Archive for May 2014

Virgie A. Diamond

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Virgie A. Diamond (nee Howard), 102, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at Mark Twain Caring Center.

Mrs. Diamond was born April 16, 1912 in Wayne County, Mo.  She was the beloved wife of the late Orville E. Diamond for 72 years. 

She was a member of First Church of God and later attended West Side Church of God.  She was a charter member of the Women’s Missionary Society, a Sunday school teacher, and sang bass in the family quartet and church choir.

Bible study was important as well as being with family and friends.  An excellent seamstress and she made clothes, toys, quilts and crocheted.

Mrs. Diamond enjoyed reading, word puzzles and bowling, winning many medals in the Mid-South Senior Olympics. 

She is survived by two daughters, Paralee Diamond and Yvonne Smith, both of Poplar Bluff; a special first grandchild, Veta Day of Poplar Bluff; one sister, Lora Huddleston of California; and two brothers, Bill Howard of Poplar Bluff and Paul Howard of Texas.  She was also granny to many loving grandchildren, great and great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Diamond was preceded in death by two daughters, Joan Priest and Karyn Winters; one son, Jimmy Diamond; three sisters, Bettie McGath, Laura Porterfield and Mae Grissom; and one brother, Hersel Howard.

Graveside rites will begin at 1 p.m. Friday, May 30, 2014 at Memorial Gardens. 

Memorial may be made to the West Side Church of God or the charity of one’s choice.

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Marie Ledbetter

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Marie Ledbetter, 83, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Monday, May 26, 2014, at the Oakdale Care Center in Poplar Bluff. 

Mrs. Ledbetter was born October 10, 1930 in Hayti, Mo.  She had driven a bus for SMTS and previously for the Carter County Sheltered Workshop. 

She was married to Byron Vaughn Ledbetter.  He survives. 

Also surviving is a son, Greg Smith and 4 step- children, Vernon Ledbetter, Bobby Smith, David Smith and Judy Jones; 8 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. 

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 31, 2014 at Route 2 Box 2682, Ellsinore, Mo. Call 573-300-0420 for directions.

Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff, Mo. in charge of arrangements.

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Colin “Mick” Emmons

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Colin David “Mick” Emmons, 69, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Saturday, May 24, 2014, at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. 

Mr. Emmons was born July 29, 1944, in Benton, Mo., to the late Eugene and Mildred (Angle) Emmons.  He served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War and was an electrician and worked at Proctor and Gambill.  He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, gardening and cooking and was a member of the Southside Assembly of God.

In 1989 he married Mary Geneva Rogers, She survives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; six sisters and four brothers.

He is survived by two sons, Ronald Cochran of Poplar Bluff, and Kayden of the home; one daughter, Yevett Madden of Cape Girardeau; one brother Donald Emmons also of Cape Girardeau; seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff, followed by funeral services at 11 a.m., with Pastor Jerry Lemons officiting.   Burial in Brown Chapel Cemetery, Brosley, Mo., with military honors.

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Authur Gunells

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Arthur Lee Gunells, 66, a lifetime resident of Poplar Bluff., passed away Friday, May 23, 2014 at his residence with his close friend and army buddy Bill Gentry at his side.

Mr. Gunells was born October 27, 1947, in Poplar Bluff.  He had served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the American Legion.  He enjoyed going to the American Legion and watching the St. Louis Cardinals play.

Survivors are his children, Regina Barker and husband, Boomer and Michael Gunells and wife, Angela, and a grandchild, Alicia Barker.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Alberta Gunells and a sister, Debra Gunells.

Visitation will be at 6 p.m. Monday, May 26, 2014 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff.  The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, 2014 in the funeral home chapel.  Burial will be in Memorial Gardens with military honors.

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David Brent Colter

Monday, May 19th, 2014

David Brent Colter, 52, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Sunday, May 18, 2014 at his residence.

Mr. Colter was born October 12, 1961, in Poplar Bluff ,to the late Leonard and Lorraine Colter. He worked as a boat mechanic and could do most anything.  He enjoyed building and racing boats and loved being a Dad.

He is survived by his children, Shelby Colter and William Colter; his sisters, Kathy Gibbs (Terry), Carol Keeney, Linda Faust (Ed), Elaine Lannom (Lanny), Karen Rodery, JoAnn Pierce (Dennis); his brothers, Alan Colter, Gary Colter (Debbie); one sister-in-law, Gail Colter and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Imogene Clark and brother, James Dale Colter and three nephews.

Visitation will be held at 11 a.m.  Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff,  followed by funeral services at 2 p.m, with Rev. Ralph Mayes and Shane Mallard officiating. Burial in the the Duley Cemetery in Poplar Bluff.

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Jimmie M. Bishop

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Jimmie M. Bishop, 76, of Williamsville, Mo. passed away May 19, 2014 at his residence. 

Mr. Bishop was born August 18, 1937 in Poplar Bluff, Mo. He was of the General Baptist faith.  He served in the United States Air Force from 1956 to 1960 and a member of the Eagles and American Legion. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and golf and was a truck driver

Survivors include his 5 children, Diane Kiefer (Dennis), Dee Brooks, Dawn Bishop, Jimmie Bishop II, and Greg “Boomer” Kammerer; 2 brothers, Wayne and Ricky Bishop, as well as 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Bishop and Mildred Tarpley-Bishop and a daughter Debbie Hanner, who passed away November 28, 2013.

