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Obituaries

Sue Eskew (04/18/14)
Sue Eskew, daughter of the late Arthur Birchfield and Georgia Taylor Birchfield, was born on Jan. 12, 1934, and died on April 17, 2014, at SoutheastHEALTH in Cape Girardeau at the age of 80. Mrs. Eskew was a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Dexter, a former member of the Library Board and a member of the Dexter Genealogy Society. She was a housewife and a resident of Dexter...
Dale Ellis (04/18/14)
Dale Ellis, son of the late William and Pearl Dowdy Ellis, was born in Parma, Mo., on June 11, 1937, and died on April 17, 2014, at SoutheastHEALTH of Stoddard County in Dexter, at the age of 76. He had lived in Dexter the last 53 years, and worked for the City Of Dexter as Park Maintenance. He attended the Friendship Baptist Church of Dexter...
Sam Henry Pritchett (04/18/14)
Sam Henry Pritchett was born Jan. 28, 1917, in West Frankfort, Ill., to Oscar and Pauline Grammer Pritchett and died April 7, 2014 at his home in Dexter, Mo., at the age of 97. On Sept. 2, 1947, he was united in marriage to Lavenia Lee in Piggott, Ark...
Juanita Delores Beck (04/15/14)
Juanita Delores Beck of Catron, Mo., was born May 12, 1932, to the late Obry Cephus Whittenburg and Lora Gray Bryant Whittenburg in Charter Oak, Mo., and died April 9, 2014, at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center at the age of 81. On Jan. 20, 1949, she married George Buddy Beck in Piggott, Ark., and she was a member of the Pleasant View General Baptist Church in Risco, Mo...
Alan Douglas "Doug" Zunkel (04/15/14)
Alan Douglas "Doug" Zunkel died peacefully with family by his side on April 9, 2014, in his Vancouver home. His life is celebrated by family, friends, and colleagues around the country and the world. Doug was born on May 3, 1941, in Bethany, Mo., as the eldest son of Kenneth and Ezma Zunkel. ...
Bertie Marie Wright (04/15/14)
Bertie Marie Wright of Puxico, Mo., died at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center on April 11, 2014, at the age of 93. Watkins and Sons Funeral Chapel in Puxico, Mo., is in charge of all arrangements.
Sally Nell Fauller (04/15/14)
Sally Nell Fauller, daughter of the late William and Katie Dowdy McGuire, was born in Wyatt, Mo., on Sept. 24, 1910, and died at the Royal Manor Nursing Facility in Nicholasville, Ky., on April 12, 2014, at the age of 103. She had lived in the Sikeston area for many years before moving to...
Eula Faye Baca (04/15/14)
Eula Faye Baca, daughter of the late Samuel Jasper and Esta Ruth Jones Harmon, was born in Manilla, Ark., on Oct. 27, 1933, and died at the St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo., on April 14, 2014, at the age of 80. Mrs. Baca had lived in Lubbock, Texas, where she was a dietary manager for a nursing home before moving to Bloomfield in 1997. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bloomfield...
Doris Lavada Haywood (04/10/14)
Doris Lavada Haywood, age 68, of Wappapello, formerly of Kennett, died April 8, 2014. Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home of Dexter is in charge of all arrangements.
Richard Scarbrough (04/10/14)
Richard Scarbrough, 59, of Bloomfield, Mo., was born June 18, 1954 at York, Ala., and died April 7, 2014, at his home. He is survived by a daughter, Renee Jones of Bloomfield; a son Wesley Scarbrough of Mountain View, Mo; two step-daughters, Sarah Garman Williams and Becky Henry both of Cooter, Ark.; one brother, Robert Scarbrough; one sister, Mary Pickard; four grandchildren, Taylor, Kyle, Lillie and Josie; and six step-grandchildren, Brendon, Kiralyn, William, Max, Zaxton, and Percy...
