Archive for November 2015

Bonnie Johnson

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Bonnie Ruth Johnson, 79, of Harviell, Mo., passed away Nov. 29, 2015 at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Johnson was born on Aug. 2, 1936 in Corning, Ar. to the late Charles and Myrtle Mabry. She worked in the Superintendents office as the secretary in the Naylor School system. She was a member of the Elm Grove General Baptist Church in Naylor, where she had taught Sunday school. She enjoyed helping her husband in church ministry, quilting, cooking, reading, crossword puzzles, and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

On Sept. 2, 1954 she married Leroy “Jack” Johnson in Pontiac, MI. He preceded her in death on Sept. 16, 1997.

She is survived by her children, Doug Johnson and wife Suzanne of Naylor, Rodney Johnson and wife Virginia of Naylor; 1 sister, Patricia Foust and husband Ralph Jr.  of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; brothers, Don Mabry and wife Beverly of Van Buren, Dwayne Mabry and wife Ruth Ann of Jackson, Mo.; Grandchildren, Ashley VanEs and husband Mark, Hilary Butler and husband Dustin, Caleb Johnson and wife Kearstin, Ryan Johnson and wife Lauren; as well as 4 great grandchildren, Hunter, Ryder, Shelby, and Jackson.

Visitation will be from 5:00 – 8:00p.m. at the Fowler-Sullivan Memorial Chapel in Neelyville on Dec. 2, 2015. Funeral Service will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Thurs. with Dennis Bell and Bryan Johnson officiating. Burial will be held at Naylor Memorial Cemetery.

In Lieu of flowers, family requests memorials be made to the College of the Ozarks, Parkinson’s research or charity of your choice.

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Icy Knorton

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Icy Marlean Knorton, 76, of Poplar Bluff, Mo. formerly of Dudley, Mo., passed away on Nov. 29, 2015 at Mark Twain Caring Center.

Mrs. Knorton was born on Dec. 31, 1938 in Webbers Falls, OK., to the late Leroy and Sarah Yandell. She worked on a farm driving tractors and combines as well as working as a homemaker. She enjoyed, Quilting, and playing Bingo and Poker.

Mrs. Knorton is survived by her children, Marsha Putman of Fairdealing, Mo., Billie Zuniga of Lowell. Ar., Mike Manees of Doniphan, Mo., Fred and Johnny Manees both of Dexter, Mo.; 10 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by two husbands, Gene Manees and Charles Knorton; daughter, Patricia Manees; sisters, Vada James, Mary Ray, Pat Fox, Sue Hoct; brothers, Richard Allen Yandell, Eunis Yandell, Roy Lee Yandell, Jeff Franklin Yandell, Danny Yandell, J.W. Yandell, Larry Yandell, and Donnie Ray Yandell; as well as one granddaughter, Rebecca Maclin.

A visitation has been scheduled for Wednesday Dec. 2, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. at the Fowler-Sullivan Memorial Chapel.

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Fred McCain

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Fred N. McCain, 79, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015 at Mark Twain Caring Center.

Mr. McCain was born on May 15, 1936 in Osceola, Ar. to the late Thomas and Lenora McCain. Mr. McCain was a member of the Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

He is survived by 1 sister, Hattie Teague of Detroit, Mich.; 1 brother, James McCain of Neelyville, Mo; as well as a host of nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents also preceding him in death are his 2 sisters, Lou Bertha Shaw and Ruby Walton; as well as 2 brothers, Thomas Jonas McCain and Charles William McCain.

Visitation will begin at 11:00 a.m Friday, Dec. 4, 2015 with funeral services following at 12:00 noon at the Fowler-Sullivan Memorial Chapel. Pastor Gary McCain and Pastor Ron McCain will be officiating. Burial will take place at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Harviell, Mo.

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Dianna Sue Nations

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

Dianna Sue Nations, 69, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Saturday, November 28, 2015 at Westwood Hills Healthcare.

Mrs. Nations was born May 2, 1946, in Corning, Ar., to the late Herman and Lola Mae Goodman.

She was a member of Fellowship General Baptist Church in Coon Island.

Mrs. Nations was a cook at many local restaurants.  She enjoyed fishing, cooking and watching hummingbirds.

