Archive for June 2016

Billy Ray Jones

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Billy Ray Jones, 83, went home to be with Jesus on June 26, 2016 at the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center.  Mr. Jones, son of John Starkey Jones and Pearl Lee (Cook) Jones, was born June 8, 1933 in Egypt Arkansas.  He grew up on a farm and never got away from the soil.  He enjoyed growing vegetables and strawberries and sharing them.  He loved to take Bonnie Knowles and Betty Absheer corn on the cob.

One of his conversation starters was, “Did you ever pick any cotton”?  He would pick 450 lbs. a day to supplement his G. I. Bill to support his family while in college.  He served in the Air Force during the Korean War and spent his overseas time on Misawa AFB and on an outpost in northern Japan.

He attended Southern Baptist College (Williams) and Arkansas State College (University) and Bailey Technical School in St. Louis.  He helped build Hopkins Fertilizer and Grain in Qulin, MO , and later retired from Ozark Border Electric Cooperative.

He was a cheerful encourager to those he worked with and met along the way.  His smile was always evident as he endured to the end (2 Tim. 2:12a) in his battle with dementia.  He loved the Lord and served Him in many ways at the United Methodist Church in Qulin and cheerfully drove the bus at First Church of God in Poplar Bluff, where he was a member.  He was a man of God, serving where he could, at every opportunity.

Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Rosalie (Hopkins); daughter Lisa and husband Edwin DeGaris, of Poplar Bluff, son Lane and wife Paula Jones of Oak Ridge, MO; special daughters Karen Kohler, Nancy Jordan, and Fonda Eden; 5 grandchildren: Christopher DeGaris and wife Michelle, Elizabeth (DeGaris) Christian, Ross DeGaris and wife Pam, all of Poplar Bluff, Dylan Jones and Jesse Jones both of Austin, TX; 8 great-grandchildren, Abagail and Luke Christian, Annalise, Emma, and Ashton DeGaris, Garen, Shianne, and Kara Thomas; 2 great-great-grandchildren Brody and Aubrey.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers: infant Denny, Larry, Danny, and Dennis Jones; 3 brothers-in-law: Terry Rorex, Bill Romine, and Don Hopkins; and 1 great-grandchild: Austin DeGaris.

Visitation will be 5:30-8pm Wednesday, June 29 at First Church of God in Poplar Bluff.  The funeral service will be Thursday, June 30, at 1pm at the First Church of God.  Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery on Hwy 21 Doniphan.

Memorials may be made to: First Church of God Memorial Fund, 3482 S. Westwood Blvd. Poplar Bluff, Mo  63901

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Ezell Holloway Jr.

Saturday, June 11th, 2016

Ezell Holloway Jr., 74 of Poplar Bluff passed away on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at the Kindred Saint Anthony Hospital in St. Louis.

Mr. Holloway was born March 20, 1942 in Parma, Mo, to the late Ezell Holloway Sr. and Mary Holloway.  Mr. Holloway had done factory work and owned grocery stores and game rooms.  He enjoyed hunting, farming and shooting pool.

He was married to Emma Lee Holloway for over forty years.  She survives.  Also surviving are his children; Roberta Collins, Lee Andrew Holloway, Jacolin Holloway, Odessa Lee, Terry Charlene Holloway, Renee Ross and Eric Shawn Dye, sisters; Barbara Jean McKeller, Earnestine Roberts, Carolyn Mason; brothers; Albert Johnson, Harold Johnson and Danny Johnson; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren

Mr. Holloway was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter Willa Ann Lewis, a sister Earnestine Jackson and a brother Tony Holloway.

Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff handling the arrangements.  There will be no services.


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George E. Hiles

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

George E. Hiles, 54, of Neelyville, Mo., passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at his home, with his close family by his side.

Mr. Hiles was born May 12, 1962. He was a clock enthusiast and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his long time friend, Charlie McKowan, his daughter, Nicky Starkey and husband Calvin; his mother, Linda Bosse; three brothers, Jim Champion, Henry Hiles and Donnie Hiles; grandchildren, Infinity and Jacee Starkey, Carl, Brad and Damion Hiles; as well as three great-grandchildren, Nevaeh, Bentley and Remington.

Mr. Hiles was preceded in death by his stepfather, Gerome Bosse and grandparents, Georgia and Earnest Foust.

Visitation will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 11, 2016 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff, Mo.
The funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. in the chapel.

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Kyle Raymond Divine

Monday, June 6th, 2016

Kyle Raymond Divine, 30, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away June 5, 2016 in Poplar Bluff.

Mr. Divine was born November 8, 1985 in Poplar Bluff, to Curtis Divine and Debbie Crossen Divine.

Kyle worked as a carpenter and enjoyed fishing.

He is survived by his parents, Curtis and Debbie Divine; sisters, Kathy Tarpley (Paul), Crystal Patterson (Jason); grandparents, Charles and Barbara Divine, Vernon and Glenna Crossen and Sandra Murphy,  as well as 7 nieces and nephews, Hallie, Trenton, Allison, Levi, Makayla, Quentin and Olivia .

Visitation will be Tuesday June 7, 2016 from 5-6pm at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff.  The funeral service will be at 6 p.m. in funeral home chapel with Brother Steve Trail officiating.

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