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Obituaries from January 2013

Larry Allen Payne (01/11/13)
Larry Allen Payne, son of James Oscar Payne and Barbara Sue Scott Belt, was born in Sikeston on Sept. 16, 1968, and died in Dexter on Jan. 9, 2013, at the age of 44. He had lived most of his life in Dexter and was of the Baptist faith. On June 22, 2000, he was married to Debra Jean Hahs in Chester, Ill...
Marjorie Manerva Quick Proffer (01/11/13)
Marjorie Manerva Quick Proffer, daughter of the late Luther F. and Millie A Scism Quick, was born on Aug. 31,1916, in rural Bloomfield and died at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau on Jan. 10, 2013, at the age of 96. On Oct. 29, 1943, she was married to Lee T. Proffer in Dexter. She lived in Bloomfield all her life, had a teaching career of over 30 years, and had been a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Bloomfield until moving to Cape Girardeau...
Frances June Bostic (01/11/13)
Frances June Bostic, daughter of the late Willie Theodore Cox and Lillian Henson Cox, was born on May 12, 1933, in Kewanee, Mo., and died on January 10, 2013, at the Golden Living Center in Bloomfield at the age of 79. Mrs. Bostic was a faithful member of the First General Baptist Church in Bloomfield. ...
Opal P. Montgomery (01/09/13)
Opal P. Montgomery, daughter of the late Albert Anderson and Nettie Blagg Anderson, was born on Oct. 9, 1909, and died Jan. 2, 2013, at West Vue Nursing Center in West Plains, Mo., at the age of 103. Mrs. Montgomery was a resident of Dexter and was a co-owner of Nina's Dress Shop, which is now Lois' House of Fashion, in Dexter for 15 years. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church and also played the piano and organ by ear at the church...
John David Surber (01/11/13)
John David Surber, son of the late Henry and Thelma Hancock Surber, was born in Mingo, Mo., March 23, 1935, and died at his residence in Poplar Bluff on Jan. 8, 2013, at the age of 77. He had lived in California, Washington D.C., and Missouri. He worked as a newspaper printer for the St. Louis Post Dispatch, was of the Baptist faith and loved to fish, hunt, and play pool and card games...
Shooting victim identified (01/03/13)
The 32-year-old Poplar Bluff man who died of a gunshot wound suffered while duck hunting at Otter Slough has been identified as Robert P. Marler. Marler was hunting from a boat with at least one other adult Monday morning when he was hit by a shotgun blast that struck his left shoulder with pellets entering his neck. ...
Sandra J. Lawrence (01/02/13)
Sandra J. Lawrence, daughter of the late Arnold Cowsert and Mary Turley Cowsert, was born on Oct. 21, 1935, in Poplar Bluff, Mo., and died on Dec. 30, 2012, at Gideon Care Center in Gideon, Mo., at the age of 77. Mrs. Lawrence was a homemaker, a member of the United Methodist Church and a resident of Dexter...
Flora Bell Blocker (01/02/13)
Flora Bell Blocker, daughter of the late Ralph W. Fralick and Ella Gray Thomas Fralick, was born on July 24, 1928, in Marion, Ky., and died on Dec. 30, 2012, at Landmark Hospital in Cape Girardeau, Mo., at the age of 84. Mrs. Blocker was a custodian for the Bloomfield Schools for 15 years and retired in 1990. She was a member of the Walker Mt. Zion General Baptist Church in Bloomfield and a resident of Dexter...
Ruby O. Holcombe Copeland (01/02/13)
Ruby O. Holcombe Copeland, 98, died Saturday Dec. 29, 2012. She was the wife of the late Eulis E. Copeland; mother of Carolyn and Lee Potter; grandmother of Michele Hitt and the late Keith Hitt; and great-grandmother of Isabela Hitt. Graveside services were held on Wednesday Jan. 3, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. at the Sikeston Gardens of Memory in Sikeston, Mo...
