Archive for January 2016

Clarence Oneil Sullivan

Friday, January 29th, 2016

Clarence Oneil Sullivan, 82, formally of Naylor, Mo., passed away January 29, 2016 in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

He was born September 11, 1933, in Hickory Flat, Ms., to the late Jessie Wyatt Sullivan and Lucille (Edwards) Sullivan.

On November 12, 1957, in Hernando, Ms., he married Loretta (Young) Sullivan. She survives.

He is also survived by his sons, Roger Sullivan and wife, Terrie of Poplar Bluff and Steve Sullivan and wife, Tammy,  also of Poplar Bluff, one sister, Carol (Sullivan) Sturgis of Enid, Ms.; his grandchildren, Jeff Sullivan and wife, Chasidy, Stephanie (Sullivan) Edwards and husband, Mike, Miranda Sullivan, Melissa (Sullivan) Arrington and husband, Josh and Makayla Sullivan; as well as seven great-grandchildren, Shelby, Faith, Haley, Harley, Colby, Chase and Cynthia.

He was preceded in death by his parents, as well as one brother, Harold Sullivan Sr.

Oneil served in the United States Navy. He moved to Naylor, in 1954, when he began farming; meeting and marrying the love of his life. Together they raised two sons and taught them the value of family and hard work. He was more than a dad he was their role model and best friend. When he became a PaPa, he was complete. He wanted to see his family succeed and encouraged them to do so. Good conversation and laughter was always in the Sullivan home. He definitely was a family man and loved each one dearly.

For 37 years he was known in the Naylor area for growing watermelons. He, Rodger, Steve and his brother-in-law, Glen Young, along with Loretta and Terrie grew the best melons to be found. Many young boys have worked for him and have many memorable stories to tell of pitching and hauling watermelons. In 1974 they were honored as the Ripley Co. Farm Management Family of the year. He served on many boards over the years including, Naylor School Board, Naylor Drainage District and Farmers Home Administration.  He was co-owner of Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Neelyville and Poplar Bluff. He found a need in the area for the funeral homes to be a service to the community.

Oneil was a member of the Palace of Praise Church in Poplar Bluff. He enjoyed his church and visiting with friends and family. He also enjoyed bird hunting and deer hunting.

Visitation will be held at 5 p.m. Monday, February 1, 2016, at Fowler-Sullivan Memorial Chapel in Neelyville. The funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 2, 2016 in the chapel, with Bishop Kent Miller and Rev. Randy West officiating. Eulogies will be given by Donnie Fowler and Ronnie Fowler. Burial will follow in the Naylor Memorial Cemetery.


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Marilyn McKinley

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Marilyn Elizabeth McKinley, 47, of Corning, Ar., passed away on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016 at St. Bernard’s Medical Center in Jonesboro, Ar.

Mrs. McKinley was born on May 1, 1968 in St. Louis, Mo. She worked as a farmer and enjoyed her grandchildren, taking pictures, birds and her computer. Marilyn also attended the First Baptist Church in Harviell, Mo.

Survivors include James ad Roberta Tubb of Neelyville, Mo.; 2 sons, Joshua Aaron McKinley & wife Rhonda of Paragould, Ar., James Lee McKinley of Corning, Ar.; 2 daughters, Robin Carol Caswell & husband David of Jonesboro, Ar., Kendra Scarlett Williams & husband Tim of Bono, Ar.; fiancé, Edward Glen Pulliam of Corning, Ar.; grandchildren, Caleb Joshua McKinley, Aaron Elias McKinley, Malachi James McKinley and Remington Barrett Williams.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Christina Lee Glasstetter.

Visitation will take place on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 from 10:00-11:30 at the Fowler-Sullivan Memorial Chapel. The funeral will begin at 11:30 in the Chapel with James Keel officiating. Burial will be at Cochran Cemetery.

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Unath May Hinton

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

Unath May(Dildine) Papayik Hinton, beloved Mother,  83, passed away Friday, January 22, 2016 at the Greenville Nursing and Rehab.

Ms. Hinton was born May 29, 1932, near Grandin, MO in the area known as Mill Holler,  to the late Chester Arthur Dildine and Violet May(Wheeley) Dildine.  Formerly of Saint Louis, she lived most of her life in Grandin, Missouri.  Because of her declining heatlth, Unath moved and became part of an extended family at the Greenville Nursing & Rehab Center.  In doing so, she left behind a dear friend; Leman.

