Archive for July 2014


Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Lauren D’ior Thomas was stillborn July 30, 2014 at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.

She is survived by her father, Larrecus Thomas and mother, Nelena Nelson; grandparents, Lowerstine Nelson-Green and Oscar Green and Dianna and Larry Thomas; brothers, Lamarius, Lamontez, Maurice, and LaKaius Thomas; sisters: Anaya and Xyxy Thomas, all of Poplar Bluff.

There will be an Eternity memorial service at noon Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff, with Pastor William Johnson officiating  and words of encouragement by  Deacon Charles Thomas.

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Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Randy Joe Kirk “Ziggy”, 52, of Wappapello, Mo. died Wednesday July 30, 2014 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, as a result of an auto accident.

Mr. Kirk was born April 20, 1962 in Beatrice, Nebraska to William E. Kirk and the late Marjorie V. Cawood-Kirk, who preceded him in death June 20, 2004.

Mr. Kirk was a member of Aggressive Ministries Church in Washington and a member of Christian Motorcycle Association.

He was a contractor for Allison Construction and enjoyed motorcycles and the outdoors.

October 29, 1999 he married Sherry Spitler-Kirk in Ellensburg, Washington and she survives.  Also surviving are 4 children, Samantha Constance, Adam Moore, Bobby Mangrum Jr. and Mike Spitler and wife, Sarah; 3 sisters, Dolly Markham and husband, Grayson, Brenda Dortch and husband, Eddie and Susan Kirk and Bruce Hindman; 2 grandchildren: Christian Spitler and Charles Spitler; nephews, Scott Markham, Carl Markham and Eddie Dortch and wife, Whitney; nieces, Lacey McClintock and husband, Jeremy and Jessica Deffendall and husband, Justin; great-nephews, Thomas Markham, Trevor McClintock, Skyler McClintock, Collin Dortch, Dalton Markham, Dalton Markham, and Austin Markham; great-nieces, Macey McClintock and Mila Grace Deffendall.

Memorial visitation will be 4:30 p.m. Monday, August 4, 2014 at First Church of God Hwy 67 South in Poplar Bluff with memorial service to follow at 5:30 p.m. at the church.  Donations may be made to Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home 844 Cedar St. Poplar Bluff, MO 63901



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Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Debra Million, 57, of Poplar Bluff went to Heaven Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at her home surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Million was born April 27, 1957 to J.L. McGarrity and Veda Nagy in Poplar Bluff, MO.  They survive.

On Feb. 15, 1974 she married Charles Merl Million in Poplar  Bluff, MO he survives

Mrs. Million worked as a customer service/sales associate at JC Penny.  She was an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan, she enjoyed cooking, baking and looking through recipe books, but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family.  Especially the grandchildren and her special little pal Jackson.

Besides her parents and husband, she is survived by a daughter Beth Gilmore and husband Stacy, a son C.J. Million and fiancé Michelle, grandchildren; Kera Macey, Leah Kimberly, Bridget Elise, Emma Lee Dawn, Cole Andrew and Stacy Wayne; Siblings, Diane Dowd and husband Larry, Janet McGarrity, Raymond McGarrity and wife Mari, Ernie Wells and wife Sandy, Sue Brown and husband Buster, Doug Wells and wife Wanda; several nieces and nephews.  She is also survived by Patsy McGarrity, John Michael Smith and Carol McGarrity.

She was preceded in death by Jim Nagy.

Visitation will be 6pm Thursday, July 31, 2014 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home Poplar Bluff.  The funeral service will be 11am Friday, August 1, 2014 at Fowler-Sullivan chapel in Poplar Bluff, with Chaplain Jared Hancock officiating.  Burial will be in Black Creek Cemetery.

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Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Mary L. Bradley, 80 of Holcomb, passed away July 28, 2014 at her home.  Mrs. Bradley was born May 17, 1934 to the late James Ruble and Hazel Hatridge-Ruble, in Annapolis.

Mrs. Bradley was a medical record technician for many years.  She enjoyed auctions, yard sales and her great-grandkids.

On July 15, 1952 she married Laddie Stanley Wallace Bradley, in Poplar Bluff.  He preceded her in death Nov. 27, 2012 .

Mrs. Bradley is survived by her children: Mark Bradley and David Bradley and wife Gina, all of Poplar Bluff; 3 grandchildren; Amanda Tippen, Anthony Wayne Bradley, and Jimmy Bradley; 5 great-grandchildren; Alex, Marc, and Mary Tippen, Pyper and Justice Bradley.

Besides her parents and husband, Mrs. Bradley was preceded in death by her sister Betty Deal

Visitation will be at 10am Thurs. July 31, 2014 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff.  The service will begin at noon Thurs in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Richard Ross officiating and burial will be in City Cemetery.

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Monday, July 28th, 2014

Mary Lucille Wheelis, 83, of Poplar Bluff passed away July 26, 2014 at her residence.  Mrs. Wheelis was born Nov. 15, 1930 in Butler County to the late Oscar Brannum.

Mrs. Wheelis was a member of Memorial Baptist Church. She had worked at Smiley Container for 35 years.  She enjoyed reading growing flowers, fishing and loved cherry pie.

On July 18, 1969 she married Ogden Wheelis in Illinois,  he survives.  Also surviving  is a son, Dale Hodge, step daughters, Tausha Leigh, and Mina Wheelis; one half sister, Annabella, a brother Gene Brannum, 8 grandchildren, Mitchell, Mike, Eric Hodge and step grandchildren; Brandi, Mike, Bradley, Ashley, and Stephaine,  and 19 great-grandchildren

She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Gary Hodge, 3 sisters, Neva, Gladys Hilterbrand, and Alma Wheelis and 3 brothers, Joyce Brannum, Buck Brannum and Warren Brannum.

