Archive for March 2015

Willard Wayne Dean

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Willard Wayne Dean, 78, of Naylor, MO., formerly of Rockford, IL., died Tuesday March 31, 2015 at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Dean was born Sept. 7, 1936 in AR. He worked in the janitorial service and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and wrestling. He was of the Christian faith and a resident of Ripley Co. for 10+ years.

Mr. Dean married Joyce Morrow in Rockford, IL. She preceded him in death on May 20, 2011.

He was survived by his children, Tom Dean of Poplar Bluff, Mo., Marty Dean of Conway AR., Mike Dean of Poplar Bluff; sisters, Christine, Earline Moore, Sherlene Parker, Georgia Herring; brothers, Roy Dean, Ace Dean; and grandchildren, Jennifer, Justin, Tracy, Amy, and Nickie.

Besides his wife he was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Dean and Edith Dean; his sister, Ruth; and brothers, Gale Dean, Brooksie Dean, and Timothy Dean.

A visitation will be held Thursday, April 2, 2015 at Fowler-Sullivan Memorial Chapel from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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Lavedia Lorene Moran

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Lavedia Lorene Moran of Neelyville, Mo., died Sunday, March 29, 2015 at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro, AR.

Mrs. Moran was born June 9, 1938 in Harris Ridge, Mo. She was a Neelyville high School graduate and worked as a school bus driver for the Neelyville district as well as substitute teaching. She enjoyed coin collecting, gardening, flowers, and spending time with grandchildren.

On Oct. 11, 1979 she married Darold Moran in Corning, AR. He survives.

Also surviving is her children, Bryan Lee Emerson and wife Ginger of Naylor, Mo., Keith Moran and wife Brenda of St. Genevieve, Mo., Kevin Moran and wife Donna of Perryville, MI., Kim Rungie of Perryville, Debbie Emerson, of TX.; 3 sisters, Shirley Burson of Neelyville, Mo., Wilma Bush of Tucson, AZ., Melvatta Grimmett, of Rockford, IL.; 1 brother, Billy G. Alliston of Kansas City, Mo.; 15 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death was 1 son, Dendy Glenn Emerson; her parents, James Roy Alliston and Clara A. Towns; 1 sister, Neomi Booth; 2 brothers, Richard O. Alliston, Wyman G. Alliston, as well as 2 infant brothers.

Visitation will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 2, 2015 at Fowler-Sullivan Memorial Chapel in Neelyville. Funeral services will begin at 2:00 p.m. Thursday at the Chapel with Bro. Donnie Fowler officiating. Burial will be at Kinsey Cemetery in Harviell, Mo.

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Sarah Young

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Sarah Alice Young, 81, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Sunday, March 29, 2015 at her home.

She was born June 25, 1933, in Mammoth Springs, Ar., to the late James and Josephine Pitts.  She enjoyed being with her grandchildren and family and doing cross word puzzles.

She is survived by her daughter, Paula Phillips and son, Larry Young and wife, Shelly; two sisters, Louise Pitts and Frankie Phillips and husband, Elger; and a brother, William Pitts and wife, Patricia; four grandchildren, Shawn Phillips, Penny Portell, John Young and Allie Young; great-grandchildren, Trent Perry and Colin Jackson; and special friends, Lisa Collins and Bruce Jenkins.

She is preceded in death by her parents as well as  five brothers, Junior, James, Jerry, Johnny and Wesley Pitts.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

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


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George Tomsic

Monday, March 30th, 2015

George Paul Tomsic,88, of Harvielle, Mo., formerly of Chicago, IL., died March 28, 2015 at his residence.

Mr. Tomsic was born Jan. 25, 1927 in Chicago, IL. He worked as a PBX Installer for the telephone company. His hobbies included wood working, reading, gardening, and flowers. He has been a resident of Butler Co. for 10 years. He also served in the U.S. Navy during WWII as well as serving in the Philippines.

On May 8, 1970 he married Diane Dixon in Elmhurst, IL. She preceded him in death on Feb. 19, 2011 in Hayti, Mo.

