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Obituaries

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...
Karen Kay Reinbott (07/25/14)
Karen Kay Reinbott, 51, of Salem, Mo., died July 15, 2014, at her home. She was born Dec. 30, 1962, daughter of Joe Edward and Shirley Maxine Pope Reinbott. Karen is survived by her mother, Shirley Fadler of Barnhart, Mo.; one son, Michael Reinbott of Salem; one daughter, Meagan Mason of Dexter; her boyfriend, John Langford of Salem; two brothers, Bobby (Kim) Reinbott of Ste. ...
Wilma Lee (Rhodes) McDonald (07/22/14)
Wilma Lee (Rhodes) McDonald died Saturday July 19, 2014 in a caring home in Novato, Calif. at the age of 92. A memorial service will be held at the Grissom Funeral Home in San Lorenzo, Calif. Wilma was born in Acorn Ridge, Mo., on March 31, 1922, the youngest child of Owen Vernon Rhodes and Alice (Skelton) Rhodes. In 1941 she graduated from Bloomfield High School...
Teddy J. Cook (07/21/14)
Teddy J. Cook, 75, of Fot Dodge, Iowa, died Thursday, July 17, 2014, at Trinity Regional Medical Center. Teddy Joe Cook was born on July 13, 1939, in Dexter, Mo., he was raised and educated in Dexter graduating from Dexter High School in 1958. He served in the National Guard and Army Reserve from 1955 to 1964. Teddy played minor league baseball and was even called up to try out with the St. Louis Cardinals...
Willard L. Levingston (07/21/14)
Willard L. Levingston, 87, of Fruitland Park, Fla., died Friday, July 18, 2014. He was born April 13,1927, in Zalma, Mo., and was a longtime resident of Weston and Independence, Mo. He moved to Florida from Weston, Mo., in 1992. Willard was a retired airline mechanic for TWA Airlines and a Veteran of the US Army during WWII. He liked to tinker and tool...
Brett Allen Frazier (07/21/14)
Brett Allen Frazier, son of Thomas and Rita Wheeler Frazier of Dexter, was born on Sept. 23, 1962, in Seymour, Ind., and died on July 19, 2014, at the SoutheastHEALTH Center of Stoddard County at the age of 51. Mr. Frazier was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Dexter and was a former Quality Technician at Arvin Automotive in Dexter...
Brett Frazier (07/20/14)
Brett Frazier, 50, of Dexter, son of Tom and Rita Frazier, died suddenly on Saturday, July 19, 2014. Visitation will take place Monday, July 21 at Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home from 5-8 p.m., with services on Tuesday, July 22, at 10:30 a.m. A complete obituary will appear as it is received...
Rev. Roy George Bennett (07/17/14)
Rev. Roy George Bennett was born Aug. 30, 1925, in Corning, Ark., and died July 16, 2014, at the Calvert City Convalescent Center in Calvert City, Ky., at the age of 88. Collier Funeral Home in Benton, Ky., is in charge of all arrangements.
Luther H. Cagle (07/17/14)
Luther H. Cagle of Malden, Mo., was born Jan. 6, 1933, in Lilbourn, Mo., to the late Luther Thomas (Tom) and Vera Moore Cagle and died at his residence on July 10, 2014, at the age of 81. On June 7, 1952, he married Joyce Manning in Piggott, Ark. She preceded him in death on July 30, 2007...
Robert Richard "Bob" Black (07/17/14)
Robert Richard "Bob" Black, 83, of Scott City, Mo., died July 16, 2014, at SoutheastHEALTH in Cape Girardeau, Mo. He was born Dec. 23, 1930, in Cardwell, Mo., to Ulyses Marion and Cora O. Francis Black. He and Ruth Louise Kirkman were married June 4, 1949. He later married June Martin Baugh on Aug. 7, 1999...
Celebrity Obituaries
  • Dick Smith
    Dick Smith was a Hollywood makeup artist. His nickname, ‘The Godfather of Makeup’, could have come from the fact that he was responsible for turning Marlon Brando into Vito Corleone for The Godfather – or it could just be a reference to his giant influence in the field. Smith also worked on films such as [...]
  • John Fasano
    John Fasano was a film director, producer, and screenwriter. His films include Rock ‘n’ Roll Nightmare, Black Roses, and The Jitters. He also co-rote Another 48 Hours.
  • James Garner
    James Garner was an actor best known for roles on the TV shows Maverick and The Rockford Files. He also appeared in over 50 films, including The Great Escape, Victor Victoria, and The Notebook, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award.
  • Skye McCole Bartusiak
    Skye McCole Bartusiak was an actress best known for roles in The Patriot and Don’t Say a Word. She also appeared in Beyond the Prairie: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Boogeyman, and Kill Your Darlings.
  • Nadine Gordimer
    Nadine Gordimer was a South African writer and activist whose works took on racially-charged themes, especially apartheid in her home country. Her famous novels include 1974′s The Conservationist, 1979′s Burger’s Daughter, 1981′s July’s People, and 1987′s A Sport of Nature. She also wrote numerous collections of short fiction and essays. Gordimer received the Nobel Prize [...]
  • Johnny Winter
    Johnny Winter (real name: John Dawson Winter III) was a blues guitarist, singer, and producer. He produced three Grammy-award-winning albums for Muddy Waters, and recorded several Grammy-nominated albums of his own. He was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1988.
  • Tommy Ramone
    Tommy Ramone (real name Thomas Erdelyi) was the original drummer for The Ramones He played with the band through its first four albums.
  • Lorin Maazel
    Lorin Maazel was a conductor, violinist, and composer. He was music director of the Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic.
  • Walter Dean Myers
    Walter Dean Myers was an author of children’s and young adult books with over a hundred of them to his name. Among his most well-known are Fallen Angels, Sunrise Over Fallujah, and Monster.
  • Bob Hastings
    Bob Hastings was an actor who appeared in films, on television, and on radio. Including voice acting (which he did a lot of), Hastings has over 150 acting credits to his name. He’s probably best known, however, for his portrayal of Lt. Elroy Carpenter on McHale’s Navy.