Archive for January 2016 – Page 2

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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Joshua Collier

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

Joshua Dale Collier, 35, of Neelyville, Mo. passed away on Jan. 4, 2016 at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Collier was born on Feb. 12, 1980 in Ellsworth Air force Base in Rapid City, SD. He worked as maintenance for the Westwood Hills Health Center. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, being with friends and family and most of all, his children. He was a lifelong resident of Butler County.

Survivors include his children, Houston Wayne Fortenberry and Payton LeAnn Long both of Poplar Bluff, Mo; his fiancé, Bobbie Jo Long; parents, Chuck Warren and Pam Gould Warren of Neelyville, Mo.; 1 sister, Sherril Lynn Clary and husband Jeff of Silex, Mo.; 1 brother, James Jay Collier and wife Amanda of Neelyville, Mo.; as well as nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 at the Fowler Sullivan Memorial Chapel from 11: a.m. – 12:00 p.m. A graveside service will follow at 12:30 p.m. at the Neelyville Cemetery with Ron Payne officiating.


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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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William “Bill” Spease

Monday, January 4th, 2016

William “Bill” Spease, 74, of Naylor, Mo. passed away on Sat. Jan. 2, 2016 at his home.

Mr. Spease was born on Jan. 23, 1941 in Shell Lake, Wisconsin. He worked as an electrician and enjoyed fishing, hunting, and trapping. He was a member of the American Legion at Naylor, IBEW in Jonesboro, AR. and VFW in Doniphan, Mo. He was also a member of the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Oxly, Mo. Bill served in the U.S. army and served in Germany through the years of 1960-1963.

He is survived by his children, Sonya Spease of Pine City, MN., Mark Spease & wife Tammy of Fairdealing, Mo.;Barbara Norman & husband Randy of Stringtown; one sister, Jane Brown; grandchildren, Justin Norman, Joshua Norman, Daniel Harp, Andrew Harp; great-grandchildren, Savannah Harp, Halie Harp, Devin Harp, Alex McVaney, Kyle Harp, and Kaedyn Harp.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles William Spease and Dorothy Paffel Spease; one brother, Robert Spease and one grandson, Jeffrey Harp.

A Memorial Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday. Jan. 5, 2016 at Fowler-Sullivan Memorial Chapel with the memorial service beginning at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel. Bro. Kevin Murray will be officiating.

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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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