Archive for May 2016 – Page 2

Jimmie J. Lewis

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Jimmie J. Lewis, 82, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away on May 7, 2016 at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Lewis was born on December 31, 1933 in Batesville, Ark., and worked as a Boil Maker.

A Memorial Service will be on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Fowler-Sullivan Memorial Chapel in Neelyville.

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Brandon Southerly

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Brandon Kyle Southerly, 23, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away on May 3, 2016.

Brandon was born on July 21, 1992 in St. Louis, Mo. He worked as a construction worker for Harold’s Parks Construction. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, riding ATVs and dirt bikes.

He is survived by his Mother, Kristie Southerly Parks and Step-Father, Harold Parks of Poplar Bluff; one sister, Kayla Stover of Doniphan; his Father, Randle LeMaster of Doniphan; one son, Brylin Kyde Southerly of Pine Bluff, Ark.; Grandparents, Bob & Lyda Southerly of Kirkwood, Mo.; as well as aunts, uncles and cousins.

Visitation will take place on Wed., May 11, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Fowler-Sullivan Memorial Chapel in Neelyville. Funeral service will begin at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel with Pastor Rodney Tate officiating. Burial will be at Hitt Cemetery in Success, Ark.

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Darrell “Doc” Bates

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Lifetime Butler County resident, Darrell “Doc”  Wayne Bates, 67, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Monday, May 9, 2016 at  John J. Pershing VA Medical Center.

Darrell was born June 3, 1948 in St. Louis, Mo. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.  He was a member of New Home General Baptist Church. He enjoyed camping, metal detecting and loved going to church.

On April 9, 1993 he married Carolyn (Eagen) Bates, in Poplar Bluff, who survives.

Other survivors include children, Dale Wayne Tinsley (Denise), Eric Montgomery (Michelle), Darrell Shane Bates (April); step-daughters, Lori Stratton (Jessie), Sherry Aikey (Brian), Elizabeth Reynolds (Roy); his mother, Mary Jean (Timmons) Bingham; one sister, Donna New and brother, Lyndal “Stag” Bates (Diane); 19 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

His father, Bobby E. Bates and brother, David Bates preceded him in death.

Visitation will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff.  The funeral service will follow at 1 p.m., in the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. Calvin Buhler officiating.  Burial will be in Memorial Gardens Cemetery with military honors.

 

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Ethel Johnson

Monday, May 9th, 2016

I can hear my three angels singing to me and my prayers are getting answered and I know I’m going home. I have seen my last tomorrow. I have taken my last breath. My Father God in Heaven has sent me my three angels for the third time since 2002.  This time is different.  My angels will cuddle me, comfort me and take me to see God’s son, Jesus, who is my Lord and Savior.  So I can sit at His feet and look at His face and thank Him for what He did for me, when He died on the cross, so I may have eternal life in Heaven with His Father. Amen

Ethel Mae Johnson, 90, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Sunday, May 8, 2016 at Oakdale Care Center.

Mrs. Johnson was born April 13, 1926, near Henderson, Mo., to the late William Oscar Davis and Carie Jane (Thompson) Davis.   She was a member of First Church of God and American Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.  Formerly she worked for the Federal Government and enjoyed being a lifetime volunteer.

In 1943 she married Charles Richard Miller.  He preceded her in death in 1977.  On December 5, 1992 she married Donald Johnson, in Poplar Bluff.

She is survived by her husband, Donald, as well as her granddaughter, Katherine Ann Rice.

Her daughter, Judith Ann Miller also preceded in death in 1982.

Visitation will begin at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, May 14, 2016, at First Church of God, 3482 S. Westwood Blvd.  Funeral service will follow at 12:30 p.m. with Bro. David Knapp and Rev. Bill Wiles officiating.  Burial will be in Black River Cemetery, Williamsville, Mo.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorials may be made to the charity of their choice.

 

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Nora Evelyn Loftis

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Nora Evelyn Loftis, 55, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

Mrs. Loftis was born January 25, 1961 in Poplar Bluff.  She worked as a Registered Nurse for the State of Mo.  She enjoyed fishing, hunting, riding her Harley and being with her grandchildren.  She was a member of Shepards Chapel.

On January 5, 1980 she married Donnie Eugene Loftis in Poplar Bluff.  He survives.

Other survivors include her children, April Dare Dover and husband, Tim, Steven Loftis and Donnie R. Loftis; her mother, Mildred(Stevens) Thompson; three sisters, Kathy Partenberry, Debbie Dugger and Janice Ervin and one brother, David Thompson; her grandchildren, Morgan Loftis, Ryan Dare, Tabitha Loftis, Lillian Loftis, Dylan Parish, and Abigail Loftis.

Visitation will held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 8, 2016, at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff, followed by funeral service at 3 p.m.