Arthur "Bud" Vaughn, Jr. (01/02/13)
Arthur "Bud" Vaughn, Jr., son of the late Arthur Lee and Ruby Maze Vaughn, was born Aug. 3, 1930, in Dexter, Mo., and died at his home in Bloomfield, Mo., on Dec. 30, 2012, at the age of 82. Arthur had lived in Bloomfield most of his life. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Bible Tabernacle Church in Bloom-field...
Amy Dawn Smith (01/30/13)
Amy Dawn Smith, daughter of Marilyn Hopkins Abernathy of Dexter, Mo. and the late Trennis Aber-nathy, was born on Aug. 23, 1976, in Dexter and died on Jan. 25, 2013, at Audrain Medical Center in Mexico, Mo., at the age of 36. In addition to her mother, Amy is survived by one son, Gavin Dale Smith of Bernie, Mo., by two daughters, Brittany Smith and Adison Moore of Dexter, Mo.; by one brother, James Aber-nathy of Dexter, Mo.; and one sister, Christina Abernathy of Texas...
Gary Lee Allen (01/30/13)
Gary Lee Allen, son of the late Shirley Ray Allen and Joyce Marie Leigh Cunningham Allen, was born on Jan. 29, 1953, in Ogden, Utah, and died on Jan. 27, 2013, at Poplar Bluff Regional Hospital in Poplar Bluff, Mo., at the age of 59. Mr. Allen was employed as a forklift operator at Arvin for 30 years and was a resident of Dexter...
Eva Lois Cookson (01/30/13)
Eva Lois Cookson, a lifelong resident of Puxico, died Jan. 29, 2013, at Puxico at the age of 93. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Puxico.
Russell C. Sherfield (01/30/13)
Russell C. Sherfield, son of the late Otis and Iva Jo Hunt Sherfield, was born in Dexter on Oct. 3,1926, and died at his home in Dexter on Jan. 29, 2013, at the age of 86. Mr. Sherfield had lived in Dexter all his life. He was a veteran of WWII serving in the US Navy. After serving in the military he returned to Dexter...
Lula Nichols (01/29/13)
Lula Nichols, daughter of Launce Lot and Harriet Anna McElroy Barker, was born in Shelbyville, Ill. on April 15, 1935, and died at St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo., on Jan. 25, 2013, at the age of 77. She had lived most of her life in St. Louis, Mo. She was of the Protestant faith, and was a Past Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star Kirkwood Chapter 358...
William "Bill" Dunn (01/29/13)
William "Bill" Dunn, son of the late Harvey and Aureola Baughn Dunn, was born in Elvins, Mo., on Nov. 11, 1930, and died at the Progress West Health Care in O'Fallon, Mo., on Jan. 25, 2013, at the age of 82. Mr. Dunn was a school teacher in the Bernie School District for a short time before moving to the Rockwood School District where he was a principal...
Rachel A. Childers (01/25/13)
Rachel A. Childers, daughter of the late Leon McCoy and Mildred Marie Purcell McCoy, was born on Feb. 1, 1953, in Dexter and died on Jan. 23, 2013, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau at the age of 59. Mrs. Childers was a homemaker and a former employee of both Tyson Foods, Inc. and Elder Manufacturing of Dexter...
Robert Duane Stevens (01/24/13)
Robert Duane Stevens, 78, of Bement, Ill., died Jan. 10, 2013. He was the son of John and Mildred Stevens of Dexter. He was married to Ellen M. Burns. She preceded him in death on Jan. 23, 2009. Surviving are three children, a son, Robert Jr.; and two daughters, Elizabeth and Rebecca; three brothers, Leslie, Ralph, and Leon; one sister, Geraldine; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren...
Edward Albert Boyt (01/24/13)
Edward Albert Boyt, son of the late J.H. Boyt and Marie Linnemann Boyt, was born on Oct. 14, 1932, in Dexter and died on Jan. 22, 2013, at his residence in Dexter at the age of 80. Mr. Boyt was a graduate of Dexter High School and Southeast Missouri State University. He taught art and shop classes in Bloomfield and in Dexter...
