Archive for March 2014

Ellen Boyer

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Ellen Boyer, 70, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Sunday, March 30, 2014 at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Boyer was born December 4, 1943.  She was a homemaker and enjoyed reading and gardening. 

On September 8, 1960 she married Jimmy Wayne Boyer.  He preceded her in death April 27, 2010.

She is survived by her children, Tina Boyer, Tammy Murray, Terry Boyer, Tawana Barger, and Tonya Maddux; grandchildren, Jamie Maddux, Greg Barger, Kyle Barger, Isabella Barger and Dustin Maddux; great-grandchild, Xander Barger.  

She is also preceded in death by her father, Vernon Brock and mother, Marie (Clark) Brock-Sanders.  

Visitation will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff.  Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2014 in the chapel with Ron Fowler officiating.  Burial in Memorial Gardens.

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Charles “Tom” Mansfield

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Charles Thomas “Tom” Mansfield, 80, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Monday, March 24, 2014, at his home.

Mr. Mansfield was born May 25, 1933, in East St. Louis, Illinois, to the late Charles D. and Stella (Lydy) Mansfield.   He retired from the United States Air Force and later worked at Gates Rubber for 10 years.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and camping. 

On December 31, 1977 he married Sue (Klinkhardt) Mansfield.  She survives.

He is also survived by children, Audrey Batson, Cindy Piroli, Sherry Smith, Charles Thomas Mansfield Jr. and two step-children, David Duckworth and Gina Carter; one brother, Danny Mansfield; 17 grandchildren, Amie Hays, Timothy Krishna, Patrick Krishna, Kristy Hornbeck, Kelly Downs, Christopher Piroli, Wendy Piroli, Casey Frish, Kerey Smith, Amber Maples, Ashley Maples, Robert Rowland, Charles Thomas Mansfield III, Alexis Mansfield, Madelaine Mansfield, Matthew Mansfield, and Maura Mansfield; 11 great-grandchildren and 6 step-great-grandchildren.

Two daughters, Barbara Wyrick and Diane Rowland also precede him in death.

Visitation will begin at 12 p.m. (noon) Sunday, March 30, 2014 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home, in Poplar Bluff, followed by funeral services at 1 p.m.  Audrey Batson will officiate.  Burial in Memorial Gardens in Poplar Bluff with full military honors.


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Paula Van Hoff

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Paula Van Hoff, 63, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.

Ms. Van Hoff was born April 14, 1950, in Hillmar, California, to the late Peter VanHoff and Vida Pauline (Brewer) VanHoff.

She enjoyed sewing and quilting and was a member of the Mo. Star Quilters from 1983-1990.

Survivors include her children, Nick Nesbitt (Donna), Pete Bennett (Sandy) all of Fisk, Mo., Anna Vaughn (William), and Charles Spencer (Heather) all of Poplar Bluff; her grandchildren, Terri, Zack, Jacob, Heather, Ryan, Desra, Danny, Eric, Craig, Alex, and Tessa;  great-grandchildren, Mackenzie, Mariah, Kylee, Kevin, Kadence, Keonna, Ser’ron, and Preston; son-in-law; Curtis Mills, and a special friend, Debbie Crawford.

Also preceding her in death, a daughter; Angie Bennett, who passed in July 2002; one brother, Peter Van Hoff Jr.; as well as one sister, Nellie Marie Stlultz.  

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 11am, at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home, in Poplar Bluff. Funeral Service will follow at 1pm in the chapel, with Jack Armor officiating. Internment will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Campbell, Missouri.

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Lula Davis

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Lula Davis, 69, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at her home.

Ms. Davis was born December 4, 1944 in Portageville, Mo. She enjoyed listening to music, family gatherings and going to parks.  She was a cook at Mingo Job Corp.

Survivors include her children, Veronica Davis, Chris Davis, and Leonard Davis all of Poplar Bluff  and Marcie Davis of Springfield, Mo.; her grandchildren, Ebony Brown, Kristain Davis, Tyler Davis, Dominick Davis, Matthew Davis, Steven Jackson Jr., Jalen Anders, Terrance Draggs Jr., Alex Collins, Keva Dozier, and Adrian Davis; and one brother, Lawrence Jones, of Poplar Bluff.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Keva Davis, who passed in 2009.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 31, 2014 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff with Rev. Gary McCain officiating.  Burial will follow in the City Cemetery.