She was of the Christian faith.  She was a homemaker and had a great love of food, enjoyed cooking and baking.  Her favorites were donuts and fried pies.  In younger years Unath was an accomplished seamstress and did fine sewing and embroidery work.  She enjoyed gardening and would can the harvests for wintertime meals.  She was an animal lover and had many pets over the years.  Unath saw the introduction of many modern inventions over her lifetime.  She got great pleasure from watching television, she was an avid “As the World Turns” soap opera fan, and in later years got great enjoyment from watching old westerns.

Unath married Joseph Charles Papayik August 12, 1949.  He preceded her in death January 26, 1968.  They were blessed with 5 children; Susan, Sam, Andrew, Josephine, and Paul.

She then married James C. Hinton in January of 1969.  He preceded her in death March 7, 2014.  To this union one son was born; Ronald.

Unath is survived by her special friend; Leman; 5 children; Susan, Sam, Andrew and Josephine, Ronald and  many grandchildren and great grandchildren and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 husbands, a son; Paul Valentine Papayik September 23, 1996, whom she grieved deeply the loss of, and a granddaughter; Tesson Nelson and great grandson Uriah Nelson, this past March 2015.

A memorial service will be announced later.


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Kenneth Dale Beaird

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Kenneth Dale Beaird, 56 of Poplar Bluff passed away January 22, 2016 at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center ER.

Mr. Beaird was born October 27, 1959 in Sherman, TX    He was self-employed and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed drawing free hand and could copy any picture.

He is survived by his mother:Betty Beaird; brother David Beaird and wife Mary Ellen of Poplar Bluff; nephews: Justin and wife Rebecca of Harviell & Jared Beaird and wfe Elizabeth of Poplar Bluff; Niece: Megan Beaird of Springfield, Mo.; great-nephews and nieces: Colby, Nora, Elllison and Layton Beaird

He is preceded in death by his father; Eulen Beaird.

There will be a memorial service at a later date.


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Shirley Dycus

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Shirley Ann Dycus, 71, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at her residence.

Mrs. Dycus was born January 16, 1945, in Butler County, to the late Kelzy Ham and Anna (Boyd) Ham.

Shirley was a self-employed beautician.  She enjoyed camping, her grandbabies, and all children. She was of the General Baptist faith.

She married Grover Dycus March 21, 1971 and he preceded her in death on June 17,  2014.

Survivors include her children, Dennis Dycus (Diane), Tony Dycus(Christy), Tim Dycus, and Jeff Dycus; one sister, Gloria Parks and brother, Donnie Ham, as well as several grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 10a.m.-11a.m. Saturday, January 23, 2016 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home Poplar Bluff followed by a GRAVESIDE funeral at 11:30a.m. at Brown Chapel Cemetery, Broseley, Mo., with Chaplain Ken Johnson and Calvin Ham Jr. officiating.

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Linda Fuemmeler

Friday, January 15th, 2016

Linda Fuemmeler, 58, of Poplar Bluff, Missouri passed away January 14, 2016 at her residence.

She was born August 2, 1957 at Canyonville, Oregon to Claude and Nelly (Stewart) Taylor.

She was married to Jim Fuemmeler at Corning, Arkansas. He survives.

She is survived by her children; Claude Franklin Hancock, James Mathew Hancock and Mary Ann Hancock. her siblings, Shirley Bruce, Charles Taylor, James Taylor and Phillip Taylor. several grandchildren and great grandchildren also survive.

She is preceded in death by two brothers William Taylor and Bobby Taylor.

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Izora Rankins

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Izora Rankins, 80, formerly of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away January 7, 2016 at the Golden Living Center in Jefferson City, Mo.

Mrs. Rankins was born May 31, 1935 in Forest City, Ark. to the late Joe Todd and Elizabeth (Ousley) Todd.  She had worked at AT&T in clerical.

She is survived by a son, Michael Rankins and one granddaughter, Karla Rankins, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Izora was also preceded in death by her sisters, Janie Warren, Etta Reece, Emma Reece, Ruby Posey, Ollie Embry and Ethel Malone.

Visitation will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 16, 2016 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home, Poplar Bluff, followed by funeral services at noon with Pastor Willie Craig officiating.   Burial will be in the Poplar Bluff City Cemetery.



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Maurice Eugene Moss

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Maurice Eugene Moss, 82, of Mill Spring, Mo., passed away Monday, January 12, 2016, in Jonesboro, Ark.

