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Obituaries

Marie Louise Medcalf (07/02/15)
Marie Louise Medcalf, 90, was born in Essex on March 14, 1925, to John Logan Kirkpatrick and Ida (Sifford) Kirkpatrick. She was united in marriage to Gene Medcalf on June 30th, 1941. Marie was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and, she was a devoted Christian. Marie attended The First Church of the Nazarene in Dexter. She was a former member of the First United Methodist Church of Dexter and a resident of Dexter...
Victorine (Vicky) Bryant (07/02/15)
Victorine (Vicky) Reynolds Bryant, a retired Dexter teacher, was born on May 6, 1923, and died on June 30, 2015, at the age of 92. She was a 1940 graduate of DeSoto High School and was graduated in 1944 from Southeast Missouri State Teachers' College (now SEMO)...
Dorothy Juanita Manley Bloomfield-Gamble (07/02/15)
Dorothy Juanita Manley Bloomfield-Gamble, 84, of Farmington, Mo., died on July 1, 2015. She was born on Jan. 13, 1931, at Canalou, Mo., the daughter of Audie Lee and Bernice Manley. Dorothy was the bookkeeper at Richland High School for 31 years and a resident of Farmington. She was a member of Farmington Church of the Nazarene...
Displaced workers find hope for future in diesel school (07/01/15)
Charles Gambling was an employee for Nordyne in Poplar Bluff for 11 years. He worked as a Set-up 4 operator. He liked his job, and he didn't anticipate losing it. "We heard rumors," Gambling said. "Everyone heard rumors. But, when they decided to shut the plant down, they held a big meeting and told us what all was going on."...
Marie Metcalf (06/30/15)
Marie L. Medcalf of Dexter died on June 30, 2015, at St. Luke's Hospice House in Kansas City, Mo., at the age of 90. Arrangements are incomplete and are under the direction of Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter.
Mary (Nonnie) Tanner (06/29/15)
Mary (Nonnie) Tanner, 91, long time residence of Bernie, died on Sunday, June 28, 2015, at Saint Francis Regional Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Mrs. Tanner, daughter of Columbus and Ethel Mitchell Collier, was born on July 28, 1923, in Scott City, Mo. She was a homemaker and was a member of the Bernie Christian Church...
Blanton King (06/29/15)
Blanton Kenneth King, son of the late Herman King and Edith Proffer King, was born on March 31, 1921, in Bloomfield and died on June 28, 2015, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau at the age of 94. Mr. King was a member of the Oak Ridge General Baptist Church in rural Bloomfield. He had worked as a farmer and was a resident of Advance...
Karsyn Andrew Payne (06/29/15)
Karsyn Andrew Payne, age 2 months, died June 27, 2015, at his home in Dexter. He was born April 23, 2015, in Cape Girardeau, to Jonathan Payne and Samantha Harriel, who survive of the home. Additional survivors include one brother, Colton Payne of the home; paternal grandparents Orvill and Judy Payne II of Wildomar, Calif., and maternal grandfather Leonard Harriel of Grayridge...
Naman Caldwell (06/29/15)
Naman Caldwell, son of the late Overton Alexander and Orpha L. Caldwell was born in Stoddard County on Nov. 7, 1919, and died at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center on June 27, 2015, at the age of 95. Mr. Caldwell had been a bus driver for the Puxico School District and attended the Egypt Church near Puxico. He enjoyed being active in the Mingo Saddle Club, Mingo Tractor Club and was a member of Mel's Diner...
Loree Ann Brown (06/29/15)
Loree Ann Brown, the daughter of Carolyn Yoder Shomaker and the late Albert Shomaker, Sr., was born in Alton, Mo., on May 23, 1966, and died at her home in Dexter on June 29, 2015, at the age of 49. Mrs. Brown had lived in Urbana and Winona, Mo., before moving to Dexter 10 years ago. She had worked as a server at the Elderland Restaurant in Bloomfield. She enjoyed camping and loved her family. She and her late husband, Michael, enjoyed buying and selling things they collected together...
Police Reports (06/26/15)
Dexter Police June 24-25, 2015 At 9:45 a.m., Tuesday, June 23, Dexter Police issued a summons to Cayce Noelle Halsey, 23, of Dexter, on charges of possession of 35 grams or less of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. At 9:58 p.m., Tuesday, June 23, Dexter Police arrested Dean Thomas Main, 26, of Dexter, on charges of possession of 35 grams or less of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $750...