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Bonnie Ryan

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Bonnie Jean Ryan, 83, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Friday, March 21, 2014 at the Mark Twain Caring Center.

Mrs. Ryan was born May 7, 1930, in Qulin, Mo., to the late Ralph and Beatrice Hargrove. She was of the Baptist faith. She had worked at Smiley Container, in Poplar Bluff,  for 20 years.  She enjoyed watching Elvis and science fiction movies, and loved being with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.   

On July 8, 1976, she was married to Jim Ryan in Poplar Bluff.  He survives.  She was previously married to Cleo Drew, who preceded her in death. 

Also surviving include two children, Lanny Drew (Pat) and Cheryl Crouch (Roger); two sisters, Brenda Sandlin (Roy) and Peggy Black; two brothers, Teddy Hargorve (Peggy) and Tommy Hargrove (Wanda); four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Jimmy  Laverne Drew and brother-in-law, Rip Black.

Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, March 24, 2014 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff with the funeral to follow at 1 p.m. Brother Calvin Ham Jr. will officiate.  Burial will be in the Qulin Cemetery. 


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Dorothy May Carlson

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Dorothy May (Hammond) Carlson, 89, passed away peacefully, in her home, Thursday, March 20, 2014.
A member of the Poplar Bluff, Mo., community for 45 years, Dorothy was a very well respected and admired woman whose kindness touched everyone who met her. Mrs. Carlson was a Scout den mother, attended numerous school plays, performances and recitals, and had the flair to be able to whip up a unique costume out of almost anything. Her sweet smile, genuine compassion, infectious laugh, and strong belief in the power of prayer will be greatly missed, yet fondly remembered. Her daily devotions always included prayers for her family, friends, community, country, the world, and finally, herself.
Throughout her eventful life, Dorothy held many important and interesting positions and careers. For instance, she once was the secretary for the Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court, a real estate agent/broker, director of the Edgewood Children’s Home in Poplar Bluff, mental health advocate, clerk for the Poplar Bluff License Bureau, and most recently she was a valued member of the Daily American Republic newsroom. She was also involved with several community volunteer organizations, which include spending countless hours with RSVP and the Auxiliary division of Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Carlson was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan who would turn off the television when she disagreed with plays or calls. She was a formidable opponent when it came to Scrabble, and often stayed up until the wee hours of the morning with good friend Wilma Key, making words and counting points. Dorothy had a fantastic command of language and grammar, could figure arithmetic easily in her head, and had a fantastic sense of humor. Traveling, bird watching and finding beauty in all things were some of her favorite activities; however, she was most passionate about music. Dorothy loved to play her piano and organ, and all day long, a song was either whistled, hummed or sung by her. She participated in several community choir events, and was a cherished member of her church choir.
Dorothy was a devoted Christian woman, dearly loved by the congregation of First Presbyterian Church of Poplar Bluff. She served as an elder, Sunday school teacher and held various positions in many of the church’s committees, including being the president of the Presbyterian Women’s Association. Mrs. Carlson was always willing to help with charitable contributions, lending a hand with meals and fellowship refreshments, sponsoring and praying for missionaries and even opened her home for memorable Easter egg hunts for the children of the church and community.
Born May 16, 1924, to Matthew and Martha Hammond, Dorothy was one of seven children. She often spoke of growing up in Colorado, her favorite duty of bringing the cows back across Pinos Creek, and the escapades of her graduating class of 1943. Dorothy’s siblings are Ethel Mellott of Yuma, Ariz. and Soldatna, Alaska; and Matthew Hammond (Eva) of Colorado Springs, Colo., as well as her late brothers and sisters, Leslie and Francis “Joe”, Velma and Etta Marie.
Dorothy and the late Dr. E. C. Carlson moved to Poplar Bluff, Mo., around 1969. Mrs. Carlson took great pride in her family, and instilled the need to be gracious and respectful. She is survived by her children: David Carlson of Shreveport, La.; Lance Carlson of Republic, Mo.; Craig Carlson of Poplar Bluff; and Kerry (Carlson) Stites of Poplar Bluff. Joining her in Heaven are her son, Mark, and daughter, Robin Sue, who both passed away many years before. She loved and is loved by her grandchildren: Matthew (Monica) Carlson, Lindsey Carlson, and Allen and Matthew Bruce, as well as many nieces and nephews scattered across the globe.
We, her family, are saddened by the loss of such an extraordinary and beautiful woman; however, we rejoice in knowing those who have been waiting to hug her in Heaven surround her. She is now singing alto with the Lord’s choir of angels, and will continue to watch over us from afar. Great appreciation goes to the caring nursing staff of Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center and Barnes-Jewish Hospital; Pyramid Home Health Care, Inc.; and Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home of Poplar Bluff.
There will be a small, simple memorial service beginning at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church of Poplar Bluff, followed by a graveside service at 3:30 p.m. at the Poplar Bluff City Cemetery on North Main Street. Pastor Debra Tracy will be in charge services. In lieu of flowers, her family requests donations be made to First Presbyterian Church in honor of Mrs. Dorothy M. Carlson.