Mr. Moss was born December 11, 1933, in Mill Spring, to the late Clarence and Kathryn Moss.

He was a Jehovah Witness and loved ministry work.  He was a distributor for Rainbow Vacuum Co.  He enjoyed fishing, and loved being with his family and wife.

On December 15, 1951 he married Hilda June Moss.  She preceded him in death May 29, 2015.

Survivors include his children, Dale Moss, Janet Bradley, Sandra Brookreson, and Mary Bey; two sisters, Mary Lou McDonald and Shirley Wright; one brother, Bernie Moss; 8 grandchildren, Andrea, Alesia, Andy, Allison, King, Jennifer, Doug and Dale, as well as 10 great-grandchildren.

He is also preceded in death by 5 brothers, Bill, Ronald, Jack, Wayne, and Jerry Moss and grandson, Joey.

A memorial visitation will be held at 12 p.m., Sunday, January 17, 2016, at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff, followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m., in the chapel, with Jim Thompson officiating.



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Rayburn Pennington

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

Rayburn Pennington, 78, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away January 10, 2016, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Mr. Pennington was born November 25, 1937 in Ripley County, Mo., to the late Homer “Boss” Pennington and Opal (McPheeters) Pennington.

Rayburn ventured out on his own at age 17, moving to St. Louis, to live with his uncle and aunt, where he learned the auto body repair trade.  After working in St. Louis for a few years, he moved back to Poplar Bluff, where he worked for a few body shops and car dealers in town.  During his career, he served as auto body shop manager at Blackwell-Baldwin.  After several years of working for other people, he decided to start his own business, Pennington Auto Body Inc. at his home.  There he built a shop and continued his career until the time of his death, (although he was semi-retired for several years).

Rayburn had some interesting experiences with cars over the years.  In the last few years he received a call from a person in Iran, requesting a paint job (but it never came to fruition). He also sold at auction, in Indianapolis, a 1979 Thunderbird, that is currently in Belgium.  Sometimes Rayburn would barter for paint jobs.  In the 1950’s he painted a car for a family Bible and in 1989 he painted a car for an electric organ, for a 30th wedding anniversary gift for his wife.

Besides auto body work, Mr. Pennington enjoyed photography, wood working, fishing, collecting die cast model cars, pocket knives and doing handyman repairs around the house.  The saying at the Pennington home is “Daddy can fix it”, because he could fix just about anything that broke at our home.

Rayburn was well known in the car show circuit and thoroughly enjoyed visiting with fellow car enthusiasts and seeing their cars and sharing in the excitement of displaying their cars.  They had a lot in common because most of the guys and or gals had restored their cars as well.  He was a member of the Yenko Super Car Club.

Rayburn proudly served in the Missouri National Guard for seven years. As a member of Westwood Baptist Church, Rayburn had served on the building committee as well as ushering.

August 27, 1959 he married Ernestine Morrison in Poplar Bluff, she survives.  Also surviving is a daughter, Brenda Jean Smith (Steve) of Jackson, Mo.; sisters, Juanita Peal and Mona Yates; brother, David Pennington; granddaughter, Stephanie Hardy (Boone) and one great-grandson, Flint Hardy.

Mr. Pennington was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Darrell Ray Pennington.

Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, January 14, 2016, at Westwood Baptist Church, 419 CR 5231, Poplar Bluff.  The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 15, 2016 at the church, with Dr. Steve Proctor officiating.  Burial will follow in the Poplar Bluff City Cemetery.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Westwood Baptist Church Building Fund.

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Randy Morales

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Randy Scott Morales, 51, of Doniphan, Mo., passed away on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016 at the Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.

Mr. Morales was born on May 27, 1964 in Flint, MI. He worked as a housekeeper at the John J. Pershing V.A. Medical Center. His hobbies included Martial Arts and instructor in Combat Hapkido. He served in the U.S. Army as an Army Ranger as well as serving in both Korea and Somalia.

On July 7, 2013 he married Elizabeth Valentine in Grandin, Mo. She survives.

Also surviving are 2 children, Brandon and Ryan Woodruff; mother, Bonnie Morales of Doniphan, Mo.; one sister Kandie Murray and husband Bill of Doniphan, Mo; 1 brother, Wallace Dimick of Doniphan, Mo., as well as 5 siblings from MI.

Preceding him in death is his father, Edward Morales

No Services have been scheduled at this time.

Fowler-Sullivan Memorial Chapel is in charge of services.

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