Archive for May 2014

Edward Joseph Pirc

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Our beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather Edward Pirc, 90,of Neelyville, Mo., passed away at his home on December 20, 2012 at 3:30 p.m.

He was born on March 3, 1933 in Neelyville, the younger of two children to parents Anton and Sophie (Susterich) Pirc. Both were Austrian born immigrants of Slovenian Nationality, who along with sister Josephine Hribovsek preceded him in death. Edward married Bessie Delaney in 1951 and shared 59 years until she preceded him in death on Dec. 12, 2010. As a lifelong resident of Neelyville, Edward remained interested and participative in the local community and farming activities. He had been a Farm Bureau member since 1942, lifelong member of Woodmen of the World organization, and had served a term on the District 7 Drainage Board in an effort to reduce local farmland drainage issues. In the early 1950s he served on the school board for  Hart School located north of Neelyville, which was later merged in to the Neelyville School District in the early 1960’s.  Many years after services were dicontinued, the St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, which had been located on the family property for over 70 years, was donated to the town of Neelylville by Edward and is currently managed by the Neelyville Historical Society and houses a number of the town’s documents.

When anyone would ask Edward what his hobbies were, his response would always be the same- farming. However, in later years he would dabble in various woodworking projects as well as his scrap metal “farm art” creations, a favority piece  being his Wizard of Oz “Tin Man” mailbox. Well known for his sense of humor and sharp wit, when anyone had a converstation with Edward, you never know what kind of funny zinger he was going to come out with. He very much enjoyed recounting stories of the early days of the Slovenian settlement to the local area, and up until the time of his death, could recall in vivid detail all the local area settlers stemming back to the early 1930’s as well as farming practices from team and wagon to the introduction of tractors.

Edward’s  immediate survivors include son, John Elsworth and wife, Norma of Corning, Arkansas; daughter Kathy Hefner and husband, Charles of Sherman, Texas and Patricia Hart of Phoenix, Arizona. He also leaves eight grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren and three nieces; a son, Charles Edward, preceded him in death in 2003.

Arrangememts are with Fowler-Sullivan Memorial Chapel of Neelyville, Mo. Visitation will begin for all friends and family from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, December 22, 2012, with final services to be held in the funeral home chapel on Sunday, December 23, 2012  at 2 p.m., Donnie Fowler officiating. Edward will be laid to rest at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Poplar Bluff, Mo. He was always the family rock, inspiration, and story teller and will miss him dearly.

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Kenneth Lee Barker

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Kenneth Lee Barker, 70, of Springfield, Mo., died Sunday, May 25, 2014 at Cox Medical Center South in Springfield, Missouri.

He was born October 17, 1943 In Neelyville, Mo.. he servied in the United States Army. Mr. barke was a steel fabricator. He was well known for his fabrication work, making ornamental gates and putting things together.

He is survived by a brother, David (Trudy) Barker of Hollister, Missouri; two sisters-in-law, Ima Jean Barker of Neelyville, and Patsy Jones of Rector, Ark. and serveral nieces and nephews.

Mr. Barker was preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Dora Sherrill Barker; a sister, Viola Walker, and two brothers, Floyd and Eugene Barker.

A  memorial visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the Fowler-Sullivan Memorial Chapel of Neelyville, Missouri. There will be no service. Burial will be at Coon Island  Cemetery.

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Frank Sidney Smody

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Frank Sidney Smody, 59, of Neelyille died Saturday, May 24, 2014, at his home. Mr. Smody, a faithful christian, was born April 8, 1955, in Poplar Bluff, Mo. He was a farmer and co-owner of Smody Farms. He enjoyed his family, antique tractors, collecting toy farm equipment and farming. He was a member of the executive board of C.C.S.B.A. Sidney also attened First Baptist Church of Harviell, where he was a deacon and Sunday school superintendent.

