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Obituaries from February 2008

Harold Dean Payne (02/28/08)
Harold Dean Payne, 61, of Waskom, Texas, was born on July 5, 1946, in East Alton, Ill., the son of Herman Eugene Payne and Versa Irene Newell Payne, and died Monday, Feb. 4, 2008. On Sept. 16, 1967, he was united in marriage to Janice Faye Moore in Brownwood...
Morris "Horsie" James (02/28/08)
Morris "Horsie" James, son of the late Paul James and Bernice Reeves James, was born on Sept. 1, 1932, at Clarkton and died at his residence in Bernie on Monday, Feb. 25, 2008, at the age of 75. Mr. James was the owner and operator of Winer's Department Store in Bernie, was a charter member of the Bernie Lions Club, and was of the Jewish faith. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, serving in Korea...
August Mekan (02/28/08)
August Mekan was born on Aug. 2, 1923, and died on Feb. 27, 2008, in the Malden Nursing Center at the age of 84. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Bernie.
Sarah Betty Perryman Cox (02/19/08)
Sarah Betty Perryman Cox, daughter of the late Isaac Peter Perryman and Barbara Jane Trippt Perryman, was born on Dec. 23, 1918, at Greene County, Ark., and died in the Missouri Southern Healthcare on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008, at the age of 89. Mrs. Cox was a member of New Bethel General Baptist Church, a homemaker, a resident of Bloomfield, loved working with little children, playing the guitar and driving her car...
Harriet Hill (02/19/08)
Harriet Hill, daughter of the late William and Annie Ruff McKeller, was born in Tupelo, Miss., on Sept. 17, 1916, and died at the Sikeston Health Care on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008, at the age of 91. Mrs. Hill had lived in Southeast Missouri since 1923. She was a faithful and longtime member of the New Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church near Essex...
Gladys S. Cox (02/19/08)
Gladys S. Cox, daughter of the late Hans Hanson and Emma Olson Hanson, was born on Jan. 20, 1913, at Roth, N.D., and died in the Missouri Southern Healthcare at Dexter on Friday, Feb. 15, 2008, at the age of 95. Mrs. Cox was a member of the Turtle Mountain Lutheran Church in Bottineau, N.D., a former waitress and a resident of Dexter...
Willette Dowdy (02/19/08)
Willette Dowdy, daughter of the late Walter Earl Tharp and Gladys Bradbury Tharp, was born on Jan. 13, 1926, at Grayridge and died in the Meramec Nursing Center at Sullivan on Friday, Feb. 15, 2008, at the age of 82. Mrs. Dowdy was a former proof reader for Fact, Inc. in St. Louis and a former resident of Dexter currently residing in Sullivan...
Zachary Charles Snyder (02/19/08)
Zachary Charles Snyder, son of Edith Collins Snyder of Dexter, was born on Jan. 25, 1985, at Yuma, Ariz., and died in St. Francis Medical Center at Cape Girardeau on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008, at the age of 23. Zachary is survived by one son, Ethan Charles Snyder of Cuba; two daughters, Chloe Marie Snyder of Cuba and Makiah Morse of Sullivan; his mother, Edie Snyder of Dexter; and one sister, Amanda Pryor of Cape Girardeau...
John F. Shipman (02/08/08)
John Shipman, son of the late Charles Eugene and Ruby Opal Stoker Shipman, was born on Oct. 29, 1936, in Dexter and died at his residence in Dexter on Feb. 6, 2008, at the age of 71. Mr. Shipman was a retired engineer for Elder Manufacturing, a veteran of the United States National Guard, a member of the Elks and NRA, a member of the First Baptist Church in Dexter, and an avid hunter, fisherman and golfer...
William Jerry Oakes (02/05/08)
William Jerry Oakes, 57, of Sikeston, died at his residence at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1, 2008, following an extended illness. He was born Sept. 23, 1950, at Luxora, Ark., to the late William Daniel and Hazel Helen Collins Oakes. He had been a farmer for Wagner Farms near Sikeston and was a member of the New Life Christian Center at Morley...
Bud Scheible (02/05/08)
Eulish "Bud" Scheible, son of the late Eugene and Stella Stafford Scheible, was born at Bloomfield on July 19, 1947, and died at Missouri Southern Healthcare in Dexter on Friday, Feb. 1, 2008, at the age of 60. Bud was a lifelong resident of Stoddard County and was a resident of rural Bloomfield at the time of his death. He served as a road boss for Pike Township Road District for 30 years and was also a farmer. On Feb. 18, 1964, he was married to Edna Sides...
Ross Bollinger (02/05/08)
Ross Bollinger, 90, of Advance was born June 5, 1917, at Bell City, the son of Alvin and Mary Barks Bollinger, and died Friday, Feb. 1, 2008, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. Ross was a retired machinist. He was a member of the Bell City United Methodist Church and a member of the Bell City Masonic Lodge. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in World War II...