Visitation will be noon Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home and the service will follow at 1pm in the chapel with Rev. Don Mayo officiating.  Burial will be at Memorial Gardens.

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Delavina Ferren

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Delavina Ferren, 92, passed away peacefully to glory on July 22, 2014.  She was born June 19, 1922 to John and Elizabeth Sappington at Floyd, Arkansas.

She married Sam Ferren on February 2, 1945.  He preceded her in death June 20, 1956.

Delavina was a member of Greater Vision Worship Center in Puxico, MO.  She was also an Apostolic Pentecostal minister for many years and ministered to both the blind and the sighted.  Delavina became totally blind at age 12.  She attended the school for the blind in Little Rock, Arkansas from 1935-1941 where she learned to read and write Braille fluently.  She has held many offices in the Southeast MO united blind club and traveled extensively to attend Missouri Council of the Blind  and American Council of the Blind conventions and activities.

Delavina enjoyed traveling, attending church, reading Braille stories to school children and spending time with her family.

She is survived by 2 daughters Doris Carpenter and husband Leroy and Beulah Ziegler.  1 step-daughter Lorene Spain.  4 grandchildren David Carpenter and wife Jill, Frank Day and wife Rebecca, Cindy Johnson and Jamie Bryant and husband Marty; sister-in-law Judy Johnson, son-in-law Bill Day, 8 great-grandchildren, Whitley and Tanner Carpenter, Amber and Reagan Bryant, Will Johnson, Emily, Stephanie and Alex Day.  A homemaker who had cared for her 25 years, Donna Gordon, and many other relatives and friends.

Delavina was preceded in death by 5 brothers; John, Forest, James, Grady and Carl Sappington, a son-in-law Thomas Ziegler, a granddaughter Melissa Day and great granddaughter Cynthia Day.

Delavina was greatly loved and will be missed by many.

Visitation will begin at 4-7 Sunday July 27 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff and service will be 10am Monday July 28 with Pastor Marty Bryant officiating.  Burial will be at Grandin Cemetery in Grandin, MO


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Delavina Ferren

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Delavina Esmarelda Ferren, 92, of Poplar Bluff, Mo, passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014.

Services are pending.

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Lindell Hunter

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Lindell Hunter, 72, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at his home.

Mr. Hunter was born July 8, 1942, in St. Louis, Mo., to the late Jessie Paul Hunter and Ruby Jewel (Kerr) Hunter. He was a truck driver for over 50 years and worked for Paul Duckett for 30 plus years.  He was a Charter Member of Westwood Baptist Church and a member of the Teamsters. He enjoyed welding and horseshoe crafts.

On October 12, 1974, he married Rolana (Templeton) Hunter in Poplar Bluff, Mo.  She survives.

Other survivors include his cousins, Eldon Kerr (Juanita) and  Sarah Imler, all of Monette, Ark., Cherell Baker of Columbia, S.C., Terry Good of Florida,  Mary Ann and Marilyn of Piedmont, Mo., Fred Kerr of Cleveland, Oklahoma, Margaret Kerr of Prague, Oklahoma, and many other family and friends.

Visitation will be held at 12 p.m. Friday, July 25, 2014, at Westwood Baptist Church,  in Poplar Bluff, followed by funeral services at 1:30 p.m.  Dr. Steve Proctor will officiate.  Burial will be in Memorial Gardens Cemetery.




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Mildred Shivley

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Mildred Rose Anna Shivley, 81, of DuQuion, Ill., passed away Friday, July 18, 2014 at the Fairview Nursing Home in DuQuion.

Mrs. Shivley was born November 29, 1932, in Neelyville, Mo.,  to the late Pleas and Freedonia Oakes.

She was married to Raymond Shivley on March 31, 1972.  He preceded her in death in 1997.  She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include her three children, Terry Gibbs and wife, Kathy, Randy Shivley and wife, Angie, Freda Brandibas and husband, Steve; as well as a step-daughter, Genise Smallwood and husband, Jim; three sisters, Daisy Shivley, Lois Smith, and Viola Hover and a brother, Fred Oakes and wife, Joyce; 6 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

She is also preceded in death by one brother, Roy Oakes and four sisters, Florence Shaffer, Mary Burson, Lilly Baltimore, and Irene Handerink.

Visitation will be held 9 a.m., Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff followed funeral services at 11 a.m. in the chapel with Rev. Ralph Mayes officiating.  Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Poplar Bluff.

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Loren Smith

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Loren Smith, 90, of Branson, Mo., formerly of Naylor, Mo., passed away July 16, 2014 in the Golden Living Center in Branson.

Mr. Smith was born February 15, 1924, in Blodgett, Mo., to the late Henry and Hazel (Miller) Smith. In 1961 he married Alpha Smith in Corning, Ark.  He worked in the sawmill and enjoyed woodworking and reading.  He was a member of Naylor Missionary Baptist Church.  Mr. Smith also served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Survivors include his sons, James Smith (Pamela) of Doniphan, Mo. and David Smith (Stephanie) of Springfield, Mo.; one grandson, Curtis Smith (Raychelle) of Branson and three great-grandchildren, Adrian, Kristen and Alexis Smith.

No services are planned at this time.

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