Archive for January 2016

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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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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Michael Leon Brown

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Michael Leon Brown, 68, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away December 30, 2015 at his residence.

Mr. Brown was born November 30, 1947 in Cardwell, Mo.  He served in the United States Navy.

On November 30, 1979 he married Vicki Brown in Jonesboro, Ar.  She survives.

Other survivors include his children, Michael Jason Brown, Amy Margaret Torres, Laura Kaye Brown, Emilee Ellen Patino and Todd Aaron Brown; 2 sisters, Mary Ellen Harris and Ada Jewel Sisco; 2 brothers, David Ray Brown and Kenny Wayne Sikes as well as 9 great-grandchildren.

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

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Curtis Dean Whitlock Sr.

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Curtis Dean Whitlock Sr., 75, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Monday, January 4, 2016 at his home.

Mr. Whitlock was born September 8, 1940 in Arbyrd, Mo., to the late G.T. Whitlock and Betty (Shidaker) Whitlock.

He served in the United States Navy.  He was a retired cook and commercial artist and a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

Survivors include his children, Christa Whitlock, Merdith Whitlock and Teresa Wyeth; two sisters, Ila Taylor and Madona Metcalf; 7 grandchildren, 6 nieces, 3 nephews, as well as many great nieces and nephews, and a special friend, Connie Joplin.

He was preceded in death by 2 sons, Curtis C. Whitlock and Kenneth D. Whitlock; 2 sisters, Angela and Ruthie Whitlock and 2 brothers, Dennis and Tommy Whitlock.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 7, 2016 at the Calvary Baptist Church on Victor Street in Poplar Bluff, with the Rev. Shelvie Shephens officiating.

Interment will take place in Mo. State Veterans Cemetery, Bloomfield, Mo.

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

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Angela Jane Pearson

Saturday, January 2nd, 2016

Former Mayor and Ward 1 Councilwoman, Angela Jane (Cox) Pearson, 32, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Saturday, January 2, 2016, at her home surrounded by loved ones, following a 9-month battle with stage 4 melanoma cancer.

Angela was born March 18, 1983 in Kingsport, Tn.  She was largely known by the community as the youngest mayor in Poplar Bluff history, loved by many for her outspoken approach to local politics. To her close family and friends, however, she was a dedicated mother, a skilled social worker, a talented artist and a loyal, compassionate ally.

From humble beginnings on the south side of Poplar Bluff, Angela’s work ethic started at the age of 15 when she began her first part-time job. Rather than spend all of her earnings on typical teenage whims, she used much of her income to assist her family with groceries, clothing and other expenses. At the age of 16, Angela met her future spouse, Julian Pearson, at a birthday party for a friend. By the time she graduated from Poplar Bluff High School in 2001, she had been accepted into Missouri S&T. She and Julian married the following June before relocating to Rolla where she earned her degree, Cum Laude, in Psychology and Art. Never one to shy away from a challenge, upon graduation Angela set out to make a difference through social work, resettling in Poplar Bluff with Julian where she earned the respect and love of her peers.

Her work with her clients was very important to her, and undeniably aided by her creative mind. From a very young age, Angela won awards for her artistry, and eventually her abilities in custom framing. During the final months of her life, she found joy in creating new pieces for her friends and family to enjoy.

The creations which gave her the most joy and in which she held the most pride, however, were her children, Noah Julian and Evangeline Grace. It was her honor and her greatest joy to share with her children her love of art, laughter and family.

Angela will be survived by the loving memories of Evie and Noah, as well as those of her parents, Brenda and Bill Spencer, her friend and partner, Robert Duckett, her sister, Pamela Nunley, her brother, Ivan Cox, the father of her children, Julian Pearson, and a wealth of cherished extended family and friends within the community.

Hers was a life too short, but well lived and always lovingly remembered.

Visitation for Angela will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at Fowler–Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff. Funeral services will be held at 11a.m. Thursday, January 7, 2016 in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow at Browns Chapel Cemetery, Broseley, Mo.

Contributions for her children can be made in care of their father, Julian Pearson.




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Anita Marie Tanksley

Friday, January 1st, 2016

Anita Marie Tanksley, 62, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Thursday, December 31, 2015 at her residence.

She was born November 13, 1953, in Louisiana, to the late James and Annie (Stark) Brumley.

She was a devoted worker for Wal-Mart over 35 years and was a member of the South Poplar Bluff General Baptist Church. She loved her grandchildren, going to church, and reading.

She is survived by two daughters, Melissa Mathis and Michelle Root; her twin sister, Alita Marie Browning and a sister, Margaret Franklin; six grandchildren, Myles Mathis, Madison Mathis, Jordan McIntosh, McKenzie Mathis, Jason Root, and Mason Mathis; and special friend, Van Elvis Lewis for over 30 years.

She was also preceded in death by a sister, Ann Adams; two son-in-laws, Matthew Mathis and Jason Root Sr.

Visitation will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, January 5, 2016, at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff, followed by the funeral service at 6 p.m. in the chapel.  Rev. Michael Pope and Cecil Brake will officiate. Interment will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Black Creek Cemetery in Poplar Bluff.


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