Survivors include his children, Robert Henson of Hanovar Park, IL., Rhonda Harter and companion Brian, of Doniphan, Mo., Frank Tomsic of Desplains, IL.; one sister, Eve Tomsic of Dunwoody, GA.; one brother, Steve Tomsic of New Hampshire; four grandchildren, Conner and Evan Tomsic and Shiann and Katie; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Besides his wife, also preceding him in death are his parents, George Tomsic and Therese Papin Tomsic; one sister, Frances Jankowski; two brothers, Frank C. Tomsic, and Cyril M. Tomsic.

Visitation will be held Friday, April 3, 2015 at Fowler-Sullivan Memorial Chapel from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Funeral services will begin at 3:00 p.m. at Bloomfield Veterans Cemetery with Pastor Keith Gorda officiating.

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Lyna Bolden

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Lyna Roschell Bolden was born Oct. 22, 1967 in St. Louis, Mo. at Homery Hospital to Betty Banks and the late John Bolden. Her step-father Henry Banks took care of her and her two older brothers until God called him home. Lyna was a resident of Jefferson City until she became sick and moved back to Poplar Bluff, Mo. to be closer to her mother and children. She confessed in Jesus at the age of twelve. She enjoyed listening to music, doing her daughters hair and making people laugh. She had three children Reggie Loyd of Poplar Bluff, Mo., Latona Loyd of Poplar Bluff, Mo., and Christopher Williams of Poplar Bluff, Mo. She had two brothers Jimmie Warren of Georgetown, KY. and Ricky Warren of FL. She also had a grand-daughter who she cherished, Suri. M. Loyd. Lyna will be greatly missed. She loved her family and she was a fighter to the end. We love and miss and will never forget the impact she made on our lives.

Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, March 30, 2015 at Fowler-Sullivan Memorial Chapel at 12:00 p.m. with Rev. Donnell McComb officiating. Burial will be at Neelyville Cemetery.


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Teddy Kirkley

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Teddy Kirkley, 68, of Poplar Bluff, Mo. passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2015 in Burns Harbor, In., while working.

He was born August 14, 1946 to Howard and Oralee (Hastings) Kirkley, in Poplar Bluff.  He was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather and truck driver.  He worked for Caterpillar for 7 years before beginning his career as an independent truck driver in 1972.  He drove for 42 years before his untimely death.  Everyone knew him as “Teddy Bear”.

He loved spending time with his family, driving his golf cart, and working on antique tractors.  He was an avid deer hunter and always had a story to tell.  He enjoyed tractor pulls and was able to see his granddaughter, Renea pull her first tractor last summer.  He was a member of the First Church of God.

On October 5, 1965, he married Linda (Moore) Kirkley in Broseley.  She survives.

He is also survived by his loving family, two sons, Mark Kirkley and wife, Mary, Rick Kirkley and wife, Julie and one daughter, Cheryl Lorentz and husband, Daniel, all of Poplar Bluff; one brother, Tony Kirkley and wife, Brenda; a granddaughter, Renea King and husband, Dillin; three grandsons, Matt Kirkley, Jacob Lorentz all of Poplar Bluff; Tyler Kirkley of Doniphan; step-grandchildren, Brandon Hampton, Jennifer Cooksey, Valeria George; step-great-grandchildren, Breandrea  Hampton, Allison George, Ashleigh Plunkett, Clayton James Plunkett all of Poplar Bluff; several nieces and nephews and a very special friend, Robert Phelps (RW).

Preceding him in death include his parents, one son, Kevin Kirkley, a sister, Linda Hardin and a very special mother-in-law, Maxine Moore.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2015 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff.  The funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015 in the chapel with Rev. Scott Andrews officiating.  Burial will follow in the Poplar Bluff City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations may be made to Linda Kirkley.


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Joyce ” Ticka” Lawson

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Joyce Ann Lawson, 59, of Neelyville, Mo. died Tuesday, March 24, 2015.

Mrs. Lawson was born November 24, 1955 in Neelyville, Mo. She worked as a cook for Taylor’s Stateline Truck Stop and enjoyed crossword puzzles, and music. She was a lifelong resident of the area.

On June 29, 2011 she married Bobby Lawson in Corning, AR. He Survives.