Emery L. Abbott (02/05/08)
Emery L. Abbott, the son of the late Frank and Cora Goins Abbott, was born in Blodgett on Oct. 9, 1913, and died at his home near Salcedo on Feb.. 1, 2008, at the age of 94. Mr. Abbott had lived south of Grayridge before moving to Advance where he lived from 1970 to 1974. He then moved near Salcedo. He had worked as a farmer and was of the Baptist faith...
Tayna Robinson (02/05/08)
Tayna Robinson, a resident of Dexter, died on Monday, Feb. 4, 2008, in the St. Francis Medical Center at Cape Girardeau at the age of 33. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter.
Carolyn Sue Andrews (02/01/08)
Carolyn Sue Andrews, daughter of the late John Raymond Perry and Pauline Reid Perry, was born Aug. 21, 1940, at Tallapoosa and died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008, at Golden Living Center in Dexter. Survivors include two daughters and one son-in-law, Cheryl and Jerry Ice of Ellsinore and Rhonda Andrews of Dexter; one brother, Danny Perry of West Memphis, Ark.; three grandchildren, Joshua DeFord and Tiffany Ice, both of Poplar Bluff, and Hannah Ice of Ellsinore; and two great-grandchildren. ...
Morris "Horsie" James (02/29/08)
Morris "Horsie" James, son of the late Paul James and Bernice Reeves James was born on Sept. 1, 1932, at Clarkton and died at his residence in Bernie on Feb. 25, 2008, at the age of 75. Mr. James was the owner and operator of Winer's Department Store in Bernie, was a charter member of the Bernie Lions Club, and was of the Jewish faith. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, having served during the Korean Conflict...
August John Andrew Mekan (02/29/08)
August John Andrew Mekan, son of the late August John Fred Mekan and Ollie Bell Grim Mekan, was born on Aug. 2, 1923, at Bernie and died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008, at Malden Nursing Center at the age of 84. Mr. Mekan was a veteran of the United States Army having served during World War II. He retired from Union Electric of St. Louis, was of the Assembly of God faith and was a resident of Malden...
Matthew Moore (02/29/08)
Matthew Moore, the son of the late Matthew, Sr. and Antonio Reynolds Moore, was born in Newport, Ark., on June 2, 1939, and died at the Clearview Nursing Center in Sikeston on Monday, Feb. 25, 2008, at the age of 68. Mr. Moore had lived in Southeast Missouri all his life and had lived in Sikeston the past few years. He was of the Baptist faith...
Dorathy Pillow (02/27/08)
Dorathy Pillow, the daughter of the late George and Ollie Walley Wade, was born in Truman, Ark., on July 14, 1930, and died at the Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008, at the age of 77. Mrs. Pillow had lived in Southeast Missouri for many years...
Jewell L. Moore (02/27/08)
Jewell L. "Geronimo" Moore, of Flint, Mich., died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008, at McLaren Regional Medical Center. Visitation was held from 4-8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, 2008, at the Swartz Funeral Home. Funeral services were conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008, at the Swartz Funeral Home, 1225 West Hill Road, Flint, Mich., with Pastor Carl Petty officiating...
Margaret Yowell (02/27/08)
Margaret Yowell, daughter of the late Elliot and Violet Page, was born at Bloomfield on Sept. 1, 1932, and died at her home in St. Charles on Feb. 24, 2008, at the age of 75. Mrs. Yowell was a former resident of Bloomfield, but had been a resident of St. Charles for the past 30 years. She had worked at Wal-Mart and Schnucks...
Gene Shaw (02/27/08)
Gene Truett Shaw, 72, of Sikeston died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008, at his residence. He was born on May 29, 1935, in Bertrand to the late William Dewey and Florence Covie Truett Shaw. He was a member of Murray Lane Baptist Church. He Worked for Century 21 for 27 years and was a member of the Sikeston Masonic Lodge 310 A.F. ...
Morris "Horsie" James (02/26/08)
Morris "Horsie" James died on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008, in his residence at Bernie at the age of 75. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Bernie.
Margaret Yowell (02/26/08)
Margaret Yowell, formerly of Stoddard County died at her home in St. Peters on Feb. 17, 2008. Visitation will be held at the Chiles-Cooper Funeral Home in Bloomfield on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008, from 10-11 a.m. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 27. 2008, at 11 a.m. at the Chiles Cooper Funeral Home in Bloomfield...
Launa Mae Hill (02/26/08)
Launa Mae Hill, beloved daughter of the late Jessie and Edna Pearl Harper Aslin, was born at Bloomfield on Jan. 10, 1920, and died at the home of her daughter in St. Louis on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008, at the age of 88. Launa was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bloomfield for 50 glorious years. ...
