with Rev. Richard Triplett officiating.  Burial will be in the City Cemetery.

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Harold Greenwall

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Harold Greenwall, 77, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Thursday, August 22, 2013, at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Greenwall was born May 18, 1936 to the late Frank M. and Cora Mae (Smith) Greenwall at Williamsville, Mo.  He enjoyed fishing and worked in a factory making pre-hung doors and windows. 

On November 7, 1959 he married Daisy C. (Robertson) Greenwall.  She survives. 

Other survivors include his children, Marion Franklin Greenwall, Tammy Charlene Erickson, both of Poplar Bluff, and Raymond Todd Greenwall of Aurora, Ill.; a sister, Shirley Robertson and brother, Paul Greenwall; grandchildren, Kenneth Greenwall, Stephanie Parkison, Patricia Parkison, Christopher Lenton, Michael Greenwall and Cord Greenwall; great-grandchildren, Courtney Brown, Cora Brown, Jade Prater and Sky Prater, Bella Greenwall and Jaxon Hendrix-Greenwall.

Mr.Greenwall is also preceded in death by a daughter, Bonnie Faye Greenwall and son,  Harold E. Greenwall; sisters, Nadine Luke and Maxine Greenwall; brothers  George, Don, and James Greenwall.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, August 25, 2013 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home, 844 Cedar Street, Poplar Bluff, Mo.  The funeral service is scheduled for 1 p.m.  Monday, August 26, 2013 in the chapel with Ron Fowler officiating.  Burial will be in Black Creek Cemetery.

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Charles Eugene Whittenburg

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Charles “Butch” Eugene Whittenburg, 66, of Caruthersville, Mo., passed away Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at the St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Mr. Whittenburg was born February 20, 1947 to Charlie and Ona Mae (Spangler) Whittenburg, at Poplar Bluff.  A self-employed construction contractor, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and watching television.

On September 30, 1984 he married Fay E. (Dinkins) Whittenburg at Peach Orchard. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include his children, Charles James Whittenburg, Jenifer Dawn Neal, and step-daughter, Pennie Moore; his mother, Ona Mae Whittenburg; 2 sisters, Patsy Harlan and Deborah Hicks, as well as 8 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father and a sister, Ona Marie Whittenburg.

Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, August 23, 2013, followed by funeral services at 12 noon at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home, 844 Cedar Street, Poplar Bluff, Mo., with Rev. Calvin Buhler officiating.  Burial will be in the Poplar Bluff City Cemetery.

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Virginia Medling

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Virginia Medling, 91, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at her home.  Mrs. Medling was born July 9, 1922 in Butler County to the late Charley and Erma (Helvey) Dunlap.  A resident of Poplar Bluff, she lived in St. Louis for 40 years before returning to Butler County. 

On July 17, 1944 she married James Arthur Medling in Poplar Bluff.  He preceded her in death February 10, 2012.

She was a member of Living Word Baptist Church and was very active in Eastern Star, and past Worthy Matron in Florissant, Mo., Chapter 161 and Poplar Bluff Chapter 344.  She was also a  grand officer in 1995. She volunteered as a teacher’s aid at Pilgrim’s Rest Christian School. A 1940 graduate of Naylor High School, she worked as a stenographer at the army base in Malden, during World War II.  She and her daughter, Peggy, were active in Girl Scouts in the 1950’s and 60’s. 

She is survived by her daughter, Margaret “Peggy” Krash; a sister, Dessie Mirtz; a grandson, Paul Krash; a great-granddaughter, Tori Krash; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Also preceding her in death include a brother Homer Dunlap and ten sisters, Opal Redford, Verneal McGruder, Virgie Arnold, Marjorie Redford, Ruth Davis, Wilma Lawless, Angie Lawless, Lillian Allen, Essie Dunlap and Bessie Dunlap and son-in-law, Ronald D. Krash.

Visitation will held from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, August 17, 2013, at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff.  Funeral services will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, August 18, 2013 in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Donnie Emmons officiating.  Burial will be in the Kinsey Cemetery.

Memorial may be made to Lydia’s House, P.O. Box 2722, St. Louis, Mo., 63116 



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Roger D. Robinson

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Roger D. Robinson, 70, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away from this life suddenly and unexpectedly on Wednesday, August 14, 2013.  He was born on October 14, 1942 to G.L. and Hazel Robinson of Oil Trough, Ar.  Roger was a rugged athlete, playing football for the Poplar Bluff Mules before attending School of the Ozarks. 

On January 11, 1963, he married Melvaline Leach of Success, Ar.  They had three children, Diane (Paul) Porter of St. Charles, Mo., Gary (Jana) Robinson and Carol Cook of Poplar Bluff, Mo.  He had five grandchildren, Zach Robinson, Jordan Baker, Savana Robinson, Jacob Porter and Molly Cook; as well as two great-grandchildren, Aubrey Grubbs and Cash Baker. Mr. Robinson is also survived by two brothers, Gerry (Sandy) Robinson of Poplar Bluff and Billy Joe Robinson and one sister, Mary Robinson, both of Sands Springs, Ok.

