Archive for April 2016

Bradley Nelson Santos

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

Bradley Nelson Santos, 33, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away April 22, 2016 at his home.

He was born June 14, 1982 to Luis Santos and Sandra Breckinridge-Cardwell and raised by step-mother Streto Santos.

Brad was a former member of the Butler Co. Sherriff’s Dept. and the 1137th Military Police Co. out of Kennett, Mo., where he attained the rank of Sergeant.  During his time in the service Brad was deployed to Kosovo in 2003 under Operation Enduring Freedom and on State Emergency Duty in both New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and in Caruthersville after the tornado in 2006.

His federal awards included the National Defense Service Ribbon, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal W/M Device, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Non Article 5 Medal for the Balkans, as well as numerous state awards.

Mr. Santos is survived by his parents; as well as his children, Dominique Santos, Mariah Santos, and Romeo Nelson Santos; stepsister, Ashley Cardwell and stepbrother, Michael Smalley.

Mr. Santos is preceded in death by a stepbrother, Christopher Smalley.

There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield, Mo. with military honors.


Clyde Stone

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

Clyde Ray Stone, 81 of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at the Poplar Bluff Regional Hospital.

Mr. Stone was born December 22, 1934, in Poplar Bluff, to the late Joe and Ruby (Montgomery) Stone.

Mr. Stone was a member of First Baptist Church in Poplar Bluff.  He loved his church family and everyone in his Sunday School class.

He served his country as a Gunner’s Mate aboard the USS Helena during the Korean War in the United States Navy. Until his retirement in 2006, he was a barber and co-owner of Bluff Barber shop.  He enjoyed sponsoring and coaching baseball and softball teams with his good friend and co-owner, Don Orton.  He had a passion for sports and followed Raider basketball and Cardinal baseball.  He was a master woodworker and created many beautiful things.  His most enjoyable past time was spending time with his family.

May 1955 he married his soulmate, Trudy (Ramsey) Stone.  She preceded him in death March 14, 2011.

He is survived by his children, Darrell (Connie) Stone of Poplar Bluff, Treena (Phil) Murray of Poplar Bluff, Kimra (Jim) Beckett of Cape Girardeau; a brother, Don Stone of Poplar Bluff; 17 grandchildren, Shawn Stone, Houston, Tx., Apollo Stone, Oregon, Jason(Sara) Stone, Zach (Robin) Stone of St. Charles, Chad Rhinehart Stone of Washington, Jessica (Brandon) Wilson Crawford of Auxvasse, Mo., Mark (Sarah) Wilson and Nathan Murray of Poplar Bluff, Ryan Murray of St. Louis, Kami and Jodi Beckett of Cape Girardeau, Harlie Rhamy and Stormy Ward both of  Poplar Bluff; 10 great-grandchildren, Ashley, Penelope, Sebastian and Benny Stone of St. Charles, Mo., Kylie Vaughn Stone and Faith Stone of Houston, Tx., Evan and Abby Rhinehart Stone of  Washington, Bane and Beckett Crawford of Auxvasse, Mo.

Mr. Stone was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Travis Stone.

Visitation will be Monday, April 25, 2016 beginning at 9:30 am at the First Baptist Church, in Poplar Bluff, followed by the funeral service at 11 am, with Dr. William Vail officiating. Burial with full military honors will be in Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Poplar Bluff.

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Lucy Faye Boatner

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Lucy Faye Boatner, 81, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. She was born on August 19, 1934 in Dyer, Ark., to the late Dewey Hill and Essie (Harris) Hill.

She had worked as a LPN for a nursing home and enjoyed playing bingo, fishing, raising flowers and cooking. She was a  non-denominational church member.

She is survived by her children, Jerry Wayne Fleener of Poplar Bluff, John Thomas Fleener of McAlester, Ok. and Terry Lem Boatner of Moore, Ok.; her grandchildren, Jerry Lee Fleener, Tonya Fleener, Shawn Fleener, Rusty Swasho, Jess Powell, Allen Rogers, Gina Rogers, Janette Rogers and Jerry Hosentfel; as well as several great-grandchildren; her sisters, Lois Venable of Poplar Bluff, Shirley Shell of Ellsinore, and Pat Phillips of Pacific, Mo.; her brothers, L.D. Hill of Gideon and Walt Hill of Dumas, Ark.

She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Linda Miller; one son, Rodger Buddy Fleener;  son-in-law, Ray Miller and four brothers, Raymond Hill, Bill Hill, Harvey Hill and Charles Hill.

Visitation will begin at 1p.m. Saturday, April 23, 2016, followed by the funeral service at 2 p.m., at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Service in Poplar Bluff.


