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Obituaries
William H. Conder (08/22/14)
William H. Conder, 79, of Dexter, died August 21, 2014, at Pemiscot Memorial Hospital in Hayti. Mr. Conder was born March 2, 1935, at Arab, Mo., the son of Daniel and Rosie Roe Conder. Bill had been a truck driver and farmer. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Army...
Eunice Irene (Pullum) Hendrickson (08/22/14)
Eunice Irene (Pullum) Hendrickson of Dexter, daughter of the late Andrew "Bud" and Goldie Eunez Lashley Pullum, was born in Essex on Jan. 14, 1947, and died at the St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau on Aug. 19, 2014, at the age of 67. She had lived in Essex, for many years and had lived in Dexter the past several years. She had worked as an in home health care worker...
Martha Minton (08/21/14)
Martha Minton, daughter of the late Ottie Miles and Adel Taylor Miles was born on Jan. 13, 1918, in Essex and died on Aug. 20, 2014, at the Cypress Point Skilled Nursing Facility in Dexter at the age of 96. Mrs. Minton was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Dexter, and a home-maker...
Mary Drucille Ayers (08/21/14)
Mary Drucille Ayers, 87, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at her home, surrounded by family. She was born Nov. 11, 1926, in Advance to Melvin and Gertrude Williams Pixley. Mary and Glenn Ayers were married Nov. 7, 1946, in Sikeston. He preceded her in death July 15, 2000...
Mary Drucille Ayers (08/20/14)
Mary Drucille Ayers, 87, formerly of Dexter, died at her residence in Cape Girardeau on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Visitation will take place at St. Vincent's Catholic Church in Cape Girardeau on Friday, Aug. 22 at 10 a.m. with a funeral mass to follow at 11 a.m...
Michael Thomas Hawkins (08/19/14)
Michael Thomas "Tee" Hawkins, of Blodgett, was born on Jan. 23, 1960, and died Aug. 18, 2014, at the age of 54. Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home of Dexter is in charge of all arrangements.
Onieta Kinney McGhee (08/18/14)
Onieta Kinney McGhee, daughter of the late William Green Kinney and Martha Kruse Kinney was born on August 17, 1920 at Dexter and departed this life in the SoutheastHEALTH of Stoddard County in Dexter on August 16, 2014 at the age of 93. Mrs. McGhee was a member of the First Baptist Church in Dexter and she was a teacher in the Dexter Public School System for 43 years. ...
Mark Ray Allen (08/15/14)
Mark Ray Allen of Clever, Mo., was born March 11, 1950, and died at the Cox South Medical Center in Springfield, Mo., on Aug. 14, 2014, at the age of 64. Watkins and Sons Funeral Service in Dexter, Mo. is in charge of arrangements.
Oliver "Ollie" Hagy (08/15/14)
Oliver "Ollie" Hagy, was born April 29, 1943, and died at this home Aug. 13, 2014, at the age of 71. Watkins and Sons Funeral Home of Dexter is in charge of all arrangements.
James R. Vaughn (08/12/14)
James R. Vaughn, son of the late Willie B. Vaughn and Anna Mae Parker Vaughn, was born on November 28, 1946 in rural Parma, Missouri and departed this life on August 12, 2014 at SoutheastHEALTH Center of Stoddard County in Dexter at the age of 67 years...
Bessie Ruth Simpson (08/11/14)
Bessie Ruth Simpson, daughter of the late Fred and Stella Robinson Melton, was born in Essex, Mo.,, and died at the Monticello House in Jackson Mo., on Aug. 9, 2014, at the age 93. She had lived in Michigan for several years after moving to Dexter and then moving to Cape Girardeau. ...
Wilbert "Fib" Gisi (08/11/14)
Wilbert "Fib" Gisi, son of the late Edmond and Iva Morrison Gisi, was born on July 20, 1924, in Essex and died on Aug. 10, 2014, at SoutheastHEALTH of Stoddard County at the age of 90. Mr. Gisi was a member of the Hopewell General Baptist Church and was a farmer. ...