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Pansy Spencer

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Pansy L. Spencer, 76, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2014 at her home. 

Mrs. Spencer was born April 26, 1937 in Butler County to the late Fielen and Virgie (Medley) Johnson.  She had worked as a Riverboat cook.  She enjoyed spending time with her family, bird watching and talking about the Lord.  She attended the Bible Baptist Church. 

Survivors include her children, Gail Beck, Angie Spencer, Linda Manes, Carol Kara, and Steve Smith; sister, Kathy Johnson; three brothers, Jim, Jerry and Jack Johnson; 15 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. 

Also preceding her in death are husbands, James Edward Smith and Bill Spencer, as well as one son, James Smith.

Visitation will begin at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home, in Poplar Bluff, followed by a graveside service at 2 p.m. at Brown Chapel Cemetery in Brosley.  Rev. Howard Coleman will officiate.


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David Sadler

Monday, March 17th, 2014

David Sadler, 77, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Sunday, March 16, 2014 at his home.

Mr. Sadler was born November 23, 1936 in Butler County, to the late Shelmer and Maude (Badgley) Sadler.  

He was a retired foreman at Florsheim Shoe and enjoyed fishing, knife collecting, and nature watching.  He was a member of Abundant Life Christian Center.

On August 15, 1958 he married Gracie (Kester) Sadler in Poplar Bluff.  She survives.

Other survivors include his children, Charlotte Davis, Tina McIrivin, Teresa Kellums,Susan Andrews, and David Sadler;  one sister, Imogene Landis and brother, Bill Sadler; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home, in Poplar Bluff, followed by graveside service at the City Cemetery.  Pastor David Thomas will officiate.


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Vernon Johnson

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Vernon Gale Johnson, 67, of Fairdealing, Mo., passed away Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Johnson was born October 1, 1946, in Scott Co. Missouri, to the late Jesse and Alfreda Johnson. He was a member of Grace Christian Fellowship in Poplar Bluff and had worked at Three Rivers College. 

On March 20, 1965 he married Cora Jean (Alexander) Johnson,  in Creston, Ill.   She survives.

Other survivors include his children, Lena Conner (Don), Kathy Johnson, Tammy Somers (Harvey), Mary Kisor (James), Edith Randell (Alan Garrison), Crystal Johnson, and two foster children;  4 sisters, Shirley Fields, Faye West, Patsy Nicoloff, and Diane Kime; 4 brothers, Carl, Jesse, Ray, and James Johnson; as well as 18 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

He is also preceded in death by 2 sisters, Thelma Grace and Bernita Patterson and a brother, Wayne Johnson.

Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 15, 2014, at Grace Christian Fellowship, 3200 Warrior Lane, Poplar Bluff, Mo., with Rev. Brian Sharp officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial donations be made to Mo. Wild Horse League, PO Box 415, Eminence, Mo., 65466. 


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Jerry Lee Pullum

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Jerry Lee Pullum, 59, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away March 9, 2014 at his home.

Mr. Pullum was born June 20, 1954 in Poplar Bluff. 

He is survived by his sisters, Linda D. Hewlett and Janet S. Rice; and one brother, Ronald A. Pullum.

His father, Orla A. Pullum and mother, Juryline (Hoxworth) Pullum  both precede him in death.

No services are planned.

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