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John Ezell, Jr.

Tuesday, February 25, 2003

John Ezell, Jr., the son of the late John Delbert, Sr. and Nellie June Kutchin, was born in Galesburg, Ill., on May 27, 1926, and died at his home in Arnold on Feb. 22, 2003, at the age of 76. Mr. Ezell moved to Dexter in 1940 and moved to St. Louis in 1950 where he retired from American Can Company as a machinist. He had also served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Mr. Ezell was a member of the American Legion. On Aug. 26, 1946, he was married to Bonnie Jean Smothers in Dexter. She preceded him in death on June 15, 1988. Surviving are two sons, John Thomas Ezell of St. Louis and Clinton Eric Ezell of Eureka; one daughter, Malinda "June" Cole of Piedmont; four brothers, William Charles Ezell of Perry, Kan., Bobby Ezell of Las Vegas, Nev., Ray Ezell of Dexter, and Teddy Ezell of Jacksonville, Ark.; five sisters, Bonita Lewis of Maricopa, Calif., Doris Bosse of Bakersfield, Calif., Joyce Griffin of Potosi, Linda Beck of Holts Summit, and Shirley Smith of Sullivan; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Elbert J. Ezell and Jerry Lynn Ezell, and one sister, Betty Smothers. Visitation was held from 5-8 Monday, Feb. 24, 2003, at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. today, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2003, at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Chapel in Dexter with the Rev. Miles G. Meadows of Dudley officiating. Interment followed in the Hagy Cemetery in Dexter with full military honors provided by the SEMO Veterans Honor Guard of Poplar Bluff. Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter was in charge of all arrangements.

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