Archive for October 2015

Charles Franklin Fox

Friday, October 30th, 2015

Charles F. Fox, 67, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Friday, October 30, 2015, at his residence.

Mr. Fox was born July 27, 1948 in Paragould, Ark.  He was a lifetime resident of Butler County and attended Grace Christian Fellowship and Midland Church.

He was retired from the Poplar Bluff Police Department.  Mr. Fox enjoyed car shows, drag racing and his beloved dog Harley.

On April 12, 1970, he married Brenda Sue Fox in Poplar Bluff.  She preceded him in death on August 3, 2014.

Surviving are his children, Jerry Dale Fox (Paula), Kristy Dawn Smith (Matt); his sisters, Kim Hutson (Kevin), Pam Massey (Terry) and Linda Asher (Gilbert); eight grandchildren, Jerrica and Julia Fox, Matthew and Kaylee Smith, Chelsey King, Kylly and Storm Jay and Jessica Jarrell.

Visitation will begin at 2 p.m., Sunday, November 1, 2015 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff, followed by funeral services at 3 p.m. with Rev. Rick White and Rev. Bud Goins officiating.  Burial will be in Memorial Gardens.

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Elmer Sonny Campton Jr.

Saturday, October 24th, 2015

Elmer Sonny Campton Jr. 63, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away October 23, 2015 at his residence.

Mr. Campton was born on October 15, 1952, in Haure, Montana, to the late Elmer and Genevieve Mary (Culver) Campton.

Elmer had worked as a truck driver. He enjoyed camping, loved motorcycles and being with family.  He was of the Baptist faith. He was a member of the Grandin Masonic Lodge 579, past master of the Eastern Star 519 in Grandin, Mo., Scottish Rite in St. Louis, and Three Rivers Shrine Club in Poplar Bluff.

He was married to Iva Jean Campton.  She preceded him in death in 2008.

Survivors include his sister, Loretta, as well as other relatives and many friends.

A brother, James Campton, also preceded him in death.

A memorial visitation service will be held at 6pm Thursday October 29 at the Calvary General Baptist Church on PP Hwy, followed by a Masonic service at 6:30pm

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



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Edward Hendrickson

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Edward Hendrickson, 85, formerly of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Friday, October 23, 2015 at Cori Manor Nursing Facility in Fenton, Mo.

Mr. Hendrickson was born December 6, 1929 in Hendrickson, Mo. to the late George Hendrickson and Julia (Autrey) Hendrickson.

He had worked as a logger and carpenter and enjoyed the outdoors and visiting with people.  He especially enjoyed children.

Survivors includes one sister, Dollie Horn of St. Louis, Mo.; four nieces, Joyce Thomas, Toulie Feece, Patricia Deka and Donna Panos; as well as four nephews, Allen White, Charles Horn, Bill Horn and Ricky Hendrickson.

He is also preceded in death by his brother, Virgil Hendrickson and a sister, Goldie May White.

Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, October 29, 2015, at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff.  The funeral will begin at noon Friday, October 30, 2015 in funeral home chapel.  Burial will follow in the Poplar Bluff City Cemetery.

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Bessie Ray-Gaines

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Bessie Lee Ray-Gaines, 75, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Gaines was born April 23, 1940 in Corning, the late Ennis James Brooks and Grace (Phelps) Brooks.

She was a member of Black Creek Missionary Baptist Church where she was a Sunday school teacher and church secretary.

Bessie spent a lifetime serving the Lord Jesus Christ and helping others.  She loved to teach children, whether it be at church, as a kindergarten teacher or a teacher’s aide.  She enjoyed spreading the gospel and singing at nursing homes with amazing grace.  She spent many years as a restaurateur at Ray’s Drive In, in Corning and Newberry’s store in Poplar Bluff. She also enjoyed painting, sewing, gardening and spending time with her family.

On December 22, 1959 she married Hubert Lloyd Ray.  He preceded her in death July 17, 2008.  Later she married William Lee Gains on May 21, 2011.  He passed away April 6, 2015.

Survivors include her children, Toni Howe and husband, Karl, Terry Ray and Roger Ray and wife, Angie; two sisters, Rhoda JoeAnn Taylor and Linda McCaig; one brother, E.J. Brooks and half-brother, Raymond Brooks; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Oakley (Stephen), Christopher Howe (Shina), Nicholas Howe, Alicia Marie Ray, Brittany Slayton (Cody), Baylee Ray and Brooks Ray; five great-grandchildren, Kaelyn Everett, Taylor Brown, Quinton Brown Landri Slayton and Averie Slayton.