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J.R. Rippee

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

J.R. Rippee, 72, of Poplar Bluff, Mo. passed away Saturday April 30, 2016 at Florrisant, Mo.

Mr. Rippee was born April 18, 1944 in Pocahontas, Ark. to the late Roy T. Rippee and Bessie Lee Rippee (Nee) Anderson.

J.R. was of the Baptist faith. He served his country in the United States Army in Germany. He was a lifetime resident of Butler County and a retired business owner.  He enjoyed deer hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his children, Michael Rippee (Jackie), Paulette Pickard and Nikki Rippee, all of Poplar Bluff; two sisters, Cathy Green, Springfield, Mo., and Thurma Griffith of Poplar Bluff; three brothers, Bobby Rippee (Nancy) and Charlie Rippee (Betty), all of St. Louis, and Billy Rippee of Forest City, Ark.; special brother-in-law, Jonesy Stoven Green; his grandchildren, Trinity Smith, Daniel Smith of Poplar Bluff, Alyssa Rippee of Jennings, Mo., Nikya Rippee of Louisiana, Nevaeh Rippee of Sikeston, and Brandon Harris, Chicago, Ill.; as well as very special friends, Kelly Bond, Kim Davis and son, Josh, Steve Pickard, and a host of friends too numerous to mention.

J.R. was preceded in death by both wives, Jamie (Sommers) Rippee and Sharron Sue (Malone) Rippee. He is also preceded in death by his sisters, Lillie Mae Rippee, Janice Lee Rippee, Sarah T.J. Rippee, Edith Pauline Keller, and Linda Lou Keller; and one brother, David Lynn Rippee.

Visitation will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff.  Funeral services will begin at 12 (noon) Thursday, May 5, 2016, in the funeral home chapel, with Rev. Chuck Clark officiating.  Burial will be in Kinsey Cemetery, Harviell, Mo.

 

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Vernita Joyce Johnson

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Vernita Joyce Johnson, 68, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, passed away April 26, 2016 at her home. She was born January 13, 1948 in Memphis, Tennessee. She was the first of seven children from the union of Leon Adkins Sr. and Ruth Onita Pitts. At around two years of age, Vernita’s family relocated to Chicago, Ill. Once in Chicago she completed her formal education and graduated from Loretto Academy. She also furthered her education by obtaining her Laboratory Technician certification. Vernita, who was known to most people by her middle name “Joyce”, met her husband Alan Johnson Sr. in Chicago, where they raised their three sons, Karl Lance, Alan Jr., and Steven Craig. Their union has lasted more than 46 years.

Vernita had a passion for working with children and did so throughout most of her life. She worked as a youth counselor at Altgeld/Roseland community center mentoring underprivileged youth. She diligently served as a Troop Leader for many years with the Girl Scouts. She also volunteered hours and hours of her time to the local grammar and high schools in New Mexico, where her granddaughter, Karzeta, was a student. As a laboratory technician, she worked for companies such as Wrigley’s Chewing Gum, where she would bring home giant balls of bubble gum for her children when they were young. Vernita also worked at Baxter-Travenol and Akzo-Chemie. In those positions, she tested and approved many helpful new medicines that are in use in hospitals to this day. Vernita’s passions also extended into many others areas, including poetry, arts and crafts. She was also an avid science fiction fan and not only watched the programs but also read and studied dozens of science fiction books and materials.

Most people also know Vernita loved one thing more than almost anything and that was to travel. She and her husband are known as “snowbirds” or those that travel south for the winter in their RV’s. They traveled the country for more than sixteen years visiting and taking in sites and scenery from one end of this country to the other. Vernita was a very humble and kind woman who made a lasting impression on anyone she met. She had brilliance about her that you could see without her saying a word. On April 26th, 2016 the Lord called Vernita home after a long battle with sickness. One of the last things she told our family was that she loved everyone very much and for family and friends not to worry because her life had been a blast.

Vernita was preceded in death by her younger sister, Marilyn.

To cherish her memories are her husband, Alan Sr; her three, sons, Karl, Alan Jr, and Steven; one step daughter, Jeanna; two sisters, Karen and Michelle; three brothers, Leon Jr., Craig, and Herbert; fourteen grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren along with a host of relatives and friends.

A celebration of life will be held at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home, 844 Cedar Street Poplar Bluff, Mo. The visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, 2016, followed by funeral services at 12 (noon), in the chapel, with the Rev. Tommy Robinson officiating.  Interment will be in the Poplar Bluff City Cemetery.   The repast will follow at Ryan’s Buffett 929 Westwood Blvd., Poplar Bluff.  Family and friends will gather after the repast at the Wheatley Historic School 921 Garfield Street, Poplar Bluff.

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