Carolyn Seabaugh Edlridge (08/11/14)
Carolyn Seabaugh Eldridge, daughter of the late Elmer B. Cook and Geneva V. Bess Cook, was born on March 6, 1950, in Marble Hill, Mo., and died on Aug. 9, 2014, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau at the age of 64. Mrs. Eldridge attended First Baptist Church of Dexter. She was a former bus driver for the Dexter School District, a homemaker and a resident of Dexter...
Pansy Laverne Ezell (08/11/14)
Pansy Laverne Ezell, daughter of the late Harvey Clarence Gregory and Mamie Myrtle Seberry Gregory, was born on Feb. 17, 1935, in Dexter and died on Aug. 10, 2014, at the age of 79. Mrs. Ezell was a member of the Bethany General Baptist Church. On Nov. 11, 1950, she was united in marriage to Dolphy Dayton Forkum. Mr. Ezell preceded her in death on Aug. 25, 1998...
Bessie Ruth Simpson (08/11/14)
Bessie Ruth Simpson, daughter of the late Fred and Stella Robinson Melton, was born in Essex Missouri, and died at Monticello House, in Jackson Missouri, on August 9, 2014, at the age 93 of years. She had lived in Michigan for several years after moving to Dexter Missouri and then moving to Cape Girardeau Missouri...
Marlon "Hoop" Hoopingarner (08/08/14)
Marlon "Hoop" Hoopingarner, son of the late Fred Hoopingarner and Zena Lucas Hoopingarner, was born on March 15, 1922, in Dexter and died on August 7, 2014, at Crowley Ridge Care Center in Dexter at the age of 92. Mr. Hoopingarner was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Dexter until ill health made it impossible. ...
Lura Marie Duley Leininger (08/08/14)
Lura Marie Duley Leininger was born in Dexter on March 19, 1919. She had one brother that survived infancy, John Raymond Duley. He died young at the age of 57 from complications of Multiple Sclerosis. She is survived by one daughter, Sandra Rae (Jerry) Leininger Neisler, of Anaheim, Calif., two grandsons, Brett David Neisler of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Jared Jason Neisler of Anaheim, Calif. She was recently preceded in death by one grandson, Dana Wayne Neisler on Jan. 25, 2014...
Linda Sue Hosenfeld (08/07/14)
Linda Sue Hosentfeld, daughter of the late Tommy and Betty Jo Bledsoe Maddox, on Oct. 7, 1958, and died at her home in Dudley on August 5, 2014, at the age of 55. Watkins and Sons Funeral Service of Dexter in charge of arrangements.
Larry G. Harris (08/07/14)
Larry G. Harris, 71, of Woodbridge, Va., formerly of Fisk, Mo., died on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, after cancer treatment. He was born in Piggott, Ark., on May 15, 1943, to Edward Eugene Harris and Dortha (Ward) Harris Allen, who preceded him in death...
Lura Marie Duley Leininger (08/07/14)
Lura Marie Duley Leininger was born in Dexter on March 19, 1919. She had one brother that survived infancy, John Raymond Duley. He died young at the age of 57 from complications of Multiple Sclerosis. She is survived by one daughter, Sandra Rae (Jerry) Leininger Neisler, of Anaheim, Calif., two grandsons, Brett David Neisler of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Jared Jason Neisler of Anaheim, Calif. She was recently preceded in death by one grandson, Dana Wayne Neisler on Jan. 25, 2014...
Police Reports (08/05/14)
Dexter Police Aug. 2 - 4, 2014 A report of theft was at made at 7:09 a.m. at North Sassafras address. Police investigated a report of domestic violence on Dawn Street. Eshref F. Topalli, 33, of Dexter, was arrested on a Stoddard County warrant. Bond was set at $500 cash or surety...
