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Obituaries

Charles Issac Farmer (05/26/15)
Charles Issac Farmer, 90, of Dexter died on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at Crowley Ridge Care Center in Dexter. Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter.
Betty Lou Musgrave (05/26/15)
Betty Lou Musgrave, daughter of the late Henry and Edna Grunner Souders, was born July 30, 1927, in Oak Hill, Mo., and died at the Golden Living Center in Bloomfield on May 25, 2015, at the age of 87. She had lived in the Bloomfield area all her life and was a member of the Light House Church of Dexter. She worked for many years at Purolator before her retirement...
Sandra Layton (05/26/15)
Sandra Faye Layton, died on Sunday, May 24, 2015, at the BarnesJewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., at the age of 63. She was born Feb. 9th, 1952, in Cairo, Ill., to the late Edgar and Nadine Barnhill. She was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church in Dexter...
Emilye Garner (05/26/15)
Emilye Garner, was born on Nov. 22, 1926, in Dunnville, Ontario, Canada and died at the Mulberry Manor in Dexter on May 23, 2015, at the age of 88. Mrs. Garner was a member of the Bernie Christian Church, had previously worked at the Midway Drive In, Family Drive In and Weeks Theater all in Dexter. ...
Verna Dean Godwin (05/22/15)
Verna Godwin, daughter of the late Yewell Lawrence and Pearl White Lawrence was born on Sept. 1, 1930, in Stoddard County and died on May 22, 2015, at the SoutheastHEALTH Center of Stoddard County in Dexter, at the age of 84. Mrs. Godwin was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Dexter, former Chairman of the Stoddard County Children's Home board, formerly employed at Bloomfield and Dexter Public Schools, Past President of Stoddard County Women's Council for County Improvement, past co-chairman of Stoddard County Arts and Humanities, Council member of Missouri Council on Arts, named 1965 Woman of Year, and was also a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and Phi Delta Kappa.. ...
Wanda Pullum (05/22/15)
Wanda Pullum, daughter of the late John Clyde and Pearl Baker Cook, was born in Bloomfield on July 7, 1931, and died at the Crowley Ridge Care Center in Dexter on May 22, 2015, at the age of 83. Chiles-Cooper Funeral Home of Bloomfield is in charge of all arrangements...
Charlene Robertson (05/21/15)
Charlene Myers Robertson, daughter of the late Chester Garfield Myers and Matilda Jane Pace Myers, was born on Aug. 17, 1930, at Campbell and died at the Crowley Ridge Care Center in Dexter on May 21, 2015, at the age of 84. Mrs. Robertson was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Dexter, a former school secretary and a resident of Dexter...
John Henry Underwood (05/21/15)
John Henry Underwood, 77, son of the late Roy Emmitt and Norma Davis Underwood, was born in Bloomfield on July 29, 1937, and died at the Golden Living Center in Bloomfield on May 19, 2015. John had lived in Bloomfield all of his life. He was a member of the First Church of God in Dexter and was an active member of the community's coffee shop participants...
Lt. Col. Clifford T. Manlove (Ret) (05/21/15)
Lt. Col. Clifford T. Manlove (Ret.) was born on Nov. 12, 1917, in Wood River, Ill., and died on May 20, 2015, at the Crowley Ridge Care Center in Dexter at the age of 97. Cliff Manlove was a Retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Dexter, American Legion Post #59, Dexter Elks Lodge and the Daedalians Fraternity of Military Pilots...
Brenda Smith (05/21/15)
Brenda Smith, daughter of the late Sylvester August and Rita Marie Hagen Wibbenmeyer, was born in Perryville on Sept. 8, 1955, and died at the SoutheastHEALTH Center of Stoddard County in Dexter, on May 18, 2015, at the age of 59. Arrangements are under the direction of Watkins Funeral Services of Parma...
