Archive for June 2014

Gerry Buffington

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Gerry Daniel Buffington, 47, of Poplar Bluff, Mo.,  died Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at his home.  He was born October 12, 1966, in Poplar Bluff, to Alta Dunlap Buffington and the late Vernon Buffington. 

Gerry Dan was a member of First Baptist Church but also attended services at the VA Chapel with good friend Chaplain Bill Hatch, and became close to many there. He was a graduate of Poplar Bluff High, an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan, enjoyed talking on the phone, reading, watching his roses grow, and was especially close to his nephew Cody Buffington, who shared his life with Gerry Dan every day. 

He is survived by his mother, Alta Dunlap Buffington; brother Gary Vernon Buffington of Poplar Bluff; two sisters, Gayla Buffington Pruett (Bloyce) of Pleasant Hill, Mo. and Glenda Buffington Bell (Steve) of Batesville, Ark., 5 nephews, Corey Vernon Buffington (Chyanne) of Fairdealing, Mo., Cody Dillon Buffington of Poplar Bluff, Benjamin Dale Pruett (Becky) of Pleasant Hill, Steven Lenehan Bell, Jr. (Ann) of Charleston, S.C. , and John Buffington Bell of Springdale, Ark.; one niece, Flesha Pruett Billmeier of Ohio; 4 great-nephews, Montana and James Buffington of Fairdealing, Brandon Pruett of Pleasant Hill and Kaleb Billmeier of Ohio; and many aunts, uncles and cousins also survive. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Vernon Buffington; his maternal grandparents, Homer and Mary Deckard Dunlap; and paternal grandparents, Claude Buffington Sr. and Mollie Allison Buffington. 

The family would like to say thank you to Gerry Dan’s special caregivers, Matthew Brown and Bessie McRoy.

Visitation will begin at 1p.m. Saturday, June 14, 2014 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home, Poplar Bluff, Mo. followed by funeral services at 2p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Chaplain Bill Hatch officiating.  Burial will be in Kinsey Cemetery in Harviell, Mo.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Shriners Children’s Hospital, 2001 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, Mo. 63131


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Rose Vinson

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Rose Vinson, 70, of Poplar Bluff, Mo. passed away Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at her residence. 

Mrs. Vinson was born August 10, 1943 in Poplar Bluff, to the late Arlie and Elva (Gossett) Robinson.

A member of Eagles 3730, she was a homemaker and had been a cook at Tower Restaurant. She enjoyed playing bingo, cooking and animals.   

Mrs. Vinson was previously married to Donald Vinson, who survives. She is also survived by her 4 children, Pamela Baker, Debra Vinson, Duane Vinson and Tina Vinson-Powers and adopted daughter, Diana Kammerer; 3  sisters, Donna Malone, Barbara Ward and Glenda Clark, one brother, Gary Provance; 11 grandchildren, and 30 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents as well as a sister, Candy Brown and brother, Jimmy Dale Provance and two great-granchildren, Alizsa Vinson and Jonathan Carroll.

Visitation will be held from1-2:30p.m.Friday, June 13, 2014 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home.  A graveside service will follow at 3p.m. at Duley Cemetery, with Chaplain Ken McAnulty and Rev. Everett Gunter officiating

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Gertrude Dillinger

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

Gertrude Marguerite Dillinger, 80, of Dexter, Mo., passed away Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the Cypress Point Skilled Nursing Home in Dexter, Mo. 

Mrs. Dillinger was born June 9, 1933, at Dudley, Mo, where she spent most of her life before moving to Dexter.

She was a homemaker who enjoyed crocheting, cooking, growing flowers and feeding birds and was a member of the Dexter Church of Christ.

She married Carl Freddie Dillinger on September 23, 1950, in Piggott, Ark. He preceded her in death on June 20, 1999.

Survivors include five daughters, Sharlette Kirkman (David) of Poplar Bluff, Mo., Belinda Hribovsek (Bill) of Dexter, Arlessa Russell (Kenneth) of Dudley, Lora Sissum (David) of Dexter and Catherine Rider (Bruce) of Cape Girardeau, Missouri; one son, Carl Dillinger Jr. (Cona) of Wappapello, Mo.; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Obie Hale and Henrietta Louise Hale and four sisters.

A GRAVESIDE service will begin at 10am Monday, June 9, 2014 in Dudley Cemetery with Travis Quertermous officiating.

Arrangement made by Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

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Elda L. Harlan

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Elda Louise Harlan, 89, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Wednesday, June 4, 2014.

Elda was born August 17, 1924 in Neelyville, Mo., to DeWitt and Eva Kittredge. 

On November 15, 1943, she married James Wesley Harlan.

She retired from Three Rivers College cafeteria, as head cook in 1992, where most athletes and staff called her “Mom”.  Her favorite times were spent with family, friends and most especially her grandchildren.  She set an example for us all on how to be the best mother and grandmother ever.  Elda never met a stranger and before very long friends turned into “family”.  She was a great and loving role model to every heart she touched.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter, Bonnie Hill, sister, Edna Breznik and three brothers, Warren Kittredge, Russell Kittredge and Jimmie Bishop.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda French (Harvey) of Harviell; son, Alan Harlan (Alesia) of Doniphan; son-in-law, Gene Hill of Poplar Bluff; sister, Gloria Stevens of Fenton; 10 grandchildren, Darlene Shackleford (Kevin), Linda Lea Oesterreicher (Paul), Jim French (Darla), John French, (Niki), Joe French (Pinar), Lisa French, Jerry French, Laura Rush, Wesley Harlan, (Yolanda) and Jessie Harlan along with 25 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will begin at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 7, 2014, followed by funeral services at 3p.m. at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff.  Bishop Matt Brooks will officiate and assisted by Pastor Todd Taylor.  Burial will be held in Memorial Gardens.



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Alice R. Minton

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Alice R. Minton, 60, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Sunday, June 1, 2014 at her residence. 

Mrs. Minton was born November 10, 1953, in St. Louis, Mo.,to the late Vernon and Naomi Zimmer. 

Mrs. Minton was a homemaker.  She was married to Hollis Minton, who survives. 

Also surviving are children, Scott Zimmer and Corey Bertman; a sister, Robin Arthur; a brother, Michael Zimmer and one grandchild, Trinity Zimmer. 

Mrs. Minton was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers; Glenn, Curt and Kenny Zimmer.

Visitation will be 2-3pm Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home 844 Cedar St. Poplar Bluff.  A GRAVESIDE service will begin at 3:30 pm at Berger Cemetery Oglesville, Mo., with Rev. Gene Riddle officiating.


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