Bobby Gean Finch (08/04/14)
Bobby Gean Finch, son of the late Charles Fuson Finch and Eucel Macel Parker Finch, was born on May 12, 1947, in Malden and died on Aug. 3, 2014, at SoutheastHEALTH in Cape Girardeau at the age of 67. Mr. Finch was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Bernie. He had worked as a certified electrician at Media Press in Sikeston and was a resident of Bernie...
Opal Scherer (08/04/14)
Opal Scherer, 85, of Dexter, died July 31, 2014, at Crowley Ridge Care Center in Dexter. She was born Feb. 4, 1929, in Steele, the daughter of William and Nora Inman Turnbo. Opal had worked at the Inland Shoe Factory in Advance for 25 years. She owned Opal's Package Store in Advance for seven years and later worked at Wal-Mart in Sikeston for 10 years. From 1972-1974 she was the committeewoman for Pike Township. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Advance...
Earl Burleson (08/04/14)
Earl Burleson, son of the late Amos Burleson and Anna Hill Burleson was born on May 12, 1964, in Bernie and died on Aug. 4, 2014, at his residence in Dexter at the age of 50. He was united in marriage to Jo Ann Kirkman on Dec.16, 1993, in Dexter. Survivors include his wife, Jo Burleson of the home in Dexter; two sons, Danny and wife Gina Kirkman and Martin and wife Tina Risse; two grand-daughters, Abby and Lilly Risse; four brothers, Glen Burleson, Tommy Burleson, Jim Burleson and Randy Burleson; also by many other loved ones and friends.. ...
George "Randy" Jones (08/01/14)
George "Randy" Jones, son of Ruby Mae Gentry Jones and the late Harley Wayne Jones, died on Aug. 1, 2014, at the age of 55. Watkins and Sons Funeral Service of Dexter is in charge of all arrangements.
Audrey Adams (08/01/14)
Audrey Adams was born Feb. 24, 1944, in Ripley County, Mo., to the late Dan and Jessie Tutterow Payne and died July 31, 2014. She was a member of the Logan Creek General Baptist Church, a registered nurse and retired from what is now Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center after 34 years of service working as a certified critical care nurse for several years...
R. H. Morgan (07/31/14)
R. H. Morgan was born Jan. 29, 1927, in Judsonia, Ark., and died at the Miner Nursing Center in Miner, Mo., July 29, 2014, at the age of 87. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Watkins and Sons Funeral Service of Parma, Mo. On-line condolences may be sent to www.watkinsfuneralhome.com...
Mae Swindell (07/31/14)
Mae Swindell, daughter of the late William Wiley and Myrtle Waters Wiley, was born on April 6, 1929, in De Soto, Mo., and died on July 21, 2014, at Elmcroft of Point Loma in San Diego, Calif., at the age of 85. On Nov. 18, 1949, she was united in marriage to Kermit P. Swindell in Piggott, Ark. Mr. Swindell preceded her in death on Nov. 5, 2009...
Wannetta Louise Robins (07/31/14)
Wannetta Louise Robins the daughter of the late Richard and Mada Ward Cave was born in Rockford, Ill., on Jan. 11, 1938, and died at her home in Edgemont, Ark., on July 28, 2014, at the age of 76. She was raised in Dexter by her maternal grandparents Henry and Myrtle Ward. ...
Lillie Marie Payton (07/31/14)
Lillie Marie Payton was born in Cobb, Mo., on March 30, 1922, and died at her home in Puxico, Mo., on June 30, 2014, at the age of 92. Watkins and Sons Funeral Service of Puxico in charge of arrangements.
Harry H. Swinger (07/29/14)
Harry H. Swinger, born July 30, 1921, to Hershel and Gladys Snider Swinger, and died July 27, 2014, at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Poplar Bluff. Harry joined the US Army Air Corps in 1942 determined to be a pilot. He went through training throughout the US and became a gunner on the B-17. ...