He is preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Donna Potts of Skiatook, Ok.

Roger was a master electrician, certified in earthquake preparedness, charter member of the Wappapello Bass Masters and past chair of the Planning and Zoning Committee for the city of Poplar Bluff.  He was employed for 18 years by the City Light and Water department, working as a journeyman lineman.  He then worked for Doctors Hospital and after the merger, Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center a combined 28 years. In these positions, he supervised many departments at various times including, laundry, security, building and grounds maintenance and special construction projects.  He retired in 2003.

Roger was always active and his greatest passion beyond family was bass fishing.  He was well known as a sportsman and won numerous tournaments.  He also enjoyed coaching youth, especially baseball and soccer.  He loved God and worshipped at the Green Forest Church of Christ. 

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, August 16, 2013 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff.  Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 17, 2013 in the funeral home chapel with Greg Carman officiating. 

Memorials may be made to the Paragould Children’s Home, 5515 Walcott Road, Paragould, Ar. 72450.

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Betty Louise Cawley

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Betty Louise Cawley, 80, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Thursday, August 8, 2013 at the Mark Twain Caring Center.

Mrs. Cawley was born January 27, 1933 in Granite City, Ill. to the late Dock and Nina (Conner) Mathenia.  She was a homemaker and enjoyed embroidery and watching “Castle” on television.

On September 18, 1954 she married William David Cawley.  He preceded her in death in 2005.

Survivors include her children, Janette Kanell of Poplar Bluff, Shirley Tatro of Warren, Michigan, Luevade Posey and Glen of Kempner, Texas, Glenn Cawley and Lisa of Fairhaven, Vermont, Casey Cawley and Kim of Poplar Bluff, Kathleen Fain and David of Poplar Bluff; one sister, Gladys Butler of Bethalto, Ill.; as well as 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Also preceding her in death were a daughter, Bonnie Louise, who died in 1958. 

Visitation for Mrs. Cawley will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday August 12, 2013 followed by funeral services at 10 a.m. at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home, 844 Cedar St., Poplar Bluff, Mo., with Elder John Walker officiating.  Burial in the Poplar Bluff City Cemetery.

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Harold Calvin Gillihan

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Harold “Loyd” Calvin Gillihan, 75, of Wappapello, Mo.,  passed away on August 8, 2013, at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Gillihan was born July 28, 1938, in Little Rock, Ark.  He served in the U.S. Navy and was a retired truck driver.

Survivors include two brothers, John Gillihan of Springfield, Mo., and Ronnie Gillihan of Poplar Bluff; his children, Clyfton Southard  of Wappapello, Shawn Southard of Paragould, Ark., Angela  Childress of Holland Mich., and Calvin Gillihan of Shelbyville, Mich.; 23 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was a cherished uncle to Teresa Campion and Jason Gillihan and will be truly missed.  He also leaves behind two of his most special friends, Chester and Sarah, of Ehrenberg, Ariz., who knew him as “Cornbread”. 

Preceding him in death were his parents William and Ruby Gillihan and four brothers, Rudell, James, Dempsey and Thurl Gillihan.

A memorial service was held  August 10, 2013, in  Poplar Bluff, Mo.


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Carney Johnson

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Carney Johnson, 81, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Tuesday,  August 6, 2013, at the Westwood Hills Heathcare.

Mr. Johnson was born March 27, 1932, in Poplar Bluff, to the late Marshall and Sarah (Spencer) Johnson.  He enjoyed fishing, gardening, reading and cooking. 

Survivors include his children, Portia Johnson, Marshall Johnson and Aaron Johnson; one sister, Lela McDonald and one brother, Frankie Johnson, as well as three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Also preceding him in death are three sisters, Cordelia Johnson, Clara Johnson and Evelyn Johnson and one brother, Cecil Johnson.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.  Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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Judy Harwell

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Judy Harwell, 70, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Monday, August 5, 2013, at the Westwood Hills Healthcare.

Mrs. Harwell was born July 19, 1943, in Florence, S.C., to the late Martin and Floread Jackson.   She retired from Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center, where she worked in Labor & Delivery.  She was a member of Temple Baptist Church and enjoyed working.

On November 8, 1974 she married Clyde Harwell in Doniphan, Mo.  He preceded her in death July 16, 2012.

Survivors include her children, Sandy Hatchell, Allen Shaw, Steven Shaw, Stanley Shaw and Dora Burns; two step-children, Rose Marie Jones and Janis Hale; one sister, Edna Cooley and one brother, Jim Jackson, as well as six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 

A memorial visitation will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, August 10, 2013 followed by funeral services at 10 a.m., at Temple Baptist Church, 1813 Barron Rd. Poplar Bluff, Mo.  Rev. Steve Patterson and Bill Rhames will officiate.

The family request memorials be made to UCAN, 1419 Maud Street, Poplar Bluff, Mo. 63901 or Temple Baptist Church 1813 Barron Rd Poplar Bluff ,Mo.63901

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