Geneva Mercer (02/26/08)
Geneva Mercer, daughter of the late Henry Ross Ashworth and Dicia Lillie Sisco Ashworth, was born on Jan. 14, 1918, at Muskogee, Okla., and died in the Golden Living Center at Dexter on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008, at the age of 90. Mrs. Mercer was a member of the Dexter Church of God, and faith played an important role in her life. She was a homemaker and a resident of Dexter...
Brady Carney (02/26/08)
Brady Carney, son of the late Frank B. Carney and Mollie Hisaw Carney, was born on Aug. 24, 1921, at Dexter and died in the Southeast Hospital at Cape Girardeau on Monday, Feb. 25, 2008, at the age of 86. Mr. Carney was a life long member of the First Baptist Church in Dexter, serving as a deacon with two terms as chairman of the deacons. ...
Jimmy D. Neal (02/26/08)
Jimmy D. Neal, age 62, of Maryville, Tenn. died Monday, Feb. 4, 2008, at St. Mary's Medical Center. He served in the Army National Guard. Jim was self-employed in the optical business (Eye-Spectrum) in Memphis, Tenn. for over 20 years. Following, he was successful in the insurance business and as a private investigator. Jim loved to cook gourmet meals and gardening. He was also an assistant coach on his son's basketball and baseball teams...
Lendell Hunt (02/24/08)
Lendell Hunt, age 91, formerly of Bell City and Sikeston, died Friday, Feb. 22, 2008, at the Bertrand Nursing Facility. Mr. Hunt was born on Jan. 16, 1917, in Bertrand to the late William and Nancy Jane Wood Hunt. He was a self-employed farmer until his retirement, and a member of Garden Ridge General Baptist Church near Bell City, where he previously served as Sunday School Superintendent. He also later attended First Baptist Church of Sikeston...
Velma Alene Tucker (02/24/08)
Velma Alene Tucker, the daughter of the late Henry and Nola McDaniel Wicker, was born in Hardin Co., Tenn., Oct. 6, 1914, and died at the Crowley Ridge Care Center in Dexter Friday, Feb. 22, 2008, at the age of 93. Mrs. Tucker had lived in Caruthersville, Mo., where she lived until moving to Dexter in 1951. She was affiliated with the United Methodist Church...
Kevin Gene Hunt (02/24/08)
Kevin Gene Hunt, son of Arthur Butch Hunt and Connie Jerls Hunt of Bernie, was born Nov. 25, 1974, at Dexter and died near Bernie Friday, Feb. 22, 2008, at the age of 33. Mr. Hunt was an employee of Rowland Farms and a resident of Bernie. He is survived by one son, Dalton Hunt of Wappapello; one daughter, Maizie Hunt of Bernie; his parents, Butch and Connie Hunt of Bernie; one sister, Belynda Hunt of Bloomfield; and two brothers, Arthur "Skipper" Hunt and Charles Hunt, both of Bernie...
Kevin G. Hunt (02/22/08)
Kevin Hunt, a resident of Bernie, died on Feb. 22, 2008 at the age of 33. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced later by the Rainy-Mathis Funeral Home in Bernie.
Darla Dement Varvel (02/22/08)
Darla Jane Dement Varvel, daughter of Ethel Marie Bolner and the late Willis Pearl Dement, was born on Nov. 13, 1955 in Dexter and died at her residence in Dexter on Feb. 21, 2008 at the age of 52. Mrs. Varvel was a Lab Technician at Kneibert Clinic at Poplar Bluff and a resident of Dexter...
Darla Varvel (02/21/08)
Darla Varvel died on Feb. 21, 2008 at her residence in Dexter. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter.
Pauline Davis (02/14/08)
Pauline Laverne Whittenberg Davis, daughter of the late Rolla G. Whittenberg and Hynthia Mae Jackson Whittenberg, was born on Dec. 31, 1933, in rural Parma and died in the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008, at the age of 74...
Pauline Davis (02/13/08)
Pauline Davis died Feb. 12, 2008, in the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center at the age of 74. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Bernie.
Juanita Sheldon (02/13/08)
Juanita Beatrice Sheldon, daughter of the late James A. and Elva Cooper Mann, was born at Bloomfield on March 5, 1920, and died in the Southeast Hospital at Cape Girardeau on Monday, Feb. 11, 2008, at the age of 87. On Aug. 22, 1936, she was united in marriage to Verlin Sheldon, and he preceded her in death on April 13, 1991. She was a member of the Bible Tabernacle Church in Bloomfield...