Ed Boyt (01/22/13)
Ed Boyt, a resident of Dexter, Mo., died on Jan. 22, 2013, at the age of 80. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter.
B.J. Edwards (01/22/13)
B.J. Edwards, son of Calvin Edwards of Bloomfield, Mo., and Billie Kaye Edwards of Park Hills, Mo., was born on Dec. 6, 1982, in Poplar Bluff, Mo., and died on Jan. 20, 2013, in Park Hills, Mo., at the age of 30 years. B.J. served his country in the United States Marine Corp. ...
Michael T. Harlan (01/22/13)
Michael T. Harlan, son of Michael M. and Debra A. Dougherty Harlan, was born in St. Louis, Mo., on March 31, 1985, and died in Hawaii on Jan. 13, 2013, at the age of 27. He had lived in Grayridge all his life. He graduated from Richland High School and Southeast Missouri State University. He was an active member of the U.S. Army and had just enlisted for the second time...
Barbara Ann Blocker (01/22/13)
Barbara Ann Blocker, daughter of the late John and Mintie Chumley Rodgers, was born in Malden, Mo., on Jan. 23, 1950, and died at the Southeast Health Center of Stoddard County in Dexter, Mo., on Jan. 20, 2013, at the age of 62. She had lived in Kennett before moving to the Bloomfield area in 1980...
Nadine Joyce Ford (01/22/13)
Nadine Joyce Ford, daughter of the late Harold James Carter and Beatrice Perry Carter, was born on Dec. 1, 1939, in Avert, Mo., and died on Jan. 20, 2013, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau, Mo., at the age of 73. Mrs. Ford was a member of the First Methodist Church in Bell City, Mo., and a resident of rural Advance. She worked as a cook at the Bell City Schools, and was a former employee of Elder Manufacturing in Bloomfield and Paramount Hat Company in Advance...
Orval Payton (01/22/13)
Orval Payton, son of the late Crit Payton and Mary Martha Malin Payton, was born on Jan. 31, 1933, in Aid, Mo., and died on Jan. 19, 2013, at the Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo., at the age of 79. Mr. Payton worked in the shipping department of Purolator Filter Company in Dexter. He was of the General Baptist faith, and he was resident of Dexter...
Mack Mullins (01/18/13)
Mack Mullins, son of the late Vince and Madie Stiltner Mullins, was born in Grundy, Va., on March 11, 1946, and died at his home in Dudley on Jan. 17, 2013, at the age of 66. He had lived in Chicago and moved to Dudley in 1975. He was a board member of the People's Full Gospel Church and was a Mason member in Bloomfield. He worked as the Police Chief for the Department of Veteran Affairs and had worked for the City of Dudley for nearly 37 years. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army...
Rev. Samuel H. McClellan (01/18/13)
Rev. Samuel H. McClellan, son of the late Samuel Nelson and Bertie Stricker McClellan, was born in Stanberry, Mo., April 9, 1924, and died at the Puxico Nursing and Rehab Center in Puxico, Mo., Jan. 16, 2013, at the age of 88. He had last pastored in Morley and Naylor, Mo., for 20 years and had been the camp caretaker at the Church of God Youth Camp for 14 years...
Clifton Wayne DeJournett (01/18/13)
Clifton Wayne DeJournett, son of Terry Wayne and Lois Charline DeBerry DeJournett, was born on May 30, 1967, in Cape Girardeau, Mo. and died near Leora, Mo. on Jan. 16, 2013, at the age of 45. Clifton had lived in the Bloomfield area all his life. Surviving are his parents, Terry and Lois DeJournett of Bloomfield; one son, Travis Clifton DeJournett of Kansas City; two daughters, Krendy Michelle DeJournett of Dexter, and Kirsten Jade DeJournett of Puxico; three grandchildren, Landon Blair Libouich, Spencer Maddox Libouich, and Jaycee Michelle DeJournett; three brothers, Lanny Joe DeJournett of Potosi, Marvin Hugh DeJournett of Bonne Terre, and Aaron Joe DeJournett of Bloomfield. ...