Also surviving is her son; Jacob Lawson of Mosley, AL.; one step-son, Bobby Lawson Jr. of Taylorville, IL.; her mother, Geneva Grimes Crossen of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; 3 sisters, Diane Julian of St. Clair Shores, MI., Carolyn Shreve of Neelyville, Mo., Genna Baccus of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; 2 brothers, Art Crossen of O’Fallon, Mo., and Bob Crossen of Neelyville, Mo.; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death is her father, Doyle Crossen; and one brother, Mike Crossen.

A memorial visitation will be held, Friday, March 27, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Fowler-Sullivan Memorial Chapel in Neelyville, Mo.

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Jerry Summers

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Pastor Jerry Wayne Summers, 64, of Harviell, Mo. passed away Sunday, March 22, 2015 at the St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Mr. Summers was born June 30, 1950 in Qulin, Mo. to the late Johnny Summers and Bertha Lorene (Fowler) Summers.  He served as Chief of the Western Cherokee Nation.  He was a licensed minister of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church and pastor of Cross Street IPHC Church.  He loved music, radio D.J. work and was an avid Bible reader.  He had been a D.J. at the local radio stations, KLID, KLUH, and KOKS.

On January 24, 1989 he married Nancy Summers, in Sikeston Mo.  She survives.

Other survivors include his children, Becky Garrison (Richard), Phillip Summers, and Jason Summers; step-children, Mitchell Hodge (Dee), Michael Hodge (Gina), Eric Hodge (Angie); one sister, Sharon Laws; two brothers, David Summers and wife, Debbie, and Alfred Ridley and wife, Ruth; and a sister-in-law, Kathy Summers; and 13 grandchildren, Jessica, Ireland, Christin, Brittney, Lexi, Kamry, Dillon, Colyn, Tucker, Addyson, Jordan, BJ and Fran.

He was preceded in death by his parents, as well as one brother, Larry Summers and a grandson, Bradley Hodge.

Visitation will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 2015 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff.  The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, March 27, 2015 in the chapel, with Bishop Emanuel Pate officiating.  Burial will be in the Ash Hill Cemetery.


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Harold Hager

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Harold Hager, 88, of Harviell, Mo., passed away Sunday, March 22, 2015 at his home.

He was born December 6, 1926, in Poplar Bluff, to the late John Walter  ad Vivian (Rice) Hager.  He enjoyed yard sales, flea markets and going to the sale barn.  He was a charter member of Trinity Baptist Church and served as song leader and Sunday school teacher.  He had been a reserve deputy sheriff and worked in the security department for Doctors Hospital.

On November 10, 1945 he married Irene (Hester) Hager.  She survives.  They were married 69 years.

Others survivors include two sons, Roger Hager (Regina) and Steve Hager (Becky); four brothers, Howard Hager, Ben Hager, Jim Hager and Bill Hager; four grandchildren, Miranda Sievert, Brian Hager, Eric Hager and Sean Hager; as well as 10 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at 12 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff followed by the funeral service at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Von Kirkman and Rev. Don Hutto officiating.  Burial will be in the Cochran Cemetery.


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James Hale

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

James  Thomas Hale, 68, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. Mr.

Hale was born November 13 , 1946 in  Modesto, Ca. to the late Albert and Mary (Brumfield) Hale.

He was a salesman at Hefner Furniture from which he retired.  He enjoyed fishing and playing cards and was of the Baptist faith.

On October 11, 2000 he was united in marriage to Kay Hale in Corning, Ar,  She survives.

Also surviving are his children, Kristi Ward (Geoff), of Broken Arrow, Ok., Mark Hale (Toria) of Canton, Mi., Mike Hale (Marsha), of Cary, NC., Mary Ellen Daves (Randy), of Poplar Bluff,  and Dale Prim (Norma ) also of Poplar Bluff;  three sisters, Deloris Fittro, Diane Luallen, and Sherri Hufferd, 6 grandchildren, and  25 great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one sister, Carol Hill.

Visitation will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 2015 at Fowler- Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff, followed by graveside services at 2 p.m. in the Poplar Bluff City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorials be made to: American Legion Post 153 or the Elks Lodge in Poplar Bluff.

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