Mary Gromer (05/19/15)
Mary Gromer, daughter of the late Ernest and Addie Mason Gromer, was born in Marquand, Mo., on Aug. 29, 1932, and died at the Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo., on May 18, 2015, at the age of 82. She had lived in Dexter most of her life and had worked at Swift and Company, International Hat Factory and Crowley Ridge Care Center before she retired. She had attended the Sweet Prospect General Baptist Church in Dexter...
Betty June Noyes (05/18/15)
Betty June Noyes, daughter of the late Richard Townsend and Faye Wilson Townsend, was born on Feb. 12, 1933, and died on May 18, 2015, at her residence in Essex at the age of 82. Mrs. Noyes was a member of the Vision of Hope General Baptist Church in Essex and a resident of Essex. She was a homemaker, a loving wife, mother and grandmother...
Sarah Ellen Shanks (05/18/15)
On March 4, 1932, Sarah Ellen Wilson Shanks was born in Gray Ridge, Mo., to Dwight (Doby) and Mildred Lowery Wilson and died May 17, 2015, at Golden Living Center in Dexter at the age of 83. Sarah lived most of her life in Gray Ridge and Bell City and attended Gray Ridge School where she graduated in 1948. Sarah loved her flower garden and always had beautiful flowers. She also loved to read and work word puzzles...
Wilma June Coffey (05/18/15)
Wilma June Coffey, daughter of the late G.M. Barbour and Montie Barton Barbour was born on Oct. 18, 1931, in Dexter and departed this life on May 16, 2015, at the Mulberry Manor in Dexter at the age of 83. Known to her grandchildren as "Mom-Mom", June was a member of the First Baptist Church in Dexter. ...
Billy Lee Almond (05/18/15)
Billy Lee Almond, son of the late William Henderson and Bessie Everest Chasteen Almond, was born in Aid, Mo., on Dec. 27, 1931, and died at the Saint Frances Hospital in Cape Girardeau, Mo., on May 16, 2015, at the age of 83. On July 10, 1949, he married Vera Lorraine Norris. ...
Wilma June Coffey (05/17/15)
Wilma June Coffey, daughter of the late G.M. Barbour and Montie Barton Barbour was born on October 18, 1931, in Dexter and departed this life on May 16, 2015, at the Mulberry Manor in Dexter at the age of 83. Known to her grandchildren as "Mom-Mom", June was a member of the First Baptist Church in Dexter. ...
Missouri State Veterans Cemetery to hold Memorial Day Program (05/16/15)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- The Missouri State Veterans Cemetery at Bloomfield will hold its annual Memorial Day Program on May 25. The program will begin at 1 p.m. at the Committal Shelter Plaza in the cemetery. Keynote Speaker for the program will be John Michael (Mike) Mowrer, Commissioner, Missouri Veterans Commission. ...
Alvin Hunt (05/15/15)
Alvin Hunt, son of the late Junior Curtis and Flora Leona Wilburn Hunt, was born in Parma on June 9, 1943, and died at his home in Dexter on May 14, 2015, at the age of 71. He had lived in the Parma and Dexter area most of his life. He had worked as a truck driver and enjoyed fishing, hunting, and golf...
Joe Whitaker (05/14/15)
Joe Whitaker, son of the late Joe and Hattie May Jennings Whitaker, was born in Naylor, Mo., on July 24, 1932, and died at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center on May 12, 2015, at the age of 82. He had lived in the Dexter area most of his life where he had was employed by the City of Dexter as the Water Commissioner. He was a member of the Dexter Elks Lodge #2439, the American Legion and was a veteran of the U. S. Army. He enjoyed hunting and he loved to visit the casinos and play the slots...
Terry Edmond Belcher, Jr. (05/12/15)
Terry Edmond Belcher, Jr. of Dexter, died Saturday, May 9, 2015, at the age of 36. Arrangements are under the direction of the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter.