Daniel Joe Whittemore (01/18/13)
Daniel Joe Whittemore, son of Sherry Lynn Atteberry Whittemore of Dexter and the late Gary Joe Whittemore, was born on May 4, 1978, in Hayti, Mo., and died on Jan. 16, 2013, at the age of 34. Mr. Whittemore was a truck driver for Pete Tanner Solid Waste in Delta and a resident of Advance, Mo...
William E. "Will" Monroe (01/18/13)
William E. "Will" Monroe was born on April 22, 1944, in Averett, Mo., to the late Lawrence T. Monroe and Claudine Morse Monroe. He died on Wednes-day, Jan. 16, 2013, at the age of 68 years at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Will was united in...
Janet L. Killian (01/17/13)
Janet L. Killian, 72, died Jan. 7, 2013, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., after an extended illness. She was born Dec. 31, 1940, near Advance, Mo., to the late Jack and Sybil Pixley Robison. She was a 1958 graduate of Advance High School and a 1961 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University...
William "Will" Monroe (01/17/13)
William "Will" Monroe, a resident of Dexter, Mo., died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at the age of 68. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter.
William "Will" Monroe (01/17/13)
William "Will" Monroe, a resident of Dexter, Mo., died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at the age of 68. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter.
Janet L. Killian (01/17/13)
Janet L. Killian, 72, died Jan. 7, 2013, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., after an extended illness. She was born Dec. 31, 1940, near Advance, Mo., to the late Jack and Sybil Pixley Robison. She was a 1958 graduate of Advance High School and a 1961 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University...
Delbert E. Gilooly (01/16/13)
Delbert E. Gilooly, son of the late James Hamilton Gilooly and Vivian Delores Crick Gilooly, was born on March 26, 1949, in Sikeston and died on Jan. 13, 2013, at his residence in Bell City at the age of 63. Mr. Gilooly was a rice consultant and a resident of Bell City...
Farel D. Robins (01/16/13)
Farel D. Robins, 60, of Advance died Jan. 14, 2013, at his home. He was born Oct. 15, 1943, in Greenbrier, the son of Wilbur and Elsie Crites Robins. Farel had been employed by Brown Shoes, U.S. Post Offices in Advance and Poplar Bluff and farmed for Lloyd Francis. He was an avid flyer and owned a 1946 Aronca Champ. He was very passionate about eagles...
Juanita Umfleet (01/15/13)
Juanita Umfleet, daughter of the late Richard and Nora Pullum Gibson, was born in Dexter, Mo., on July 7, 1922, and died at her home in Dexter on Jan. 13, 2013, at the age of 90. She had lived in Bloomfield before moving to Dexter in 1946. She had attended the Second General Baptist Church since 1946, and had volunteered at the Gospel Mission in Dexter for over 20 years...
Monroe Statler (01/15/13)
Monroe Statler, son of the late Louis Statler and Annie Mae Robinson Statler, was born on Jan. 11, 1923, in Catron, Mo., and died on Jan. 12, 2013, at the Golden Living Center in Bloomfield at the age of 90. Mr. Statler was a retired car salesman and a resident of Bloomfield...
Delbert E. Gilooly (01/15/13)
Delbert E. Gilooly, son of the late James Hamilton Gilooly and Vivian Delores Crick Gilooly, was born on March 26, 1949, in Sikeston and died on Jan. 13, 2013, at his residence in Bell City at the age of 63. Mr. Gilooly was a rice consultant and a resident of Bell City...
