Archive for October 2017 – Page 2

Billie Joe Butler Sr.

Monday, October 9th, 2017

Billie Joe Butler Sr. 74, of Poplar Bluff passed away Sunday, October 8, 2017 at the Missouri Veteran’s Home in Cape Girardeau.  Mr. Butler was born December 27, 1942 in Poplar Bluff, Mo, to the late Harvey and Lillian(Spangle) Butler.

He was of the Baptist faith.  He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.  He was a retired postal worker and enjoyed hunting, fishing and raising his grandkids.

July 22, 1963 he married Goldie Edna (Payne) Butler.  She preceded him in death.

Surviving are children; Billie Joe Butler Jr.(Tess), Nicole Loyd (Terry), grandchildren; Bryce, Troy,  Tommy and Wynter Butler,  Regan Sparks,  Nicholas and Jerith Loyd, one  great-granddaughter,  Payslee Butler; a sister; Alicia Morgan.

Mr. Butler was preceded in death by his wife; Goldie Edna Butler, parents; Harvey and Lillian Butler;  son, Harvey Gene Butler, brothers Jerry and Bud Butler.

Visitation will be Wednesday evening Oct. 11, 2017 6-8pm at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff.  The funeral service will be at 10am Thursday, October 12, 2017 in the funeral home chapel with Ron Fowler officiating.  Burial will follow in Kinsey Cemetery with full military honors.

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Ethel Smoot

Monday, October 9th, 2017

Ethel Smoot peacefully departed this life on October 4,2017, at home with her family at her side after a long fight with Amyloidosis. She was born on January 11, 1941, in Neelyville, Missouri, and was raised, along with five sisters and two brothers, by her parents Arthur and Opal Cassinger. She was brought up in the church her parents and uncles founded. She shared a memory of travelling to church one Sunday during a snow storm, bundled up in blankets, riding in the back of an open wagon.

In 1958 Ethel married Mark Bellamy, Sr., and later had three children: Mark, Jr., Angela and Stephen. As a military family the majority of their duty stations were in the Southeastern United States and Europe, where they traveled extensively. Ethel graduated from University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Horticulture program in 1984. Her proudest accomplishment soon followed: opening her own flower shop, Brandywine Floral, in Grafton, Virginia, with the help of her daughter Angela and a long-time friend. She was nationally certified as an FTD Master Designer after passing rigorous oral, written and hands-on timed testing. She also won many design awards within the Hampton Roads florists’ community and was featured as a panelist for floral wholesaler shows. Brandywine Floral had the honor to help decorate the Governor’s Mansion in Richmond, Virginia, for Christmas in 1990.

Ethel married Jack Smoot in 1998. After selling the flower shop she and Jack spent the rest of her years traveling, cruising, boating, and supervising multiple house remodelings. Jack and Ethel had a special house on Little Black River in Fairdealing, Missouri, where they loved to sit on the deck and listen to the river running by and watch well over twenty hummingbirds jockey for position at the feeders. They made their final home together in Marlbank Farms in Yorktown, Virginia. She is predeceased by her parents and son Stephen. She is survived by her husband Jack Smoot; son Mark Bellamy Jr (wife Robin), daughter Angela Bellamy-Knowles (husband Richard), daughter Connie Reynolds (husband Lonnie), daughter Pam McFall (husband Kirk); grandchildren Lauren Kudley, Kaitlyn Bellamy, Ryan Reynolds, Matthew Reynolds, Jeremy Worthy, Jason Worthy and Eric Worthy; 12 great grandchildren; and her devoted dog, Sofie. Also surviving are her siblings Gene Cassinger; Dorothy Mullins (Cecil); Ann Holland (Charles); Wanda Wagner; Bonnie Petty (Harley); Darlene Chitwood; and Tim Cassinger (Theresa); and scores of nieces and nephews too numerous to count, but well-loved, nonetheless.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, October 8, 2017 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM in Amory Funeral Home, Yorktown, Virginia. A family service at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Neelyville, Missouri, is to follow within a week. She will be laid to rest next to her son Stephen in her family’s cemetery in Coon Island, Missouri.

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Lela Irene Dollins

Saturday, October 7th, 2017

Lela Irene Dollins, 58 of Neelyville, Missouri, passed away october 6, 2017 at her residence. She was born September 22, 1959 at Poplar Bluff, Missouri to the late Loyd and Agnes “Hancock” Dollins.
She is survived by her son Christopher Dollins of Neelyville and Emily Crisp whom she considered as a daughter. Also surviving ; two sisters , Lila Miller and husband George, of Huffman, Texas and Lisa Barriner of Poplar Bluff, as well as three brothers; Lonnie Dollins of Cleveland, Texas, Mike Dollins and wife Regina of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, and Eugene Dollins and wife Cindy of Neelyville, Missouri. Two grandsons; Nathan and Aiden Dollins also, survive, and her best friend Donna Sue Brooks.
She enjoyed reading, drawing, watching movies, and spending time with her grandchildren and shopping.
Visitation will be starting at 6:00 p.m. October 10, 2017 in the Fowler-Sullivan Memorial Chapel, of Neelyville, Missouri with the funeral on Wednesday October 11, 2017 starting at 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel. Burial will be in the Hvam Cemetery with Rev Allen Leutert officiating.

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Johnny Lee Cook Sr.

Friday, October 6th, 2017

Johnny Lee Cook Sr., 65, of crystal City, Missouri passed away at the St. Anthony’s Medical Center of St Louis, Missouri. He was born October 29, 1951 at Poplar Bluff, Missouri to the late John Ross and Mary Peggy Elder Ross.
He is survived by; four children: Jeremy Cook and Wife Laurie of Crystal City, Missouri, Joshua Cook and wife Ann stationed in Korea, Jennifer Lopez and husband Asuncion Gonzalez of Crystal City, Missouri and Johnny Lee Cook Jr. and wife Linda of St.Louis, Missouri. He is also survived by one brother; Mitchel Cook of Doniphan, Missouri, 11 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
He was preceded in death by is parents as well as one brother, Wayne Cook.
He had served in the United States Army during the Vietnam era. He had worked as a mechanic and enjoyed working on old cars, the nature channel, camping and fishing.
Visitation for Mr. Cook will Tuesday October 10 starting at 1:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. with a graveside services starting at 3:30 p.m.. in the Naylor Memorial Cemetery in Naylor, Missouri.

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