Naomi Ruth Wiseman (06/26/15)
Naomi Ruth (Ball) Wiseman, 76, of Advance, died June 26, 2015, at Crowley Ridge Care Center in Dexter. She was born Nov. 12, 1938, at Matthews, Mo., the daughter of Forest and Josie Fulkerson Ball. Naomi had been a homemaker most of her life, but she also worked for the Inland Shoe Company in Advance. She was a lifelong active member of the First Church of the Nazarene of Dexter...
Bryant Sylvester Jackson (06/25/15)
Bryant Sylvester Jackson, age 90 of Fort Myers, Fla., previously of Waterford, Mich., died peacefully on June 22, 2015. He was born in Dexter to the late Robert and Hazel (Foster) Jackson. Bryant was married for 67 years to the late Doris (Holt) Jackson. He was a devoted member of Cypress Lake United Methodist Church in Ft. Myers. He retired from General Motors Truck and Bus in 1984, as a skilled tradesmen...
Sandra Sue Quick (06/25/15)
Sandra Sue Quick, daughter of the late Floyd and Gladys Stephens Leathers, was born in East Alton, Ill., on Oct. 21, 1944, and died at her home in Arnold, Mo., on June 12, 2015, at the age of 70. Sandra had lived in Dexter and attended grade school and high school until 1967 when she moved to Arnold. She had worked at the Good Samaritan Retirement Home until she retired. She enjoyed collecting Hummel figurines...
Brenda Faye Williamson (06/25/15)
Brenda Faye Williamson, daughter of the late James Evin and Audrey Christine Brown Fletcher, was born in Dexter on Oct. 27, 1950, and died at her home in Bloomfield on June 24, 2015, at the age of 64. She had lived in Florida about 10 years and returned to Bloomfield in 1976. ...
Chelcy Bernell "Barney" Bradish (06/23/15)
Chelcy Bernell "Barney" Bradish, son of the late Frank Bradish and Grace Marler Bradish, was born on April 18, 1921, in Satulpa, Okla., and died this life on June 13, 2015, at the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff at the age of 94. Mr. Bradish was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Dexter. He worked as a heavy equipment operator and was a resident of Bloomfield. He was also a veteran of the United States Army Air Corp...
Cynthia Goings Anderson (06/23/15)
Cynthia Goings Anderson of House Springs, Mo., was born March 4, 1957, in Gideon, Mo., to Earl and Lois Goings and died at St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Louis on June 11, 2015, at the age of 58. Cynthia had retired from Chrysler of Fenton, Mo. She is survived by her husband, Chuck Anderson of House Springs; her parents, Earl and Helen Goings of Dexter and Lois Schmidt of Imperial, Mo.; two daughters, Jennifer Porter and Jamie Garner; one son, Josh Garner; one brother, Gary Goings of Festus, Mo., one step-sister, Janet Smith of Bell Fountain, Mo.; two step-brothers, Marvin Smith of Poplar Bluff and Kenneth Smith of Marble Hill; and one aunt, Movilene Downey of Catawissa, Mo.. ...
Evelyn June Hester (06/23/15)
Evelyn June Hester, daughter of the late Alva "Stubby" Walker and Lacy Hill Walker was born in Bernie on June 15, 1931, and died at the Cypress Point Skilled Nursing Center in Dexter on June 21, 2015, at the age of 84. June was a homemaker. She attended grade school in the Sugar Tree Community. ...
Pansy Illine Peck Hutchcraft (06/22/15)
Pansy Illine Peck Hutchcraft, daughter of the late James and Dora Dorris Peck, was born in Essex on March 7, 1924, and died at the Crowley Ridge Care Center in Dexter on June 20, 2015, at the age of 91. Mrs. Hutchcraft was raised in Essex and had lived in St. Louis for 22 years before moving to Dexter in 2005. She had worked for 19 years at Elder Manufacturing and then worked at Dental Products in St. Louis for 22 years before moving back to Dexter...
Billy Dozier (06/18/15)
Billy Dean Dozier, 80, of Doe Run, Mo., died June 15, 2015, at the Parkland Health Center in Farmington, Mo. He was born Jan. 1, 1935, in Puxico to the late Fredrick and Effie (Morgan) Dozier. Billy proudly served his country in the United States Army. After 26 years of service in the Army he retired and then worked as a civil servant for the Department of the Army. He enjoyed remodeling homes, gardening and fishing...
