Master Sgt. Charles Ernest Newbern, 75, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at his home.

Charles was born August 23, 1941, in Lafollette, Tn., to the late George A. Newbern and Mary (Reagan) Newbern. He served in the U.S. Air Force from which he retired.  He enjoyed playing music and was a member of the True Believers Church and formerly a member of the Masons.

On January 27, 1998 he married Priscilla “Peaches” (Earl) Newbern in Denver, Co.   She survives.

Other survivors include his children, Johnny Newbern (Michelle), Jenna Rochella Johnson- Newbern, Richard Newbern, Craig Newbern, and Donald Ray Earl; two sisters, Frances Bailey and Martha Ogilvie; his grandchildren, Tamara, Princess, Lamuel, Madaline, Natalie, Private Jamal Newbern, Adrianna and Anglinia; sisters-in-law, Shirley Newbern and Channa Newbern, as well as a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and many friends.

Mr. Newbern was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Margaret Newbern and two brothers, George and Robert Newbern.

Visitation will be held at 1o a.m. Friday, October 21, 2016, at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff, followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m., in the chapel, with Pastor Roy Williams officiating.  Mr. Newbern will then be laid to rest in the Mo. State Veteran Cemetery in Bloomfield with full military honors.