On March 28, 1975, he married Faye Langston at Harviell, Mo. She survives. Also surviving are a son, Shawn Smody and Jamie of Grandin, Mo.; two daughters, Kari Smody and Sonya Smody, both of Neelyville, Mo.; one sister, Jana Boyd and husband, George Boyd III, of Springfield, Mo., and one brother Michael S. Smody and wife, Pat of Neelyville, Mo.; two grandchildren, Shane Smody and Sydney Smody: nephews, nieces, and many other in-laws and a special friend, Banjo.

He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Smody Jr., on Jan. 1 2012, and mother, Thelma Jane Chatman Smody, on January 23, 1999; and one nephew, Michael Steven Smody II.

Visitation will begin at 6 p.m, Friday May 30, 2014, at Fowler-Sullivan Memorial Chapel in Neelyville. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 a.m. Saturday May 31, 2014, at the funeral home. Officiating will be Rev. Tommy Knodell assisted by Rev. Drew Simmons. Burial will be in Dunning Cemetery.

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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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Categories : Obituaries

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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Amy Lorene Hastings

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Amy Lorene Hastings, 39, of Doniphan, Missouri, passed away at her residence on May 15, 2014. She was born June 19, 1974, at Pocahontas, Arkansas to Gary E. Hastings of Doniphan, Missouri and Polly Jones O’Neal of Clarkton, Mo.

She is survivied by her children: Heather Shafer of Malden, Mo., Cody Hastings of Doinphan, Mo. , Nathaniel Whitlock and Brienna Whitlock both of Doniphan, Mo. One grand-daughter, Grave Shafer, one sister, Starsh King of Doniphan and one brother, Gary Hastings also of Doniphan, Mo. Amys’ Grandparents; Frances Anderson and Thelma Brown.

She was preceded in death by her grandfathers; Eugene Jones and William Hastings.

A resident of Doniphan for the past two years, Amy was a homemaker, she had served as mayor of Tallapoosa, Mo. she enjoyed fishing, family history , reading crafts and religious theolgy and was a  loving Mother. She  was of Non Denominal faith and enjoyed visiting churches.

Services for Amy was May 17, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. in the Fowler-Sullivan Memorial Chapel Inc. of Neelyville, Missouri. Burial was in the Shirley Cemetery of Doniphan, Missouri following services. Sister Cathy White officiated.

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Elsie Priscilla Stout

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Elsie Priscilla Stout, 86, of Poplar Bluff Mo., died Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. She was born Oct. 28, 1927 in Potosi, Mo.

On March 19, 1948, she married Russell Stout in Piggott, Ark. He died May 3, 2008. Mrs Stout is survived by two daughters; Hazel Wagner and husband, Victor, of Naylor, Mo., and Clara Mare Ellsworth and husband, Jerry, of Poplar Bluff; four grandchildren: Chrystal McNew, Jamie Murray, Amy Hays and Jennifer L. Smith, and 10 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Stout was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Howard and Clara Disney; two sisters: Frances Smith and Agness “Tootie” Stout; and grandson, Richard.

Mrs. Stout’s hobbies were: quilting, flowers and embroidery. She was a member of Trinity Pentecostal Church in Neelyville.

Visititaion will be after 6 p.m. Friday at Fowler-Sullivan Memorial Chapel in Neelyville. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in the chapel with Pastor Nancy Campbell officiating. Burial will be a Cochran cemetery

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James Junior Collins

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

James Junior Collins, 69, of Oxly Mo., died Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at his residence.
Mr. Collins worked at a sawmill as a sawyer. He was born April 1, 1945 in Butler County. His hobbies included mowing yards, working on the Hvam cemetery, cutting wood, and drinking coffee.
Survivors include one sister, Helen Crawford of Neelyville, Mo.; two brothers, Clarence Ray Collins of Oxly, Mo., and William Collins of Poplar Bluff Mo.; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death are his parents, Bert Collins and Lucille Stafford, and two brothers, Elmer Wayne Collins and Robert Collins.
Services will began with visitation at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, May 24, 2014 at Fowler-Sullivan Memorial Chapel and the funeral service at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the chapel. Burial will be at Hvam Cemetery.

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