Helen Louise Wheatley (04/08/14)
Helen Louise Wheatley, 88, recently of Eureka, Mo. and formerly of Flint, Michigan, died on Monday, March 31, 2014, in Washington, Mo. She was born January 25, 1926, to Adolph and Myrtle Fish in southeastern Missouri. Helen relocated to Flint, Mich. in the 1950s and worked there for many years in the Restaurant, Hospitality and Bartending business...
William "Sonny" Woodruff (04/08/14)
William "Sonny" Woodruff, son of the late William Cairl and Lillie Jane Stephens Woodruff, was born in Dexter, Mo., on March 29, 1938, and died at his home in Dexter on April 6, 2014, at the age of 76. He had lived in Dexter all of his life. He had worked at Purolator and as a carpenter and painter...
Michael L. "Mike" Galloway (04/08/14)
Michael L. "Mike" Galloway, 63, of Dexter, formerly of Slater, Mo., died Monday, April 7, 2014, at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. Born Sept. 14, 1950, in Sedalia, Mo., he was the son of the late Ernest Leo and Bonnie Brauer Galloway...
James Roy Davis (04/07/14)
James Roy Davis, son of the late William Franklin and Melvina Miller Davis, was born in Henderson, Ky., on July 9, 1923, and died at the Puxico Nursing Center in Puxico on April 4, 2014, at the age of 90. He had moved to the Puxico area in 1950 and had worked for the Ford Motor Company, the Puxico Handle Factory, the V. A. Medical Center and was a farmer...
Billie June Eastwood (04/07/14)
Billie June Eastwood, daughter of the late Lou and Vern Black, was born June 6, 1930, in Paragould, Ark., died March 30, 2014, at St. Peter's Manor in St. Peters, Mo. Billie June is survived by her three children, Colin Walters and wife Kathy of Lake St. ...
Michael Dow Kingree (04/07/14)
Michael Dow Kingree, son of the late Dow and Velma Lee McRoy Kingree, was born in Dexter, Mo., on Aug. 19, 1950, and died at SoutheastHEALTH Center of Stoddard County in Dexter on April 5, 2014, at the age of 63. Mr. Kingree had lived Southeast Missouri and Bloomfield most of his life. ...
Eugene Woodall (04/07/14)
Eugene Woodall, 78, died at his home in Morehouse, Mo., April 6, 2014. Watkins and Sons Funeral Home of Dexter is in charge of all arrangements.
Glenda L. Becker (04/06/14)
Glenda L. Becker, age 78, died April 4, 2014 at her home in Tanner, Missouri. Born August 4, 1935 in Blytheville, Arkansas, daughter of the late Dyer and Billie (Loflin) Garner. Mrs. Becker was a member of the First General Baptist Church of Morehouse, had graduated from Sikeston High School and had worked as Cash Office Manager for Wal-Mart before retiring...
Barbara Ann Taylor (04/04/14)
Barbara Ann Taylor, daughter of the late Norris and Susie Lucille Thrower Temples, was born near Dudley, Mo., on Sept. 3, 1936, and died at the Eunice Smith Nursing Home in Alton, Ill., on April 3, 2014, at the age of 77. She had grown up in the Dudley area and had lived in Florissant, Mo., for many years before moving to Godfrey, Ill., a few years ago...
Helen Louise Wheatley (04/04/14)
Helen Louise Wheatley, 88, recently of Eureka, Mo. and formerly of Flint, Mich. died on Monday, March 31, 2014, in Washington, Mo. She was born Jan. 25, 1926, to Adolph and Myrtle Fish in southeastern Missouri. Helen relocated to Flint, Mich. in the 1950s and worked there for many years in the restaurant, hospitality and bartending business...
Martha Sue Rowland (04/03/14)
Martha Sue Rowland, daughter of the late Ted and Shirley Denkins Jeter, was born in Poplar Bluff, Mo., on June 30, 1959, and died at SoutheastHEALTH of Stoddard County in Dexter, Mo., on April 2, 2014, at the age of 54. She had lived in Dexter all her life. She had worked as an LPN...