Visitation will be held from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, May21, 2014, followed by funeral service at 8 p.m., at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff.  Rev. Keith Luke will officiate.  A full military honors service will be held Friday, May 23, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the Mo. State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield, Mo.


In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home

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Frank Earl Jr.

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Frank Earl Jr., 75, of Alton,Ill., passed away Monday, May 5, 2014, at his home. He was a Poplar Bluff resident.

Mr. Earl was born June 29, 1938, at Earl, Arkansas, to the late Frank Earl Sr. and Callie Lee (Rice) Earl.  He retired as a steel labor mechanic and enjoyed gardening, fishing, singing and playing the guitar.  He was of the Baptist faith and served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. 

On October 8, 2013 he married JoAnn (Thomas) Earl in Poplar Bluff, Mo.  She survives.

He is also survived by his children, Annette Earl, Ida Earl, Kevin Earl, Latisha Earl-Holloway, Frankie Johnson and Frank Earl lll; five sisters, Mary J Earl, Pricilla “Peaches” Earl-Newbern, Jean Earl-Wise, Quencella Earl- Ridgeway and Malliah Earl- Marant; two brothers, Charles Ricky Earl and Lorenzo “Butch” Earl; as well as nine grandchildren. 

Visitation will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff, Mo., followed by funeral service at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. Johnny Williams officiating. Burial will be in the Poplar Bluff City Cemetery.

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Mary Faughn

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Mary Dollie (Loy) Faughn, 89, of Odessa, Mo., formerly of Poplar Bluff, died May 12, 2014. 

Mary was born January 4, 1925, in Sommersville, Mo., to the late Edwin R. Loy and Osa Mae (Thomason) Loy. 

On January 10, 1944 she married James G. Faughn, in Piggott, Arkansas.  He preceded her in death in 2006.

Mrs. Faughn is survived by her children and their families, Robert and Alice (Faughn) Deskins of Lee’s Summit, Mo., son, John Deskins preceded in death; Harold Faughn and children Beth and Chris of Jefferson City, Mo.; James “Mark” and Terrie (Hellums) Faughn, and their children, Scott and Sierra of Poplar Bluff; Iva Ann Eggert and daughters, Amber of Odessa, Mo. and Shaundel of California.  A daughter who preceded her in death in 2003, Margaret Sue’s children, Kimberly and Shane of Arizona also survive. Others include a sister, Rebecca (Loy) Dills of St. Louis, Mo., and one brother, Henry and Shirley Loy of St. Louis; 9 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 16, 2014, at the Poplar Bluff City Cemetery with Bishop Kent Miller officiating

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James A. “Jim” Smith

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

James A. “Jim” Smith, 92, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away May 8, 2014, in Madison, Alabama.

 Mr. Smith was born September 19, 1921, in Hunter, Missouri, to the late Fred Smith and Cassie Bowman Smith.

 By age 14, he had already fallen in love with Maxine Jordan, with whom he would spend more than 70 years. They were married on December 5, 1943, in Tonopah, Nevada. His dear Maxine preceded him in death by only 22 days.

 Mr. Smith served in the U.S Air Force during World War II. He was a retired salesman with the Blackwell Baldwin auto dealership in Poplar Bluff, and a member of First Baptist Church.

 Survivors include his daughter, Carol Smith Cook (Harold) of Madison, Alabama; three grandchildren, Shannon Cook Glass (Craig) of Arlington, Texas, Erin Cook Schrage (Steve) of St. Louis, Missouri, and Allison Cook of Huntsville, Alabama; and seven great-grandchildren, Jenna Glass, Andrew Glass, Anna Schrage, Rachel Schrage, Kyra Schrage, Mark Schrage and Daniel Schrage.

 Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, as well as his son, James Dean “Jay” Smith, and brother, Larry Smith.

 Visitation will be held at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, May 11, 2014 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff. A memorial service will follow at 2:00 p.m., with Dr. William Vail officiating.


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James Dowd

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

James Lester Dowd, 75, of Broseley, Mo., passed away Sunday, May 4, 2014, at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. 

Mr. Dowd was born October 12, 1938, in St. Louis, Mo.  He was a member of Westwood Baptist Church.  He was an ordained minister for 40 years and pastored different Baptist churches in the area. He loved reading his Bible and watching St. Louis Cardinal Baseball.

On October 11, 1958 he married Shirley (Williams) Dowd, in Poplar Bluff.  She survives.

Also surviving are his daughter, Cindy Walters (Roger); three grandchildren, Summer Lynne Bruhn (Brady), Lance Walters (Caitlin) and Megan Walters;  two great-grandchildren, Gracyn Rae Bruhn and Brooks Dean Bruhn.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Monroe Dowd and Rosetta (Timmons) Dowd. 

Visitation wil be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014, at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff followed by the memorial service at 10:30 a.m. with Dr. Steve Proctor officiating.

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