Also preceding her in death are a sister, Mary Lou Farinella and half-sisters, Viola Richardson and Evelyn Brown, and half-brother, Eugene Brooks.

Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 24, 2015 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff, followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m. in the chapel.  Bro. Cory McCaig and Troy Sisk will officiate.  Burial will be in the Black Creek Cemetery.



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Marvelene Riepe

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Marvelene Riepe, 79, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Monday, October 19, 2015 at St. Francis Hospital in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Mrs. Riepe was born December 18, 1935, in Hollywood, Mo., to the late Albert Smith and Cora (Strawn) Smith.

Marvelene was a member of Abundant Life Christian Center.  She enjoyed going to church and had a Christian card ministry.  She had worked as a nurse’s aide and was a foster grandmother for Eugene Field School.  She loved her family, and especially her grandchildren. She was also the organizer  for the annual Smith family reunion.

Survivors include a son, Tony D. Smith and wife,Tammy and a daughter, Denise Hamilton and husband, Jeff; two grandchildren, J.K. Gehlbach (Adris), and Jessica Gehlbach; one great-grandchild, Zayvean Gehlbach, as well as many special nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Riepe was also preceded in death by a sister, Estelle England and brothers, Drew Smith, J.B. “Dub” Smith, Bill Smith, and Jim Smith.

Visitation will be held at  6 p.m.  Wednesday, October 21, 2015, at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff.  Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 22, 2015 in funeral home chapel with Pastor David Thomas officiating.  Burial will be in Mole Hill Cemetery near Broseley, Mo.


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Christopher Gentry

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

Christopher Gentry, 43, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Sunday, October 11, 2015 at the Saint Frances Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Mr. Gentry was born July 5, 1972 in Jonesboro, Ar.

He was employed with KBI Construction.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing pool, and riding country roads.

On May 16, 2015 he married Christa (Spradling) Gentry, at Beaver Lake.  She survives.

Also surviving are six children, Tawny and Cole Gentry, Casey and Jana Haldeman, all of Poplar Bluff, Sierra and Leah Zimmerman of Ellsinore; his mother, Yvonne (Ward) Gentry and sister, Melissa Richardson and husband, Kurt, also of Poplar Bluff, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Gentry was preceded in death by his father, Clarence O. Gentry.

Visitation will begin at 11a.m. Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff.  The funeral service will follow at noon, in the  chapel, with Evangelist Sharon Stadler and Rev. Gene Riddle officiating.  Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery in Williamsville, Mo.


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Thelma McWilliams

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Thelma Dovetta (Cozort) McWilliams , 75, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., went to live with her heavenly father at 11:16 p.m. Monday, October 5, 2015, at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.

Ms. McWilliams was born June 7, 1940 in Greenville, Mo.  She was a member of the Palace of Praise Church of God.  She loved her family above and beyond measure.  Her entire life consisted of living for the Lord and loving her family and many friends.  She enjoyed spending time with family and going to church and singings.  She was a true prayer warrior. She loved talking to God and gave God credit for everything in her life.

Survivors include her children, Marilyn Nance (Chuck), Linda Head (Mike), Jo Ann Adams (Rick), Janice Buhler (Harlen) and David McWilliams (Cindy); five grandchildren, Michael Head, Steven Nance, Joey Bruner (Susan), Stephanie Nance (Rex Steward), and Stacy Root (Rodney); six great-grandchildren, Rodney Root Jr., Payton Steward, Makayla Root, Landon Bruner, Ethan Bruner and Brianna Steward; one brother, Wayne Cozort; five sisters, Betty Webb (Bud), Bessie Chatman, Glenda Miller (J.D.), Hazel Scrivner, Wanda Cozort, as well as many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Roscoe and Josephine Cozort; one brother, Earl David Cozort and a daughter, Brenda May McWilliams.

Visitation will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff.  The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m., Thursday, October 8, 2015 in the chapel with Rev. Randy West and Rev. Shelvie Stevens officiating.  Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Poplar Bluff.

Earth’s loss is heaven’s gain.  She will be missed by all.


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