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Bettie Raulston

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

Bettie Sue (Pitt) Raulston departed this life on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at Poplar Bluff Regional Center after a brief illness.  She was 72 years old.

Bettie was born March 17, 1944 to the late Robert (Bob)  and Mildred Jewell (Ham) Pitt, in Poplar Bluff. Her sister Frances (Pitt) Strickland also preceded her in death.    She attended New Home General Baptist Church, where she helped with the nursing home ministry.  Mrs. Raulston enjoyed spending time with family and playing with her dachshund, Molly.  She also enjoyed baseball games, and rarely failed to watch the St. Louis Cardinals play on TV.

On June 24, 1981, she was united in marriage to Charles Raulston.  He survives.  Also surviving are two sons, Mark McMullin and wife Kim and Charles Raulston II (Chuck), all of Poplar Bluff. Two brothers, Jim Pitt and Bob Pitt;  step-children, Riley Raulston and Michelle (Raulston) Crutchfield; one grandchild, Cori (McMullin) Ruprecht; three step-grand children, Riley Raulston, Jay Raulston, Courtney Raulston, Craig Crutchfield and Kiersten Crutchfield; one great-grandchild, Max Ruprecht; nieces and nephews, Brook Hart, Robert Pitt, Jimmie Jo Pitt, Roger Pitt, Steve Pitt, Regina Miller, Robyn Pryor, Jerry Strickland, Robyn Strickland with  numerous great nieces and nephews; as well as nieces by marriage that were like daughters to her; Tresa Pratt and Lisa Aubuchon.

Bettie was the rock of the family for many years that everyone would turn to.

Visitation will begin 6pm Monday, April 18, 2016, at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home, in Poplar Bluff.   The funeral service will begin at 2:30 pm Tuesday, April 19, 2016 in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Calvin Buhler officiating.  Burial will be in Poplar Bluff City Cemetery.

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Carroll Morgan

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Carroll Morgan, 72, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Friday, April 15, 2016 at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Morgan was born February 29, 1944 in Biggers, Ark.  He attended Fellowship General Baptist Church and worked at Greg’s Auto Sales.  He enjoyed watching NASCAR and fishing.

On June 21, 1991, he married Linda (Joyner) Morgan in Poplar Bluff.  She survives.

Also surviving are children, Sonya Tory, Houston, Tx., Jeff Ellwanger of Canada, Tonya Bulbik of Arizona, Shelly Hunter of Arizona; 2 step-children, Jeff Carl and Charlena Dorris both of Poplar Bluff; one sister, Linda Fowler of Oregon; three brothers, Jerry Morgan of Illinois, Tony Morgan of Cooter, Mo, Tim Morgan of Paragould, Ark.; several grandchildren, but 1 special granddaughter, Cassie Carl, whom he raised, of the home; 2 great-grandchildren and 3 step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents: V. L. Morgan and Wilma (Vinson)  Morgan.

Visitation will begin 10am Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home, in Poplar Bluff, followed by the funeral service at 12pm, with Rev. Byron Beck officiating.  Burial will be in the Poplar Bluff City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home, PO Box 1409 Poplar Bluff, Mo.  63902.


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Butch Rushin

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Butch Rushin, 71, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away on Friday, April 15, 2016, at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Rushin was born March 21, 1945 in Poplar Bluff.  He was a member of Grace Christian Fellowship.  For 30 years he operated Rushin Towing and was also a retired insurance adjuster.  He enjoyed race cars, fishing, hunting and watching his grandkids play ball.

On November 1, 1964  he married Mary (Watson) Rushin in Poplar Bluff, she survives.  Also surviving are children, Chris Rushin and wife, Denise, Bud Rushin and wife, Teresa and Jana Hosler and husband, Ken; one sister, Barbara Mills; one brother, Steve Rushin and six grandchildren, Ella, Emma, Robert, Ross, Colton, and Caleb.

Mr. Rushin was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil Rushin and Wanda (Chappell) Rushin and a brother, Donnie Rushin.

Visitation will begin at 10am Monday, April 18, 2016 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home, in Poplar Bluff, followed by the funeral  service at 11am, with Rev. Brian Sharp officiating.  Burial will be in Cochran Cemetery.


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Sandra Whitmer

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Sandra Sue Whitmer, 70,  of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Friday, April 15, 2016 at her home.

Mrs. Whitmer was born August 12, 1945 in St. Louis County, Mo.  She was a member of Memorial Baptist Church in Poplar Bluff. A homemaker, she enjoyed gardening, yard sales and going to the sale barn.  She loved doing church activities.

