Archive for August 2016

Betty “Baha” Jean Britton

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Betty “Baha” Jean Britton, 81, of Harviell, Mo., passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016 at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Britton was born on Jan. 20, 1935 in Coulter, Iowa. She worked as a secretary and enjoyed doing crafts, visiting with friends and family, traveling, and setting on the back porch looking at nature. Betty attended St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Corning, Ar. and served as Sunday School Teacher. She was also a member of Laureate Epsilon Tau, Beta Sigma Phi.

Betty enjoyed life to its fullest. Spending time with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and attending their ball games and school activities. She never met a stranger and welcomed all with a hug.

On Sept. 8, 1956 she married Ray Curtis Britton. He survives.

Also surviving are, 2 daughters, Pat Pennington and husband Gary of Harviell, Lynn Sheppard and husband Bobby of Harviell; grandchildren, Jeremy Pennington and wife Jennifer of Gardner Kansas, Justin Pennington of Harviell, Mo., Brooke and Ashley Sheppard of Harviell, Mo.; and great-grandchildren, Oliver Pennington of Gardner Kansas, Lauren and Cooper Pennington of Harviell, Mo.

Services will take place on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016 at the Fowler-Sullivan Memorial Chapel in Neelyville. Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. with funeral beginning at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel. Burial will take place at Kinsey Cemetery.

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Wilma Dianne Francisco

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Wilma Dianne Francisco, 64, of Wappapello, Mo., passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016 at Cedar Gate.

Wilma was born on Oct. 15, 1951 in Coon Island, Mo. She worked as a cook and enjoyed bingo, spending time with family and going to church. She was of the Baptist faith and attended New Home Missionary Baptist Church in Poplar Bluff.

On July 8, 1973, she married Alvin Dale Francisco. He preceded her in death on July 29, 2001.

She is survived by one brother, Kenneth Brooks of Greeneville, Mo; one sister, Donna Caldwell of Wappapello, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by, her parents, Claude and Rody Mae Brooks; two brothers, Danny and Gary Brooks; and one niece, Jennifer Schree Brooks.

Services will be held on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016 at the Fowler-Sullivan Memorial Chapel in Neelyville, Mo., with Visitation beginning at 12:00 p.m. The Funeral will follow at 1:00 p.m. in the chapel with Rev. Calvin Buhler officitianing. Burial will take place at the Black Creek Cemetery in Poplar Bluff.



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Henry L. Young

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Henry L. Young, 65, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Saturday, August 20, 2016.

Mr. Young was born July 4, 1951.  He is survived by one son, Silas Young; a sister, Violet Bud; two brothers, Clifford C. Young and William Floyd Young.

His father, Henry Young, mother, Nessie Gladys (Craft) Young and sister, Nessie Carlene Young precede him in death.

No services are planned.

In care of Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home.


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Carolyn Jean Chappell

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Carolyn Jean Chappell, 62, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Friday, July 15, 2016, at her home.

She was born July 16, 1953, in St. Louis, Mo.  She was of the Pentecostal belief and enjoyed baking, spending time with her family and grandchildren, and her dog, Fiesty.  She had worked in sales and maketing.

A lung cancer survivor, Carolyn’s greatest joy was giving and doing for others.  She was the most generous, selfless and outgoing person, with a beautiful soul.

On April 16, 2003, she married Rob Chappell, in Fernandina Beach, Florida.  He survives.

Other survivors include her parents, Gene and Pat Stamps; her daughter, Amy (Jerry) Edmundson and son, Tony (Misty) Wallace Jr.; two sister, Lisa Trainor and Sandy Griffin (Jimmy), all of Poplar Bluff; two brothers, Danny Stamps of Alton, Ill. and Randy Stamps of Poplar Bluff; as well as 10 grandchildren, Shelby (Jimmy) Phelps, Chelsy Whelchel, Wesley Whelchel and Caleb Whelchel, Tucker Edmundson, McKena Edmundson, and Sheldon (Sarah) Edmundson, Charlie Wallace, Cooper Wallace and Collin Wallace, Cooper Wallace, and Collin Wallace, and 3 great-grandchildren, Lexi Sieben, Lillian Phelps and Kylee Edmundson.

One sister, Karen Stamps and nephew, Sean Bright precede her in death.

Visitation was held at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 18, 2016, at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff.  The funeral service followed at 6:30 p.m. in the chapel, with the Rev. Bud Goins officiating.  Memorials may be donated to Poplar Bluff UCAN Chapter.


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Howard “Eugene” Greer Sr.

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Howard “Eugene” Greer Sr., 70, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Saturday, July 9, 2016, at his home.

Mr. Greer was born July 31, 1945, in Poplar Bluff.  He was of the Baptist faith.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1965-1971, during the Vietnam War.  He retired from the Poplar Bluff R-1 School system.

He is survived by four children, Howard Greer (Stephanie), Bobbie Hayes, Sherry Million (Steve), and John Greer (Jenny); four sisters, Nettie Coleman, Joyce Mercurio, Grace McKnight and Sandra Ketchens; one brother, Walter Greer; nine grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fredrick Homer Greer and Norma Emeline (Patterson) Greer; 4 brothers, Howell, Delbert, Fred and Bill Greer.

Visitation was held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 15, 2016, at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff.  A graveside service, with full military rites, followed at 1 p.m. in the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery, Bloomfield, Mo.  The Rev. Henry Pasquet officiated the services.

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Cloyce “Dean” Bilbrey

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Cloyce “Dean” Bilbrey, 84, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away, Saturday, July 9, 2016, at his home.