On September 29, 1978 she married Paul Nations in Poplar Bluff.  He survives.

Also surviving are children, Carolyn Cowin, Geoff Anderson, Wesley Nations, all of Poplar Bluff; step-daughter, Teresa Champ of Morgantown, West Virginia, and step-son, Clifford Paul Nations of Parkersburg West Virginia; sisters, Linda Kay Brewer of Barnhart, Mo. and Peggy Joyce Davis and one brother, Gene Goodman , both of Corning, Ar.; 9 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and special friends, Walter and Sandy Anderson.

Mrs. Nations was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Thelma Louise McGowen.

Visitation will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 1, 2015, at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff, followed by the funeral service at 12 p.m., with the Rev. Allen Leutert and Gene McElhaney officiating.  Burial will follow in Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

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Katherine Batson

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Katherine L. Batson, 85, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at her home.

Mrs. Batson was born January 4, 1930 to the late Eli Maxwell Goodrum and Jenifer L. (Wiggins) Goodrum.

She had worked as a telephone operator and then advanced to a plant designer.  She enjoyed bowling,winning several trophies and was recognized in the Bowling Hall of Fame in Poplar Bluff. She also loved playing bingo, going to flea markets and yard sales. She was of the Baptist faith

She is survived by two sons, James H. Batson (Janie) and Donald R. Batson (Candy) and one daughter, Karen L. Fox (Leslie); five grandchildren, James J. Johnson, Nathan Batson, Holly Batson, Don Ray Batson and Jenny L. Batson; as well as three great-grandchildren, Conner Johnson, Kendra Batson and Brody Ray Batson.

Mrs. Batson was preceded in death by her parents and five brothers, Frederick Goodrum, Herbert Goodrum, Edgar Goodrum, Eli Goodrum Jr., and Ollie Goodrum.

Visitation will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, November 30, 2015 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff  followed by a graveside service at 2 p.m. in the Poplar Bluff City Cemetery with Pastor Wes Tayloe officiating.

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Gale D’Wayne Jones

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Gale D’Wayne Jones, 64, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Sunday, November 22, 2015 at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Jones was born May 5, 1951, in New Madrid, Mo., to the late Clarence and Clara (Fowler) Jones.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1969-1974, during the Vietnam War, and was an airplane mechanic. He enjoyed reading and was of the Protestant belief.

On January 10, 1971 he married Patricia (Bryeans) Jones.  She survives.

He is also survived by a son, Larry Joe Jones and a daughter, Grace Crowley; a brother, Kevin Jones; as well as 4 grandchildren, Mark Jones, Maggie Jones, Alyson Crowley and Chloe Crowley.

Two grandchildren, James Dunn Jones and Ayden Crowley also preceded him in death.

A graveside funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at the Mo. State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield, Mo., with full military honors, followed by interment.  Ron Fowler will officiate.

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

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Lula Walker Camp

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Lula Belle Walker Camp, 79, of Naylor, Mo., died Friday, November 20, 2015, at her residence. She was born, Oct. 7, 1936 in Naylor and spent her lifetime in the area and was a homemaker. On Sept. 3, 1957, she married Carl Edwin Camp in Mt. Carmel, IL. He preceded her in death on Nov. 29, 1992. Mrs. Camp enjoyed fishing, listening to music, gardening and shopping.

Survivors include three sons, Jim Camp and wife Rebecca of Poplar Bluff, Bill Camp and fiancé Debbie all of Chandler, Ok., Pete Camp of Naylor; two daughters, Carla Shipman and fiancé Scott Koonce of Doniphan and Robin Camp and Carl Johnson of Fair dealing; four sisters, Debbie Crump of Naylor, Darlene Srader and Barbara Niswonger both of Doniphan and Wanda Griffin of Naylor; three brothers, Willie Walker of Naylor, Charles Walker of Doniphan and Darrell Walker of Imboden, Ark.; 13 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren and one great- great grandchild; and a special friend, Bill Weaver.

Along with her husband Mrs. Camp is preceded in death by her parents Earl and Vanna Huson Walker.