Bobby Earl Kleffer (01/15/13)
Bobby Earl Kleffer died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, while surrounded by his family at the Delta Community Hospital in Sikeston, Mo. Bob was born on March 8, 1931, to John Steven Kleffer and Nola Mae Kleffer in Flint, Mich. When Bob was a child, the family moved to the Essex area where he remained a lifelong resident...
Richard Jared Morlan (01/11/13)
Richard Jared Morlan of Dexter, son of the late William Fredrick Morlan and Mary Louise Simpson Morlan, was born May 6, 1981, in Bellflower, Calif., and died at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis on Dec. 31, 2012, at the age of 31. Richard is survived by his wife, Amanda Hendrickson Morlan; two sons, Leon and Logan Morlan, all of the home in Dexter; his mother, Mary Morlan of Dexter; three brothers, William (Bill) Morlan of Woonsocket, R. ...
William Frederick Morlan (01/11/13)
William Frederick Morlan, age 71, of Dexter, died at the St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. Mr. Morlan died of renal failure and advanced bone cancer. William Morlan was born Jan. 26, 1941, in Essex, to Elsa Clifford Morlan and Gertrude Lee Laster Morlan...
Gerald Wayne Ratley (01/09/13)
Gerald Wayne Ratley, son of Ramona Slover Ratley and the late Harold Dow Ratley, was born on Aug. 24, 1946, in Bonne Terre, Mo., and died on Jan. 7, 2013, at his residence in Dudley, Mo., at the age of 66. Mr. Ratley was employed as a financial advisor for W. W. Wood. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and belonged to the First Baptist Church in Farmington, Mo. He was an avid bass fisherman...
Michael James Sharp (01/09/13)
Michael James Sharp, age 67, died Jan. 3, 2013, in Lowndes, Mo. He was born Nov. 28, 1945, in Toledo, Ohio, to Charles and Nellie Ackerman Sharp. Michael attended school in Toledo and spent much of his childhood in Holland, Ohio. In October of 1965, he began his service in the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1971...
Gerald Ratley (01/08/13)
Gerald Ratley, resident of Dudley, Mo., passed away on Monday, Jan. 7, 2012, at the age of 66. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter.
Brenda S. Odle (01/08/13)
Brenda S. Odle, daughter of the late Elvis Alfred and Emma Harvey Brown, was born in rural Stoddard County, Mo., on Nov. 10, 1946, and died at her home in Desoto, Texas, on Jan. 5, 2013, at the age of 66. She was a former resident of the Circle City community, and moved to Texas 20 years ago...
George Eldon Waggoner (01/04/13)
George Eldon Waggoner, son of the late Cecil Elmer Waggoner and Edith Lenora Perry Waggoner, was born on Feb. 11, 1936, in rural Dexter and died Jan. 3, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Dexter, at the age of 76. Mr. Waggoner was a member of the Army Reserves and a lifetime resident of Dexter...
Frankie Hunsperger (01/04/13)
Frankie Hunsperger, son of the late Thomas and Pearl Driver Hunsperger, was born in Koshkanong, Mo., on Aug. 21, 1928, and died at the Golden Living Center in Dexter on Jan. 2, 2013, at the age of 84. He had lived in Dexter for 40 years. He was of the Baptist faith...
George Eldon Waggoner (01/04/13)
George Eldon Waggoner, a resident of Dexter, Mo., passed away on Jan. 3, 2013, at the Golden Living Center in Dexter at the age of 76 years. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter...
Sylvia Lou Maddox Hurst (01/03/13)
Sylvia Lou Maddox Hurst, daughter of the late George Landy and Sallie Jewell Robinson Maddox, was born in Choc-taw, Ark., on Nov. 4, 1935, and died at Missouri Southern Healthcare in Dexter on Dec. 31, 2012, at the age of 77. She had lived in the Malden and Campbell areas before moving to Dexter in 1973, and later moved to Bloomfield. She was a member of Emanuel Baptist Church in Dexter...