He was born May 25, 1932, in Shook, Mo., to the late Earl Bilbrey and Thelma (Childress) Bilbrey.  He worked in timber logging and raised cattle.  He enjoyed riding horses and running  his dogs, and dearly loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

On March 26, 1955, he married Mary (Alford) Bilbrey in Hernando, Ms.  She survives of the home.  Together they shared 61 yeas of marriage.

He is also survived by three daughters, Teresa Phelps, Dennise (Allen) Barker, Bobbie (Doug) Hon and a son, Tim Bilbrey; his grandchildren, Charlie (Taylor) Barker, Justin Barker and Dylan Barker, Bucky (Amanda) Hon, Shannon (Matthew) Sparks, Charles Hon, Michael Hon and Mary (Vernon) Davidson; as well as his great-grandchildren, CJ Hon, Tanis Sparks, Rylee Sparks, Porter Hon and Quentin Hon.

His son-in-law, Basil Phelps, also preceded him in death.

Visitation for Mr. Bilbrey was held a 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff.  A graveside service and interment followed at 12 noon in the Poplar Bluff City Cemetery with Pastor Kevin Murray officiating.


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Dorothy Eastham

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Dorothy Eastham, 81, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away, Saturday, July 2, 2016 at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.

She was born May 25, 1935, in Melrose Park, Ill.  She was of the Lutheran faith.

Mrs. Eastham was active in politics, having served ten years as secretary of the Butler County Republican Center Committee from 1970-1980.  She was a former newspaper reporter and photographer for the Bluff Community News and Ozark Beacon newspapers in Poplar Bluff.

Mrs. Eastham enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren, as well as watching Cardinal baseball.

She is survived by her children, Rebecca (Kevin) Fears, Patrick (Debbie) Reilly, Robert Eastham, Edward Eastham, Sonny Dale Eastham and Kenneth (Christy) Eastham; a sister, Eleanor Graham; 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Werner Paul Guttke and Dorothy Viola (Doyle) Guttke; two husbands, Arthur Reilly and Kay Lee Eastham; one sister, Thelma Burns and brother, Paul Guttke.

Visitation was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 9, 2016 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff.  A graveside funeral followed at 12:30 p.m. in Memorial Gardens Cemetery.


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Gladys M. Rankin

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Gladys M. Rankin, 83, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Saturday, June 18, 2016 at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.

She was born in Ithaca, Michigan March 26, 1933.  On July 5, 1957, she married Willis A. Rankin in Lansing, Michigan.  He preceded her in death October 26, 1993. To this union a daughter, Madeline F. Sauls was born.

Mrs. Rankin was a member of the First Assembly of God Church of Poplar Bluff,  a lifetime member of the DAV, member of the VFW and the CCC Chapter 62.  She worked for the State of Michigan in the state title and registry office and also worked 6 years in Alaska in communications.  She had a great affection for animals and loved her grandson dearly.

Mrs. Rankin is survived by her daughter, Madeline; her grandson, Ryan Sauls and a great-grandson, Patrick Thomas Rae Sauls.

Visitation was held at 9 a.m., Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff, followed by the funeral at 9:30 a.m. Burial was held at 1:45 p.m., at Jefferson Barracks Cemetery in St. Louis.


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Danis Digges

Friday, August 19th, 2016

Danis Digges, 52, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Friday, August 19, 2016 at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Digges was born August 30, 1963 in Fort Hood, Texas.  He was member of Liberty Full Gospel Church.  He worked as a landscaper and enjoyed fishing.

Survivors include his daughter, Amber Digges and mother, Rev. Nina Sue Hampton, as well several aunts, uncles and cousins.

His father, Melvin E. Digges, preceded him in death.

Visitation will be held at 12 p.m. Monday, August 22, 2016 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff.  A graveside funeral service and interment will follow at 1 p.m. in the Black Creek Cemetery.

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Linda Jo Jefferson

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Linda Jo “Johnson” Jefferson, 60 of Doniphan, died Wednesday, August 17, 2016 a Mountain View Healthcare in Mtn. view, Missouri. Mrs. Jefferson was born on November 11, 1955 in Fairdealing, Missouri. On May 5, 1972 she married Maj. Tommy Jefferson in Naylor, Missouri. he survives. Mrs. Jefferson was a homemaker and member of Apostolic Faith Tabernacle in Mtn. View where she served as church secretary and taught the teen class with her husband. She enjoyed fishing, her church and church family.

Mrs. Jefferson is survived by her husband; Maj. Tommy L. Jefferson, a son; Maj. Tommy L. Jefferson II, USAF of Colorado Springs, Colorado, a daughter Tanya Jo Spencer and husband, Gary of Mtn. View, Mo., two sisters; Kay and Cliff Diller of Parsons, Tenn. and Ruth and James Dixon of Lincoln, Ark., four brothers, Fred and Linda Kay Johnson of Doniphan, Mo., Lester and Michelle Johnson of Fairdealing, Mo.; David and Kay Johnson of Doniphan, Mo. and Carl and Robin Johnson of Fairdealing, Mo. as well as two grandchildren, Mary Grace Spencer and Emma Louis Spencer.

She is preceded in death by her parents Odell and Mary Mae (Urich) Johnson.

Visitation for Mrs. Jefferson will be Monday August 22, 2106 starting at 12:00 p.m. with the funeral following at 1:00 p.m. in the West Point United Pentecost Church near Doniphan, Missouri on E Hyw.  Burial will be in the Bloomfield Veterans Cemetery. Pastor Jimmy Johnson assisted by Pastor Gary Spencer officiating.

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