Shirla Jean Rathjen Howard (06/18/15)
Shirla Jean Rathjen Howard daughter of the late Fred Rathjen and Melba Noland Rathjen was born on June 27, 1935 in Gouldbusk, Texas and died on June 17, 2015, at the Southeast Health Center of Stoddard County at the age of 79. Mrs. Howard was an avid Democrat; she was a board member of the Missouri Federated Democratic Woman's Club, served as secretary for the State Democratic Party and had received the Bess Truman Award. ...
Richard Williams (06/18/15)
A memorial service for Richard Williams, 39, of Dexter will be held Sunday, June 21, 2015, at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter. The service will take place at 6 p.m. Richard is survived by his son, Tayton; his brother, Roy Williams and wife, Shaunti; by his paternal grandmother, Katherine Williams; his maternal grandmother, Mary-Ellen Taylor; by many other relatives and several friends...
Elzora Robey (06/16/15)
Elzora Robey, daughter of the late John Davenport and Mamie Ellis Davenport, was born on July 18, 1926, in Bertrand, Mo. and died on Jan. 24, 2015, at North Village Park Care Center in Moberly, Mo. at the age of 88. Mrs. Robey had worked in nursing and was a former resident of Dexter...
Sarah Lynne Hillis (06/15/15)
Sarah Lynne Hillis, daughter of the late Harlan B. Heffelfinger and Audrey Mae Ellwood Heffelfinger, was born on June 24, 1939, in Beatrice, Neb., and died on June 4, 2015, at her residence in Essex at the age of 75. Mrs. Hillis was a member of the United Methodist Church in Essex and she worked as the Postmaster for the U.S. Post Office in Essex...
Sandra Sue Quick (06/15/15)
Sandra Sue Quick, daughter of the late Floyd and Gladys Stephens Leathers, was born on Oct. 21, 1944, and died at her home in Arnold, Mo., on June 12, 2015, at the age of 70. Watkins and Sons Funeral Home of Dexter is in charge of all arrangements.
Celebrity Obituaries
  • Matti Makkonen
    Matti Makkonen was an engineer from Finland, who worked for Nokia and Tele Finland, as well as Finnet Oy. He is best known as the “Father of SMS” and is credited with inventing text messaging, though he often said that he didn’t do so single-handedly.
  • Jack Carter
    Jack Carter was a comedian, actor, and television host. His real name was actually Jack Chakrin. He had a comedy act that has been compared to those of Milton Berle and Morey Amsterdam.
  • Chris Squire
    Chris Squire was a musician and singer-songwriter best known as the bassist and a founding member of prog rock band Yes.
  • Patrick Macnee
    Patrick Macnee was an actor known for his role as John Steed on The Avengers. He also appeared in A View to a Kill, The Love Boat, The Twilight Zone, and Murder, She Wrote among many other television shows and movies.
  • Dick Van Patten
    Dick Van Patten was an American actor best known for his role as Tom Bradford on the TV show Eight Is Enough. Van Patten also made appearances in the films Spaceballs, Soylent Green, and Robin Hood: Men in Tights.
  • James Horner
    James Horner was a composer and conductor known for his film scores. Film credits include (among others): Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, 48 Hrs., Something Wicked This Way Comes, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Cocoon, Commando, Aliens, Project X, Batteries Not Included, Red Heat, Field of Dreams, Honey, I Shrunk the […]
  • Ralph Roberts
    Ralph J. Roberts was the founder and longtime CEO of Comcast Corporation. In 1963, after serving in the U.S. Navy, Roberts and his partners, Daniel Aaron and Julian A. Brodsky, bought American Cable Systems – a small cable operator based in Tupelo, Mississippi – for $500,000. Within a few years, Roberts turned that into Comcast […]
  • Rick Ducommun
    Rick Ducommun was an actor and comedian best known for roles in The Burbs, Scary Movie, Groundhog Day, Little Monsters, and Die Hard. He also appeared in Spaceballs, The Hunt for Red October, Gremlins 2, Encino Man, Class Act, Last ACtion Hero, and others.
  • Kirk Kerkorian
    Kirk Kerkorian was an American businessman who was one of the most influential tycoons in Las Vegas. Kerkorian opened the International Hotel in 1969, the MGM Grand Hotel in 1973, and the MGM Grand in 1993. When each opened, they were the largest in Las Vegas. Kerkorian was also a Hollywood Mogul and an aviation […]
  • Jim Ed Brown
    Jim Ed Brown was a country music singer. He was a member of The Browns as well as a Grande Ole Opry star. He also hosted two radio shows. Hew was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame the same month that he died.