Mae Swindell (07/28/14)
Mae Swindell, daughter of the late William Wiley and Myrtle Waters Wiley, was born on April 6, 1929, in De Soto, Mo., and died on July 21, 2014, at Elmcroft of Point Loma in San Diego, Calif., at the age of 85. Mrs. Swindell was a former resident of Dexter, residing in San Diego, Calif., and was a member of the Dexter Church of Christ. She was a longtime employee of Elders Manufacturing in Dexter, following her employment at Elders she worked as a nurse for a number of years...
Sawyer Grace Silman (07/28/14)
Sawyer Grace Silman, daughter of Allan and Haley Jennings Silman of Scott City, Mo., was born and died Friday, July 25, 2014, at SoutheastHealth Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo. She is survived by her parents, Allan and Haley Silman; grandparents, Mark and Cindy Silman of Scott City; Randy and Janna Jennings of Bernie; great-grandparents, Richard and Betty Gage of Bertrand and Delbert Silman of Portageville...
Raymond E. Leathers (07/25/14)
Raymond E. Leathers, the son of the late Thomas and Elizabeth Bruce Leathers, was born in Parma on Jan. 21, 1924, and died at the Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains on July 22, 2014, at the age of 90. Mr. Leathers was a veteran, having served with the United States Navy during World War II and the Korean Conflict and was a member of American Legion Post of West Plains. He had worked as an iron ore and coal miner for 27 years...
Dwayne Dodson (07/25/14)
Dwayne Dodson, son of Janice Dodson, was born in Sikeston, Mo., on Sept. 11, 1954, and died July 23, 2014, in Emory, Texas at the age of 59. He is survived by his mother, four brothers and two sisters. No services are currently planned.
Elmer Dean Fortner (07/25/14)
Elmer Dean Fortner, son of the late Lonnie and Lydia Mae Fortner, was born in Piggott, Ark., on Sept. 4, 1934, and died on July 24, 2014, at his home in Bloomfield, at the age of 79. He had lived in Bloomfield most of his life. He was a self employed carpenter, was of the General Baptist faith and was a past member of the Eagles...
John D. Brown, Sr. (07/25/14)
John D. Brown, Sr., age 86, of Gahanna, Ohio, died Saturday, July 19, 2014. John was born in Ledford, Ill., and grew up mostly in southern Illinois and southeast Tennessee, son of the late Henry Brown and Nancy (David Henson) Morrow. John was a man who was very proud of his country and the service he gave to his country. ...
Hazel I. Hurley (07/25/14)
Hazel I. Hurley, daughter of the late Oscar Leonard Hinkle and Mary Jennings Hinkle, was born on Jan. 19, 1933, in Edwardsville, Ill., and died on July 23, 2014, at Golden Living Center in Bloomfield at the age of 81. Mrs. Hurley was a homemaker and a resident of Bloomfield...
Mary Belle McDonald Shultheiss (07/25/14)
Mary Belle McDonald Shultheiss, age 72, of Marietta, Ga., died July 21, 2014. She was born Nov. 28, 1941, in Stoddard County Mo., to Martha Christian McDonald and Loyd McDonald. Mary Belle graduated from Bloomfield High School and Business College in Cape Girardeau. ...
Silas Asa Rhodes (07/25/14)
Silas Asa Rhodes, infant son of Michael Rhodes and Christi Wilson Rhodes of Bloomfield, was born and died Saturday, July 19, 2014, at St. Marys Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. Surviving are his parents, Michael and Christi Rhodes of the home in Bloomfield; maternal grandparents, William and Cathy Wilson of Risco; paternal grandparents, Don and Sandy Rhodes of Bloomfield; two uncles, Bryan Wilson of Poplar Bluff and David Rhodes of Bloomfield; one cousin, Dakota Wilson of Poplar Bluff...
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  • Dick Smith
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  • John Fasano
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