Visitation will be a 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 24 at the Fowler-Sullivan Memorial Chapel in Neelyville. The funeral will follow at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Darrell Walker officiating. Burial will be in Naylor Memorial Cemetery.

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Geraldine (Garner) Childs

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Geraldine (Garner) Childs, 95, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., formerly of Florida, passed away Sunday, November 22, 2015 at home. 

Mrs. Childs was born April 15, 1920, in Pratt, Mo., to the late Martin Otto Garner and Mary Etta (Thurman) Garner.

She spent her childhood in Naylor, Mo., where she attended grade school later attending high school in St. Louis. She was in the motel business with her sister, in Sikeston, Mo., until they sold the business in 1974 and Mrs. Childs retired.  She moved back to Mo. from Florida in 1996 to care for her sister who was ill and passed away in 1999. She spent several years in Florida, where she played shuffleboard with a league and won several trophies. She was a member of Westwood Baptist Church in Poplar Bluff.

Mrs. Childs was previously married to Charlett Highfill, who preceded her in death in 1965.  She then married Mark Childs in 1972 in Sikeston, Mo.  He preceded her in death in 1999.

Survivors include her daughter, Connie Ellen Potts; 5 granddaughters, Deana Sue Newton, Darla Jean Keene, Daona Michelle Parker, all of Poplar Bluff, Donna Luanne Thornburgh of Clarksville, Tn. and Diana Kay DeSpain of Campbell, Mo., 13 great- grandchildren and 11 great- great- grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by 1 brother and 4 sisters.

Visitation will begin 10 a.m., Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at Westwood Baptist Church, in Poplar Bluff, followed by the funeral service at 11a.m., with Dr. Steve Proctor officiating.  Burial will take place at 3 p.m. in  the Cape County Memorial Park in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

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



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Clyde Sells

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Clyde Vernon Sells, 81, of Hillsboro, Mo., passed away Monday, Nov. 16,2015 at the Mercy Hospital in Festus.

He was raised in the Neelyville area. He enjoyed working on cars and deer hunting. He leaves behind his loving wife of 63 years, Luellan (Robert) Sells.

Also surviving are two sons, Vernon and Ernest Sells; one daughter, Linda Beale and husband, Gordon; one brother, Jerry Sells; one sister, Lucille White and husband, Dale; one sister-in-law, Betty Gilmore; five grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mose Sells and Mildred Watson Sells; three brothers, Cliff, Bob and Junior Sells.

Visitation will be from noon Monday to service time at 1 :30 p.m. at Fowler-Sullivan Memorial Chapel. Burial will be in the Naylor Memorial Cemetery in Naylor.

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Mary Evelyn Wilkerson

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015


Mary Evelyn Wilkerson, 87, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., peacefully walked her last mile on earth Saturday, November 14, 2015, passing away at her home.

Mrs. Wilkerson was born October 25, 1928, in Benton, Ill., to the late Arlene and Dollie Mae (Burlison) Sandusky.

She was a member of Bluff City Apostolic Worship Center.  She had worked at American Superstore and was “Nana” to Kim and Wayne Marquis and family.  She loved taking care of her dog, Skeeter and going to church.  She had been a pastor’s wife and a mother.  She loved reading her Bible, gardening and visiting her dear friend, Grover “Scotty” Scott.

She was married to the Rev. Harry Wilkerson on July 28, 1945, in Mount Vernon, Ill.  He preceded her in death March 4, 2009.

She was also preceded in death by her sisters, Mona Lee Wilkerson, Wanda Mae Sandusky, Wilma Ann Reynolds, Lois Jane Spears and Ruby Arlene Pasquino and one brother, Charles Edward Sandusky.

She is survived by her daughter, Deborah (Stafford) LaDean and husband, Gordon; a brother, Arlie Franklin Sandusky and LuAn of Machestney Park, Ill.; and one grandson, Trent Stafford (Andrea) of Nashville, Tn.; as well as many family members and loving friends.

Services will be held at Bluff City Apostolic Worship Center. Visitation will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, November 19, 2015.  The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, November 20, 2015 with Pastor Jerry Williams and grandson, Trent Stafford officiating. Burial will be held in the Poplar Bluff City Cemetery.

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