Barbara Ann Taylor (04/03/14)
Barbara Ann Taylor, daughter of the late Norris and Susie Lucille Thrower Temples, was born near Dudley, Mo., on April 12, 1941, and died at the Eunice Smith Nursing Home in Alton, Ill. on April 3, 2014, at the age of 77. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Watkins and Sons Funeral Services at a later date...
Virginia L. "Jenny" McClain (04/03/14)
Virginia L. "Jenny" McClain, daughter of the late Frelan D. and Nellie Rush Witaker, was born in Bollinger County, Mo. on Dec. 25, 1924, and died at her home in Lake St. Louis, Mo. on April 1, 2014, at the age of 89. She had lived in St. Charles and Bloomfield, Mo. before moving to Lake St. Louis two months ago. She was a member of the Baptist Church...
County to join with 18 others in fighting Ameren tax appeal (04/01/14)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- The Stoddard County Commission voted to join 18 other counties in the state to retain legal representation to counter an appeal by Ameren UE Gas Distribution over personal and real estate taxes paid the respective counties. The cost to Stoddard County and the taxing entities within the county will be $48,000...
Jo Ann VanGilder (04/01/14)
Jo Ann VanGilder, daughter of the late Walter W. Davis and Wanda Lee Taylor Davis, was born on Dec. 28, 1948, and died on March 30, 2014, at Crowley Ridge Care Center in Dexter at the age of 65. Mrs. VanGilder had worked as a Certified Nurses Assistant, was a homemaker and a resident of Dexter...
Celebrity Obituaries
  • Cheo Feliciano
    Cheo Feliciano, born José Luis Feliciano Vega, was a Puerto Rican musician best known for composing and performing salsa and bolero music. His lengthy career produced several hits in his genre, and he produced two-dozen albums from 1971 to 2012. In 2008, he won a Latin Grammy Award for excellence in music.
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez was a Nobel Prize-winning author. He wrote One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera.
  • Otto Petersen
    Otto Petersen was a ventriloquist known for his act Otto & George (George Dudley being his dummy). He began performing in the 70s in New York. He eventually made appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman, The Howard Stern Show, Penn & Teller’s Sin City Spectacular & Bullshit!, and Showtime’s Full Frontal Comedy. Petersen [...]
  • Sue Townsend
    Sue Townsend was an English writer who is best known for creating the character Adrian Mole, a teenager whose story she told through a series of pieces written in the form of a diary. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole was later turned into a television series. Townsend was also a successful novelist, playwright, and [...]
  • Peaches Geldof
    Peaches Geldof was a journalist, television personality and model. She was the daughter of Bob Geldof.
  • Mickey Rooney
    Mickey Rooney (born Joseph Yule, Jr.) was an American actor and funnyman, with a career that spanned an incredible nine decades. Rooney’s time in the spotlight began in the early 1920s, and Rooney was one of the last remaining actors with ties to the silent film era. Apart from being one of the most prolific [...]
  • John Pinette
    John Pinette was a stand-up comedian and actor. He appeared in two Revenge of the Nerds films, as well as the Seinfeld series finale and various other movies.
  • Dane Witherspoon
    Dane Witherspoon was an actor known for his role on daytime soap opera Santa Barbara. He also appeared on Capitol. He was briefly married to Robin Wright in the 80s.
  • Frankie Knuckles
    Frankie Knuckles was known as the “Godfather of House Music.” He brought house music to Chicago in the 1980s and was considered to be the most influential person of the genre. As a DJ, producer, and remixer, Knuckles (born Francis Nicholls) was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame in 2005.
  • Ralph Wilson
    Ralph Wilson was the founder and owner of the NFL franchise the Buffalo Bills. His roots in American football run much deeper than that, however, as he was also one of the founding owners of the American Football League. The AFL and the NFL merged in 1970.