Anna Lou Hutchcraft (02/13/08)
Anna Lou Hutchcraft, daughter of the late A.D. and Lessie Crabtree Cutler, was born near Bernie on May 30, 1932, and died at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center on Monday, Feb. 11, 2008, at the age of 75. Mrs. Hutchcraft lived in Poplar Bluff for the past 36 years...
Larry Dewayne Durham (02/13/08)
Larry Durham, son of the late John and Nora Ogelvie Durham, was born on June 21, 1942, in Bernie and died at the Mercy Southeast Hospital in Bakersfield, Calif., on Jan. 11, 2008, at the age of 65. Mr. Durham was a truck driver and a former resident of Bernie, currently living in Taft, Calif...
Karla Nanette Baker (02/13/08)
Karla Nanette Baker, 52, of Fort Smith, Ark., died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008, at her home in Fort Smith, Ark. She was a paralegal for Smith, Maurras, Cohen, Reed and Horan Law Firm and a Presbyterian. She was preceded in death by her father, George F. Baker...
Sylvia I. Hinze (02/12/08)
Sylvia I. Hinze, daughter of James L. Oliver and Barbara Kathryn Burrows Hinze, was born May 4, 1923, at Risco and died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008, at Golden Living Nursing Center in Malden. She was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Malden...
William Triplett Bryant (02/12/08)
William Bryant, son of Micheal A. Bryant and Amy Fowler Bryant of Dexter, Missouri was stillborn on Feb. 9, 2008, at the Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Besides his parents, other survivors include two brothers, Jacob Palmer and Nate Bryant, both of Dexter; one sister, Brittany Bryant of Dexter; paternal grandparents, George and Charline Bryant of Dexter; maternal grandparents, Bill and Sheryl Fowler of Dexter; also his maternal great-grandmother, Jeanne Triplett of Dexter; and paternal great-grandmother, JoAnn Fowler of Dexter.. ...
Stella Davis (02/12/08)
Stella Davis, daughter of the late Stanley Zawacki and Mary Ann Garbusz Zawacki, was born on Sept. 20, 1923, at Detroit, Mich., and died in the Crowley Ridge Care Center at Dexter on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008, at the age of 84. Mrs. Davis was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, a former line worker for the General Box Company in Detroit, Mich., and a resident of Dexter...
Thelma Louise Copeland (02/12/08)
Thelma Louise Copeland, 62, was born March 8, 1945, in Dexter to the late Orion Jackson and Nora Mae Carter Jackson and died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was of the Pentecostal faith. Survivors include her husband, J.L. ...
Raymond Curtis O'Neal (02/12/08)
Raymond Curtis O'Neal, the son of the late James and Jennie Hibbard O'Neal, was born in Pocahontas, Ark., on Feb. 24, 1915, and died at the St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau on Feb. 4, 2008, at the age of 92. Mr. O'Neal had lived in Bloomfield most of his life. He was a member of the First General Baptist Church in Bloomfield...
Terry Allen Johns (02/07/08)
Terry Allen Johns, son of the Odis Floyd Johns and Annie Mae Wilson Johns, was born on May 20, 1967, at Malden and died at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff on Feb. 5, 2008, at the age of 40. Mr. Johns was a resident of Malden. He is survived by one son, Terry Allen Johns, Jr. ...
Hazel Doris Williams (02/07/08)
Hazel Doris Williams, 70, was born Nov. 9, 1937, in Dallas County, the daughter of Jesse and Hattie (Hinkle) Miller. She died on Feb. 1, 2008, at 10:08 p.m. at the Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. On Oct. 19, 1957, she was united in marriage with Herbert Williams, and to this union three sons were born. She was a homemaker and had attended Elkhorn, Ky., Tabernacle Church...
Nadine Jennings Griffin (02/06/08)
Nadine (Jennings) Griffin of Davison, Mich., age 75, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008, at her home. Visitation will be 1-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. on both Thursday and Friday, Feb. 7 and 8, 2008. On Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008, visitation will be at 10 a.m. until the time of the service...
Terry Johns (02/06/08)
Terry Johns, resident of Malden, died Feb. 5, 2008, at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Bernie.
Tayna Robinson (02/06/08)
Tayna Renee Robinson, daughter of Norma Jean Cooper King of Dexter and the late Rev. Therman Lee King, was born on June 5, 1974, at Cape Girardeau and died in the St. Francis Medical Center at Cape Girardeau on Monday, Feb. 4, 2008, at the age of 33...
William James "Jim" Gunn (02/06/08)
William James "Jim" Gunn, the son of the late William and Effie Swan Gunn, was born in St. Louis on Dec. 4, 1924, and died at the home of his daughter in Jackson on Feb. 4, 2008, at the age of 83. Mr. Gunn had lived in Dexter most of his life. He was a charter member of the First Pentecostal Church in Dexter over 60 years, which was founded by his father, William Gunn...