Survivors include her children, Stanley Carl Whitmer (Freda), Rebecca Sue Whitmer (Donnie Davis), Janice Vincent (Ron), Raymond Whitmer (Theresa), and April LeGrand (Melvin); two sisters, Pat Roach and Margie Miller, and one brother, Jack Rusert; 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Virginia Rusert; one son, Alex Loftis; a very special father to her children, James Kazzee; one brother, Carl Sonny Rusert, and one granddaughter, Haley Whitmer.

Visitation will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, April 22, 2016 at Memorial Baptist Church on Ditch Road in Poplar Bluff. Funeral service will follow at 6 p.m. with Bro. Dennis Ward officiating.

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


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Raymond Simmons

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Raymond Simmons, 42, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away suddenly on April 14, 2016 at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.

Raymond was born on February 1, 1974 at Lucy Lee Hospital in Poplar Bluff, Mo to the late Raymond Taylor and Nancy Morley. He was later adopted by Allen and Diana Simmons. He attended Poplar Bluff and Neelyville schools.

On April 18, 1997 he married the love of his life Kimberly Vaughn.  Out of this wonderful marriage they were blessed with the greatest gift of all, a beautiful daughter, Amber Simmons. Other than his loving wife Kim, Amber was his whole world.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Kimberly Simmons and daughter, Amber Simmons, both of Poplar Bluff.  Other survivors include three brothers George and Chris Morley, and Mark Simmons and wife, Jennifer, one sister, Michelle/Misha Simmons, his adopted parents, Allen and Diana Simmons; his mother and father-in-law Michael and Sandy Vaughn, three brothers-in-law Michael /Gene Vaughn, Greg Vaughn and Robert Vaughn, one sister-in-law, Sherry Vaughn all of Poplar Bluff.; as well as  eight nieces, seven nephews, several aunts, uncles, and cousins, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his birth parents, Raymond Taylor and Nancy Morley, and one brother, John Morley.

Raymond was deeply devoted to his wife Kimberly and daughter Amber. In 1992 he joined the Missouri National Guard in which he completed special training in refrigeration with high honors. After discharge from the National Guard, he went to work for the Department of Mental Health.

He loved spending time with his family, listening to music, racing hot rods, and working on cars.

Visitation will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff.   The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday April 20, 2016, in the chapel, with Elder Lloyd Steinshouer officiating. Burial will follow at Black Creek Cemetery in Poplar Bluff.


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Shirley Kay Swafford

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Shirley Kay Swafford, “Squirrely”, 60, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away  Wednesday, April 13, 2016.

She was born May 4, 1955 in Wood River, Ill. A believer in God, she was a homemaker and “the boss”.  She enjoyed yard sales, tanning, listening to the Beatles, and being with family.

On July 1, 1982 she married David Swafford, in Poplar Bluff.  He survives.

Other survivors include her children, Amanda (Wayne) Eversole, Bobby Lee Swafford (Valerie Thompson), and Lisa Marie Swafford; nine grandchildren, Kaylee Forsythe, Gavin Forsythe, Daisha Gutierrez, Grace Ann Hager, Desirae Swafford, Shirley Kay Swafford, Cody Pruett, Joseph Eversole, and Emily Eversole, and a special lady who she considered to be an aunt, Kathleen Kinder.

She was preceded in death by her parents, David and Hilda (Figgy) Bruce; her favorite uncle, Charles E. Bruce and her aunt, Jessie Bruce.

Fowler-Sullivan Funeral in Poplar Bluff, in charge with no services planned at this time.



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Tina Sadler Stark

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Well known gospel singer and song writer, Tina Sadler Stark, 70, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at her home.

She was born January 23, 1946, in Qulin, Mo., to the late Clarence Leroy and Della Marie (Sims) Jones.

She was a member of the Palace of Praise Church.  She loved traveling and singing His praises and had written several gospel songs that many major artists have recorded.  She was a recipient of two Dove Awards in 2001 and 2002.

On June 5, 1966 she married Billie Mack Sadler.  He preceded her in death March 3, 2015.  They were married 48 years.

On November 14, 2015, she married Rusty Stark. He survives.

Also surviving are children, Brian Sadler, Paula Sadler, Sharon Regini, Susan Roche, Sarah Kersy and Samantha Stark; three sisters, Freda Johnson, Geraldine Griffith, and Mildred Hamlett and one brother, Charles Jones; as well as one granddaughter, Christina Whitaker.

Visitation will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 15, 2016, at Palace of Praise Church, 1400 Herschell Bess Blvd. Poplar Bluff, Mo., followed by the funeral service at 12 noon with Bishop Kent Miller and Rev. Randy West officiating.  Burial will be in the Poplar Bluff City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials may be made to Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home, Inc.

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