Dewayne McClain (05/11/15)
Dewayne McClain son of the late Elden Floyd McClain and Mable Joiner McClain was born on Aug. 22, 1955, in Dexter and died on May 9, 2015, at the St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis at the age of 59. Mr. McClain was of the Pentecostal Faith, a former employee of the Chrysler Corporation in Fenton, Mo., and a resident of Fenton...
Rachel Davis (05/11/15)
Rachel Davis, daughter of the late Orville B. and Rosa Parilee Hollis Brady, was born in Collinwood, Tenn., on March 16, 1929, and died at the Puxico Nursing Center on May 9, 2015, at the age of 86. Watkins and Sons Funeral Service of Puxico is in charge of all arrangements...
Linda Louise Freudenstein (05/11/15)
Linda Louise Freudenstein, age 73, died peacefully at her home in Branson, surrounded by family on April 25th. Born Jan. 11, 1942, in Essex to Charles and Portia Ellis, she spent many years living in Port Orchard where she worked at the Kitsap County Courthouse until retiring in 1997...
Linda Sue Rieverts (05/11/15)
Linda Sue Rieverts, daughter of the late James A. Pierce and Francis M. Enteman Pierce, was born on June 25, 1953, in St. Louis, and died in Poplar Bluff on May 10, 2015, at the age of 61. Mrs. Rieverts was a homemaker and a resident of Dudley. On Nov. 9, 1987, she was united in marriage to Harold Rieverts in St. Louis. Mr. Rieverts survives of their home in Dudley...
Barry L. Baldwin (05/08/15)
Barry L. Baldwin, 62, of Wappapello, died May 5, 2015, at Landmark Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are being handled by the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter.
Celebrity Obituaries
  • B.B. King
    B.B. King (birth name Riley B. King) was an American blues singer and guitarist. He is generally regarded as one of the best guitarists of all time and one of the best blues musicians ever. Known for his grueling show schedule, B.B. King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. […]
  • Dave Goldberg
    Dave Goldberg was a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and CEO of online survey company SurveyMonkey. Before that, Goldberg founded LAUNCH Media in 1994 – a company that was later acquired by Yahoo. He was married to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.
  • Ben E. King
    Ben E. King was a singer best known for the classic tune Stand by Me, which he also co-wrote. The song was a Top 10 hit in the U.S. in two different decades – the 60s when it was released, and in the 80s thanks to the film of the same name. King was also […]
  • Jean Nidetch
    Jean Nidetch was the co-founder of Weight Watchers, the company that provides good and services to aid in weight loss. In the early 1960s, Nidetch started a support group with several overweight friends, which eventually became the Weight Watchers organization. It was sold to the H.J. Heinz company in 1978.
  • Jack Ely
    Jack Ely was a guitarist and singer best known for singing Louie Louie with The Kingsmen. He co-founded the group, but was forced out before playing with The Courtmen.
  • Suzanne Crough
    Suzanne Crough was an actress best known for playing Tracy Partridge, the youngest of the crew, on TV’s The Partridge Family.
  • Bob St. Clair
    Bob St. Clair was a football player, who played offensive lineman for the San Francisco 49ers from 1953 to 1963. He made 5 Pro Bowls, and earned 9 All-Pro selections. He was a 1990 inductee to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the 49ers have retired his number (79). He was nicknamed The Geek […]
  • Percy Sledge
    Percy Sledge was an American singer best known for his hit “When a Man Loves a Woman”. The 1966 song has been named one of the greatest tracks of all time and has been covered by numerous musicians – most notably Michael Bolton in 1991. Sledge released eight full-length albums, the last in 2013.
  • James Best
    James Best was an actor best known for his role as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on The Dukes of Hazzard. He was also on In the Heat of the Night, The Twilight Zone, and in a number of other films and TV shows dating back to 1950.
  • Fredric Brandt
    Fredric Brandt was a dermatologist known for treating celebrities like Madonna. He is said to be the “likely inspriration” for a character portrayed by Martin Short on Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmmy Schmidt. These comparisons reportedly “devastated” him.